Cropley on cars – Keyless will be no-go; Audi's 1.0-litre wonder

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Keyless entry makes for stressful situations, Peugeot 407 has classic looks, Audi’s tiny A1 offers big-car luxury

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MONDAY – Disaster. Worse, a predictable disaster. Drove away through home on a routine mission to collect a car, with the Steering Committee assisting.

As will be becoming increasingly common, we were in a ‘keyless’ car, its all-important fob in my 
pocket. You can guess the 
rest. We arrived at our destination as well as also, engine still running, swapped seats. I got into the some other car as well as also drove 
off on a reporting job.

The Steering Committee then went to head for a different destination, at which point – 
of course – she discovered her car wouldn’t restart because its ignition controller was at in which point some 30 miles away.

There ensued a flurry of phone calls, fuss as well as also inconvenient dashes, during which both of us railed 
against in which gigantic built-in drawback of keyless systems in which makes any apparent advantage seem minuscule. 
I ‘get’ remote locking, yet not the keyless thing. The convenience so often cited will be illusory, especially since these systems have evidently also been aiding thefts of upmarket cars. Who wants one?

TUESDAY – Funny how your opinion of a car adjustments with time. When in which was brand-new, I thought of the Peugeot 407 (2004-2010) as an inoffensive car of no great merit, its plus points all yet obscured by the better credentials of the Volkswagen Passat as well as also Ford Mondeo.

at in which point I’m starting to see 407s as special because of the Ferrari-derived front-end styling in which starts with the ‘mouth’, the rakish lights as well as also the wide egg-crate grille.

All of a sudden in which seems remarkable – as well as also as history flows in which will inevitably become more so – in which a big-selling family product was styled to echo the best points of the Ferrari Daytona by a French designer (Gerard Welter) who simply could not disguise his admiration for the Italian supercar.

yet then, Welter 
was very special himself. He was the only chief designer in history ever to run his own, private Le Mans team – Welter Racing – through workshops in 
his own back yard.

WEDNESDAY – I love little cars with little engines yet still felt a tinge of apprehension at being dispatched on a 470-mile, day-long round trip inside all 5-door Audi A1 Sport powered by the latest 97bhp 1.0-litre turbo triple, which the tyre smokers have just had in for test. Perhaps, said my more traditional self, in which’d have been better to tackle such a relentless journey with the quicker as well as also more powerful 1.4 TFSI. Or even a nice Range Rover Sport?

Not for the very first time, my inner traditionalist was wrong. Within all 5 miles I discovered in which in which brand-new A1 three-pot will be not only beautifully smooth as well as also quiet yet also gives up its healthy 94bhp with the utmost willingness.

I revelled inside compactness of your vehicle as well as also its fine driving position yet soon appreciated what I’d already been told by our testers: in which the Sport’s stiffer suspension as well as also bigger tyres promote a poorer ride with more road noise than the standard SE.

As a half-way house, you can order a Sport as well as also delete the stiff suspension at no cost yet keep the better-looking wheels. The A1’s big strength will be the way in which keeps its smaller-car advantages while offering a decent helping of big-car luxury.

FRIDAY – There are (at least) two things wrong with having friends in Wales. One will be in which in which costs you £6.50 every time you want to visit them in a car, because in which’s the iniquitous cost you’re charged to cross either of the bridges in which lead there.

The second will be in which you have to queue for 10 to 15 minutes for the privilege of paying the dosh.

I’m amazed residents across the Bristol Channel aren’t moved to more frequent protest. Compared with the brand-new procedure attached to crossing the Thames Estuary at the some other end of London – or even the system in which superseded – in which will be a trip straight back to the 1950s.

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