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The voice control is good, it’s worth persevering and getting used to using it as the touch controls are difficult on the move. It also understands Welsh and Scottish accents so it’s all good 😄.
I am really looking forward to it arriving, and for a while I became obsessed. As is probably familiar to lots of you guys though, medical situations have over-ridden pretty much everything else in the last month or so. It’s turned into a background thought for the moment. My 50th rolls around late next month so I’m keeping fingers crossed that our ‘new girl’ turns up for the occasion!
Had an update from my dealer today. Car moves to production in the next 48hrs then takes a further 72hrs to travel through the process to completion. They are hopeful that the car will still arrive this month, but the original date of 20th October will definitely be missed. Apparently (no surprises) there are hold ups on XC40 production, although he didn’t know the specifics of what they were. I’ve got a nasty feeling that my car might get snarled up in further lockdown issues, but TBH if we are in a bad enough COVID situation to need that then cars won’t be top of my list of worries. Still, it’ll be nice to have sooner rather than later. I’m supposed to get an update once the car actually exists, and if I do I’ll post the info here.
I love the colour, and the car has a bit of personality about it. It looks a bit cheeky, and the front is smiley, which goes against the angry eyes look that most cars seem to have these days. It also has a, err, um, generous rear end. And who doesn’t like that?! 😆
I certainly hope so Lord Muc, I know all the signs say that but I’ve never seen it being enforced. Still, I’m sure that’s a subject that’s been covered many times so I won’t labour it. I think parking in shopping centres might be a bit easier this Christmas anyway.
I think a lot of it is down to how much practice you’ve had at it. When I took my test parking wasn’t taught or tested, so my first learnings were done on the job so to speak. I used to live on a terraced street near Barry Island (think Stacey’s house or Uncle Bryn’s and you’d be pretty close), and unless you developed parking skills quick smart you’d be walking a mile home! This seems to have left me in good stead over the years, and I still feel pretty competent using my own built in biological gadgets. The proximity sensors are useful especially on a big car but I can’t get used to the rear camera system at all. I’ve never had a self parking car but I bet I’d feel the same way about that. If I ever struggle I hand the keys to my significant other as she’s the most competent driver I’ve ever known.
You’d hope that seeing as they teach and test parking these days that the quality would keep getting better, probably a vain hope though. It’s maybe more down to the fact that joe public is an ignorant tosser who doesn’t care how many others he/she inconveniences as long as they’re alright. It’s the same with blue badge parking with no badge. Prior to having one I would never have thought of using a disabled space, or a child space when my kids weren’t with me, and yet so many people do. I reckon only about 2/3rds of cars parked in disabled spaces have a badge displayed, at least in private car parks anyway. It’s just the way the world seems to be. Good job I’m bloody perfect to balance out all the muppets. 😉
Our extended family has had quite a number of Volvo’s over the years. Xc70CC, XC90, C70, both last and current XC60’s and they’ve always been good cars. That said, my parents had last generations XC60 and we currently have the new generation and the old one was better in many ways. It felt better screwed together in general. I had an accident in the last gen where a fiesta pulled out in front of me in a 30mph zone. I braked but didn’t have enough space to stop so I guess I hit him at about 15mph. The fiesta was a write off and the Volvo had a scratched bumper. In our latest one I managed to hit an unfortunate pheasant earlier this year and it cracked the bumper. The new model looks nicer, especially inside with the fancy screens etc. but it’s just not quite as good. It’s still a very decent car though and obviously hasn’t put me off the brand!
As far as M5 beemers go, well my heart would love one, but my wallet, head, and dodgy physical condition would win that fight! Cream leather looks amazing, and really suits Volvo’s for some reason? Unfortunately I made poor life choices for allowing cream leather into my car. Live in the proper sticks, grubby children, and hairy mutt who likes being as dirty as possible. I’d have sh*tty brown leather after a few months 😆. And I was banned from having red leather by SWMBO. I’ve always wanted a silver car with red leather due to lusting after one of my colleagues Alfa Romeo 156 in the 90’s. Not to be though, and mine will look just like Macca’s, and that makes me very cheery.
No, no news, but I’ve got a dealer like Wayne’s! 😆. The last guesstimate I had was 20th October. I ordered exactly the same car as Macca, with the exception of the upgraded hifi, and he was about 3 weeks before me in ordering, so I’m hopeful!
As for Volvo vs BMW I found the XC40 a better bet for me vs. The X1. The ride was a fair bit harder, but the sway for me was the cost of extras to make it up to the Volvo spec. Way too much! I have to say though, I’m a bit jealous of the lucky buggers who can get in and out of the 2 series grand coupe. It’s a lovely thing, inside and out.
Vinnie, I did drive the D3, which has slightly less hp and slightly more torque and found it didn’t struggle with the weight of the car. It felt sprightly of the line and around town and only slightly underpowered accelerating on the dual carriageway. It wouldn’t have put me off having one if the B4 wasn’t an alternative. All of that said the T3 might be a very different beast from the D3. My experience of these smaller 3 cylinder turbo engines in other makes has been good though. Mrs B had a fiesta zetec s with a 995cc eco boost 125hp engine and it was brilliant. The only thing was that you needed to keep it in the rev range for the turbo to be engaged and it was properly powerful. I bet the Volvo is similar in this respect.
Macca, it’s just the one single led around the interior lights buttons above your head in the front. This one (and one in the rear) changes based on your settings. All the other lighting stays white (dash, doors, footwells). Tbh you only really see it as reflection in some of the glossy trim. Blue or purple seems to be the most visible. This is the 60 I’m referring to but all I can find about the 40 seems to suggest it’s the same.
I remembered one other thing regarding functions. The hill decent control doesn’t have a button anymore (unlike the older model Volvo’s), but is engaged when you select off-road from your drive mode settings. It’s really useful if you have slippery conditions and steep slopes. It does all the work to control the speed and slip, you just point it in the right direction. Hopefully!
One more! The lane keeping assist can be turned off! You’ll understand when you experience it 😀.
Wayne’s post reminded me of another point. Make sure your dealer sets up the Volvo On Call system as without it you can’t use the remote facilities. They didn’t do this on our existing car, and they need it in the dealership to do it. Also Wayne, don’t get too excited about the mood lighting, it isn’t that dramatic. All you get are 2 little led’s, one in front, one in rear, that change colour. The trim lighting is white and can’t be changed. It does give a nice little reflection off the glossy bits but it’s definitely not overwhelming, unlike the one in new Beemers.
I agree Brydo, all modern cars are like electronic devices these days. I can give a few tips with regards to generic Volvo experience as Mrs B has a current generation XC60 and it has most of the same functions.
1) the control for climate functions are in the iPad type device in the centre console and it takes a lot of practice to know where the buttons are without taking your eyes off the road. To avoid this you can use voice control by pressing the ‘listen’ button on the steering wheel and telling it what you want. This includes heated seats and wheel. For me it wasn’t intuitive to use speech but you soon get used to it, and it will alter most of the car settings. Also, on climate settings you can use the button at the top of the temperature display to synchronise the temp across the car.
2) The car has an auto handbrake which engages when you stop. It disengages when you press the accelerator again. It’s a great safety feature but is really annoying when trying to park in smaller spaces as it keeps applying brake then requiring a blip of throttle to release. This can be awkward when in tight spaces. You can turn it off but that stops it working when you actually want it. Instead, I learned to keep the car moving ever so slightly so it doesn’t engage. It’s worth practising the technique as without it you’ll be swearing at the car!
3) The start/stop function can be turned off but there is a little trick to allow it to stay on and still not be unnerved by it. When you stop it will engage but if you quickly blip the throttle it starts again leaving you with a running engine. It won’t turn off again unless you move and stop again. It’s especially useful if you want to momentarily leave your car but don’t want it turning off. If you blip it before you get out it stays running, if it’s in stop mode and you get out it turns off. Very annoying if you have a post box at the top of a track!
4) The manual is built into the iPad device and can be accessed at any time. Very useful when you’re bored and waiting somewhere, or there’s a function you don’t understand.
5) the auto headlights are activated by pushing the toggle on the indicator stalk up the way. It stays engaged until you manually adjust the lights. The system is quite effective and knows the difference between reflections and actual headlights. It dips with street lights too! Neither of which my Ford can manage 🙂
I’m sure there’s loads more but aI can’t think of them right now!
That’s an awesome looking motor Macca! Can’t wait 😀. How does the back look without the tailpipes? I’ve only seen an Inscription in the new spec and it’s hard to tell what the black panel looks like in the flesh. Hope you enjoy your new car and have many happy miles in it.
Debate is a wonderful thing, so I’ll add my two penneth in.
I don’t think you meant any harm by this comment Smallcar, but your choice of words and your lack of using question marks made it a poorly judged statement. And that will always be divisive. ‘Aren’t we fortunate?’ is very different as it asks rather than tells. It’s a small thing but it’s massively important in the written word as without emphasis or inflection it becomes totally open to interpretation.
And to offer my thoughts on your statement, no I don’t feel fortunate. Mostly because 30yrs of tax and NI allows me guilt free access to social funding when I need it, which is now. Also remember that Motability might be a charity but it’s not particularly benevolent. It’s a profit making business that should exist purely to facilitate those of us less fortunate than the masses.
And I like thinking about ambient lighting etc. Why wouldn’t I?
Still, variety is the spice of life, so don’t stop offering your opinion. Just expect it to be questioned when it’s divisive. As long as we remain polite and tolerant of others long may the differences be aired.
Your AP is set at time of order Karen, so you’ll only pay what it was then. Should say what you’re due on your order. 😀 It doesn’t matter if you’ve paid deposits or not.
I’m exactly the same! Initially it was exciting to read about others experiencing the same things, and interesting how people’s views differed, but I’ve now maxed myself out with contemplating my decision. I just want it to arrive and get on with it being the practical assistance that I need to facilitate life a bit better. I’m pretty new to having a physical constraint and it’s altered my life across the board. I think I used the contemplation and ordering of the car to divert thoughts from other less pleasurable things, but I guess that only lasts so long.
BTW and not to be the bearer of bad news but the configuration tool lists Inscription models as March based on an order now (if you select the subscription box it gives you an estimated delivery), which is much longer than the r design. I guess they must have some form of supply issue with some of the components that are unique to Inscription. Hopefully yours will arrive in the near future. 👍
It looks like Volvo needed a sales boost in Q3 so allowed us a better deal on a temporary basis. In Q2 the T4 R Design Pro was £2399 and then you needed to add metallic paint, so this is just returning prices to previous levels albeit now including the paint cost. XC40 was the darling of Q3 pricing, hence the large number of posts relating to it on here, at least those bored of reading about Volvo will have alternatives.
As we all have discovered, it is seemingly impossible to get a deal out of Scottish Volvo dealers. They know they have a good offer on AP vs brand and spec and they know (especially with Covid-19) they have a reasonably captive audience. I tried Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, and Inverness, all with no joy regarding any sort of deal. So I ended up with my closest dealer which happens to be Arnold Clark, and although they’ve been poor with offers and a wee bit lacking in communication, they are always pleasant to deal with once I’m there. From a servicing perspective they do offer a collection and return service and we are 40 miles away, but they are our nearest dealers. I wonder if they would offer the same when you have other franchises closer to you? On the plus side, if you take your car to Stirling you’ll have a good excuse to visit the Trossachs 😀, which is always a great way to spend an afternoon! Loch Katrine and a jaunt on the SS Sir Walter Scott, awesome! 🏴
When an honest man gets shat on for being honest you know the system is flawed. Other than a jobsworth mentality there can be no reason as to why you couldn’t keep the incorrect car. To be honest, and assuming that Motability has expert level senior managers working in the organisation, it sounds like this issue hasn’t yet got the ear of somebody senior enough to be able to make a judgement call instead of quoting policy. I would question whether their decision isn’t in fact discriminatory. If your dealer has accepted responsibility and offered to take the financial hit one can assume that they would have done the same if you’d paid via merc finance or cash. So, the only reason you’re not sitting in your new car right now is because you’ve chosen to purchase through a scheme specifically designed to aid disabled people. That negatively differentiates you from other customers in a pretty severe way. If it were me I would be firing a letter off to the CEO asking for his explanation of why he considers this appropriate. It’ll probably never reach him but it might reach a manager senior enough to be able to make a sensible decision.
Good luck with getting a positive resolution and at least rest easy that your integrity can’t be questioned. If that were me I’d have been getting hairdryers and scrapers on that badge ASAP!
That’s exciting news Macca, hopefully you can get some pics on when it arrives. I’ll be especially interested seeing as I’ve ordered the exact same car in the exact same colour! Your dealer has been excellent with the updates. I haven’t had a single update apart from when I’ve been in to them. Not that it particularly bothers me, it’s just the peace of mind that they’re working on your behalf behind the scenes. Fingers crossed yours goes to plan and that the rest of us get ours in due course. Quite excited about it now 🙂.
Ajn, Hi! Mine was ordered on August 13th. I was originally told late October. I was advised I could add extras for 30 days and I did just that, going into the dealer to add an option on 16th September. When he checked his screen the date had changed to November 4th, but once the option had been added it moved back to 20th October! I can only assume there must have been a cancellation for one already in the queue with the correct option specified. I’m not holding my breath mind, I’m adding a month to my expectation to avoid frustration. If it comes on time then all the better. How about you?
It’s definitely down to the model designation rather than an inability to order extras. The premium and plus pack cars are effectively different models which aren’t listed on the scheme, therefore unavailable to us. You could order any available extras for your base spec car but not increase from that base spec. It happens with others manufacturers too but the Mercedes are more vulnerable to it because of the way they designate the increased specs by changing the model. It happened to me when I recently ordered a Volvo XC40. I wanted an AWD version which isn’t available with the pro pack on the scheme. I could have ordered the lower spec and then ordered all the extra bits via options but it would have been incredibly expensive. In the end I went 2WD which was available with the Pro pack. Understanding that the Mercedes is an awesome car, my advise would be to look at different manufacturers to see if they offer a better spec for your money, especially if you want to combine higher spec with a more powerful engine.
Hi Ennia, Any discount you obtain on the options you order is a deal between you and the individual dealer. As far as I know there is no input from Motability regarding options pricing. It’s essentially the same as any other car purchase in that you need to negotiate with your dealer to get the deal you want. If they won’t play ball then you go elsewhere and offer your business there instead. It would seem from my own experience versus that of others on here that the smaller family owned type dealers are more affable than the big networks. I’m sure that’s not always true mind. In my case I got nothing except an increased value for my privately owned trade in. Due to geography and limited movement during lockdown I just had to swallow it and order anyway. Hope you do better!
The R Design Pro has 20” wheels as standard. The non Pro is 18”. On the Inscription Pro they’re 19” with an option for bigger. Not confusing at all then. 😀.
‘You don’t know the power of the Dark Side.’
Even the inside looks a bit ‘Death Star’ with all those flashy screens!
You know, you’ve basically become The Emporer. Don’t let anyone called Luke take a gander at your hyperdrive…
File28, that’s a lovely looking motor! Your wife’s choice has made it look like a stormtrooper, which is about as good as you can get in my book 😀. The auto might take a bit of time getting used to but at least it’s not the other way around! Stalling at every junction is a never fun 🤣. Anyway, hope you have some good fun exploring your new ride. Enjoy!September 16, 2020 at 5:19 pm in reply to: FORD FOCUS HATCHBACK 1.0 ECOBOOST HYBRID MHEV 125 ST-LINE X EDITION 5DR #123982
That’s a fine looking motor! Not really a compromise either as it looks great in the darker blue too. I really wish it could join you in hatchback land but it’s the almost obligatory Volvo XC40 that I’ve ended up going for. Thanks for the compliment on mine, at a bit of a marmite car with people either loving it or hating it (in equal numbers!). It’s an ST3 petrol. It’s been a brilliant car. Incidentally, Mrs B had a Fiesta Zetec S with the 125bhp eco boost 1.0l and it was a complete hoot. Loads of power as long as you kept it in the rev range for the turbo to be singing.