New car help needed
The 75 automatic diesel estate has almost 350k on the clock, still starts first time, and still delivers 52 mpg (London to Edinburgh without refuelling, and no stopping makes very fast journeys); but BMW engines were always a tad noisy and the crackdown on diesels is upon us. The trusty 75 estate with stiff body, relaxed suspension, soft leather seats, and lumbar support is due replacement.
Though I do not need to use my own car, my new (paper-pushing desk) job has me doing 18k miles per year between offices, and my wife buys (and apparently sells?) antique furniture; so a comfortable estate/SUV is the aim. High mpg and automatic.
Wowed by the birds-eye camera view, I put down a deposit on a new Outlander PHEV yesterday, but woke up today with a painful back from test driving it. The seats are hard, provide no side support, and no lumbar support. I'd rather loose the deposit than loose my health. Nissan Qashqai has an uneconomical diesel lump that makes no improvement on the 75. Lexus had horribly hard suspension. Volvo twin-engines cost too much. RAV4 hybrid remains on my shortlist but what other sensible car exists?
Last edited by stormbind; 12-03-2017 at 10:02.