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CHR design in silver 1.8 hybrid £995 my front runner
I guarantee you’ll be as pleased as punch with it Mike – if that’s your final choice.
I haven’t had any test drives yet. My C-HR is due a final service next month & seeing as I normally drop it off for a couple of hours or so at the Toyota dealer, I thought I would arrange a test drive in the Corolla GR Sport 2.0 and kill two birds with one stone while I’m waiting!
The new Mk 8 Golf R-Line 1.5 DSG hybrid is also on my list. My only worry is those touchscreens & lack of any physical knobs or buttons! I’ve watched countless video reviews on the car & will have to take it out for a test drive. Pretty sure I would eventually get used to all that glass.
Puma automatic is also on the list… just in case I still require something a little higher again than your normal hatchback. I’ve been told the auto version will be on the Q4 list early doors although no idea of AP.
If the new Peugeot 208 GT Line came with heated seats (or even had a stand alone option to add them), then that would have been high up my list. Alas, you have to go full leather to get them & pay a whopping £1,400 for the privilege! I don’t want or need leather seats!
Other than that Mike – not much else out there really grabs me to be honest.
i was just thinking i hope all off us who are due for jan/feb delivery get them on time as we could leave the EU with no deal or with new lockdown looming and then who knows when we would get them
I’m due to change 1st March next year, so I can choose from December 1st this year (Q4). As you say, this year will be like no other. It’s all a bit strange & very unique. First of all, Brexit will have a bearing of some sort on future AP’s and the availability of certain cars if we don’t get a deal. Secondly, the “covid effect” – factories closing down across Europe, car showrooms closed once again, etc – will also mean a much smaller choice, if any choice at all. I can only see things getting worse this coming Winter.
At least one thing is for sure; I will definitely be choosing a car in Q4 as opposed to Q1 next year… for all the reasons given above! Now all I have to do is hope that come December 1st, the country hasn’t returned to the dark days of lock-down & a Winter of discontent!
As usual – Thomas has got it covered…
solent60 sorry i misread your post hope no offence was taken.
ha ha. None taken James – not even a smidgen old chap.
Keep up the excellent work you do James regarding coming & going cars. Many on here appreciate it – me included.
Don’t seem to anymore, My Seat Leon was due it’s first yearly service and they phoned me to book it in. When they asked how you normally pay for the service I said It’s a mobility car, So they said in that case It doesn’t need a service until It’s 18 months old.
lol. A classic case of fleecing the private purchaser!
Okay, so I know I’m going to get some flack for posting this, but… … … why would anyone order a car by looks alone & without seeing if it fits their needs when you’re going to be keeping it for 3-years?
I am honestly 100% curious!
James, I think Solent60 meant that, as the updated Tiguan is available on the VW site for public orders, that, fingers crossed 🤞, the new one will be available to Motability soon. i.e. a blip. If I’m wrong Solent60, please shout out. 😁
Exactly that Wayne. Sorry for the confusion James. I am pretty certain that the ‘new’ Tiguan will be on the Q4 list when it’s published in a fortnight’s time.
Hmmm. It would appear that electric cars are nothing other than a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’…
It’s water off a duck’s back to me these days. Take my miserable, moaning old step father for example. Despite having polio when I was 6 months old – he still moans & insists that I shouldn’t get any benefits of any kind – let alone a “free car” every 3-years! When I explain that I left school and went to sea for 12-years… then worked for an insurance company for 9-years… then worked for myself for another 7-years before I couldn’t manage getting around anymore in my mid-40’s – he just scoffs and gives me a lecture on his ‘hard life’ blah blah blah (yaaaaawn)…
You do (eventually -as Phil says) become thick skinned.
Wow, that’s a huge reduction. And some very popular cars as well. Only two Tiguans left now and the Kadjar gone altogether. ☹️
Just a temporary blip as the new updated/refreshed Tiguan is now available to order on VW’s website… although no pricing details yet.
That annoys me too rox whenever motoring journalists review a car. They are always loaded with extra cost options with the journos saying ” The XXX starts from just £21,000 – but our test car, with its options, cost almost £32,000″. You have to pay close attention when watching videos & your best bet is to read what is & what isn’t standard on a manufacturer’s website when configuring a car for your needs.
As soon as you touch the boot handle and press it to open it Mike, the car will unlock. You don’t have to take the key out of your pocket. My key stays in my pocket the whole time – even when I’m driving. I leave home with it in my pocket & never get it out until I get back home & put it on the side.
Agree about the new Golf. I’ve been looking at the R-Line with an AP of £999. Sounds reasonable… until you realise there’s no electric folding mirrors, no rear view camera, no heated seats, and the standard wheels are extremely dull! Folding mirrors, camera, heated seats & decent wheels will mean another £1,500 of options to get the car how I would want it. That’s a hefty AP.
The Corolla GR Sport however comes with all that and more… even a HUD! Granted, it’s a tad over £2,000 AP as well – but it just looks sooooo gorgeous in white/black bi-tone – to me anyway.
I have loved every minute in my C-HR… but it’s time to change to something different for the next 3-years.
Same here Mike. Due to change 1st March next year which means I can order from 1st December… which isn’t that far away now – about 10-weeks or so. I must have watched several million YouTube videos & read another million car forum reviews too!!! I always do this every time I get near changeover though. It’s kept me sane during lockdown to be fair although the missus thinks I’m incredibly sad lol.
To be fair – I definitely do my homework and I haven’t chosen a bad/unsuitable car yet in almost 20-years on the scheme!
I hope to test drive a few cars on my list in the coming weeks. I love the Toyota GR Sport 2 litre & the new Golf 8 R-Line looks good and would also be more than suitable for my needs… although I’m not sure about those touch screens in the cabin. My very first car ever was a Mk.I Golf many years ago now which I remember fondly.
The rise in AP’s and car prices in general is a tad worrying though. It’s strange really because I would have thought that after a pandemic like we’ve just had (and indeed – are still going through), car manufacturer’s would be discounting their models left, right & centre in order to get us buying again. Instead, all I seem to read is that the motor industry are increasing prices across the board in the face of a looming worldwide recession! I was honestly expecting, midway through the covid outbreak some months ago, really decent AP’s come this December when I can order. Looks like I am going to be somewhat disappointed on that note! 🙁
Do we know when the 7gear automatic will be available on the mobility scheme? Anyone heard anything?
Amanda; according to a guy I know at my local Ford dealer, he seems to think it will be on early Q4. The auto was only released back in June and all were built for showrooms across Europe. Now that they have them, Ford are now building them to order – as per their UK website. He’s got no idea as regards AP though. Seeing as only the 125 version is available in automatic guise & with it not being the mild hybrid – I think the AP will be reasonable. Ford have always been very supportive of the Motability scheme… although in this very strange covid world that we now live in, who knows what Q4 AP’s have in store for us all!
Solent I thought the CHR was made in Japan is it as well made in Turkey ?
All European versions of the C-HR are built in Turkey Mike. Yes, they are very well assembled & good quality… typical Toyota I guess you could say.
I’m surprised at that Marc my local dealer told me 4 weeks for. CHR hybrid
Had a call from the dealer today they told me end of October at the latest but could be sooner so 6 weeks or less for the Corolla.
Mike – the C-HR is built at Toyota’s plant in Turkey. The Corolla is built in the UK in Derbyshire – so never a long wait for one. Just as well because the 2.0 GR Sport is still top of my ‘want list’ for Q4 when I can order.
It’s a peugeot so no stalk controls, I know how to use the damn thing it’s just rubbish and no way to revert to normal cc.
Ah, I see. Well in that case – thanks for putting me off the new 208 GT Line then vinal!
Folding mirrors, reverse activated passenger dipping mirror, park assist and puddle lights all standard on my ateca fr… Its funny because I read a lot on here saying that SEAT is a poor man’s VW….SEAT all day long for me. Vw just so bland to look at and tight with their standard equipment
This – exactly.
I’m not sure who’s designing VW’s these days but they need a kick up the @rse! The Scirocco was the last good looking car from Wolfsburg.
Yeah, the one I have now has 3 distance levels but even the closest is no where near close enough and there is no way to turn it off and revert to normal CC, if you don’t keep overriding with the throttle it leaves too large a gap and you end up going backwards getting slower and slower, it’s getting to the point where I’m considering returning the car as I can’t keep my foot on the gas all the time.
If it’s a Toyota – press the button on the end of the stalk (when activating ACC) quickly & the car will switch to ACC at 5 mph intervals and with distance markers. Hold the same button for 2 seconds or more however & this will turn on normal cruise control with 1 mph increments but no distance markers.
I had no problem choosing speed, what I couldn’t do was specify a distance to the vehicle in front, not way to adjust distance and no display to even show distance.
It’s the button, bottom right of steering wheel in photo, which looks like the front of a car with 3 ‘radar waves’ coming out of the front. Press this button once for 3 distance blocks from car in front – twice for two blocks & three times for one distance block to car in front.
Pressing it also brings up an image of the car & each block on the small TFT screen in front of the driver.
The C-HR I had on hire was a 1.8 hybrid “Icon” model and it was awful, setting everything else that was wrong with it aside the one big problem I had with it was the adaptive cruise control, it did all the usual things, but it didn’t have any way to adjust the distance to other vehicles and at 70mph it set that distance at over 300 yards (measured it with the exit reminder boards on the motorway) and you just couldn’t make any progress on the motorway as it started to slow down way too far back from the vehicles in front and because it left such a large gap cars would just pull into the gap and it slowed down even more, only way to use it was to keep on the throttle to override it constantly, hardly cruise control when you have to have your foot on the gas for the entire time.
Well that’s just plain weird because I have the C-HR and the ACC works faultlessly for me!
You set the distance to the car in front by simply pressing a steering wheel button on the right. It sets the speed by 5 mph increments… or if you initially push the button on the end of the stalk, it’ll set it at 1 mph increments.
I recently drove all the way from Shepton Mallet in Somerset to Salisbury in Wiltshire using nothing but the ACC all the way!
Mike, VW have been a little crafty as regards folding mirrors on the new Golf 8 & there are quite a few people out there on the forums who are not happy. Initially, when it was launched, folding mirrors were only standard on the mid-range ‘Style’ model… but only for Golfs with the 2021 model year. They (VW) issued the online brochure saying so… but took it offline again because people thought they were getting folding mirrors with their early models – but they weren’t. Buyers weren’t happy – hence VW updating the online brochure with no mention of folding mirrors.
As someone mentioned above, they are now a £550 option on the ‘Life’ and ‘R-Line’ models… but the mid ‘Style’ model should have them with folding mirrors as standard… but only after VW have got rid of all the early models with no folding mirrors! Definitely check with the dealer, if you’re ordering one, that it will come with the folding mirrors. VW should issue a new, updated online UK brochure very soon with the mirrors back on the ‘Style’ model as standard.
Either way, it’s pretty mean of VW not to include them anyway for what is a (supposedly) a premium hatchback – especially on the top R-Line version. I guess we can call this one ‘Mirrorgate’?
Has the corolla got keyless entry ?
Yep – standard across the range (it’s a Toyota after all!).
By the way Mike – the C-HR has THE easiest ever locking/unlocking doors you will ever find on any car. It has two little ‘slits’ on the handle which you just brush a finger lightly over & it locks. At the boot – there is a little button up underneath and right next the handle. Push it twice & it also locks the car.