It’s a life­style thing

DE­SIGNER JULI­ETTE HO­GAN DRIVES AN AUDI SQ5

Rotorua Weekender - - Driven -

What are you driv­ing?

It’s a 2018 Audi SQ5 quat­tro with black leather seats and 21-inch al­loys. It drives beau­ti­fully and is more than liv­ing up to ex­pec­ta­tions. I have been for­tu­nate enough to drive a num­ber of Audis re­cently but this one is my ab­so­lute favourite.

What do you like about it?

It’s the lit­tle touches that you dis­cover over time that make me adore this car . . . the lit­tle squeeze that the seat­belt gives you once you’re all strapped in. In­tel­li­gent au­to­matic re­sponses with safety blindspot in­di­ca­tors, the wind­screen wipers com­ing on by them­selves when it rains. I just feel so safe and con­fi­dent in this car when trav­el­ling with my fam­ily.

And you’re an Audi am­bas­sador?

It’s a hard job but some­one’s got to do it. It is such a priv­i­lege to be an am­bas­sador for Audi. We have an authen­tic brand al­liance and a def­i­nite cross-over in our cus­tomer bases so it means that we can work to­gether to give more to our cus­tomers.

As a de­signer, what ap­peals about this Audi de­sign?

Clean lines, with strength and beauty. Util­ity, min­i­mal, noth­ing su­per­flu­ous.

And why an SUV?

It works for me with my cur­rent life­style, es­pe­cially with the height for get­ting kids in and out, and all the boot space we need.

Who else drives this car?

My hus­band, Dion, be­cause he loves sports cars.

What all do you use it for?

This gets me around town, but is also great for a road trip away. We took it to Hawke’s Bay and it was a dream.

How of­ten do you clean it?

I have it valeted it ev­ery time I head off from Auck­land Air­port, and also with at the lovely team at Audi.

Is it your ev­ery­day drive?

Yes, just the one car.

And you’re ex­pect­ing your sec­ond child this month. As a par­ent, what are im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tions when choos­ing a ve­hi­cle?

Safety, of course, but also lots of room. If you asked my 2-year-old, Myra, what she likes about this car, it’s the vroom noise it makes when I ac­cel­er­ate on to the mo­tor­way. “Go faster, Mummy!”

Any tips for keep­ing chil­dren happy on longer drives?

Anika Moa, Songs for Bubba

Favourite Sun­day drive out of Auck­land?

Bethells Beach. I love head­ing out there for a bush walk. It is close to Auck­land but feels for­ever away.

Any other ve­hi­cles in your garage?

It’s not my garage, it’s Dion’s. And full of a 1972 Valiant Charger, cur­rently in pieces and be­ing lov­ingly and painstak­ingly put back to­gether by him and “help­ful” side­kick Myra.

When did you get your li­cence?

I was taught by my pa­tient mother on the quiet coun­try lanes in Karaka. And yes, I passed on my first at­tempt.

Any tips for young driv­ers?

Lis­ten to your par­ents and master a man­ual.

First ve­hi­cle?

A Toy­ota Corolla called Lucy. I had this car when I started my busi­ness liv­ing at home with my par­ents in Karaka and open­ing my store and work­room in Pon­sonby. I did quite the kms in her with that com­mute. She cer­tainly wasn’t fancy, but she was hard­work­ing and re­li­able so I had some deep ad­mi­ra­tion and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for that car.

And if you could drive/own any car. what would it be?

I’m ex­cited to see the new Audi e-tron when it ar­rives in NZ soon.

Do you have a favourite movie car scene?

Fer­ris Bueller’s Day Off ,a90s clas­sic.

How do you feel about elec­tric and driver­less cars?

I had the priv­i­lege of at­tend­ing the For­mula-e in NYC with Audi ear­lier this year. It’s amaz­ing to see how far elec­tric ve­hi­cles have come in the re­cent past, and how fast they can go. I would love to be driv­ing an elec­tric ve­hi­cle. — Donna Mcin­tyre

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