I'm driving very old Suzuki Samurai - which doesn't actually belong to me (long story). If you've ever seen some of the dirt roads up in the mountains on Crete you'll understand why a) I'm diving a battered old Suzy and b) why I need the four wheel drive. Luxury it ain't and performance is not a word you've ever think of using, but it's very practical...
It takes some getting used to when you go from a vehicle that does 0-62 in 5.7sec and is electronically limited to 155mph to one that has a top speed of 113 (allegedly) and does 0-62.
Oh and would be envious of the turning characteristics of most boats.
But saying that, I used to start to get bored of my motor in about 12-18 months. I've had this for 2 1/2 years now and still really enjoy driving it. Go figure.
I have a hand-me-down VW Polo 2003 Reg 1.2L
BUT.....I really want to move to a more economical solution and am seriously considering the New Nissan Leaf which is reportedly out in early 2019 with a mileage of 225-230 per charge as it will cut down on my considerable petrol costs significantly and I can get EV points installed at both my home and work residences with government funding.
I alwyas wanted the mk2. Being based in London where I need to get a residents permit for onstreet parking, massive insurance I just couldn't get it because the annual ownership cost would have been too high.I'm heading for my mid-life crisis, and will be happily delving into it by buying a Mazda MX5, one of the new ones. I'm still currently mid lease on a Ford Focus 1.6 Diesel. Astounds me how responsive these new diesels are, this one's more sprightly than any 1.6 petrol I've ever owned. Shame they've deemed them planet killers.