Did you see the test on Top Gear a few weeks ago? JC raved about it, he loved it and it does indeed look like a great car. Do you 'need' 4 wheel drive? Would be handy in the snow! Do you get much snow in Bordeaux?
The one he tested was the "top of the range" 170bhp 4x4 diesel with all the bits - about Euros 30,000 in France and maybe £26k in the UK - but you get "everything" for that including leather heated and electric seats plus a fancy GPS as well as the clever 4WD stuff
Prices start at about Euros 20,000 out here for the mid spec, (which is not bad), 110bhp diesel 2WD
The new 1.2 TSI petrol 105bhp engine is supposed to be v good - but somehow 1.2 in a car like that sounds a little under powered
or should I buy a KIA Ceed with the 7 year guarantee, (my wife says no no no)
snow - most of the time we live in "the country" and the roads leave a lot to be desired - surface wise
(I have driven SAABs - the 9 5 Estates for years .......... but they are no longer and to re register my current 175bhp 9 5 diesel, here in France is expensive as well as being RHD)
(for youse "colonials" - please note us Brits and other Europeans pay 20% sales tax, (called VAT/TVA), plus a "carbon tax" in France)
Sounds like a good spec, post pics when you get it. Oh and for the record there is about 14% markup on new cars so take about 14% off the RRP add a few hundred euro for pre sales test/road tax etc and you have their profit margin!
I recently spent an inordinate amount of time trying to buy a car... Yes, I said "trying". Eventually I did make a good deal, and I have no doubt that you will, as well, Bill. Keep up the good actuarial work and bargaining! How's the warranty?