The short comings of the 9sp gearbox could be because it's a dual clutch unit. At first I thought it's 9sp planetary gb but as it turns out it's a DCT. As we know by now DCTs aren't the smoothest of gb when driven slow especially when it comes to city driving. It's program to react slow to prevent jerks from the gear changes.
No, it's not a DCT. It's a 9 speed auto from ZF. Confirm + chop not a DCT. And it was jerky with a rather pronounced rubberband effect on heavy throttle input.
The power to weight performance I think it's fine. But when it comes to handling I mean it's an SUV. Suspension tuning I would expect it to be on the softer side moreover this is an SUV that can go offroad. It's not say a sports sedan design to perform on a circuit. For a 4x4 the suspension must soak up the offroad bumps or else its occupants will end up with spinal injuries. Maybe you drive too many BMWs.
Yes, I've driven too many BMWs maybe. But tell that to Volvo who have managed to make a comfortable SUVs with decent handling. I did mention that yes, it's comfortable on highways and when using it in town.
But in retrospect, I should have mentioned that it shouldn't be about how comfy or how well it takes corners, but overall, how boring it was to drive. It just feels so meh...
As for the headlights, yeah the US road regulations have yet to accept any other lights other dan halogen headlights. So expect all American branded cars to come with halogen headlights as standard. But this can be easily changed or modified.
Erm. that's not true. Aftermarket kits maybe, but for factory fitted cars, they are illegal nowhere. A new car meeting all FMVSS standards is legal in all 50 states.
When it comes to price I agree it's on the premium side. As you said not very competitive especially its competitors are better equipped and cost less. The only pro I see is the low road tax. Some US brand cars are not built for other parts of the world. Whatever works in US does not necessarily works here. If they want to be globally competitive they have to seriously open up.
+ You do know that for SGD$148,888, you are buying a car that's made in India ?
Again, I'll have to reiterate, as a value for $$$ proposition, take a look at the 1.4 Kodiaq. More space, 3 rows of seating, VW underpinnings and a wet clutch DSG. $132k with COE. Can use for Grab 7 seater.
And if you want to spend 148k, there's always a 2.0 Kodiaq is 1k less, or go for the base Tiguan that is 8k less.
Edited by Mockngbrd, 06 September 2018 - 03:04 PM.