Well, as if I wasn't peeved off enough with the pitiful fuel consumption I am getting out my 2.0 TDI 177 BE A4 Avant Quattro, I get some more bad news today.
My wife is expecting our first child in a couple months, this was part of the reason for purchasing the motor. Nice and safe with the quattro, and economical with the diesel. So as I always do, consumer research to find baby seats. The seemingly most popular, well reviewed, award winning seat seems to be the Maxi-Cosi Cabrio-fix. So we bought it a couple weeks ago in preparation.
So decided to go for the iso-fix base too, save the wife faffing about with seatbelts and stuff, and being more secure = safer surely?
Anyway, apparently they are not compatible with the 2012 A4. In fact, doesn't look like its compatible with any of the B8 A4's. WTF Audi? What appears to be the most popular baby car seat on the market (its one of 2 seats I have found that is compatible with almost every travel system on the market), is not iso-fix compatible with your car? I though iso fix was a standard fitment type, so why is it not compatible?
So, needless to say, straight up to Audi for a settlement figure, to see how much it will cost me to walk away. Well, I get nothing back, but don't have to put any more down. And then straight round to BMW to have a look at the 3 series. At this point it is worth noting that I'm not thinking about changing my car so I don't have to change my baby car seat. The fuel consumption issue is still, by far, the most prominent issue in my mind.
Well, lucky for Audi I guess. There is a new 3 series just released, but in saloon only. But thats okay, because it is a hideous looking beast. The new lights are sooooooo rank, it almost reminds me of the old 7-series (circa 2004) which is also hideous.
Coupled with the new interior clocks, which remind me of a Scania truck or something, and there is no M-Sport yet, but a Sport+ or something? Also a hideous look, the inlays are "brushed aluminium" or something similar, but with a stripe of red all along the bottom? I could put up with the black leather and red stitching all over the rest of the interior, but the inlays were awful. Lucky escape there Audi.
That said, I'm back tomorrow to look at a 5 series. Then off to Mercedes to look at their C & E classes. You aint out the woods yet.