BMW no longer in vogue?
Like reader Lee Ryan (Your Views, 8 February), I also replaced my BMW 535d with a used Range Rover, a 2010 Vogue V8 model. Although I admit that the build quality is not quite to Munich standards, the Vogue has qualities that BMW lost a long time ago.
William Boddy, the esteemed former editor of Motor Sport magazine, used to call them ‘character’ and ‘ride quality’.
BMW, along with many of its contemporaries, has became obsessed with technology. The worst example in my experience is the adoption of run-flat tyres. Why on earth have we removed spare wheels from modern cars?
I am not quite sure what Lee requires with his ‘onboard tech’, but I would happily junk the lot for the Vogue’s wonderful ride, sense of occasion and majestic ‘command view’ driving position.
So sadly, although I am a great BMW fan, on a freezing snowy day or driving along a country road in summer with high hedgerows, give me the Vogue every time. Peter Mitchell via email