I've done over 500 miles in 3 weeks. It should be going in for it's 1 month service shortly... maybe I have less rose-tinted glasses..
So it's had one return to the dealer for the coolant leak. I've noted a weird noise/vibration when just stopping in front of the garage (second or third time) which is more todo with the movement of the car rather than the engine. It may be the drive shaft bolts it's got a feel of that... and I've noted that the active braking has come on as a solid light a couple of times only to disappear after a few seconds. I park near a fence so it could be getting confused.. but this has happened facing the garage door and facing forward away from the garage door. I've also noted that the anti-roll back that is meant to give 2 seconds of time between break and accelerator doesn't although I think this is partly down to how much of a gradient it's on, but even when that will start to attempt to move back it's not picked that up and kept the brakes applied. Also there's a couple of points of mis-alignment and internal trim that need a prod to reseat. Also centre touch screen seems to flicker intermittently when the car is unlocked and both panels are black.
All will be mentioned when it goes back for the 1 month/1000mile check up.
It's a little french tractor sounding when cold and noisy at higher revs.
It has crossed my mind to ask for my money back (even last night). Seriously. Seems that there's lots of things to be ironed out for what is a 'premium car'. You have to remember .. for a device that is £29K.
Driving - it goes from A to B.
The EAT6 has a few oddities - as noted in other Pug/Citreon cars.
a) it loves D6.. and wants to get to D6 whenever possible the overdrive gear that on the 1.6 BlueHDi 120hp (300Nm) doesn't have enough power when travelling at speed say 70mph and to accelerate without dropping down one or two gears (France has 130km/h roads). That's where the flappy paddles come in.. accelerator to the floor has a delay for kick down unlike the paddles.
Now in normal traffic at lower speeds the 1.6 BlueHDi 120 has enough oomph with the EAT6 gearing to make it shift very quickly. However it needs the sports mode over 70mph to give the gearbox the hint it should use additional revs. I found myself engaging sports mode in france on the odd occasion. Naturally it make the car use the revs lower down the range too but with the car being new I'm not going to use it on a whole drive - just when I could foresee a need.
b) it loves D2... when you arrive at a junction or roundabout.. and only right when you're almost stopped it thinks D1 is a great idea. Very much like how I was taught with the manual but because the elevated driving position it's weird you feel like you have stopped as the car feels like it's going slower.. so D2.. feels wrong. You will learn to creep in D1 to stop the S&S kicking in..
c) EAT6 does sometimes jerk slightly when slowing and the gear box is caught out by braking harder .. it selects the next gear then finds it at the bottom of the rev range engages the clutch and the car feels engine braked for a split second before the gearbox attempts to drop down to the next gear.
d) I have caught it out a couple of times when attempting to accelerate at junctions - it's attempted to accelerate at too lower revs before, also it's attempted to change down just as I accelerate causing it to be at the top of the rev range again.. and change.
c) it has changed gear whilst going around a tight bend... anyone that's done any racing knows you don't change gear in the middle of a corner.. it unbalances the car and is bit of a safety concern!
Still not found out how to default the massage seat to off. I know how to switch it off but not set it to off to start with!
The car initially could be found a bit skittish oversteer feeling with the wheels gripping feeling the only thing stopping the back end stepping out.. typically on a rough road corner. I think the suspension is bedding in and easing a little - or I'm getting used to it. With a rough road surface the car's suspension felt hard, coupled with the new seats = very jarring ride.
S&S is both good and bad.. I've not had a problem pulling off into traffic yet, on one occasion, it's kicking in, as I've taken my foot off the break to restart, only to stop again when I've pressed the brake more (just as the traffic was stop-creep-stop).
So.. any good bits?
1.6 BlueHDi 120... will cruise and cruise.. and cruise at 70mph. Put cruise control on and it will be happy just sitting there. Quietly. In D6..
That cruising.. well it will return high MPG and decent stress free arrival. The S&S on one occasion (channel tunnel checkin) racked up 30 minutes of stop time.. and the starting of the S&S is normally very slick.
The two position electric seat makes life a doddle when people need to switch between the seating position. The lumbar support for me being 6'4 is good - often seats have a lumber support too low for the longer back. It makes that cruising comfortable and I didn't have any aches after a long drive.
With no panoramic roof there's still lots of head room in the front and back seats.
Love the steering wheel. Not really found the lack of road feedback an issue - this is not a sports car.. but the steering is light.
The height of the car makes coming over the top of ramps something to be cautious of - the bonnet is high and at low speeds having the front camera working I would suspect would be good.. The eurostar ramp in the train to the top deck is a good example.
The width of the car.. it feels wide.. but in actuality is about the same width as normal car.. but because the height.. looking down.. makes it appear wider still.
The rear view camera is a boon for parking - even with the standard allure Visio1.. and it works in dark situations too (although not very high resolution)
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The LED lights are great and subtly effective. I think it also has the best daylights shape/headlight appearance in the market.
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The mirror proximity warnings are great and not obtrusive. You notice them without being distracted. It's safe one motor biker who shot across a number of lanes from behind me, across my back and over took.
The body shape is pretty, and I think the Bianca White with the non-necro black roof/pana option (was it called necro?
) you get this nice two tone effect - the white roof, the black windows, the black pillars - including the front-back pillars and so it has this wrap around black appearance. There are a few road tar hot spots in the design.. the LED lights between the tooth and radiator, the floor of the light picks up road grime through the aerodynamics, also the top of the windowscreen - there's a lip where the windscreen meets the roof panel - that edge gets all of the aerodynamic road tar and insects. The grill is not so bad but the front of the mirrors are another bug death spot.
I have front mudguards and will put in the rears soon, but the fronts have protected the black side trim from spray although the bodywork still gets some road tar (purely as the airflow goes around).
Not having a pano roof also makes the roof slippery.. it seems the roof bar option is good for cats..
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The interior with the full leather and electric seat is a £1400 option. Which balances between keeping the weight low for fuel economy, and being a full opulent feeling. The only thing I wish it did have is an option for he passenger full electric like the RR Evoke etc. My concern is how well the seats/padding will hold up.
Also the rears are comfy but need looking after - the leather will dent with hard things placed on the seat that makes me feel more careful with studs in jeans for example.
And lots of luggage space
So it's not all perfect. I am concerned about it's longevity (not a good thing from a 'premium challenger') although I know others that have no problems with Pugs, and people that have both no problem and dire problems with the premium brands.
The 1.6 BlueHDi 120 EAT6 is a easy drive cruising machine. It will take people + luggage happily but it's not a short run machine and for trips under 15 minutes.. it's not going to have the engine warm and will be returning you less MPG. How much of a saving with the cost of AdBlue and the changes to both the Vehicle Tax, and the cost of diesel due to the recent news is anyone's guess. Still. I've not seen an ounce of soot or smoke unlike an older Lexus yesterday that belched oil smoke on each auto gear change..
I suppose I'm been deflated a little in the problems the car has had, which given the cost is not the experience I would have expected.. and especially if the the sound of the drive shafts sounding like they've run out of grease.. results in a lengthy trip back to the dealer. If I didn't have that 'experience' then I think I could be more positive.