Well I went for a Test Drive today expecting to be driving a fully specced 2.0 Selespeed with Connect Nav+. What I got to drive was a 2.0 manual with Connect Nav+ but without the connect bit working.
Firtly anyone thiking of buying connect nav+.....BUY It!
It works like a dream.
Firtly the Telephone part. Put your SIMM card in the slot. Type in the PIN. Call a number. But there are many ways to call the number. The system an access the numbers on the SIMM as well as those stored in the Connect system itself. You can go through the two phone books and call the number or you can press the phone button on the steering wheel and call out the number i.e. 0121 234 3333 and erase characters which the voice recognition gets wrong (can happen apparently while travelling). Or you can press the phone icon and call out the persons name as it is stored in the internal phone book. Called a friend and had a good conversation. He said it sounded better than calling somone on a phone as it sounded more cavernous due to being in the cabin. I could hear him equally well through the stereo's speakers.
Text Mesaging I didn't realise was in the package. You can view and read all messages on your SIMM. You can recive messages and send them as you would on any phone.
Sat Nav: Put the CD in. Choose your destination. You basically scroll through the alphabet and choose the letters in order and it works out the destination you wanted after typing in 3 to 4 letters by narrowing down the list of places it could possibly be. Tried where I live found it on the map and calculated the route. Not necassarily the best route or the one I would have chosen but it got it right.
Then tried a route in the area I was in. The sales guy let me choose the Destination Street so as to not choose a route he knew would work. Set off. If you are not moving it first has to work out where you are going i.e. I was in the dealers car park to start with so it didn't know how I was going to get to the first road it expected me to be on. By the time I exited the dealers it had worked out where I was. It then displays the next two turnings you are due to take on the left of the display and shows your progress on the map. It also show the next turning on the steering wheel read out cluster. It also talks the directions to you. When you get to within 150 yards of the turning/Island it tells you what your next move will be. 'at the next Island take the second exit' for instance. The steering wheel diaply counts down as you get closer to the next manouver. Just as you get the the next move it will repeat the message. I delibertaley made a wrong move at one point and it quickly worked out a revised route.
Needless to say we did get to the correct street and it only got it wrong where the map was out of date due to a change in road layout and when I deliberatley made a mistake.
All the time it calculates your arrival time updating it as you go through traffic. Apparently it will tell you about traffic and divert if neccesarry but we didn't hit any traffic so I'll have to take it on trust that this works.
You can also get details such as average MPH and MPG through the Trip screen. The Audio section alows you to choose from your preset radio stations etc.
The guy told me that Connect worked well when it is working. For instance you can call them and ask what the traffic is like on a certain motorway. Or you could ask for an italian restaurant in the area and they will send details for the restaurant back to you via text and you can call the restaurants number and the call centre can send co-ordinates for the sat nav to direct you there.
Finally the drive. Sadly it was all slow roads. Couldn't get above fifty and only got to rev it hard a couple of times. I am going back next week when they have get a Selespeed in from their sister dealership. Steering is incredibly quick when you first turn into a sharp corner but you get used to it and it works really well once oyu do. Brakes worked well though didn't get a chance to try an emergency stop as there was loads of traffic behing me most of the time.
Compared to my 1.1. Punto as you'd expect it was far from a 'dog'
. Even from the bottom it pulled well for me and it did sound nice and rorty once I got it revved up the couple of chances I had.
Ride was good even on 17" ers even though the route did go down some uneven back roads. Also all the time he was demonstrating the Connect Nav system before we set off it was only when I pulled away that I realised that the engine had been running all the time. Incredibly quiet at rest. Again maybe it's cause I'm used to my Punto but even that is quiet at rest. But not as quiet as the Alfa!
I'll post an update when I try the Selespeed where I have been guarunteed a chance to try it on a the local stretch of motorway. Wish I could try a few rods I knew in my area. I was a bit nervous driving it as it wasn't mine and I didn't know where I was going.
Also Stef, I am definitely going for the sunroof. Lets more light into the cabin and works well. Love the way you can open all windows and the sunroof from the keyring thingy. So you can let the heat out before you get in.
Essay over. Handwork handed in