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CRDi Style 5dr

  • Overall verdict 1/5
  • What it's like to drive 3/5
  • Running costs 1/5
  • Quality 3/5
  • Average MPG 26 mpg

This is a commercial van converted for passengers, peers are the Viano, VW Transporter and Grand Voyager. It does not compete with Alhambra, Sharan, Galaxy, 5008, S-Max, etc they are all tiny by comparison. This has 8 full seats and a huge boot even with 8 seats full. After 4 months ownership I am struggling to be too positive. I use it as a family transporter and previously owned a much older (8 years older) Chevy Venture, which is like a Grand Voyager. Major problems are (i) size of vehicle, too tall to get into a lot of car parks, limited to outdoors car parks which can mean wet walks back to car, (ii) inflexible seating, the seats are all fixed although the middle row can be slid forward and back, in my Chevy I could remove every seat bar the front 2 to give a huge platform. It occupies a lot of space but most of it is unusable most of the time, (iii) running costs, in band L for road tax (475 quid), servicing is 400 quid, and fuel consumption around town is atrocious. Where it gets better is on longer motorway journeys where fuel economy improves. My ride is OK but yes it is a commercial van so very van-like, echoes come from the back and it can be bouncy. Engine smooth and quiet, auto gearbox good, equipment OK but some obvious things missing like armrests on front seats, and a lot of awful cheap grey plastic in interior. One strange thing, the locking button is on the side of the key fob and sensitive, so you keep unlocking car without knowing it - annoyin

graham matthews, October 24th 2013

CRDi Style 5dr

  • Overall verdict 4/5
  • What it's like to drive 4/5
  • Running costs 4/5
  • Quality 4/5
  • Average MPG 32.1 mpg

We have had this for two years and covered 30 000 miles. Ours is a Wellhouse Leisure campervan conversion. It drives well, is getting 34 mpg and is incredibly useful. Perfect for work (70 mile round trip), weekends away and longer holidays too. Best car I have ever had. Great torquey engine and easy driving in the city. Loads of space and very civilized when camping. Equipment good, with a/c, USB and seat heater. Value for money? Compare to other vehicles when converted and or really makes sense. With the roof down and the curtains drawn, it really is a very discrete vehicle. The five year warrantee completes the picture. Do not believe the stereotypes - try!

Jon White, October 18th 2013

CRDi Style 5dr

  • Overall verdict 1/5
  • What it's like to drive 1/5
  • Running costs 1/5
  • Quality 3/5
  • Average MPG 33 mpg

Pre update model (5 speed, fixed rear seat), 34000 miles, 3 years. Reliability OK.Needs new front discs.Hard on tyres. 33mpg. Cheapest way to carry 6 & luggage. Not versatile with fixed seats but knew that when buying so churlish to complain. HOWEVER: Now getting shot of it as ride is absolutely appalling. Disregard road tests,they don't come near accurately describing how atrocious ride is.Whether one up or 7 adults & cases, jiggles over surfaces & finds every imperfection. Induces nausea in 3rd row. You must try over poor surface before purchase. Family revolt finally dictates enough & looking at Caravelle. If comfortable I will change at twice the price & consider it worthwhile. Worst of all I've driven-Austin 1100, 850 Mini, Renault 4/5/6/21/Clio,Alfasud,old Beetle,MK3 Cortina, Fiesta, Focus,Previa,Citroen BX,Defender90/110(Yes, really is worse),Fiat Uno,Sunbeam Rapier, MGBGT,Datsun 120, others forgotten.

Colin Hawthorne, Down, August 30th 2013

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