Could I buy an Audi after the VW emissions scandal? Probably not...

Could I buy an Audi after the VW emissions scandal? Probably not…

Could I buy an Audi after the VW emissions scandal? Probably not...

It’s interesting, the inevitable surveys about whether people will now buy a Volkswagen Group car. Usually they centre on the fact that punters no longer have faith in getting a car as clean or economical as they first thought. Or that they simply don’t trust VW engineers any more.

But for me there’s more to it than that. Basically I do trust Volkswagen engineers. I think they are at the higher end of the scale in the automotive industry, undoubtedly helped by the – apparent – willingness of the higher management to embrace good engineering.

Of course it may be all smoke and mirrors, but it’s the reason why people are prepared to pay more for a VW Golf than a Vauxhall Astra, and very much more for an Audi A3, which does much the same job.

As I drove into work today in my 55-year-old Saab, I was passed by a three-door SEAT Ibiza (highly stylised) and then an Audi A1. I couldn’t help thinking how good the A1 still looks for a small car, and I know from six months of living with one that it was a very pleasing experience.

Yet would I buy either today? The SEAT, maybe, basically because I could get one cheaply. But the Audi? Well, I don’t know. It’s not the trust in the engineers that would put me off, nor the economy/emissions issue. It’s that fact that I would blatantly be buying into an expensive brand that had flicked two-fingers at the law. It would look arrogant and uncaring, and very difficult to justify to others if they quizzed you.

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2 replies
    • SJR007
      SJR007 says:

      You should look up how they get the figures

      The car is bare minimum weight than it can be including very little fuel (1 litre at best) ..quite legal.

      Emission settings on modern cars are mediocre for export around the world. Tuning firms and diesel chips get more power and economy and tuned for UK MOT’s ….sooooooo ….

      The manufacturers have their settings on bare minimum (legal) to get the highest fuel economy figures. The cars are driven on perfect low friction surfaces, windless days and the best air temp all to achieve the highest fuel economy figures and it’s all legal

      What manufacturers publish are for most cars not attainable in real life driving… now add proper surfaces, wind, fuel in the tank and all the rest…Let’s not even mention normal sensible driving as apposed the ‘feathering the accelerator at the ultimate speed …

      Hence why chipping has been so popular in diesel cars and remapping petrol cars


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