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    Needed the estate and ended up with a Stelvio 280bhp petrol. No chance of a Giulia Sportwagon from what I have read - which would have been the weapon of choice. It was either that or a German alternative and after my last very poor experience with an E63 went back to Alfa.

    The interior is not on a par, but I do not regret the choice. We shall see how the ongoing ownership experience pans out. It cannot be any worse than the Mercedes UK treatment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbob View Post
    +1. With 200kg less weight and a 6in drop in ride height it would be brilliant but most customers are so stupid these days that they don't see that and prefer to buy a bit of fake SUV bling.
    Absolutely. I've mentioned it whenever I've been in an Alfa dealership and they say its a common complaint from customers. Hopefully they'll see sense, but I don't see it happening any time soon, primarily because of the Stelvio.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yoghurt View Post
    Needed the estate and ended up with a Stelvio 280bhp petrol. No chance of a Giulia Sportwagon from what I have read - which would have been the weapon of choice. It was either that or a German alternative and after my last very poor experience with an E63 went back to Alfa.

    The interior is not on a par, but I do not regret the choice. We shall see how the ongoing ownership experience pans out. It cannot be any worse than the Mercedes UK treatment.
    Jaguar XF estate........new one is very nice and from what I saw with my XE it never fell apart and was reliable....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andyk View Post
    Jaguar XF estate........new one is very nice and from what I saw with my XE it never fell apart and was reliable....
    Confirmation that Alfa are missing a trick with not having an SW.
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    Just saw my first Stelio on the motorway coming home from work. That is not a good looking Alfa. Really looked awkward. Not for me I’m afraid.
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    Not for me either, tbh. If I was into that type of thing I’d be going the Volvo route. As Chris Harris pointed out on Top Gear last night, they’re relaxing, comfortable things which is what you want when transporting miniature humans, dogs and precious cargo (like shopping). On the last point, I had a mildly sporty estate - 156 Sportwagon - and it was hard to resist temptation to spank it wherever I went. Then one day may shopping tried to turn itself into an omelette. In the summer. The garage refused to work on the car unless I agreed to have the rear carpets cut out.
    Oops.

    But I’d still prefer a fast estate. The load bay makes more sense (longer) and putting the dog in the back doesn’t make me feel as if I’m putting it in solitary confinement. An E63 AMG would do nicely... or an M5 E34... or an Alpina B5 S E60/B8 4.6 E36... hmmmm
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    Although we will be likely to buy a XC60 soon, I do agree that the old fashioned estate is far more practical and comfortable.

    After all most SUVs have you sat upright, have poor aerodynamics and most are pretend 4x4s.

    If only the little lady was not intimidated by the length of a family estate, when in reality it is no longer that the XC.
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    You raise an important point, Safrane. The rise of the SUV largely reflects the fact that women have taken a much bigger interest in buying power over the past twenty years. This correlated with Porsche’s experience with the Cayenne - I seem to remember the design director saying that the Cayenne’s challenging looks and bulky appearance made it much more appealing to women. The same’s true for my wife - she loves SUVs, from the Kuga and the Qashqai to the Levante and the XC90. It’s kind of good for me that she likes tall, rather wide things (ahem).
    She’s 5ft2 and hates small cars and loves enormous SUVs, whereas I’m 6ft7 and love small Italian cars...
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    Done all the fast estates and did enjoy them . M5 V10 E61, RS4 Avant, B5 and B7 etc would like to try a C63 AMG estate at some point as that has to be the ultimate dog botherer!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Contigo View Post
    Done all the fast estates and did enjoy them . M5 V10 E61, RS4 Avant, B5 and B7 etc would like to try a C63 AMG estate at some point as that has to be the ultimate dog botherer!!!

    E63 is much nicer than a C63, and is a little less chintzy imo
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