BMW no longer in vogue?

Auto Car (UK) - - LETTERS -

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

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