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    Default Decision time.

    I am about to dive into a lease car.

    Choices include:
    VW Tiguan diesel.
    Landrover Defender 90.
    Subaru, Forester.

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    Unfortunately neither the 4007 nor the 4008 got a look in…..

    The good the bad and the ugly…..discuss??????
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    Depends on the driving you do - the Defender as much as it is awesome off road, lacks many modern safety features...

    What spec Forester are you looking at?
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    One hell of a contrast between Defender & Forrester !
    For what it's worth In my opinion if this is the range of interest for you, check out the Mitsubishi Outlander. I drive them regularly as part of my rental car ferrying routine, & they are a great long distance machine.
    Typical Japanese reliability[ a big contrast against the Defender ], & with a new model due, there should be some good prices around soon. Of all the range of rental cars I drive , for me it is the most comfortable long distance vehicle, despite the lack of Citroen suspension !!

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    My father had a defender for a few years. The most uncomfortable piece of crap road vehicle he has ever owned. He had constant back and headache problems that magically disappeared when he traded it in.

    The Defender may have a role in life, but as a regular road vehicle?
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    Take the Suby - the VW probably will have the DSG transmission and the Defender is great off-road apparently but a very old design.
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    My experience of three new Subarus including a Forester is quality, quality and quality.
    However, if you are thinking of diving in, a swimming pool might be less damaging to the head.
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    You haven't even looked at or driven a French/Japanese/Korean number which I really enjoy. Get yourself a Koleos diesel.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gamma View Post
    I am about to dive into a lease car.

    Choices include:
    VW Tiguan diesel.
    Landrover Defender 90.
    Subaru, Forester.

    Unfortunately neither the 4007 nor the 4008 got a look in…..

    The good the bad and the ugly…..discuss??????
    The above sounds like the answers. What was the question?

    What criteria do you want satisfied? What do you want your vehicle for?

    If you don't know where you are going, any road will lead you there.

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    Here's the rub.

    I would want each for very different reasons.

    The VW for the space and comfort,
    the Sub for the wagon component,
    and the 90 for smacking small SBs on the open road.

    Yes, its a fine balance....

    VW ....wife...2.1 kids and a Labrador
    Sub.....wife...2.1 Labrador’s and a kid,

    Landrover.....pile in..... or you walk......
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    Do you have a choice of auto or manual transmissions, or a preferrence?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Exfrogger View Post
    Do you have a choice of auto or manual transmissions, or a preferrence?
    Manual.!!!!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gamma View Post
    Manual.!!!!!!
    How civilised.


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    AUTO=GRANDMOTHERS WHEELCHAIR
    Or any person under 25 yrs...
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    Not sure if you really want an SUV or something that is or looks like a 4WD. If not I'd be looking at Skoda Octavia, Superb, a VW Passat or Golf Wagon. I do have a DSG as a daily driver, very smooth shift, doubt I'd bother with a manual. Maybe you need something with a lot of height for the dog? Unless you leave him at home

    I'm not sure how the maths work out with VW/VW group diesels versus petrol when you take into account the extra cost to buy the diesel in the first place, higher maintenance. My 77TSI Polo really boxes above it's weight, a lot of torque down low. In the Golf the 90TSI is supposed to be a peach. For my sort of motoring I don't do enough miles to make the diesel an economic proposal.

    Good luck

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