Friday afternoon, 4:00. Computer off, the door of your home office can close behind you, the weekend has started. On Autowereld.com, we look back on a week in which Hyundai unveiled the Ioniq 5 and Volkswagen received a rain of complaints on its roof. Good news, bad news. Top and flop.
+ TOP – HYUNDAI IONIQ 5: FAST CHARGING GOES LIKE THE FIRE BRIGADE
Nobody wants to wait long at the fast charger. Hyundai understands that and throws up the system voltage of its new electric car platform from 400 to 800 volts. This allows the Hyundai Ioniq 5 to charge almost as fast as a Porsche Taycan and a Tesla Model 3.
+ TOP – NEW MERCEDES C-CLASS GETS S-CLASS INTERIOR
It’s no surprise that the new C-class resembles the E and S class. But what do we see on the inside? Mercedes continues the line that has been deployed with the S-Class. That means there are two screens: a digital cockpit and a vertically oriented infotainment screen on the center console. Sehr gut power. TOP AND FLOP.
+ TOP – EXPENSIVE CARS GET PRICE CUT
The whole car-loving Netherlands is delighted when an expensive car becomes considerably cheaper. In week 8 we wrote about the Kia Stinger which has become 8000 euros cheaper and about the price reduction of the Mercedes EQC. There almost 10,000 euros went off the price. We still can’t afford them, but hey.
– FLOP – HIS V8 MAKES THE LAND ROVER DEFENDER SCREAMINGLY EXPENSIVE
‘The new Land Rover Defender V8 is the fastest ever’, reports Land Rover proudly. But speed seems completely irrelevant to us in such a hardcore all-terrain vehicle. So what is the added value of that eight-cylinder? Because in the Netherlands, the block only makes the Defender screamingly expensive.
– FLOP – MANY COMPLAINTS ABOUT TEETHING PROBLEMS VOLKSWAGEN ID.3
11,000 Dutch people already drive a Volkswagen ID.3. But those aren’t all satisfied customers. The electric Volkswagen has quite a few teething problems, including many electronic problems. The Financieele Dagblad talks about a ‘rain of complaints’.
– FLOP – NEW CARS ARE EXPENSIVE (EXCEPT THE DACIA SANDERO)
The budget brands of the past have disappeared and strict safety rules are making new city cars increasingly expensive. Will every car buyer with 13,490 euros of savings soon drive a new Dacia Sandero? Or are there alternatives? This requires a price comparison! TOP AND FLOP.