My first VW, and I was a little nervous about it, having driven many cars all my life.
I drove the AudiQ7 Range Rover Sport and the new Mercedes ML 320,and the BMW each a diesel model. I am very impressed with the car so far, hence the reason for buying it. Standard specification is very high. The satellite-navigation system is not very sophisticated - it doesn't have TMC and the screen colours are not very attractive. So far, I am pleased with the car - it is well put-together and of a very high standard.
Fuel economy around town is poor,however I achieved 22.5 mpg.on the motor way, i would recommend the car to anyone.
Lots of room, it's well designed, well built, comfortable and every day is a plesure to drive.
I do think that the V6 is the best of the bunch, and it offers a good amount of power compered to its rivals.
This is the best 4x4 on the market in its class value for money
Be warned after about 12000 miles the front tyres become racing slicks as the clutch scrubs the tyres this evident on every model up to date. I know this because my mum works in a VW dealership.
This is my first 4x4, and I was a little nervous about it, having driven cars all my life.
Before deciding on this car, I drove the Range Rover Sport and the new Mercedes ML 320, each a diesel model. I am very impressed with the car so far, hence the reason for buying it. Standard specification is very high, but parking sensors are extra and should be standard. The satellite-navigation system is not very sophisticated - it doesn't have TMC and the screen colours are not very attractive.
I would also prefer street names on the maps instead of on the screen on the driver's binnacle. The car I purchased had a high specification, and I would definitely recommend only buying a car with xenon headlamps - they are an absolute must. So far, I am pleased with the car - it is well put-together and of a very high standard.
Fuel economy around town is only around 16.6mpg and on a run from Leeds to London with some town driving, I achieved 20.5 mpg. It is a difficult market out there with so much choice, but I believe I have made the right choice and would recommend the car to anyone.
There's bags of room, it's well designed, plush, well built, comfy and every day is a new experience. Overall, I give it eight out of ten!
One last point - I strongly believe the 3.0-litre diesel is the best of the bunch, and it offers a good amount of power (224bhp) and 500Nm of torque, which is similar to the ML 320 CDi, and more powerful than the current Range Rover Sport 2.7 diesel.
I have had the car for just under a year and have enjoyed the luxurious standard extras.
The car looks great in black with optional tinted windows and it really sets off the chrome trim around the windows and along the sills. I researched a number of large 4x4s, needing an executive cruiser with all mod cons for business and a load lugger for dogs and towing a horse trailer.This car is perfect for all these requirements with an excellent tow weight the same as the Land Rover Discovery.
Make sure you get the air suspension option - it is essential and also vastly improves handling and comfort on normal driving. And make sure you get the factory-fitted tow pack - I did not and have been quoted £1600 for supply and fit at local VW garage (factory fit is around £650).
However, there are some disadvantages. Two front tyres wore to the canvas in 8000 miles (£190 per tyre). The high level brakelight was replaced, and there was a clicking from the heater - a modified part was fitted. Also, the rear door latch broke, and the dash and computer were replaced later due to failure. I have never had so much problems with a car, with seven visits to the dealership in six months. On a car costing over £35,000, this is a disappointment.
On the positive side, the track and off-road day is superb, the car does attract looks and appreciative comments, the ride and luxury is excellent and there are still not many on the roads, so it's still an exclusive, luxury, but very capable 4x4
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