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Monthly Archives: August 2018

Prestige Car Hire

Petrol and Diesel Will Run Out Fast

Most rentals allow a mileage of 100 miles per day, with additional miles available for a surcharge. That might seem like loads. But, depending on the make and model of the car that you choose, you’ll need to fill up before you reach the 100 mile mark. Plus, you’ll usually have to return the car with a full tank of fuel, so fill up only about a mile before you reach your location to make sure you don’t have to pay any surcharges.
Under 25? You’ll Have to Pay

Some companies let those that are under 25 drive premium cars. But it’s a select few – generally, the consensus is that the younger you are, the more risk and therefore the more likely it is that you’ll damage the car or get into an accident. As such, premiums for the day are usually extremely high for those under 25 and some companies will veto you altogether. If you’ve held a valid driving license and had no driving offences or tickets since you were old enough to drive, then you’re in with a better chance. But be prepared to pay and to pay rather handsomely for it.

You’ll Have to Change How You Drive

Put your foot down to accelerate the tiniest bit and you’ll jump forward very, very quickly. Brake, and you’ll screech to what feels like an emergency stop. Steering will be far more responsive, and you only need to turn the wheel a fraction to go where you want to go. You’ll also find that because everything feels so different, your driving style will have to change and you’ll need to take a half hour or so to familiarise yourself with the car before heading out on your journey – learning how to change gears, how far down to press the accelerator or the brake and even, as silly as it sounds, where the indicators are.

Be Careful

It might sound jaw-droppingly obvious but prestige cars can be worth upwards of £100,000, so it’s really important to be as careful as you can. Of course, you’ve got to have a bit of fun. But virtually no companies will let you take the car onto a racetrack – which also means that you shouldn’t compensate by running it at 120mph down an empty motorway! Many companies install trackers in their vehicles and they’ll be able to tell exactly how fast you’ve been driving.

Nissan Terrano

These engines have been well matched with the weight of the car and the end result is that the Terrano is adequately powerful. It pulls right from when the engine hits 2,000 revs and the car performs well even while nearing redline. You do get a lot of car for the money you pay and Nissan has not scrimped on kitting out the car with features. Depending on the variant, you get airbags, anti lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake force distribution (EBD) with brake assist (BA), fog lamps, parking sensors, alloy wheels, trip computer, keyless entry, 12 volt sockets at the front and rear, a 2 DIN audio system and more.

A front skid plate also comes as standard on all variants to help protect the underside of the engine while driving on rough terrain. The suspension has been designed in such a way that it will remain unfazed even when driving over bad roads. The car stays level and doesn’t crash about for most bumps and dips. The car also grips really well and this makes driving on mountain roads a joy.

The interiors of the car look very different from its Renault twin; the centre console is now finished in glossy black with matt grey strips on either side, the cubby hole on top of the dashboard has a lid and the aircon vents are rectangular. The steering wheel is different as well; however, steering mounted controls are not available on any variant. Although this car does not have a 3rd row, meaning that it can take only 5 passengers, the seats all round are very comfortable in the Terrano.

The top end Terrano variant is filled with features such as ABS, leather seats, Bluetooth and USB audio connectivity, two airbags and rear parking sensors. But all these features are also present on the Renault Duster, which costs less than the Terrano. Even more weirdly, the Duster’s touchscreen navigation and multimedia system is omitted in the Terrano. It’s no wonder that Nissan Terrano reviews have always been lukewarm on the subject of features. However, the very same reviews always praise the vehicle’s ride quality, composure, performance and quality. Nissan Terrano prices range from Rs. 10 lakhs to Rs. 14 lakhs and while one does get a pretty good vehicle for that money, it feels as though Nissan could have done a nicer job and made the Terrano better still.

Ford Explorer Sport

Drivetrain and Suspension

The Explorer Sport is outfitted with a Terrain Management System, bringing four-wheel drive capabilities to this model. Drivers can choose from four settings: snow, sand, mud and hill descent.

Drivers benefit from electric power steering and a sport-tuned suspension. Front MacPherson strut suspension and a stabilizer bar is complemented by an independent multilink rear suspension with a stabilizer bar. Front and rear vented disc brakes and four-channel ABS are standard. Every model is outfitted with 20-inch all-season BSW tires.

The Explorer Sport weighs 4,921 pounds and a has 5,000-lb. towing capacity when properly equipped.

Model Dimensions

The Explorer sits on a 112.6-inch wheelbase and is 197.1 inches long. It measures 90.2 inches wide and 71.0 inches tall. Front and rear track both measure an identical 67.0 inches.

Seating capacity is for six or seven passengers. Total passenger volume measures 151.7 cubic feet. Cargo volume is 21 cubic feet behind the third row seat, 43.8 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down and 80.7 cubic feet behind the first row.

Interior Highlights

The Sport’s interior features ample passenger room and is generously appointed. Contrasting stitching can be found across the seats and on the steering wheel, with two-tone leather, brushed aluminum trim and Sport logos placed prominently.

This model also offers many of the amenities today’s drivers want and expect. Ford SYNC with MyFord Touch, a wi-fi hotspot for passengers and Bluetooth connectivity are standard. Remote start, a manual tilt and telescopic steering wheel column, dual zone climate control and a 12-speaker premium audio system are also included. A navigation system with a trial SiriusXM satellite radio system is available.

Luxurious Range Rover Evoque

The Evoque is powered by a V4 turbocharged engine only. Although it may not come with a six cylinder engine as some of its competitors, the Evoque certainly isn’t lacking when it comes to power. Acceleration is brisk and powerful. Off roading capabilities are enhanced by the Terrain Response system which allows the driver to control the way it responds to different terrain including snow, mud, grass, gravel and sand. Hill Start Assist is in place which works in conjunction with the Terrain Response system in order to make it easier to make hill starts and prevent dangerous roll backs. Cornering and steering is engaging and responsive due to the Electronic Power Assisted Steering system.

The interior is well designed and offers enough room for five adults. Cabin space can be expanded based on the trim level selected. There are three interior packages available when It comes to leather seating; almond, ebony or cirrus grained leather. Buyers can choose from a two-door and four-door version; the four-door model Is easier to get in and out of. Standard features include compatibility with blueooth devices, a premium sound system and a top of the line speaker system. A touch screen LCD is in place which allows the driver to control entertainment, audio and temperature control functions. Cargo space stands at 20.3 but can be increased to 47 cubic inches once the rear seats are folded down.