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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Driving Myths | Conviction or Fiction

At Agility Fleet we take driver safety seriously, and we have noticed there are a few myths in the driving world at the moment. So, we thought we would take this opportunity to investigate these myths and bring you the facts.

Eating and drinking behind the wheel

This one is a tricky subject. It is not actually illegal to eat or drink (non-alcoholic) behind the wheel, however if the action is causing you to lose control or distract you in anyway if you are caught by the police you will be fined for driving without due care & attention (CD10). Being convicted under CD10 would mean a minimum of 3 points being added to your licence.

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Driving through puddles

Whether you intend to or not driving through puddles is an offence and if caught committing the misdemeanour you can be prosecuted under the 1988 Road Traffic Act for selfish or aggressive behaviour on the road.

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Driving barefoot/flip flops

FICTION. As long as you can operate the pedals safely it is not an offence to drive barefoot or in flip flops.

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Speed cameras without white markers won’t catch me!

This is also fiction, there are many different types of speed cameras in the UK. Not all speed cameras have white markers on the floor to gauge your speed, it does not therefore mean they do not work. However, ensuring you do the speed limit should be the priority. Road safety is not a myth to be tested. A total of 3points and a minimum of £100 can be the result of receiving a SP30 or SP50 conviction.

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You can use a mobile device whilst stationary

The law for using mobile phones or any hand-held device when driving is an offence. The definition of ‘driving’ includes whenever the engine is switched on. This being either in a traffic jam, at traffic lights or being parked up. The minimum penalty for using a handheld device whilst driving (CU80) is 3points and a £100 fine. http://www.rac.co.uk/press-centre/press-releases/motorists-muddled-over-mobile-phone-law

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The All-New Mazda3 | Is it for me…?

Redesigned and now fully equipped with SKYACTIV Technology. The Mazda3 is the first model stated by Mazda to offer internet connectivity to apps such as Facebook and Twitter.  The 7” touch screen with MZD-Connect infotainment enhances the driver experience and makes commuting hassle-free.

Not only is the new sculptured body creating an uproar amongst consumers but also the low CO2 emissions (99g/km) and excellent fuel efficiency (74.3mpg) is generating lots of appeal.

The Mazda3 demonstrates class as well as entertainment so would fit perfectly into any business fleet. If you are interested in having the Mazda3 become a part of your fleet contact us on 01527 571605.Blog divider

Review: Renault Megane

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 tall 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 options, 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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Great Scott!!! The DeLorean has arrived at Agility

What an exciting morning here at Agility, only Marty and Doc were nowhere to been seen.

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With the entire body panels being made from stainless steel and its futuristic looks we can see why the DeLorean was the chosen time travel machine for Back to the Future.

 “Thanks to the stainless steel construction of the DeLorean, flux dispersal is generated at an optimum level from the Flux Capacitor, providing the entire vehicle and its passengers a smooth passage through the space-time continuum during temporal displacement.” *

The DeLorean is well known for its wing doors and ‘Flux Capacitor’ time travel capabilities in the Back to the Future Trilogy. So we thought we would take a look back on the years the DeLorean visited and share how automotives have evolved.

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1885

The Benz motor car in 1885 was considered the first practical motorcar, the Benz motor appears to be an evolutionary adaptation to the horse and cart. This may be the reason inventor Uriah Smith put forward the idea in 1899 to attach a wooden horses head to the front of the vehicles to reduce the nerves of passengers and also function as a fuel store.

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1955

In Back to the Future 2, Biff’s pride and joy is the Ford Super De Luxe convertible and this isn’t the only car that was someone’s most prized possession in 1955.

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1985

In 30 years you can see just how much the body style has changed and the look is a lot more sporty and square. The evolution over 100 years is astonishing and you can’t begin to imagine driving a car with little to no exterior.

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2015

In Back to the Future 2, we saw Marty Mcfly travel to 2015. The cars in the film are what the Directors thought the future would hold for automotives in the future and we have to say they weren’t far off.

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We have seen the launch of the fully electric Tesla that comes with Autopilot capabilities and the BMW i8 hybrid with DeLorean style wing doors.

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Cars of the future

Now we have gone past the DeLoreans 2015 destination, how are car designers seeing the future for us?

BMW, Mini and Rolls Royce have released concepts for how they see their automotives in the future. How do you see the future for the car industry?

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*Source: Back to the Future

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The All-New Mazda 2

This high level spec hatchback is bursting with energy, character and it’s striking new design is turning heads.

Whether you are on the motorway or commuting within the city this super hatchback offers exceptional MPG (83.1mpg) and CO2 (89g/km) and reaches 0-62mph in 10.1 seconds.

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The Mazda2 is premium in look and feel, it is also jam packed full of technology fitted as standard. Such as; SAT Nav, Climate Control, Cruise Control, Touchscreen, Smart City Brake Support and SKYACTIV Technology all centred around the driver cockpit to ensure a comfortable driver experience.

If you are interested in having the Mazda2 become a part of your fleet contact us on 01527 571605.

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Come join us at Fleet Management Live 2016

We are excited to be exhibiting at Fleet Management Live at the NEC in Birmingham and to be showcasing our new branding!

We would like to invite you to join the team for a catch up and to find out more about our new products and services at the event on 19th and 20th October, 2016.

Our core values are a way of life for us, along with developing relationships with our clients based on trust. We pride ourselves on continually improving our service and providing consistently high levels of customer satisfaction, which has been recognised in our recent ‘FN50 Customer Service Team of the Year Award’.

We would love for you to join us for a light lunch from 12:00pm until 1:00pm or for afternoon tea from 2:30pm until 3:00 pm on Stand E14.

For your free badge to enter the exhibition register here. We look forward to seeing you.

Who will be available on the day?

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       Sales Director Lee O’Connell               Operations Director Jacki Stevenson

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SME’s and tailored solutions

After reading the blog post by Steve Whitmarsh ‘SME: Tapping into the goldmine’ it made us think about how we evaluate and service the needs of SME’s.

In the article Steve states a valid point:

“The needs of an SME are not dissimilar to the needs of a large organisation, and the sales process to convert these fleets to contract hire requires the same level of investment, thought and consultation. Therefore, beware of the contract hire company that has a dedicated department for SMEs (this generally guarantees SMEs get a lower level of investment, thought and consultation).”

This is why we pride ourselves on offering a personal solution to fleets of all sizes with access to best practice solutions and account management typically associated with large corporate fleets.

Steve also goes on to ask why aren’t sales and lease back being offered? Many fleets aren’t aware of the effects of leasing vehicles and the effects on balance sheets.

However, with Agility Fleet’s whole life cost analysis service we can review all the current company vehicles as an outright purchase and make recommendations on how to do it more cost effectively. Our overall aim is to provide customers with an understanding of all the costs associated with running a fleet to help make purchasing decisions simple, as well as making budgeting easier.

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Review: Audi A3 Sportback

MAKE AND MODEL:

Audi A3 Sportback

ENGINE SIZE:

2.0L

OVERVIEW: 

The Audi A3 is an overall neat and tidy looking vehicle with CO2 emissions varying according to engine size of 99-129g/km. The Sportback version is noticeable longer in body length and benefits from extra boot space and overall passenger leg room.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS – EXTERIOR:

The model we tested had sporty alloy wheels giving the vehicle a great first impression. The roof bar made the car look extremely stream lined making it look like an item of real craftsmanship and quality.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS – INTERIOR:

The inside is very minimalistic with only  a few gadgets and dials, the Multi Media Interface lets you control the majority of the functions centrally so there is little distraction whilst driving. The display is extremely clear, that clear you think it is a touch screen rather than just a display screen. Overall the cabin is elegant, well built and ergonomically excellent.

PERFORMANCE: 

The 2.0l engine provides extremely strong performance and under strong acceleration is still very quiet and fun to drive.  The vehicle provides strong grip on the road, smooth transition between gear changes and bear minimum vibration fed back through the steering. The road handling makes you feel exceptionally safe and secure.

PRACTICALITY:

The extra leg room and boot capacity makes it great for any family looking for a new car for this purpose. But, fitting a pushchair and shopping at the same time was a tight squeeze. For a family with older children the extra space inside is perfect.

RIVALS:

Ford Focus, SEAT Leon, BMW 1 Series

OVERALL THOUGHTS:

Visually, it is very similar to a Leon, the drive is comfortable and spacious making those long journeys much more bearable. It is perfect for family with older children.

SCORE (OUT OF 10):

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