I had to renew the battery on the R50 this week too. I can't complain really as I managed to squeeze 12 years out of it!
One thing that is worth noting, cars with the shytty stop/ start do tend to knock hell out of batteries (as well as other components), Manufacturers say that the batteries can handle it yet I've seen more younger cars with this technology eating batteries than older cars without the crappy stop start......
AGM batteries are better for cars with stop/start coz they can handle the constant strain.
Standard batteries tend to last for about 1 year in these modern cars [emoji4]
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