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Hi all. Haven’t posted on here for a while, lost both my parents at the end of last year and life has been hectic with other things taking priority.
Got our 3008 hybrid4 in October and tbh it’s been a disaster. Since 2009 it’s the only motability car that we have been left stranded by. New battery pack needed and currently at the dealers for an undiagnosed fault. Have been told nothing wrong with it. Went to start it at school and it wouldn’t do anything. Various faults came up on dash each time I pressed start. Tried lots of things but finally phoned RAC.90 minutes later the car lit up and allowed us to start it and go home. Now with them saying it is fine my confidence in it has disappeared.
The car has also disappointed in other areas. Very poor range. Even in hybrid mode it won’t complete a 25 mile round trip before running out of juice. When fully charged it now shows a range of 16 miles, showed 42 in the first week we bought it. Yes I know it’s cold, winter, etc etc but it does make you think ‘why bother’. If every trip you make is less than 15 miles you’ll be fine, only thing is I’m not sure how many families only make such short journeys. Once that juice runs out you really start to pay for it. I don’t drive particularly fast and 30 mpg is about the norm. That coupled with a very small tank means you are constantly watching the fuel gauge. Ok, but it’s fast right? No. Fast doesn’t even begin to cover it. Liken it to strapping yourself to a missile and pressing launch. It flies. And not just from the lights, it overtakes like few other family cars on the road. Of course your meagre reserves of fuel disappear even more quickly than usual but it’s a novelty for a while. The other price you pay is the noise. In sport mode the engine is quite loud and intrusive and rapidly loses its appeal.
There are good points. I think it looks amazing. Vertigo blue with black pack really looks the part. Often return to it and people will be looking or even pass comment. It’s a real headturner. Equipment levels are high although wireless charging was a no show which was standard when I ordered.
The real ‘deal breaker’ is the comfort. Front seats really look the part and seem comfortable over relatively short distances. Anything over 25 miles and things soon change. I have tried everything but always end up with a burning feeling at the top of my sign. Wheel doesn’t seem to adjust enough for me and I seem to be constantly hunching forward unless I constantly brace myself back against the seat. I’s the same story for my wife, we both avoid using the car if we can preferring the comfort of our Freelander2 instead.
Please note that these are only my opinions and findings in our situation. I am sure many of you have the same car and love it, I genuinely hope you do. Motability have been amazing and very understanding. The agreement has been cancelled and as soon as our sons award letter comes through ( 16 and changing to pip) we shall go for something else. Kia e Niro top of the list. Found it very comfortable, very high spec and available! Sorry if this has just seemed like a moan. I don’t like to complain but thought some might benefit from our experiences. Looking forward to getting back to reading and commenting again. Thank you