Re: Out Today.
Posted by geoff the bonnie on August 14, 2020, 10:46 pm, in reply to "Re: Out Today."
Many car makers are using Renault engines now so you are seeing a lot of the 1.5 160 bhp cars. Some of these will run on 2 cylinders at light motorway speeds. |
My V40 had a Ford engine with some Ford markings on the engine parts. It worked very well with just 115 bhp and low emissions.
I had looked at many of the 1.5 turbo cars and found that 2 litre models were using less fuel.
I did try a Toyota hybrid Hr-c model 2 litre petrol auto. I had it out for 60 miles and 3 hours with traffic jams and that car would easily do 50 mpg. I managed a length of motorway at 75 mph and it was showing close to 60 mpg. Hard acceleration does use a lot more fuel as it is a 200 bhp engine. The Toyota was less noisy than the larger Honda Hybrid and is an exceptional car to travel in. However, i have become used to the larger cars with more interior space now. One of the other targets in choosing was vehicle length for town parking and the Volvo is more compact in length than most of these SUV cars.
I did note,Hybrid vehicles are unable to tow caravans or any weight over about 700kg. Exception being the Toyota Rav 4 which has a 2.5 litre petrol engine and electric motor.
Modern cars change very rapidly between purchases and i expect this new Volvo will look dated in 3 years. Most dealers also agree that fully electric cars are a bit of a farce and they do not try to sell them fearing what happened to Jaguar who had to buy some back from customers whose journey to Cornwall involved 3 days,some of which was on a trailer to the next charge point. Then 3 days to get back home on a 400 mile trip. Not one dealer tried to sell an electric vehicle.
Worst vehicle i considered was the BMW X2 as it would have needed another 8000 pounds spent to get some of the equipment that other makes include.
Possibly the best vehicle was the large hybrid Honda but it was just a little too big for Devon lanes. All my road tests involved a set route and i spent more time going backward in the Honda. It is funny, but most oncoming vehicles give way to the Volvo because it looks like a bulldozer. I might send the Nissan to the we buy any car people as they made a good offer for it. My Brother might have it though for the same money. If you are buying new, Carwow is the place to buy cheap with often a 7k discount and they will deliver from up country. Many Exeter dealers are poor discounts.
New models have low discount but any car that has been around 2 years is generously discounted.
I tried out Hyundai models but the seat to steering wheel position was awful with armrests also out of reach when holding the wheel. What i found with nearly all cars i tried is that the Nissan seating position and comfort was better.