508SW HDI 163 Allure
Added: 15th of October 2016
This is the comfiest, easiest car to drive i have ever owned. The engine is powerful and repsonsive where it counts in day to day situations. The 50 to 70 response is impressive and it picks up well at motorway speeds in 6th gear. The only downfall is the power & torque curve is fairly narrow and it is possible to be caught out in an inappropriate gear at low speeds. it is very economical, easily achievinng 50 - 55mpg on a long journey. I regulary achieve 45 -47mpg around town and in stop start traffic. The 6 speed manual gearbox is perfectly weighted and has a pleasing action. The comfort of the vehicle is another big plus, the cabin is quiet and the ride is smooth with little vibration thorugh the seats. This makes for stress free pleasant driving. The climate control is efficient and maintains temperature well. The heated seats also aid comfort on long journeys as the heat is not just confined to the seat base, but is also in the lumbar region of the backrest, which helps ease stiff muscles during long journeys. The cruise control is easy to use, and most commonly used infotainment controls are accessable from the steering wheel. Bluetooth conectivity for phones that is controlable from the steering wheel is truly handsfree. The panoramic glass roof floods the cabin with natural light making the cabin feel more spacious. The vehicle is also a capable and competant tow car, the factory fitted demountable tow bar is easy to use, although the 13 pin electric socket is mounted a little to high and far back under the bumper. The economy of the vehicle whilst towing a large caravan is impressive, achieving 30mpg on average. The torque of the engine means that proogress is maintained without resorting to many gearchanges. The integrated electrics show any faults on the driver information system meaning an annoying extra buzzer isn't required. The suspension of the vehicle is strong and the vehicle doesn't tend to feel choppy with a caravan in tow. The dealer is friendly and has managed to schedule servicing around my requirements of a saturday. I have covered over 18,500 miles in the vehicle in 9 months, requiring one service (free as part of the vehicle sale).