Archive for Favourite Cars

Favourite Cars: Cadillac CTS

Cadillac’s CTS is a unique compact executive model with a distinctive style. The car is reasonably priced and offers a high level of standard kit. The car’s unique exterior design will definitely catch an eye or two.

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European buyers may have an outdated perception of American cars. US car makers have come a long way in terms of vehicle dynamics, build quality and economy. The new Cadillac is definitely not the same as its ancestors.

Cadillac hopes to get a serious foothold in the highly competitive compact executive sector. The sector is dominated by BMWs, Audis and Mercedes’. Cadillac’s CTS will be tasked with tempting and attracting buyers who are often loyal to these other brands.

The CTS will attract plenty of attention with its unique exterior design. This sector of the market is conservative as the norm, and the Cadillacs flahy good looks will certainly not go unnoticed. The car also offers buyers more cabin space than rival brands, and rear-wheel drive. Cadillac also hopes come across to buyers with a more sporty appeal, and the company will face some stiff competition on that front as well.

The CTS will remain a rare sight thanks to conservative target markets. The CTS will be bought by an elite few who wish to be seen in something different ahead of class-leading dynamics.

Practicality

The CTS won’t be a cheap car to run, and Cadillac doesn’t offer a diesel option. The dealer network is very small compared to rivals and could pose some inconvenience and additional expense on down the road. Resale values are questionable due to the vehicles anonimity outside the US.

Size matters in the compact executive class and the CTS’ cabin space will work in its favor. The car’s cabin space beats out that of its rivals and might be enough to attract a good number of buyers away from some of the better known brands. Cadillac has added several useful features such as cupholders, door bins and a useful sized glovebox. The boot is also a decent size for coping with luggage or family life.

The car’s main dials and controls are clear and easy to use. The car’s indicator stalks are easy to reach but could have been more intuitive. The rest of the car’s controls and dials are easy to find and do what you would expect them to. The car’s radio is easy enough to use, but the car’s sat-nav system looks a little messy due to the vast number of buttons surrounding it.

The car’s cabin is very comfortable. The car’s seats could be more supportive and can become a little uncomfortable on longer journeys.The seats do offer an impressive array of adjustment to suit most driver’s and passengers. The steering column only adjusts for rake, but rear legroom is better than most rivals. Engine and wind noise are successfully suppressed.

The CTS’ cabin provides excellent passenger space for both front and rear passengers. Head and legroom is generous all-round. Rear legroom is more than generous compared to rival brands. Boot space is also generous and will carry a good deal of luggage or other large items.

Parking the CTS is not too difficult thanks to light steering and good forward visibility. Reverse parking can be a little more difficult, but doesn’t take long to adjust. Parking is fairly straightforward and shouldn’t present much of a problem.

Life Style

Cadillac has delivered a very appealing driving experience. Steering could have been better and road imperfections also could have been dealt with a little moreeffectively, but other than that the CTS delivers an excellent driving experience. The 2.8 engine delivers above average performance, and the car’s auto transmission delivers a smoother ride.

The CTS would make an excellent family car. It provides plenty of passenger space and comfort for both forward and rear passengers. The car’s saloon boot will count against it when it comes time to carry strollers and extra large or odd shaped family items. The car’s posh interior will also not fair well when it comes to dealing with the abuse that small children can dish out.

 

This is not a good first car. The car is too expensive for most first time buyers and rear-wheel drive is not the best idea for a novice driver. The car is unlikely to be appealing to most first time buyers anyway.

Cadillac is a well-known and respected brand within the United States, but it is relatively unknown in Europe. Europeans tend to view American cars as having poor build quality and even worse fuel economy. The Cadillac CTS is an attractive car but the firm’s image will be judged based on future models.

Security and Safety

The car’s standard security features include remote central locking, an anti-theft system. The car will attract plenty of attention due to the limited numbers that are seen in the UK.

The car’s standard safety features include twin front, side and curtain airbags. The CTS also comes with anti-lock brakes, traction control and brake assist. The car also comes with a slip differential to help improve grip levels.

The Finishing Touches

The car’s standard audio unit includes an RDS radio plus a six-disc CD changer. The system includes eight-speakers and delivers excellent sound quality. The basic functions are duplicated on the car’s steeringwheel. The only available upgrade is to a sat-nav system with a large colour screen.

The CTS’ exterior design looks flattering in both light and dark colours. The cabin design is comprised of mostly black and makes the cabin appear too dark. The car’s leather upholstery and wood trim help to lighten things up a bit. Black plastic make the CTS’ interior a little on the oppressive side.

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Summary

The Cadillac CTS has some very good features on offer, but as a whole the car is not really outstanding. The car does offer something different to the likes of BMW’s 3 Series, Audi’s A4 and Honda’s Accord. The car’s rear-wheel drive feature is unique and may attract some buyers to the brand. Cadillac has put forth a good first effort but will probably have to do a little better in order to steal customers away from some of the bigger brands.

Favourite Cars: Bentley Brooklands

With a stratospheric price-tag and more pulling power than any production car on the market, the Bentley Brooklands represents motoring aristocracy. It rates as one of the most desirable and expensive coupes money can buy, unfortunately my money wont stretch that far, I can just about afford to lease a Nissan Pixo.

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Bentley Brooklands Car Review

The Bentley Brooklands has road presence in spades with large dimensions and a swish exterior that never fails to attract attention wherever it goes.

It captures hearts with a sweeping roofline and big wheels that touch base with the great Bentleys of the past.

That’s not to say that the Bentley Brooklands isn’t bang up to date. It is very much the 21st century luxury car with a host of expensive toys, striking tailpipes at the back and a jewel-style filler cap.

There is a bewildering array of top notch interior options to choose from in a cabin that is quite simply stunning.

The sense of occasion as you step into the car is just the start of the Bentley experience. To fire up the monstrous twin turbocharged engine is to experience a true sense of awe.

The 6.75-litre V8 power plant pumps out 530bhp and a massive 1,050Nm of torque. But these figures tell only part of the tale as the amazing bellow of the engine and terrific turbos add to the drama. Put the pedal to the metal and the nose rises as a wave of torque is unleashed and the Bentley Brooklands surges forward.

Obviously a car that is longer than a Ronnie Corbett joke takes a bit of getting used to – but once the sheer size of the thing has been assimilated then you will simply want to drive it all the time.

Practicality

The cabin is a wonderful place to spend a journey. According to the manufacturer the Bentley Brooklands has the most spacious rear cabin of any coupe on the market thanks to a pair of electrically adjustable seats. It also has a light, airy, luxurious atmosphere that just oozes class.

The Bentley Brooklands has a remarkably stiff chassis so ride comfort is top notch while the handling is phenomenal in a car this big. Levels of grip are excellent but the car’s weight catches up with it if you start to throw it into corners. However, it’s almost obscene to even think of abusing a Bentley Brooklands in this manner and if the need is for fast cornering then buy a Ferrari.

There is a downside to the Bentley Brooklands and that is unsurprisingly the amount it costs to run. Both fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions are predictable dire, the only respite for rainforests being that relatively few Brooklands are being built and sold. But let’s face it, if you’ve got the loot to buy one, the cost of the fuel is going to be small potatoes indeed.

 

Life Style

Think Pemier League footballer, media mogul, or captain of industry and you’ll be in the ball park for the target market for the Bentley Brooklands.

The £25,000 deposit needed to secure an order is just the start. Even paying the balance on the £230,000 price-tag isn’t the end of it as the amazing carbon ceramic brake discs – vital to stopping such a huge car with 0-60mph time of just five seconds – cost an extra £19,650. There’s also a special set of wheels for a couple of grand and a ‘Flying B’ mascot that for a shade over £2,000 ducks out of danger before reappearing when its owner does.

The cabin is decked out with high quality wood, leather and shiny metal inserts. There’s also a knurled alloy shift lever for the six-speed automatic transmission that dominates the glorious centre console.

The array of luxurious interior options available with the Bentley Brooklands is truly astounding with a huge number of colour and trim combinations possible.

The idea is to make each Bentley Brooklands unique for every owner so no two cars will be the same.

As a general rule a Booklands buyer spends approximately £30,000 personalising the car.

Security and Safety

A car this desirable obviously is a tempting target for professional gangs stealing to order and the myriad of measures protecting the Bentely Brooklands reflects this.

Safety in a car this powerful is also a priority for Bentley with a raft of equipment designed to keep occupants safe in the event of an accident as well as hi-tech electronic aids to prevent it happening in the first place.

The Finishing Touches

It’s perhaps easier to say what the Bentley Brooklands doesn’t have. Jacuzzis, saunas and squash courts are a little thin on the ground, but every other car luxury is included – and if you think of any that are not I’m sure Bentley will move mountains in an attempt to include it.

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Favourite Cars: TVR Cerbera

The TVR Cerbera is a stylish sports car that now offers additional practicality in the form of two rear seats. The Cerbera is still very appealing and offers a top speed of approximately 200mph. Although the Cerbera is not the most popular TVR, it is certainly a promising one.

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The car’s seats are supportive and the cabin definitely has a sport feel. The car’s controls are all viewable through the steering-wheel and look very attractive. The switchgear is not always logically placed but it is always functional.

The car now provides rear seating. The low roof limits space and the rear seats are only adequate for seating children. Adults will feel much too cramped, and even children may feel too snug for prolonged periods.

The car’s interior is comprised mostly of vinyl, and the car’s ventilation system blows cool air in the face of the driver while blowing warm air to the rest of the cabin.

The car’s 4.0-litre engine delivers 350bhp making it a very good performer on the road. For more enthusiastic drivers the 4.6 V8 engine provides 420bhp and can go from 0-60mph in under four seconds.

The car’s steering is quick and the car lacks traction control. The ride is not the easiest and this is definitely not a good car for novice drivers.  The car’s lack of safety kit is disappointing.

Practicality

The Cerbera offers a lot of performance for the asking price. Build quality could have been better though and insurance and fuel costs will be high. The car’s resale values aren’t great and buyers should keep in mind that they are paying so much for the performance being offered.

The Cebera offers limited cabin space. Front seats passengers will have adequate room for riding, and the rear seats are practical and useful, but due to limited space rear seat passengers should be children or shopping bags or even small pieces of luggage. The car’s boot also provides limited space.

The car’s controls and dials are all of good quality. They are all visible by the driver through the steering-wheel. All of the switchgear is functional and the layout is attractive, but not all of the controls are logically placed.

The Cerbera was not designed for comfort. The car’s seats are supportive and comfortable enough, but the car delivers a very rough ride and rear seats aren’t all that comfortable even for smaller passengers.

The car does deliver good accessibility. The doors are large and open wide providing a good aperture for easy loading. Accessing the rear seats is a little more difficult, but the boot is easily accessible and provides a practical storage area.

Parking the Cebera can be a little tricky due to limited rear vision and the car’s long bonnet. The car’s rearview mirror and side mirrors come in very handy while trying to park.

Life Style

The Cebera provides an excellent, fast, fun and exciting driving experience. The car looks great and handles well. The car is fast enough to take to the tracks but is designed more for on the road driving. The car’s rear seats add a touch of practicality but the car is still geared toward delivering a fast and enjoyable driving experience.

This isn’t a family car in any sense of the word. Children will not fit well in the car’s seats and the rear seats should only be used for occasionally. Limited cabin and boot space make it unsuitable to perform any real family duties. It could be used as a third car for a family just to have around for fun.

The Cebera is definitely not a good first car. It is too expensive and would be impossible for a new driver to ensure. There is too much power on hand for a novice driver and parking can be tricky.

The TVR Cebera has a good image; it’s fast and beautifully designed. The Cebera comes with a decent warranty, but build quality could have been better and the car’s reliability is questionable as well.

Security and Safety

The Cebera is a highly desirable sportscar, and will attract a lot of attention. The car will need a comprehensive security system to keep it safe; unfortunately, the car’s security kit is very lacking. The car comes equipped with an alarm and an engine immobilizer.

The car’s safety kit is very limited as well. The car comes equipped with seatbelts but doesn’t provide ABS, traction control or any seatbelts. This clearly isn’t enough safety given the car’s performance capabilities.

The Finishing Touches 

The car’s standard audio system provides good sound quality. The Cebera’s interior is of good quality. The car comes standard with vinyl trim. The car’s exterior design looks good in a variety of colours. Metallic colours always draw an extra bit of attention and provide better resale value.

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Summary

The Cebera offers up to 420bhp and is a fast car by any standard. Insurance and running costs will be high but the car is being offered for a very reasonable price for a car in this class and offers good value for money considering the performance that’s on offer. When you come to buy your insurance on the Cebera it will obviously be a little more pricey than your typical cars especially if the insurance companies take into account the disappointing level of safety and security being offered. All in all the Cebera provides a very fast ride with good handling.