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We only have a Hybrid4 3008 but we specified the larger 7.2kw charger for an extra 400 pounds. It means we can charge in a little over 2 hours which is great if you are out several times a day.
Apparently I am a little behind the times because I think a BMW does not provide a better overall driving experience than a Kia. Well if that happens to be your opinion you are obviously not some one who loves to drive. Some cars get us from A to B perfectly well, never break down, have a really long warranty and fabulous resale values. If that’s what you are looking for car that’s great, I truly hope you find what you are looking for and are happy with it. Personally for me it’s about walking out of the house, seeing a car and thinking ‘know what, I’m really looking forward to this journey’. The point is that it has nothing to do with long warranties, fancy led lights or how well it scored in some survey that no one cares about. It is to with knowing when you are driving a brilliantly engineered, well put together quality car from a manufacturer that realises the importance of the joy of driving. Behind the times? Most certainly not. Merely an experienced driver who appreciates a car that has been built to give people that moment when they leave the house.
Sounds like you’ve got a dud too. We have had a new battery, undiagnosed non starting problems and various other issues which the dealer puts down to glitches. Our contract has been cancelled and we can select another car when our sons pip claim comes through(16 and moving over from dla). Of course as time goes by it is becoming harder and harder to find something to replace it with.
Kia better than BMW. Did I read that correctly? Well sorry but no. Nice, good looking cars and a huge improvement over the years. Having said that if you think the only difference between a Kia and a BMW is the badge you are sorely mistaken. Build quality and driving dynamics are far superior from BMW. You’ll be telling me Hyundai are better built than Mercedes next.
Thanks Glos Guy. Hasn’t been easy but who knows what life is going to throw at us. Might just upgrade our second car if I want something ‘nice’ as current choice is indeed very poor. Kia e Niro would fit the bill as a day to day workhorse for the school run etc. Also make use of the wall charger we have installed at home.
The car in general has been very ‘glichy’. Plug has to be put in 2/3 times before it locks in, sometimes won’t lock, sometimes won’t open etc etc. Even the garage has said they are so complicated nowadays it’s quite common. Maybe so, but not for us. It’s not all about the comfort, I prefer a good all round drive. In that respect a BMW is way ahead of the pack.
Ha ha , would they still cancel the order for you if the ap dropped by say £1000?
That’s extremely unlikely to happen, but the answer is yes. It’s purely an admin thing and takes minutes to do. The dealer doesn’t receive the AP, so whether the AP is £3k or £1k the dealer receives exactly the same amount of money for the car (a fixed handling fee from Motability, plus any manufacturer incentives). As the dealer said to me on 1st April, “it’s better in your pocket than Motabilities”! As I say, it’s not the order that gets cancelled, it’s the admin with Motability. Two very different things.
Well that’s good to know and on that basis I’m just going to wait for as long as it takes.
Ha ha , would they still cancel the order for you if the ap dropped by say £1000?
Glos Guy- I don’t think you’ll be alone in cancelling due to loss of optional extras. If not for this reason a lot of people will cancel if they see a sizeable drop in the ap which they originally paid.
I was under the impression that the hybrids automatically switch between petrol and electric depending on driving style, conditions etc. Not sure it is based on sat nav routes though
Looks really nice. Lovely to see a colour that isn’t the usual black, various greys or one of the many, many shades of silver that seem to fill our car parks at the moment. Enjoy your new car.
Hi, we ordered one on the 30th April and were initially told end of July. Haven’t asked since as I don’t suppose anyone could give a definite answer. It’s the car we want so we’re prepared to wait
Strange that the Hybrid petrol also remains available
A great choice Marcus and an absolute bargain. Hope you enjoy, I’m sure you will.
We had the windscreen replaced on our BMW and that had to go to a depot in York which is 30 miles away. If you have sensors/camera it has to be calibrated and cannot be done at your home address.
Marvellous, thanks very much.
Glad you like it, I think they look very smart. Can we see some photos?
@Richard – please keep us informed. I have plenty of time before choosing, just going through all the options and this one has caught my eye, looks fantastic.[/quote
I most certainly will. I have watched endless reviews and driven most of its contenders before making my decision.
I had a long test drive in the Kuga but just could not get beyond the interior which seems to be way below others in terms of style , comfort and looks. Outside a little bland also.
I had a 24hr test drive in the Volvo xc40 which I love the look of externally. The engine had an unpleasant tone to it, I thought the dash looked dated and the electric range and mpg was very poor. Ride was comfortable at the expense of everything else.
I think the 3008 looks great inside and out. Inside really is a nice place to be. The cockpit and small wheel is not to everyone’s taste but I really like it. Reviewers say make sure you can see the dash. I can at 6’2″ and so can my wife at 5’7″ The electric range is good for a vehicle of this size and type. Ride is very comfortable. A little soft if you were to push it in the twisty bits. Having said that it does not profess to be a sporty car so not sure why you would.
VW Tiquan was ok but that was it for me. No obvious faults but nothing to make we want to order one.
Please note the above are my personal findings and opinions and in no way an attack on on a car someone else may have chosen. We all have different needs and wants, the 3008 ticked more boxes for me
It’s so funny how we all have differing opinions over the look of a car etc. For me, the looks and style of the XC40 are two of its big plus points.
That’s a great looking car and one of the best colours imo
That’s great news Lee. Can’t wait to see some photos when you get it. Fantastic looking cars with all the kit you could ever need.
I think you’re missing the point of the original thread. Its a change in driving style based on getting the most out of your batteries, nothing more.
I’m dreading having to drive an EV. Most have terrible handling due to the heavy batteries
Out of interest, have you actually driven a modern EV, my cars handling is on a par with my last car, and the performance far exceeds it!
Yes I’ve driven a couple. Both seemed far too heavy for their size and didn’t handle anything like their non electric counterparts.
It is a well documented fact that battery weight affects handling and not in a good way. Some benefits arise from a low centre of gravity but overall the cars feel heavier and far less agile.
I think when we were talking about the driving experience being spoilt it was because people would be driving to get the most range out of their batteries rather than just driving normally, regardless of the handling characteristics of the vehicle.
I have just ordered a hybrid and really hope my habits don’t change. I have a genuine love of driving and always have and I don’t want the whole experience ruined by constantly trying to keep consumption down etc. It’s very easy to spot people doing just that by not putting there foot down a bit when they come to an incline and therefore reaching the top at a greatly reduced speed etc This is just one example, there are many others! I’m hoping to save a considerable some of money by doing the 25 mile round trip school run in all electric mode but I’m certainly not going to ruin the whole driving experience by trying to save a few extra pence.
Just to add, 4wd was the obvious advantage with living where we do on the North York Moors.