Mark, Agreed about the interior, there are 2 possible models that I am looking at, 1) V40 D2 Hatch SE, 2) V40 D2 Cross Hatch SE LUX.Personally I like them. The interiors are a quite step up from something like a Ford Focus.
Sam, That is good to know, as you know we have had a Mondeo for the last 3 years we have not yet clocked up 8000 miles, Lisa has found it uncomfortable and has to sit on a pillow on long journeys which is once in a blue moon. The options that are open are the Golf, Honda Civic, Mazda3 at a push Mazda5 and BMW1. I had never thought of a volvo till I read Mark B,s comments and now your own.Doug, I borrowed an estate version from work to go collect a record collection. As an ex-biker, I was ready to dislike it. But I had to admit that it impressed. Good solid workhorse, good ergonomics inside so comfy and easy to drive long distances. Felt spacious too.
Iain, We can have a Golf 1.4 SE for and advanced payment of £199, the Volvo V40 Cross Lux for £299, The A3 is £1,300.Doug, the V40 is one of the cars available to me on my company car scheme (I've still not chosen yet as I'm in dispute on the amount of my allowance). The V40 D2 SE is near the top of my list and I'll be arranging a test drive shortly although I have read mixed reviews about the car, what car rated the V40 D3 quite highly in a group test (coming in just behind the Audi A3 etc.) but their own fleet V40 D2 SE they seem to rate less highly.
The new Golf in SE spec is said to be almost as good as the Audi A3 (class leader) but for me to have one of those I've got to put my hand in my pocket each month and I'm not sure I want to do that.......
Had a D2 SE 1.6 Diesel since March. Decent interior/spec, sufficient grunt for motorway overtaking and enough room for 4. Downsides are:Its time to change SWMBO's motability car, one of the cars on the scheme is the V40 have any members of the Wam driven one, got any views.
Thanks for this, Lisa needs to to use a wheelchair to transfer into the car, and she also uses a prosthetic leg some of the time, so door opening width and transfer hight is very important as well as the comfort of seating. I was also going to look at the V40 cross which appears to have higher seat height.Had a D2 SE 1.6 Diesel since March. Decent interior/spec, sufficient grunt for motorway overtaking and enough room for 4. Downsides are:1. a serious lack of boot space (the enlarged boot option doesn't offer much benefit), although it looks quite large next to the A Class. It's a Ford Focus platform but the designers have opted for a longer bonnet and a shorter boot
2. it's quite low so getting in/out can be a bit of a strain for taller or less supple people. Definitely worth a proper tyre kick and decent test drive before you sign on the line
Sam,I have had a test drive in the Volvo V40 cross, very very good and very well equipped, the only other car I am thinking of is a Golf 1.4 SE,I have a test drive in that next week.I am looking at a short term lease in San Fran - there is a company where you can pick up cars where people need to exit their lease, so you get the remainder of the lease term as a way to get 12-18mth long lease........Car I have spotted - Gulp - I may also be considering a Volvo!!!
Never thought as an ex-biker I could do that.