G New Purchase Considerations
I have a 12 year old MkIV Golf GT TDI 110bhp 5 door which I want to replace in the near future. Car has been great, easy to DIY service, good economy and has averaged 54mpg over 110k miles since new. Detest the modern trend of sitting in a welsh coalmine and particularly like a bright interior and Golf has a beige leather/carpets/headlining. Current Golf/Focus/Astra/Civic/PSA etc are all coal mines and few new small cars have a pleasant lightish coloured leather interior. Volvo/Audi/Skoda/BMW/Alfa are about the only ones. Volvo V50 runout tempting with 20% discount, but expensive to run, and new A3 yet to arrive and is also pretty pricey.
So was looking at a JTMD 1.6 Lusso in Red with Natural leather, glass sunroof, and perhaps a couple of other extras.
Overall fuel consumption will possibly be no better than Golf which had combined figure of 57.6mpg/132g/km - but then that is so called progress. Reduced VED etc will be a bonus though.
Alfa G plus points seems to be pretty good standard spec.
Is the engine chain cam drive or a wretched rubber band that'll need changing at 40-60k miles?
And what about the DPF life - is it catalyst or does it have a little tank of fluid??
Also read that diesels are considered noisy??