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Got to agree guys this is getting beyond a joke. Just did a quick check on SUVs and there must be 10+ models that have been bumped to the max £3749 mark.
Just as an example… we got our Nissan 1.7D Tekna 4WD 7 seat manual last August for an AP of £1750 – Same car today is £2999 an increase of over 71% in less than 12 months!
WHY?April 20, 2020 at 11:31 am in reply to: Triton Reveals 8-Seat Model H Electric SUV With 700-Mile Range #111964
Better dust off me Bren guns 😉
‘There is a dreadful trend developing at the moment for cars to be removed then when they come back the price has increased.’
At the risk of being cynical (moi) I think the manufacturers take an initial ‘punt’ on AP and then sit back and watch the orders come in (or not). If they have set the AP too high/no orders, after 1/2 quarters they will drop the AP. Conversely, too low an AP and high demand results in the car being removed and re-introduced at a higher AP.
Question is… why do Motability allow them to do this?
We test drove both the 3008 and 5008 and whilst they both have the internal WOW factor, I could not get used to the small steering wheel. Felt like I was driving a go kart.
Also, when I asked about heated steering wheel the assistant said ‘whats that’. Deal breaker for me with my arthritus 🙁 Maybe they have them now?
No memory function 🙁
BTW we test drove an X1 and yes the mechanics/interior were far superior to the X-Trail but like many others we did not like the seats and the cost for upgrades is diabolical imo.
Each to their own 🙂
CVT box’es are ‘continuous variable transmission’ as averse to dual clutch variants and the most noticeable difference between the 2 are lag or delay.
Imagine you are at a roundabout in fairly heavy traffic and a gap appears and you think ‘i can get in that – just’. You put your foot down, the engine howls and you don’t move. After a second, the car jumps forward BUT that gap that was safe is now downgraded to buttock clenching.
Believe me, I have been there on more than one occasion. Never again.
The other auto box’es do not suffer from this anywhere near as bad.
Try a google search on….
Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) …
Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT) …
DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) …
for a full technical breakdown.
Good luck with whatever you choose mate 🙂
Storm white (Pearlescent at no extra cost), the seats are comfortable, the compass is simply an optional feature and yes it is oriented correctly (before you ask) – 😉
One of the things that I really appreciate is the leather seats and the height as getting in and out is noticeably easier than with cloth. 1st leg in, slide and spin – a lot easier 🙂
Here are a few pics… not very sunny today 🙁
As for a (brief) review, this is my 2nd X-Trail, manual this time as the CVT box is awful!
This is the 7 seat 4WD version so I lost the Bose sound system but the grand kids love the back seats.
Driving/parking is easy thanks to responsive controls and 360 camera plus sensors. Blind spot monitoring is good, as is emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, lane departure etc…
Seats are comfortable and access (especially passenger) is excellent. Electric adjust on both front as well as all seats (except Grand kids) heated along with the steering wheel.
To top it off, hands free boot opening, pano sunroof with blind and ‘intelligent’ 4WD. You may just be able to see a nextbase duo cam and echo dot auto 😉
All in all, very happy with it (best mpg so far – 1.7 diesel – 47 mpg) roomy, stylish (outside) and practical.
Anything specific, just ask 🙂
Bang for your buck – was my mantra and the winner…. X-Trail Teckna.
Electric (leather) seats, heated seats/steering wheel, pano s/r, 360 camera and the list goes on and on. Yes the dash is dated but as others have said, you have to compromise. It’s our 2nd consecutive car on the scheme, need I say more.
Good luck with whatever you choose Speedy 🙂January 16, 2020 at 4:18 pm in reply to: Car numbers on scheme today: Archive 22/11/2019 – 4/2/2020 #103280
What’s the winning numbers for Friday’s Euro wmcforum?
Making space for a bevvy of EV’s in the new year, Ho Ho Ho!
More like the Volkswagen Touareg in my eyes and I would snatch Moto’s hand off and damn the AP 🙂
What is your current car (the one you are buying) just out of interest?
Quick update for anyone who is interested – This is now working so let me know if you want to know how.November 1, 2019 at 9:24 am in reply to: Should we collectively open up the biggest can of worms ever? #94652
In my experience dealerships are very much a lottery. We need to arm ourselves with information, do diligent research and be prepared to walk away if not happy.
Not ideal I know but then this is the real world not utopia.
That said I also support the very good idea (SpinaB) of a user group that would provide feedback to Motability and hopefully influence their thinking/policies.
This was our first car on the scheme and we were ‘blown away’ with it. The latest offering GT line S has absolutely everything you could wish for and if you can stomach the AP then it is the best on the scheme IMHO.
The ONLY reason we did not stick with it is the roofline/door opening is about an inch too low resulting in me scraping the top of my head on numerous occasions when exiting the vehicle 🙁
Other than that I cannot fault it and in those 3 years it performed flawlessly.
What more proof/better example do Motability need to rethink their ridiculous 3 month lead time?
Personally I would go for the X Trail (and I did) as the styling is better and its basically the same car BUT with a sunroof. Why 4WD on the Koleos precludes a sunroof will always be a mystery to me.
Also beware the CVT auto box, I drove one for almost 4 years and it was hell!
Good luck with whatever you choose 🙂August 1, 2019 at 11:43 am in reply to: New 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan set for radical new look #84145
WOWSER! Finally a tiggy that looks good without being white in R line trim 🙂July 2, 2019 at 10:23 am in reply to: Back against the wall why wont Motabilty treat us fairly? #81444
Without wishing to offend….
We are in our 7th year on the scheme and have had a Kia Sportage and a Nissan X-Trail (currently awaiting another X-Trail next month).
It appears to me that we (Motability customers) are in two camps. Those pre Daily Mail and those post.
When we joined the XC60 was available, in fact we booked a test drive. But when seeing the car ‘in the flesh’ we were not impressed with the small buttons on the centre console (if memory serves me correctly).
The point being XC60, BMW X3, Range Rover Evoque available pre not post. Those customers ‘fortunate’ enough to have the chance of choosing one of these are understandably the most vocal when that choice is removed.
That being said, I for one whole heartedly agree that Motability should be big/strong enough to stand up to public/press pressure and defend ‘their’ customers and make as much choice available as possible. As an aside I don’t see the DM criticising Motability for the billions in reserve, which just shows me that the press are more/equally as powerful as the government!
As individuals with different means, different tastes, different disabilities, I would think it is the responsibility of Motability to make the best available choices for its customers. Each customer then has the right to spend as little or as much as they want (those who are eligible for grants, apply).
Should we be lobbying Motability/MPs or what? One voice would not be heard, many would.June 26, 2019 at 8:14 am in reply to: Carmakers ‘delay electric vehicles to cash-in on SUVs’ #80906
Why don’t they (manufacturers) make EV SUVs then? Win Win – Simples (surely)?