I have owned this car for 6 months, and have driven 10k in this time. It has been an excellent car to own and thoroughly deserves the high score WC has given it in their review. The engine is a peach in terms of response and oomph, although the fuel consumption is far higher than the claims! If you drive it at a sedate 60mph then you will get a very nice 60mpg, however in real terms I my car has gone from an almost scary 35mpg towards 43-45 as the car has bedded in, and I hope that it continues to move in the right direction over the next 10k. There is loads of space inside and compares more than favourably with its BMW, Audi and other contemporaries that cost a lot more. Build quality is, in the main, comparable with cars that cost some 5-10k more. However, there are some small gripes here: the wind noise is defiantly there, esp if you drive at 75 mph plus (which given I drive a lot on the continent is a speed I do regularly), the bonnet also has a tendency to flutter slightly at this speed also, and the fit of the carpets in the back is not tight - too much material! But it is a damn sight better than the 2 stars WC have given. Loads of kit, looks great inside and out, cracking sound system, brilliant drive, and also not a regular sight on the road which I think gives a certain cache. Would I spend in excess of 10k more for the equivalent Q5 or X3 with less kit? Not a chance, they look expensive and unnecessary against this most excellent of cars.
Chris Rothwell, Worcs, January 18th 2014