Review: BMW 630d xDrive M Sport GT

Make and Model:

BMW 630d xDrive M Sport GT

Engine Size:

3.0 Diesel

Overview: 

The 6 Series GT is an executive looking car and doesn’t disappoint on any level. It looks and feels like an expensive BMW should. Massive boot and roomy inside.

Averaging 38 mpg according to the cars onboard computer however I seemed to get high 40’s whilst cruising on the motorway

First Impressions – Exterior: 

A great looking, sportyish exec car. This one was a lighter black with nice 19” alloys

First Impressions – Interior: 

This particular car was well, spec’d. It felt luxurious and room inside. The electric adjustable white leather extra padded seats were very comfortable on a long journey. Heated seats in rear also a nice touch.

Entertainment screens were enjoyed by the kids who felt they were being chauffeured not driven. Lots of room.

360 parking cameras were great and the zoom function as you got close to your object was a nice touch.

Performance: 

It’s a pleasure to drive when cruising although it’s a big old beast for cornering, especially on tight country lanes. The engine is nice and quiet and the ride overall is smooth and comfortable.

Practicality: 

A nice amount of leg room in the rear and plenty of boot space to fit a number of golf bags or suitcases and then some!!

Rivals: 

Audi A7 or Mercedes CLS

Overall Thoughts: 

Love this car. Looks good on the outside, looks luxurious on the inside and the ride is smooth and quiet. Economical on those long motorway journeys maybe not so in and around town.

Score (Out of 10)

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Review: Vauxhall Vivaro

Make and Model:

VAUXHALL VIVARO 1.6 CDTI (125) BI-TURBO START STOP L2H1 2900 COMBI

Engine Size:

1.6 CDTi

Overview:

This is a 9-seater mini bus, which has plenty of room for the driver plus passengers and still manages to leave a huge boot space.

It is large in height and width, but drivers like a car. Due to its length it comes with welcome reversing sensors, but it does obviously take a bit of manoeuvring into a car park space (It takes up 1 ½ spaces). The controls are simple, and the Sat-Nav is easy to operate.

First Impressions – Exterior:

The colour choice of the paint is extensive and the variety is second to none. The vehicle is not the most attractive mini bus, but that is not why someone would choose it. It’s the practicality of the vehicle that sells it.

First Impressions – Interior:

The inside of the vehicle is quite sparse, but the seats are comfy. The driver’s seat has a ‘Captain’s Chair’ arm rest and it is adjustable.

The passenger seats fold forward in the first row, to give access to the rear seats via sliding side doors.

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Performance:

The mini bus has an ‘ECO’ mode, so it can be surprisingly economical. This is at the sacrifice of a more powerful performance, but for long journeys with a bus load of passengers this is ideal.

It really does drive like a big car and is easy to operate.

Practicality:

The minibus does exactly as its description. It is practical, roomy and comfortable. It seats 9 persons (inc the driver) and has a large (high) boot space.

The only impractical aspect is the air conditioning. There are no openable windows in the rear passenger area and no air vents to circulate any cool air. This means that in the recent hot weather we have been having, the air con had to be on full blast in the front, to reach the rear seats. Therefore, the front passengers and driver were freezing cold!

Rivals:

There are lots of similar type vehicles available

Overall Thoughts:

All things considered, it was ideal for the long trip we took.

The score below would have been a 10 had it not been for the air conditioning situation and the lack of ventilation in the rear.

Other than that, I would recommend this vehicle and would happily use one again in the future.

Score:

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Review: SEAT Arona

Make and Model:

SEAT Arona

 Engine Size:

1.0

Overview:  

The 1.0-litre engine can achieve 94bhp. The Arona is a great drive, stylish and perfect in size, not too big and not too small. It is also good on fuel over a long distance drive even with this being a 1.0 engine. However, shorter drives did consume a little more.

First Impressions – Exterior:

The exterior is attractive, the different colour roof options to the body of the car is a fantastic touch, allowing for a more personal vehicle to suit your own style. The alloys where a nice finishing touch to the vehicles appearance.

First Impressions – Interior: 

The seats were both aesthetically pleasing and comfortable. The seat position options gave great comfort on your back when driving long distance but after a while the seat did start to feel little hard.

Arona’s eye-catching interior doesn’t stop at the seats. The Media system is easy to use and the new glass touch screen was an excellent size and easy to press while driving with it being focused to the driver console.

The Sat nav is brilliant, it’s simple to use and has clear display of directions. These also appear by the speedometers allowing for less distraction from the road when in use.

Performance:

The interior has been assembled exceptionally it is very sturdy and makes for a soothing drive with no rattles or vibration. The Arona handles well and grips to the road, it drives really smooth while at a good speed but also drives great when not with its compensating suspension. It is also easy to manoeuvre round country lanes.

Practicality:

Perfectly spacious inside the vehicle, exactly what I would expect from the outside with adequate amounts of leg room. The boot space was deceiving much more room than you would first think, and extra facility to lower the boot floor down for extra space was excellent.

Rivals:

The Arona is based on the Ibiza hatchback, but in terms of rivals for the Arona the closest are the Nissan Juke, Renualt Captur and Suzuki Vitara.

Overall Thoughts:

Excellent vehicle, lovely to drive, spacious and pleasing to look at. We would definitely recommend this vehicle.

Score (Out of 10):

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Has your Leasing Provider Hit you with any Hidden Charges?

At Agility Fleet we believe in complete transparency.  We offer competitive rates, outstanding customer service with no hidden costs.

No one wants to hit by end of contract recharges, whether it be excess mileage, damages or administrative fees. With this in mind Agility Fleet wanted to change how the industry was perceived and reduce the stigma around Contract Hire and hefty bills and it has certainly paid off.

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Living by the businesses core values of integrity, enthusiasm and flexibility is a way of life for Agility and mirrored in their customer centric ethos of putting the client first. Agility Fleet was established in 2004 to be the preferred Vehicle Funding and Fleet Management partner for sub 200 fleets, providing customers with a service they want rather than what suppliers want to bestow.

Thus, reflected in receiving amongst of awards, the FN50 Customer Service Award. The Agility team demonstrated how it goes the extra mile and provides outstanding customer service at every opportunity.

Keith Townsend, managing director of Agility Fleet, said: “We pride ourselves on building relationships with our customers and are proud to have been named number one in our industry for providing exceptional customer service.”

Hidden recharges aren’t the only factor as to why Agility Fleet differ, treating all customers with integrity, having  dedicated Account Manager and providing a tailored service for your fleet whether it be for 10 or 200 vehicles you will always be a large company to Agility.

We have our own de-fleet centre where all vehicles are returned and inspected by our own fully trained staff, we do not use a 3rd party.  We follow the BVRLA guidelines for fair wear and tear but apply common sense only re-charging when necessary keeping costs to a minimum.

We’d be delighted to meet with you to discuss Agility Fleet further and cover all the other benefits we can offer.  If you are interested, please contact us on 01527 571605 or email info@agilityfleet.com

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Give Your Car a Winter Health Check

The most challenging season of all is winter. Read on for our Winter Maintenance Tips.

Windscreen 

More than likely you will wake up to ice on your windscreen during the winter months. Do not be tempted to use a quick fix (jug of hot water) as this may crack your windscreen or worse.

Give yourself plenty of time, set aside 10-15 minutes extra in morning so you can fully de-ice and de-mist your vehicle. Stock up on de-icer and make sure you have a windscreen scrapper at all times, your car can freeze over quicker than you think in low temperatures.

Ensure you have full visibility before setting off, being safe is more important than being on time and causing an accident due to poor vision. Don’t forget to top your screen wash up regularly and check your wipers for damages.

Oil Levels 

Check your oil levels weekly, making sure the oil levels are between the maximum and minimum points at all times. This will help ensure no damage or wear is being caused to your engine from friction and heat.

Whilst checking the oil level also check your other fluids; screen wash, coolant etc.

Battery Levels 

The AA reported attending to an average of 1,150 breakdowns every hour in winter last year, with flat batteries being the most common reason for breakdown assistance.

The use of heaters, headlights, interior lights and other electrical components over time will cause strain on the battery itself. Be sure to switch off interior lights and headlights when they are not needed and make sure all lights are off when leaving the vehicle. After de-misting  the interior, turn heaters off to also help maintain the batteries life.

Tyres 

As the road conditions change in winter and across the seasons in the UK your vehicles tyres are increasing important to your safety. The AA recommends motorists have no less than 2mm of tyre tread all year round and preferably a minimum of 3mm in the winter.

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Review: SEAT Leon

Make and Model:

SEAT Leon SE Dynamic Technology

Engine Size:

1.6 TDI 110PS

Overview:

Carrying out 70mpg, 103 g/km C02 with a maximum speed of 121mph reaching 0-62mph in 10.5seconds, the Leon was perfect for commuting. The centralised 6.5” LCD display with added features such as DAB radio, voice recognition, full mobile mirroring and Bluetooth technology all add to the driver focused experience.

First Impressions – Exterior:

The Leon was Alor Blue in Metallic, this colour really had the WOW factor and a lot of passersby thought so too as we had lots of compliments. The streamlined look with the striking light design is set off with the powerful looking grill and alloy wheels.

The overall exterior look is very impressive.

First Impressions – Interior:

The detail stitching really did make the inside feel luxurious and unique. The dashboard is neat and tidy and provides good visibility with all the controls in good reach and easy to use. Having the centre console slide forward and fit the driver is an extra touch you will really notice when inside the Leon. Having the volume and radio controls on steering wheel was a great novelty.

Performance:

You can really notice the investment SEAT have put into the Leon with its safety features, having hill start assist is a great and helpful addition. Also, the tiredness recognitions system detects signs of drowsiness and the use of video cameras to aid with lane assist is exceptional. Overall the car handles well, accelerates well and is easy to drive. The benefit of the Start/Stop system makes the vehicle great for city driving.

Practicality:

Overall great family sized car, with adequate leg room in both front and back with reasonable boot space. The ease and efficiency of the Navigation system makes everything hassle-free and enjoyable.

Rivals:

Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra, VW Golf

Overall Thoughts:

Great exterior, lovely to drive and inviting interior. The leather steering wheel is a good standard feature and it is fitted out with all the interactive mod cons for volume, radio and phone all adding to the driver focused designed making it extremely convenient and easy to use.

Score (out of 10): 

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Review: Jeep Renegade

Make and Model:

Jeep Renegade Limited

Engine Size:

1.6 Diesel

Overview:

The Renegade can reach 0-60mph in 8-10 seconds, CO2 emissions of 115g/km and can achieve 64mpg. The Jeep is great to drive and its modern appearance is striking.

First Impressions – Exterior:

The overall look is more masculine with its bulky shape and lines but the colourful modern interior brings a sense of individuality which is unique.

First Impressions – Interior:

The Bark Brown/Sky Grey leather with Anodized Orange Bezel accents and stitching took awhile to get used to, but the contrasting colours where quirky and fun and made the interior of the Renegade unique.

The cockpit was centred around the driver, making for a pleasurable and comfortable drive. Everything was in easy reach and perfectly placed to be visible to the driver yet they could remain focused on the road. The U-Connect system and the DAB radio worked really well. However, you had to press the main navigations buttons 2-3 times for it to recognise you where changing from NAV to Radio to Phone etc.

The additional heated seats, heated steering wheel and electronic lumber support controls where just what you needed when traveling a long journey in the winter. It is obvious they have thought all about the driver experience and tried to implement as much as they can to make it a comfortable ride for both driver and passenger.

Performance:

The suspension was rather stiff and you could feel every bump and hole on the country lanes, but the acceleration and the smoothness when on the average road was really noticeable.

Practicality:

The interior is very generous with leg and head space in both the front and back. Also the boot capacity and extra hidden storage is excellent.

Rivals:

Nissan Qashqai, Mazda CX-3/5 and Honda HR-V

Overall Thoughts:

Overall the Renegade is comfortable to drive, especially on long journeys. Great handling on both main roads and country lanes. Fantastic driver experience with all the gadgets and extras provided in this model.

Score (out of 10): 

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Review: Kia Sportage

Make and Model:

Kia Sportage 4 CRD1

Engine Size:

2.0 CRD1 6 speed

Overview:

The Kia Sportage is a lot of car for your money. It is large inside and out, stylish and comfortable. At times it can feel slightly ‘boxy’ but it makes up for that by offering generous amount of space, gadgets and nice features.

First Impressions – Exterior:

The outside design is quite typical of a modern SUV / Crossover – but a lot larger. It has a pleasant, aesthetically pleasing shape and to keep the vehicle somewhat masculine and not too curvy, when viewed from the front is slightly square.

It is also relatively high and the average person will undoubtedly have to step up and into the car, this adds to the spacious feel.

First Impressions – Interior:

The interior was well executed, with all of the controls within easy reach.

It was impressively well-equipped with technology, the amount of information it provided was rather overwhelming but that is down to personal preference.

Both the driver’s seat and the front passenger seat had electronic adjusters and another charming feature, both seats were heated. The seats themselves are really comfortable and have adjustable lumber support – It really did feel like you were driving from an armchair.

The built in Sat Nav was simple to use and extremely helpful for example it noticed the fuel was low and asked if I wanted to go to the nearest garage – very handy!

It also had a DAB radio and media player which supplied excellent sound all around the vehicle. All of these operations were accessed by an 8” touch screen which sometimes needed to be pressed twice to get recognition but the overall experience and the ease of use made it an impeccable gadget to have.

The roof was full length glass, with tilt and slide open, this let in a great deal of light and air and added to the feel of there being ample room inside. The boot also had major advantages, it was wide as well as tall so perfect for family trips or lots of luggage.

Performance:

The car is deceiving but in a good way, it looks heavy to manoeuvre due to its size but is actually surprising light to drive, which makes a change to other SUV type vehicles. The drive felt positive and overall the vehicle was very responsive to different road conditions.

Practicality:

The car is best suited for those with large families or people with a requirement for lots of interior room.

Due to its sheer size, it makes narrow parking (even with the reversing camera) quite a challenge. However, the driving position is noticeably high above other vehicles so all round vision is very good.

Rivals:

Nissan Quashqai, SEAT Ateca, Renault Kadjar and Hyundai Tucson

Overall Thoughts:

The overall interior space, user friendly gadgets and comfortability are added bonuses to the sportier feel it presents on the road. The Kia Sportage is undeniably a worthy contender in the SUV/Crossover market.

Score (out of 10): 

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Renault Twizy

Last week we had a new arrival, the Renault Twizy and it is safe to say it went down a treat with everyone here. We were the major attraction of the industrial estate, and it was definitely turning heads for the right reasons.

There are a 3 different models available and lots of accessories to choose from but we couldn’t just go for the regular model to test drive, we went for the Cargo model with no windows.

Renault states “The Twizy is innovative and complete fun” and we couldn’t agree more. The Twizy is exciting to drive and it really does feel like a higher up Go-Kart. Reaching a maximum of 50mph it was a struggle going up some hills, however once you reached the top there was no denying it was quick and nimble off the mark.

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Measuring in at only 2,338mm long and an astonishing 1,381mm wide, there is no wonder why Renault say you can fit 3 Twizy’s into one parking bay. It may seem petite on the outside, but the interior is the complete opposite and the additional storage options you can purchase as extras are located in exactly the right places.

Although the no window model is quirky, driving it without a coat would be for the more daring driver, especially as the English weather is hitting low temperatures at the moment. However, there is no denying the fun aspect and the individuality it can bring to either personal drivers or companies with its ‘Design you own Twizy’ paint work and its scissor doors.

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