After 2 back to back Q50 leases, I am looking for a change. Any suggestions for good cars for stop and go traffic? Sporty (for weekend drives), big enough for 2 car seats (1 rear-facing) and comfortable? Budget is ~$600/month. Currently looking at V60, S5/A6, M340i/530i and E300.
I recommend Volvos S90,V60, XC90, or XC60. Bmw and mercedes you are lucky if you find a car with a driver asistance package. They dont stock them at dealerships.
I’ve got the m340i and it’s a blast to drive.
But for traffic and 2 car seats, consider the x2 m35i or the x3 m40i. The x3 much more attractive but the x2 more fun to drive, more compact, and better fuel economy.
Any of the new hyundai products with highway drive assist. Best ACC system in stop and go traffic I’ve ever driven. Only one that isn’t jerky and doesn’t require you to constantly tell the car to go if you’ve been stopped more than a few seconds.
Tesla Model 3, close up this thread
I think OP said sporty and comfortable…
Was that in response to my hyundai comment or bruce’s model 3 comment?
Lexus ES300H for the commute and buy something else with the money you’ll save for weekend fun-times.
Tesla with autopilot has been described as best with stop and go traffic. For $600 a month and something bigger than a Model 3, you can get a used Model S with factory warranty and sell it when you want.
Alternatively you might be able to get a new Model Y for that budget on purchase, depending on your time frame. Will likely have high resale value so treating purchase like a lease should work out well.
The company I run makes the materials that they used for building the fender flares for the hum car. That was one of the first times it had been used after development.
The only CGI in that commercial is the scene where the wheels slide out to the side while raising up. They actually drove that over cars.
I’d have to say nay on an x2 with two car seats especially one rear facing. The long rear door, small rear space makes car seats a chore. Got my wife an x2 and I curse myself everytime we try to load up the kiddo in a tight parking spot due to the rear door design.
However it is indeed a lot more fun to drive, and thankfully we only take the kid somewhere needing a car seat at most once or twice a month (hooray city living and her daycare literally next door).
CMon man, X1/X2 are too small for anyone, especially someone with kids. And remember, a lease maybe 3 years, and kids will only grow larger
Genesis G80. I had the G90 and it’s stop and go cruise control in traffic was awesome. I believe both share the same cruise control tech
The bigger they get the easier it is. Those rear facing newborn seats are freaking giant cribs.
X1/x2 has similar rear leg room as a 3 series. Certainly tight compared to an x3 or x5, but not impossible.
My M340i with Driver’s Assistance Pro is fantastic in traffic. Car basically drives itself in speeds below 40mph if the traffic mode engages. But as previously said, it’s hard to find a car on dealer lots with this option. I never would have ordered it myself, but I’m glad I have it.
I’m currently in a 2020 XC60. The advanced package is great in stop-and-go traffic. I have one forward facing car seat and my oldest(5) sits in the integrated booster seat. If the car seat had to be rear-facing it would have to go on the passenger side because I need my seat all the way back for leg room.
Definitely sporty in general and more than enough when you change the drive mode. It’s only the T5 but I drove the T6 and didn’t think it was worth the extra $$ as the T5 provides the “giddy up” that I need.
Does the car start driving forward itself if it has been stopped in traffic for >10 seconds?
This is one of the best parts about the Hyundai system with HDA. In the right conditions, the car can be stopped for 30+ seconds and it’ll still drive itself forward. Also, it lets you adjust how quickly it accelerates (and brakes) to follow the car rather than just having one option that always seems to be jerky at low speeds.
I have the driver assistance plus on my 5, it works pretty well on highways, esp at night. Only beef is sharp turns at high speeds, and won’t start moving in stop-go traffic if >5 seconds.