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FAMILY FUN SEEKER
Hi Torque magazine. I read Edric’s article on family fun with MPVs [2018 August issue’s column Ed Lib] and share the same sentiments with him – that there are no sporty MPVs available.
The only choice is to go for an SUV, but most SUVs have a high suspension setup for off-roading. The only sporty MPV in the past was the Subaru Exiga, which has a turbo 2-litre engine and can seat seven people.
Due to family commitments, I had to trade my Honda Accord Euro R for an MPV. I tried and tested many cars over a period of six months, and finally bought a seven-seater BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer with M Sport package. It has 10mm-lower M suspension along with a thick M steering wheel. I ordered my 216d Gran Tourer with the M colour of Estoril Blue, complete with an M bodykit.
This is the best-handling MPV I can find with enough torque, thanks to the 1.5-litre turbo-diesel motor. My only wish is for BMW to bring in the 2-litre 220d model, which has 400Nm of torque.
Wouldn’t it great if there was a VW GTI MPV or a BMW M Performance Gran Tourer?
FEELING A LITTLE FLUSHED
PENG SIEW YAP
Why does the engine of a car need a flush if you’ve been sending it for regular servicing? Ask an automotive engineer and not your mechanic. [Torque website story: Should I do an engine flush during servicing?]
Our core team of contributors includes a mechanical engineer, Shreejit Changaroth, who has been dispensing automotive wisdom in every issue’s Tech section and also online at every opportunity.
WHITE AND WRONG?
The newly revamped Torque website www.torque.com.sg looks too white. A night mode option would be nice.
Design-related feedback about our website will be forwarded to the relevant personnel.
The revamped Torque site is refreshing, but it lacks fun articles with a sense of humour. Maybe you can consider adding those “light reading” articles.
Entertaining our readers has always been one of the Torque team’s editorial objectives across all our platforms (online, digital, print, social media, events). Thanks for the timely reminder, which is no laughing matter.
Taxi and PHV (private-hire vehicle) drivers don’t pay Electronic Road Pricing (ERP), commuters do. [Torque website story: ERP rates are too low, they should be increased].
The more cars you have, the more impatient motorists will be when waiting to move off while pedestrians are crossing the street. You’ll end up with more traffic accidents involving pedestrians.
The problem isn’t a few uber-rich people having more cars. They already have them now anyway, and they’re likely to be just 5% of the population.
The problem is when the 50-60% middle class decides to own cars. Singapore will become like any other major city, with drivers spending an hour minimum to get anywhere.
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