If your car has developed a fault, or for consumer advice, turn to Honest John by emailing [email protected] Fuel for thought My annual mileage is low, so I’m thinking of buying a VW Golf Mk6 that I would like to keep for some time. However, I’m not sure whether to go for a 1.4-litre petrol-engined version or the 1.6-litre TDI diesel. I have been told that diesel engines last longer (up to 200,000 miles) and that the cars are cheaper to tax and maintain, but I’m worried that they may be increasingly persecuted by emissions legislation. Can you enlighten me? PJ Diesel engines used to last longer when they were simple, but not any more. And now they are saddled with all manner of emissions-scrubbing... Register for free to read this article, or log in to your Telegraph account Register Log in … [Read more...] about Honest John: is a diesel-engined VW Golf a safe bet in the long term?
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About half way through the launch press conference for the new Kia Ceed, senior engineer Gert-Jan Teunis explained the chassis changes they’d made to the third generation of this workaday hatchback. Still the same front MacPherson struts and multi-link independent rear suspension, but with a litany of spring, damper, geometry, steering ratio and roll-bar changes as long as your arm, and so much softening at the back you’d wonder how the old car got around corners at all. These are the sorts of things that race teams do, finessing and tittivating to make a car that grips, handles predictably and inspires confidence. Under Albert Biermann, formerly of BMW, that’s what Kia is doing; more than that, in fact, since it is also creating a legend and a driving characteristic for all Kia cars in much the same way that Richard Parry-Jones’s team at Ford did for the 1993 Mondeo and the 1998 Focus. It’s part of this South Korean car maker’s master plan; to … [Read more...] about Kia Ceed review: finally a match for the VW Golf?
FAMILY portraits are naff. You sit there looking awkward with a side-parting you didn’t want and wearing matching clothes you don’t like. You do it for your mum. But here’s a family photo you’d be proud to hang on your wall. All three Volkswagen GTIs – that’s Golf, Polo and now Up! – in the first triple track test. The baby Up! (115hp) has more beans than the original Mk1 Golf GTI (110hp) – and all from a tiny 1-litre three-cylinder engine. I liked it a lot.Golf GTI THE icon. The halo. Rock solid, classy, stunning engine, Jeremy Clarkson owns one – so it’s got to be pretty decent, right? Almost a third of all Golf sales in the UK are “Performance” cars – that’s GTI, GTE (plug-in hybrid), GTD (diesel) and R (310hp, all-wheel drive and sublime). The car you see here is the Golf GTI Performance version. Essentially, it’s a GTI tricked up with a mechanical front diff, bigger brakes and another 15 … [Read more...] about VW Up! joins the GTI family so we took all three out for a track test
Handelsblatt Explains Conceived by Hitler in the 1930s, Volkswagen became the symbol of Made in Germany and the world’s largest car maker. Then it crashed into Dieselgate. Published on June 23, 2017 2:59 pm Fahrvergnügen, like Volkswagen, is one of those long and phonetically implausible German words that beckons Americans with a vague promise of exotic thrills and masterful engineering. That’s why Volkswagen (VW) invented the word Fahrvergnügen for its American ad campaign in the 1990s. It means “driving pleasure,” but to many Americans it represented “what makes a car a Volkswagen.” In fact it symbolized even more than that. VW, as a brand and institution, stood for the label “Made in Germany,” with its confident promise of total reliability. The higher you fly, the harder you fall. Starting in 2015, prosecutors in America and elsewhere have been bringing to light a stunning pattern of corporate crime and moral … [Read more...] about How VW rose so high and fell so low
I'm thinking of changing my car. I have a 132 Toyota RAV4 Sol 2.2l diesel, which has been great and has 125,000km done. I also have a 10-year-old people carrier, which is off the road. I do about 20,000-25,000km annually and get about €2,000 travel expenses. I need to get a seven-seater to carry the whole family (wife, four kids and dog). I don't want to drive a people carrier as the roads I travel on are not good and I've often relied on the 4WD of the RAV4. I have a budget of about €12,000 and while I would consider selling privately and going to England, ideally I would prefer not to. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Is it time to stick or twist? Purchase or hold on to what I have? Taking my circumstances into account, how often would you advise changing my car? Aidan: How often is your entire family in the car at the same time and who is the main driver when you are together? The reason I ask is that it might work for you to downsize the people carrier slightly and … [Read more...] about Seven-seater SUV; MINI change; an ice breaker; for Clare; Possible VW exit?