Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: South West England
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One year on
Well, I have had my SD All4 manual for 12 months now and thought I would post my findings with the car.
Overall - A good car with excellent equipment that is easy to use apart from some of the switchgear. A good size for me. lare enough to cope with garden furniture, holidays and trips to the tip (sorry, recycling centre)!
Good- Comfortable seats and driving position with plenty of adjustment. The sat nav, radio, phone and iPod interfaces are easy to use on a daily basis, and with the HK speakers the sound system is very good. I have the load flat floor and the space under the floor is very useful and keeps clutter out of the load area.
OK - The ride could be better over bumps and country lanes (run flat tyres don't help this), handling is good for the type of vehicle. Fuel consumption. I know this is much discussed but while it is not all I might have hoped for I can manage between 46 - 53 mpg depending on my driving style and type of journey so all in all I feel this is ok. Hand break, I am not too sure on this. The handle is fine to use, just gets in the way sometimes. Window switches would be better in the doors but not a real problem.
Not Good - No water temp gage so no idea when the engine has warmed up from a cold start. I have auto headlights but during daytime use it is difficult to tell if they have come on or not as there is no waning light. I find I have to look at the central speedo pointer to try and see if this has illuminated.
The storage space around the cabin is not much use and the cup holders, if used, block access to the lower line of switches. Also, the glove box is too small, as are the sun visors.
The centre rail system is a good idea but rendered useless if, as in my case, you have opted for a five seat configuration together with the media pack as the rail is then reduced in length to almost nothing.
So in summary, a good car which meets my needs and is comfortable, affordable to run and with good performance but a few poor design elements which should not have made it through to production. As as result I would have to mark the car down for this and give it 75 out of 100.