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Eric Le Francois

Eric Le Francois
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faithful to the end

I leased a Volvo XC40 for four years in 2021 and would like to buy an electric or hybrid vehicle at the end of my lease. I’ve seen and read various reviews about the X40 Recharge and I’m not convinced that it’s a good choice, mainly for its autonomy in winter and also for the price. While waiting for a more efficient electric model, would a hybrid model be a better choice? I also want to stay with the Volvo brand.

D. Theriault

If my math is correct, your tenancy ends in 2025. You still have some time ahead of you. Volvo plans to launch five new electric vehicles over the next few years, starting with a new full-size SUV (inspired by the Recharge concept car) next year. The Sino-Swedish brand also plans to add a sedan, station wagons and two other SUVs to its catalog (one would be more compact than the current XC40 Recharge). All these new models start a showroom career at the end of your rental agreement. There is no doubt that Volvo will communicate the arrival of these vehicles regularly well in advance of their launch. So the best advice for you is to let your dealer know you’re interested by next year.

Summer fun


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Volkswagen Golf GTi

I would like to buy a 2023 Volkswagen GTi next summer. Are the problems of the first generation behind us? Which version would you prefer? I would like a manual gearbox (probably my last) but the DSG seems very efficient. In short, I’m a little confused. I will only be using my new vehicle in the summer as I am keeping my 2012 Civic for the winter and for my son who will be learning to drive soon.

Vincent H

Volkswagen, like all other manufacturers, makes changes during production (often not visible to the naked eye). That doesn’t mean that this vehicle, like others, won’t be the subject of a recall along the way. For example, this year the German manufacturer recalled a certain number of vehicles (GTi and R) to fix an under-bonnet fire hazard due to a poorly fastened engine cover. In addition, an organization such as Consumer Reports in the United States considers that the reliability of this model is rather average (67%) compared to other vehicles in the same category. This rating is driven in part by the track record of this model. To answer your second question, the DSG is by far the most efficient, fastest gearbox on offer. It is also the one that requires more aftercare. Considering this is the last GTi with a manual gearbox, why not prefer this one?

“London is calling”


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Renting a car saves all the expenses associated with owning a car.

I live in London and am going to Quebec with my family for a month during the summer and Christmas. I need a 7 seater and rental costs are going up this year and it’s impossible to find this type of vehicle. I’m wondering if buying a used car would be beneficial for both of these occasions. Or if it would be more interesting to buy a new car that could last me about 10 years.

Francine Ferland

Although the cost of renting a vehicle for the short and medium term increases, it remains the most logical option in your case. Just think of the acquisition costs for a used or new car. Not to mention maintenance, storage (where are you going to park it while you’re away?), registration, insurance, winter tires (you’re coming over Christmas, right?).

Finally with gasoline


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Lexus IS 500F Sport

I don’t understand how The press insists on promoting this type of internal combustion engine vehicles [l’essai de la Lexus IS 500 la semaine dernière par exemple]. Automotive testing should go in a completely different direction. The climate affects us all. There is an emergency!

CL Charon

First, The press does not promote gasoline-powered vehicles. It informs the readers. The task of the columnists is to present the entire product range of the automotive industry. The aim is to allow all readers (who, you guessed it, have wildly different tastes, means and criteria) to make a more informed choice. The electric vehicle is occupying an increasingly larger place on the road, as well as in our media. Some criticize us for overrepresenting it. In this context, note that when we took stock of the published test benches last year, more than a third were dedicated to electric vehicles alone. And this trend continues this year.

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