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    Factors to consider in a new car

    I have a friend who will not buy a car with less than 6 cylinders or a 0-60 time of more than 7 seconds. Initially I was rather cynical of this thinking but following discussions could see some of its merits. "As you get older you need more power" and "the extra power can help you in difficult situations" were two of the arguments. "Burning rubber and fast getaways at the lights are not considerations."
    I cover around 15000 miles a year, some around town, a lot on country lanes and some on motorways too. I have a 4 cylinder petrol car with a 0-62 time of 8.3 seconds and do find I need to floor the throttle more than I would like so considered my friends comments. Being driven in a lower powered car with overtaking more difficult I decided his comments were valid. I have looked at a number of possible replacements (petrol only in my case) and whilst a 6 cylinder is not a consideration, the cars power and performance is now a high priority and I have ruled out any cars with inferior performance to my present one, purely for the considerations above. When it comes to features and options, Emergency Braking, Adaptive cruise control, Automatic Parking, High Beam assistant are, in my view, essential or at least highly desirable. Blind spot and lane departure warning systems too. A spare wheel (space save or full size) is a must too as is the ability to extend any manufacturers warranty to at least 5 years.
    As a consequence I have ruled out the Honda CR-V (slow and thirsty in petrol) Focus 182PS, Seat Ateca (silly build time of 27 weeks too!) Skoda Kodiaq and many others.
    Price, practicality, servicing costs and reliability are also factors as is the enjoyment one derives from actually driving the car, and most of all its comfort.
    An interesting journey lies ahead in the selection process.

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    A Golf GTI DSG would fit the bill.....cheap insurance excellent economy when driven sensibly and goes like the proverbial stabbed rat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Number7 View Post
    .... goes like the proverbial stabbed rat.
    When I stab a rat it stays pinned to the floor and goes nowhere.
    I'm intelligent enough to know that I don't know everything.
    But I'm good at searching for, and finding, stuff.


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    But I thought you liked the Ssangyong Rexton?? It has just had an upgrade and now rates three stars from Auto Express. Not sure that it has Adaptive Cruise Control though. I find that a really useful feature.
    https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/ssangyong/rexton

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ransman View Post
    But I thought you liked the Ssangyong Rexton?? It has just had an upgrade and now rates three stars from Auto Express. Not sure that it has Adaptive Cruise Control though. I find that a really useful feature.
    https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/ssangyong/rexton
    The Rexton W has come into it's own but is a niche car for those who really need a proper 4x4. Its not that quick and dealers are thinly spread. The new car is now scoring 3*, much better than the 1* rating of its predecessor. Its also got a better reliability rating than Audi, BMW, Mercedes and LandRover. Agree ACC is useful, particularly in slow moving traffic with automatic transmission.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nukecad View Post
    When I stab a rat it stays pinned to the floor and goes nowhere.
    Nothing gets past ya Lol

    FW, I used to think like your friend and always opted for powerful cars but alas those days are gone.

    I now drive a car capable of reaching 60 mph in 12 seconds or maybe more on a windy day to make decent headway I must rely on anticipation or simply go with the flow.

    Good luck with your decision.

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    There are some good lease deals still available on the Skoda Yeti stock that's sitting about waiting to be sold. I went from a 2l diesel version to a 1.2l petrol and it's not a lot different, both 110PS and more than adequate for zooming around.

    I got the SE Drive for £192/pm which includes Sat Nav, front/rear parking sensors, heated seats and heated front screen etc. etc. MPG is obviously lower than the diesel but even with my very short trips I'm getting at least 36mpg, on a run I've gotten that up to 40mpg (and not by going slowly!).

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    If quick acceleration is a must you shouldn't rule out hybrid cars. The New Toyota Prius with features like
    - 94 miles per gallon
    - 1.8 petrol engine / 120 bhp
    - automatic
    - no need to plug-in - powered by a battery which is almost constantly charged by the petrol engine
    - £1,795 Advance Payment
    - CO2 emissions - 70g/km
    - light steering making it easy to drive around town
    - really quiet
    - ideal for short journeys - save a fortune at the pumps
    - 0-60mph in 10 seconds
    - not sluggish on the highway 30-50 mph - 4.7 secs / 50-70 - 7.1 secs in top gear

    https://www.motability.co.uk/cars-sc...utomatic&Find=

    http://www.vantagemotorgroup.co.uk/t...iAAEgLZmPD_BwE

    http://www.vantagemotorgroup.co.uk/t...s/prius/#media

    https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews...d-drive-review

    I would opt for one of these but I need boot space to take an unfolded wheelchair that's lifted by a hoist.
    Last edited by Lighttouch; 10-20-2017 at 10:00 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lighttouch View Post
    If quick acceleration is a must you shouldn't rule out hybrid cars. The New Toyota Prius with features like
    - 94 miles per gallon
    - 1.8 petrol engine / 120 bhp
    - automatic
    - no need to plug-in - powered by a battery which is almost constantly charged by the petrol engine
    - £1,795 Advance Payment
    - CO2 emissions - 70g/km
    - light steering making it easy to drive around town
    - really quiet
    - ideal for short journeys - save a fortune at the pumps
    - 0-60mph in 10 seconds
    - not sluggish on the highway 30-50 mph - 4.7 secs / 50-70 - 7.1 secs in top gear

    https://www.motability.co.uk/cars-sc...utomatic&Find=

    http://www.vantagemotorgroup.co.uk/t...iAAEgLZmPD_BwE

    http://www.vantagemotorgroup.co.uk/t...s/prius/#media

    https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews...d-drive-review

    I would opt for one of these but I need boot space to take an unfolded wheelchair that's lifted by a hoist.
    One of my "red lines" is a spare tyre, either full size or space saver. I have researched the Ford Focus, which in Titanium X trim has all the features I am desirous of or need and in the 182PS petrol auto has a reasonable level of performance although in reality not great for an engine so powerful. Big problem is the lack of a spare tyre in this trim. It would mean dropping to Titanium and the 150PS petrol which is slower still and lacking in many of the items which come on the X model. Many can be specified as extras which pushes the price close to the X but lacking performance and some features and with a lower resale price in due course.
    Last edited by fwipperie; 10-27-2017 at 09:19 AM.

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    BMW 2 series 220i luxury is quick

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