Assessment: I drive so much and desire a comfy freeway cruiser with first rate cargo area. What do you suggest?

The Volkswagen Tiguan is a bigger SUV.Handout

I’m a gross sales consultant who drives round 40,000 kilometres a 12 months via the Mid-Atlantic area of america, from Virginia Seaside to Maine. I drive a 2017 Volkswagen Alltrack that now has 150,000 kilometres on the odometer.

I’m out there for a brand new automobile and I’m not fairly able to take the electrical plunge. Additionally, I’m 52 and had again surgical procedure two years in the past, and I’m feeling the time is nigh for me to slide right into a automobile that’s extra of a snug freeway cruiser. I additionally sometimes have to move youngsters, bikes, a canine and the opposite cargo of life.

I’m keen on Volkswagen, and was considering of both an Arteon or a Tiguan. Two completely totally different autos, I do know. I’m, nevertheless, open to strategies and would love to listen to your ideas. – Jon.

Mark Richardson: That’s loads of driving. The common driver racks up about 20,000 kilometres a 12 months.

Petrina Gentile: That’s anticipated if he’s a gross sales consultant – his life is on the street. With again surgical procedure, he undoubtedly wants one thing comfy with supportive entrance seats and loads of area for teenagers and equipment. We could begin together with his first VW decisions?

Richardson: Positive, and that is type of attention-grabbing as a result of he’s in america and fascinated by the Arteon, however that’s a mid-size sedan that’s not offered in Canada. It was discontinued right here for 2022 and is anticipated to be dropped within the U.S., too. If it’s not promoting, he would possibly discover one shortly and get an excellent deal.

Gentile: It’s no shock – the automobile was typically missed and VW didn’t promote many in Canada. It is smart for it to be on the chopping block. Whereas it does have distinct styling and nice street manners, together with his wants and cargo capability necessities, I believe Jon can be higher off with the larger Tiguan SUV.

Richardson: Transporting bikes and a canine could be accomplished with a sedan, however they’re a lot simpler to maneuver in an SUV or crossover, particularly if the automobile has a hitch for an exterior bike rack. Nonetheless, VW’s premium model, Audi, nonetheless sells a station wagon within the A4 Allroad, which is the perfect of each worlds. We don’t know Jon’s finances, however which may be an possibility for him.

Gentile: I like the Audi A4 Allroad – it’s trendy, well-equipped with security and comfort options, and has nice street manners. However should you’re taking a look at luxurious rivals, a few of the competitors, like a Volvo V60 Crosscountry wagon, has extra space contained in the cabin and cargo space. In addition to, he’s driving a Volkswagen. I believe we should always keep on with mass-market autos as a substitute of luxurious ones.

Richardson: Truthful sufficient. I believe Jon ought to overlook sedans as a result of he desires to hold some cumbersome and possibly unruly cargo. Together with his again, he would possibly just like the seats in a Nissan Rogue. Nissan places loads of thought and energy into designing its seats and I believe they’re higher than most, however nothing will ever match everybody.

Together with his again, Jon would possibly just like the seats in a Nissan Rogue.Jay McNally
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Gentile: Nissan calls them “Zero Gravity Seats” – they’ve 14 totally different stress factors designed to maintain your backbone in a impartial place when driving to cut back muscle fatigue. The driving force’s seat within the Rogue is comfy on lengthy drives, however nothing extraordinary. However it’s a query of non-public style.

Richardson: Jon ought to take a look at drive one. He received’t know for certain that it’s comfy for an extended drive except he takes an extended drive, however a minimum of he’ll know if it doesn’t work for a brief drive. The Rogue’s been round for some time and there’ve been no main reliability points with it that I do know of. That’s necessary for a higher-mileage driver.

Gentile: The cargo space is spacious and versatile, which is right for when he’s taking youngsters, bikes or the canine alongside for the journey. Plus, it has loads of security know-how options. Not dangerous contemplating the value begins at lower than $30,000.

Richardson: It’s Nissan’s best-selling automobile, but it surely has powerful competitors from all the opposite compact SUVs, that are actually what we’re recommending right here to him. The Toyota RAV4 has been the best-seller for some time and for a cause, due to its worth and reliability, however now there’s a brand new Honda CR-V with the identical priorities.

Gentile: Precisely. It’s a aggressive section with some good choices. So, what’s your high choose for Jon?

Richardson: I recommend he sits in a Nissan Rogue, then goes subsequent door to take a seat in a Toyota RAV4. Whereas he’s at it, I’ll suggest the Hyundai Tucson too. Don’t trouble with hybrids if most of his driving is out on the freeway – they solely save important gasoline when driving within the metropolis. He ought to see what sort of a wait he’ll have for any of these autos, after which I’ll wager he will get the VW Tiguan he initially advised.

Gentile: I believe Jon ought to keep on with the Rogue, but when he desires to maneuver up right into a luxurious automobile, the Audi A4 Allroad is the best way to go. However you’re proper, no matter he chooses, he’ll possible be ready some time for his new wheels.

If Jon desires to maneuver up right into a luxurious automobile, the Audi A4 Allroad is the best way to go.Handout

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