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I’ve been holding off writing this for a while so that I had sufficient time to get properly acquainted with the car and give a proper first impression after the ‘honeymoon period’.
So, a 2.2d auto AWD non sport with full leather, BOSE and pan roof. Firstly, I mention those ‘extras’ because they’re well worth having and appear to cost very little extra on a used car (mine is a 2016 model with 20 odd thousand miles).
If you read the press reviews about this car, without trying it first, the chances are you won’t buy one.
In my opinion, the car is much, much better than the reviews. The engine is a bit noisy on idle but it soon settles down and I find the car very quiet. More so than my previous Audi A3.
I’ve done 4K miles in the car, very relaxing to drive, very comfortable but not as ‘sharp’ as the A3, but that’s not the style of this car. The auto box is superb.
Reliability has been 100% so far, with no noticeable niggles.
One caveat I will mention. I noticed shortly after buying the car that one of the daytime LED running lights wasn’t working properly. After several unsuccessful attempts at getting this fixed, I ended up having to buy a new light unit (well, a second hand one but it still cost me £600 plus fitting). I get the impression that is is a relatively common fault, so please check first. The replacements are very expensive, especially if it is a full LED unit.
Overall, I rate the car highly and would definitely recommend one, but try it as thoroughly as possible first and make sure it’s for you.
 

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Hi Steve, totally agree on the press reviews being not favourable in the UK. My car is just for me and the lady so no passengers or very infrequently. I found some excellent reviews from Europe, Asia and America. I will maybe post up some links for others to watch them. I actually like driving a Japanese / German car that most people haven't a clue what it is... If I had a tenner for people asking if it's a Tesla etc I'd be quite flush... I own a Japanese / Italian small SUV too, so I am used to the best of both... 👍
Unsure what variant I have as it's a sport chassis and powertrain without the sport interior seats or sport steering wheel? I reckon mine was one of the last of the sunderland build so they put it together with what they had left in the warehouse :LOL:I am pleased as its comfy and very quiet, dead easy to drive is economical for a GT car.
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Hi Steve, totally agree on the press reviews being not favourable in the UK. My car is just for me and the lady so no passengers or very infrequently. I found some excellent reviews from Europe, Asia and America. I will maybe post up some links for others to watch them. I actually like driving a Japanese / German car that most people haven't a clue what it is... If I had a tenner for people asking if it's a Tesla etc I'd be quite flush... I own a Japanese / Italian small SUV too, so I am used to the best of both... 👍
Unsure what variant I have as it's a sport chassis and powertrain without the sport interior seats or sport steering wheel? I reckon mine was one of the last of the sunderland build so they put it together with what they had left in the warehouse :LOL:I am pleased as its comfy and very quiet, dead easy to drive is economical for a GT car. View attachment 1532
Hi Cornish Blue. Yes, the model variants can be quite confusing. It’s a great shame they’re not making the car anymore. I guess they could never get sufficiently established to compete against the main players here. Too many people stuck on BMW, Mercedes, etc and unable to think out of the box. You we’re fortunate to pick up one of the last of the line, such solidly built car seats too.
 

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Cheers Steve 👍 agree with you 🙏 It is a shame that they discontinued them. Reading behind the lines, I think Renault own more than 40% of Nissan, but Nissan only own less than 20% of Renault I think I read.
You can see Renault dont want Nissan anywhere near Mercedes again as it was Nissan that pulled the strings on the Q30 QX30. With barely any real profits and more likely losses if you factor in the 250M they invested in the Sunderland plant and the dealerships etc Renault will supply all the parts moving forward I guess. Mercedes were grumbling as well behind closed doors as Infiniti built a much classier car than the chav bling Mercs of today, but that's only my opinion. I laugh as Journalists are a fickle bunch, this weeks excellent new vehicle will be next weeks old outdated one... 😅
Post up a picture of your car when you have five, it's always good to see different models. 🖐
 
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