Pulman SEAT award winning team, win again!

Pulman SEAT have for the second time in 6 months  been recognised as the  Top Sales Team in the UK by SEAT . Covering all aspect of sales performance the Sales Excellence award – which is presented quarterly – measures the team on key performance indicators including new and used car sales versus target, Motability sales , sales lead management and customer satisfaction. Consistency of performance is key and the team based in Southwick have excelled in all areas to secure the quarter 3 award.

Alex Paget, General Sales Manager for Pulman SEAT comments “we are thrilled to have scooped first place once again for the quarter 3 Sales Excellence award. I joined the SEAT team here over 27 years ago as a Sales Trainee and there has always been a keen focus on providing a fantastic customer experience.”

Alex, who was recently promoted to General Sales Manager added “the Pulman SEAT sales team have been a tremendous support this quarter. The team have huge experience and passion behind them and go above and beyond to help everyone, this is reflected in the fantastic feedback our customers give us which is one of the key measurements in the sales excellence awards” 

This fantastic award is the cherry on top of an already exciting 2018  for Pulman SEAT. Having secured 3 national awards in 2017 they are also celebrating  the arrival of the new CUPRA Ateca and the team are preparing for the arrival  of the newest member of the SUV family – the SEAT Tarraco! The Tarraco completes the SUV family line up alongside the Ateca and Arona and is perfect for those families who need a 7 seat SUV. 

To take a look at the CUPRA Ateca drop by the Pulman SEAT showroom in Southwick, Sunderland! If you want to hear more about the SEAT Tarracco launch follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or head over to our website by clicking here

Pulman SKODA Karoq Review

ŠKODA can do no wrong at the moment. They’re on a roll. Whenever they launch a new model it quickly racks-up a pile of awards for design, innovation, value, safety, driver enjoyment and the level of kit which comes as standard.

Consequently, when ŠKODA launched the 7-seater Kodiaq, the awards quickly followed.

The only snag was that ŠKODA was also deciding to get rid of the much-loved Yeti. Something needed to be done; they needed a small, family sized SUV.

Please welcome the ŠKODA Karoq.

With a starting price of £23,025, the ŠKODA Karoq gets off to a good start. It’s excellent value.

There are six levels of trim; the SE, SE-L, and SE Technology trims are available in the full choice of engines with 1.5 litre turbocharged petrol, 1.6 litre turbocharged diesel plus a really powerful 2.0 litre diesel all available. Scout, Sportline and Edition trims are only available with the 2.0 litre diesel unit. It’s the usual dilemma: the 1.5 litre petrol models offer the best refinement; if you want economy, head for the 1.6 diesel. If you want economy AND performance, head straight to the 2.0 litre TDi diesel engine. All are available with an auto ‘box, and the 2.0 litre diesel comes with four-wheel drive as standard.

The petrol engine returns around 52mpg, but for the ultimate in economy, the 1.6 diesel will crack 62mpg. However, the starting price for the diesel rises by £600 so if you don’t intend doing a high mileage or travelling regularly with a hefty load, stick with petrol power. Our pick would be the 1.5 litre engine which is lively with a 0-60mph time of just over 8 seconds. It feels quicker though.

The first thing you notice about driving and riding in the ŠKODA Karoq is how comfortable it is. The seats are comfy but the ride is remarkably smooth. It soaks up potholes around town yet remains nicely controlled at speed. It will be a perfect family car for either shopping trips or an outing to the beach.

Although moving up the trim range is tempting, most buyers will be more than satisfied with the entry level SE. You get air conditioning, DAB radio, really smart alloy wheels, cruise control and rear parking sensors. Move up to SE Technology and you’ll get a terrific sat nav system and a handsome touchscreen infotainment screen.

The Sportline model looks terrific with its stylish alloy wheels and body kit.  The Scout is aimed at people who intend leaving the tarmac behind and heading for some leafy lanes and rutted tracks. You get reinforcements to the front and rear wheel arches, spoilers and door sills, and there are ‘soft ‘road’ bumpers to soak up any knocks.

At the top of the Karoq range you’ll find the Edition model which comes with, well, everything.

There’s a serious up-market feel to the ŠKODA Karoq. The standard of build is excellent and the quality of materials used throughout the cabin is top class.

In other words, if you are looking for a family-sized, SUV, go and check out the ŠKODA Karoq at Pulman SKODA. It’ll become part of the family before you know it. Nestled in Belmont Industrial Estate, Pulman are your go-to guys for everything SKODA. While you’re taking a look around the Karoq don’t forget to stop for a coffee and a spot of lunch at their on-site Café Dafte – you won’t regret it!

New SKODA Fabia Review

It’s always tricky for a car manufacturer when they decide to renew or update one of their most popular models. Consequently, when ŠKODA announced that a new version of the Fabia was to be launched, customers may have been a tad nervous.

Well, here’s the good news.  ŠKODA has played it safe and the latest Fabia is more of an evolution than revolution. In other words, it’s better than ever and will no doubt continue to rack-up awards.

The new Fabia hatchback and estate are currently only available with a 1.0 litre petrol, 3-cylinder engine in various states of tune.  The entry level Fabia S hatchback, costing £12,255, comes with a 59bhp MPi engine. You can only have this engine in the S trim level.

Most of the other trims, SE, SE-L, Colour Edition and top of the range Monte Carlo are available with the 1.0 litre engine developing either 74, 94 or 108bhp. The 108bhp engine is also available with an automatic gearbox.

For the best of all worlds in terms of power, flexibility and economy, we’d recommend you go for the 94bhp turbocharged TSi engine. Granted, in S trim this bumps up the price to £13,865, but you end up with a car this is much better to drive. It is responsive…0-60 in around 10 seconds compared to 16.6 seconds in the lesser powered engine…and you actually achieve slightly better fuel economy of 61mpg as opposed to 57mpg. It’s well worth the extra cash and will probably hold onto its value better anyway.

The real difference though, is in the driving because the TSi engine is much more flexible and makes the Fabia a joy to drive. You can opt for a 108bhp TSi engine which would suit owners who regularly travel fully loaded with passengers or baggage, but the 94bhp engine will be perfect for most owners. If you go for the Fabia estate, which is around £1000 more than the hatch, we’d suggest either of the TSi engines.

The ŠKODA Fabia has always represented terrific value for money and this latest model picks up where the previous version left off. The S level of trim brings you electric front windows and heated door mirrors; remote central locking and DAB radio, but we’d move up to something like SE trim which adds air conditioning, height adjustment to both front seats, rear parking sensors, Smartlink which links the car to your mobile phone, multi-function steering wheel and smart alloy wheels. There’s even an umbrella under the front passenger seat.

You also have one of the roomiest interiors in this class of car. Don’t be fooled by the compact exterior dimensions, the ŠKODA Fabia will seat five adults and cope with a fair heap of luggage. There’s a touch of quality about the interior too. It should easily cope with the sort of wear and tear a family is likely to throw at it.

The ŠKODA Fabia is one of the best cars in its class. No wonder it has become such a popular sight on our roads. Thinking about taking one for a spin? The best idea is to call into Pulman SKODA in Durham and speak to one of their friendly client advisors. They’ll give you all the information you need to pick the right SKODA for you. While you are having a look around their showroom why not stop for a cup of coffee and a scone? Or perhaps a spot of yoga in their purpose built yoga studio – you won’t regret it!