With so many options on the market for every category of vehicle from SUV's to small town cars, how do you choose what is right for you? This comes in at number one in the things you need to research before contacting a leasing broker. I recommend making a list of all the essential features the vehicle needs to have to meet your requirements. Consider your daily vehicle usage and the type of roads you usually drive on. Think about the space you need in the boot and cabin. You may want to consider fuel efficiency if you're likely to do a lot of mileage. Then, the desirable features of your ideal car. Perhaps you'd like to have a DAB radio, Bluetooth integration or TV's for the kids installed. Now you have a pretty good picture of the type of car you need and the features you want you can begin the next process.
Test driving before selecting your lease vehicle is extremely important. After all, the car or van will be with you for a number of years. If it doesn’t tick all of the boxes you’ll be kicking yourself right the way through until your lease ends. There’s nothing more frustrating than finding you don’t have enough leg room for passengers or enough boot space for your weekly shop until it’s too late.
The 2014 Skoda Octavia Scout from the results of this Top Gear test drive is a good, honest car.
This is the brand new, second-generation Skoda Octavia Scout. You’re talking new Golf, new Leon, new A3, new everything, practically. This new Octavia Scout will only be offered with two diesel engines in the UK, a 2.0-litre four-pot with 147bhp, and the range-topping 2.0-litre with 181bhp and 280lb ft of torque.
The Scout is based on the Octavia Estate, and so brings with it those dynamic nuances: light, slightly numb steering, and a decent chassis that doesn’t excite but doesn’t disappoint. Sure, it bobs around on its springs a bit, but this isn’t a car you buy to tackle the fearsome Maggots-Becketts series of corners at Silverstone. And because it’s just a bit softer, it means you can coast around from muddy path to front door with barely any stresses on your spine. It’s wonderfully relaxing. The [...]
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