Yes we have gone off topic a touchscimjim wrote:
Perhaps we should split this discussion out of Steve's project thread?
Have you looked at the Q5 Craig? I really liked that. It's quite a bit bigger inside than the Tiguan, but a touch smaller than the Touareg. I also like the A4/A6 Allroad.
I liked my Tiguan, but it was way too small. The A4 has much more boot space, and it's a step up in quality too. The A6 does feel more cumbersome than the A4, but it does have stacks more room. As my A4 is the Quattro version, it has a transmission tunnel between the rear seats which can make it feel a bit cramped in the back (SWMBOs Golf has more room).
I've driven a few A6 and A4/5 , and for pleasure of driving the A4 wins every time, but it does depend on which model you choose. The 2wd versions spin up their wheels in the wet, and the manuals have a cramped footwell. Sports suspension improves the handling as does the 19" wheels, but at a cost of increased cabin noise and vibration over the bumps. So for me it has to be S-Line spec or above with sports suspension, 4wd and 7 speed DSG. The 177BHP diesel auto Quattro avant does 0-60 in around 8 secs, which ain't bad for an oil burning estate car, and it returns about 35-45mpg with my heavy right foot.
Am I allowed to say I like the Q7 ?