What It’s Like Working Behind The Scenes At The Pulman Car Reviews

Working behind the scenes at the car reviews with Pulman Group

Speaking to family and friends about the recent car reviews we have been involved in, a lot of questions about what goes on behind the scenes arose from the conversation! So, we’ve gathered the most common questions asked from relatives and will answer what goes on behind the scenes in this blog…

How do you choose which cars to video and the locations?

Usually the cars which we choose for reviews are the latest models to the Volkswagen, SKODA and SEAT ranges. We work alongside Graham Courtney, avid car enthusiast Motor Journalist and North East correspondent for talkSPORT radio, and The Social Co. to create the reviews. We then put all of our heads together to decide on suitable locations for each car. Usually the location is in Durham & Sunderland to keep in line with the Pulman brand origin.

How long does a typical review video take?

Prior to the day of filming, Graham and Pulman together will create a script for the selected car before final proof, this is then sent over to The Social Co. so they can plan the shots and areas to use at the selected locations. At our end, we communicate with the branch where we are sourcing the car from to ensure it is ready for its film debut.

On the day it can take between 2 to 3 hours to get all of the shots required, this includes driving to the locations too! Usually the exterior shots will all be taken first, this is a mixture between video and image shots. Also, Graham will record the on the road review from the driver’s seat which is an overview of the car whilst driving along the location.

Afterwards Graham will send across the voiceover for all of the script to both Pulman and The Social Co. and the editing begins which usually takes around a week.

What happens when you are behind the scenes at the car reviews?

Behind the scenes we will coordinate with The Social Co. and Graham on which shots to take and which areas of the location to use. We also like to take our own images and short videos to share on our social channels to keep our followers up-to-date! We will also ensure there are no obstructions in the shots such as cones, rubbish or people (unless we have their consent to do so!).

What are the latest car reviews you’ve been involved in?

On Wednesday 20th March we recorded reviews for the new 7-seater SEAT Tarraco and the new all electric Volkswagen e-Golf around the Sunderland area. Thankfully the weather stayed dry and it was relatively warm, just a little windy!

Volkswagen e-Gold down Roker Beach from Pulman

SEAT Tarraco at Sunderland Stadium of Light from Pulman

Tell me a little bit more about the SEAT Tarraco review…

So, we decided to take the SEAT Tarraco to the Stadium of Light on the morning, with our SEAT showroom based in Sunderland, we thought this would be the perfect location. Obviously, we spoke to the security at the stadium to see which areas we could use and they advised us where we could go. We started with the exterior shots and then moved onto the drive road review, then we moved to the interior shots. During the video The Social Co. refers back to the script so they know which key shots to take as well as adding any additional shots which will look good in the final video.

SEAT Tarraco with Pulman Group

Behind the scenes in the SEAT Tarraco with Pulman GroupWant to find out more about the SEAT Tarraco? Read our latest blog here.

And the Volkswagen e-Golf too…

For the Volkswagen e-Golf after driving down by the river at North Hylton, we decided to make a last-minute decision to head to Roker Beach with the weather being positively mild and we have to admit it is a stunning location! The e-Golf was very quick for acceleration as you have 100% power instantly, so we arrived at the location quickly! The same process applied during the afternoon shoot apart from the exterior and interior video was completed before moving onto the drive road review. It was a little windy down Roker Beach but a great location, we also met a lovely couple walking their two Border Collie Sheepdogs who we spoke to about electric cars!

Behind the scenes with the Volkswagen e-Golf and Pulman

The new Volkswagen e-Golf from Pulman Group down Roker, Sunderland.

Find out more on the Volkswagen e-Golf over on our blog post.

Anything else to add?

Overall a very positive day for both reviews! Our car reviews wouldn’t be a success without the help of our voiceover, Graham Courtney and the hard work from The Social Co. in Durham. If you would like to be kept up-to-date with our latest car reviews, follow our social channels which are listed below!

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OUR GOLF’S ELECTRIC

New e-Golf at Pulman Volkswagen

Did you know that according to the Office for National Statistics, the average weekday commute for UK drivers is around 10 miles. Throw in a few diversions on the school run or to the shops and let’s call it 120 miles per working week.

If that sounds about right for you, then you need to buy the Volkswagen e-Golf.

The e-Golf is Volkswagen’s all-electric, battery powered version of one of the UK’s most successful and popular cars. You have all of the traditional Golf attributes like quality of build, reliability, comfort, interior space and high standard of specification, but without a petrol or diesel engine under the bonnet.

Of course, trundling through traffic on your daily commute will ruin your fuel consumption under normal circumstances, but in the e-Golf, that doesn’t matter. In fact, slow, steady driving will help matters.

e-Golf interior

Volkswagen admit that, okay, under perfect, warm conditions, the e-Golf has a battery range of 144 miles, but in the real world of miserable British weather, it’s likely to drop to somewhere in the region of 130 miles. However, for a lot of people that will easily cater for the Monday – Friday total.

And here’s the clincher. If you set off on Monday morning with a fully charged battery, you won’t need to do a thing until the weekend, and your total cost of ‘fuel’ will be in the region of £3. All you have to do on Sunday evening is plug the e-Golf into your household mains via a 3-pin plug, leave it to gently charge for around 12 hours….and bingo, you’re ready for a working week of cheap motoring. You can have a fast charger installed or, if you have one at work, it allows you to reach an 80 per cent charge in 45 minutes.

e-Golf charging station

You are also exempt from road fund tax and won’t have to pay congestion charge tolls. Business users can benefit from income tax advantages too.

Apart from all of that, the Volkswagen e-Golf is just, well, like any other Golf. It’s lively too with 0-60 mph taking only 9.5 seconds because, unlike with a petrol or diesel engine where you need to allow the revs to rise before reaching peak power, you have 100 per cent power with an electric car…instantly.

In terms of kit, you get sat nav, air con, Car-Net App Connect which allows you to mirror your smart phone onto the Golf’s touchscreen. There are parking sensors front and rear, powered windows and mirrors (heated), DAB radio and a host of safety kit.

Interested? The best idea to find out more is to go along to Pulman Volkswagen in Durham or Sunderland. Their experts will take your through all of the benefits of going electric.

Prices for the Volkswagen e-Golf start at £33,240.

To book a test drive on a new e-Golf and to learn more visit: www.pulmanvolkswagen.co.uk/new/cars/e-golf  

SEAT’S FIRST LARGE SUV TARRACO IS NOW AVAILABLE

SEAT Tarraco

SEAT are experts when it comes to SUVs but they’ve not had a large model in their range….until now. Please welcome the SEAT Tarraco. It will sit above the Ateca and Arona to complete the brand’s SUV line-up.

Four different trim levels are available, although there will be a range of First Edition models which will be available for a short time. More about that shortly.

The range and their prices for the entry-level 1.5 TSI Evo engine, will comprise…..

SE                                     £28,320

SE Technology          £29,330

XCELLENCE              £30,410

XCELLENCE LUX      £32,135

SEAT Tarraco SEAT Tarraco

Every SEAT Tarraco comes with seven seats, metallic paint, 17” Alloys, DAB, air conditioning.

SE Technology adds satellite navigation, dark tinted windows and 18” Alloy wheels.

XCELLENCE adds wireless charger, ACC, rear view camera, electric tailgate, 19” Alloy wheels and Alcantara upholstery.

At the top of the range, XCELLENCE LUX adds a clever top view camera, 20” Alloy wheels, leather upholstery and a winter pack.

In terms of engine and transmission choice, the line-up includes two petrol engines…. 1.5 TSI 150 PS and 2.0 TSI 190 PS. The larger petrol engine has an automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive as standard.  There is also a pair of 2.0 litre diesel engines which develop different amounts of power. There’s a 2.0 TDI 150 PS which is also available with auto transmission and AWD, and a 2.0 TDI 190 PS with auto and AWD as standard. All engines benefit from direct injection, turbocharging and stop-start technology.

Inside SEAT Tarraco

As for the limited edition First Edition models…the range consists of….

SE Technology First Edition with a 1.5 TSI Evo 150PS engine (£30,475) which adds a rear view camera, safe driving pack, wireless phone charger and dark tinted windows.

XCELLENCE First Edition, with a choice of either a petrol 1.5 TSI Evo 150PS engine (£33,260) or a 2.0 TDI NR 150PS unit (£34,745) adds 20” Alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, winter pack and safe driving pack.

The top of the range XCELLENCE First Edition Plus also has a choice of engines…2.0 TSI NR DSG-auto 4Drive 190PS (£38,020) and 2.0 TDI NR DSG-auto 4Drive 190PS (£39,505).  This level of trim adds a Beats audio system and electrically powered driver’s seat.

In terms of colours, you can choose from Dark Camouflage, Oryx White, Reflex Silver, Atlantic Blue, Indium Grey, Urano Grey and Deep Black.

Will it fit in your garage? The SEAT Tarraco is 4735mm long, 1658mm high and 1839mm wide.

And how much can you carry? Well, if you flop the second and third row seats into the floor, you’ll end up with a massive 1775 litres load area. Climb in and go for a walk.

If you fold the just the third row, you’ll still have five seats in place and a large 700 litres of space, while if you keep both the second AND third rows in place, you will still have 230 litres of baggage space. 

If you need a family holdall, the SEAT Tarraco should be right up your street.

For more information on the new 7-seater SUV from SEAT – visit pulmanseat.co.uk

Get Your Car Ready For Spring

Spring clean car

Now that we are saying goodbye to the cold winter weather (hopefully) it’s time to get your car ready for spring! Follow our top tips to get your car gleaming & restored back to its natural beauty…

During the winter months the harsh weather conditions such as snow, sleet and rain mixed with the road salt beating against your car can affect its exterior and interior overtime. Although you should be cleaning your car throughout the winter months to keep the dirt at bay, now is the perfect time for a total spring clean.

Give Your Car A Thorough Wash

To wash the exterior of your car you can simply use a garden hose or if you don’t have access to one, a sponge and bucket filled with cold water will do the trick! Starting off at the bottom of your car will remove the heavy mud and dirt from your car first a the lighter stains should drip off as you move up! Use a large microfibre cloth afterwards to speed up the drying process a don’t leave your car to dry in the sunshine as this can create water marks!

Onto the tyres; to start with if you have winter tyres on you should replace these and you should check for any cracks and check the tread; if the tread is low or you spot any cracks, these should be replaced immediately. If you don’t need to replace them, you should use a smaller sponge or small brush to get in between the alloys to remove stubborn dirt. Finally, you should check your tyre pressure, either by visiting your local petrol station or you may have your own tyre inflator at home.

Volkswagen clean wheels

Top Up Key Fluids

You should ensure that your car’s key fluids are topped up. Firstly, check the water fluid and top up if necessary; you can use water or windscreen wash.

You should also check the engine oil using the oil dipstick but before you do this ensure your engine is cold or been off for at least 10 minutes. Once cooled remove the dipstick from the pipe and wipe it on a clean, lint-free cloth like a microfibre cloth, place it back into the pipe and pull it back out again and look at the film of oil on the end of the stick. You should look at how high the oil film reaches the dipstick as well as the condition of the oil. If you’re unsure on how to check your oil and which oil to use, visit your local Pulman Retailer (Volkswagen, SKODA and SEAT) across Durham and Sunderland and a member of the Service Team will be happy to help!

Clean The Interior

The interior of your car can also take a tough beating during the winter months so it’s important to give the inside of your car a good spring clean too!

Depending on the condition of your mats either clean or replace them. If you’re cleaning them, clean them outside of your car with a stain remover, and if you have time, with a jet wash and let them hang to dry. To clean the seats within your car, a handheld hoover works best as it can get between the crevasses and saves you potentially tripping up around the cable from a standard home hoover! If the material throughout your car is cloth, a foaming fabric and upholstery cleaner can be used, however, if your materials are leather/wood you should check the owner’s manual for appropriate cleaning products to use.

Interior cleaning of a car

Top Tip For Your Wiper Blades

Although it’s usually wise to change your wiper blades after a harsh winter, there is a tip to try first before replacing them. Try rubbing them in alcohol, if this doesn’t stop the constant smears on your windows, then it is time to replace your wipers!

Emergency Items

If you store winter emergency items in your car such as blankets, a shovel, rock salt etc… now is the time to replace these with spring emergency items. This includes a few bottles of unopened water, a torch, portable phone charger and replenishing the first aid kit.

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We hope our guide on how to spring clean your car has helped! Currently at Pulman we are offering Spring Checks from only £20 which includes an express visual check, oil and washer fluid top-ups, wash & vac and an air conditioning refresh. Book yours today by clicking here. To be kept up-to-date with the latest news from Pulman, follow our social channels:

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New 19 Reg Models At Pulman

19 Reg at Pulman Group

With the new 19 reg month now in full swing, we’ve rounded up a range of new Volkswagen, SKODA & SEAT models available from Pulman.

City Cars

City cars are the perfect choice if you’re a new driver or if you don’t travel too far on a daily basis.

The Volkswagen up!, SKODA Citigo and SEAT Mii are smaller cars but don’t let the size of these cars put you off, they still include an array of technology features to keep you connected throughout your journey as well as a range of colours & design options to suit your personality!

SKODA Citigo

If you’re looking for a slightly larger city car we recommend going for a supermini such as the Volkswagen Polo, SKODA Fabia and SEAT Ibiza!

The Volkswagen Polo won the WhatCar? Small Car of the Year Award 2019 and there’s no guessing why! It’s affordable, spacious and includes advanced safety features needed for the city such as Pedestrian Detection and Front Assist with City Emergency Braking as well smartphone connectivity!

The SKODA Fabia sets the standard with its sleek design and features and not just with the typical features you’d expect to see! SKODA have added thoughtful touches into their new Fabia models including an umbrella under the passenger seat, an ice scraper mounted within the fuel cap and an adjustable compartment shelf, providing that extra room in your boot when needed.

Winner of the WhatCar? Small Car of the Year Award 2018, the SEAT Ibiza is practical and spacious with low running costs! Plus since SEAT have updated the model, the Ibiza is more youthful and available in a range of trims and colour options.

SEAT Ibiza

SUVs

The SUV range available from Pulman just keeps on growing and is a popular choice for families!

Available to order but not launched until April 2019 is the brand new Volkswagen T-Cross, the perfect fit for your family! With countless design and colour options to choose from the brand new T-Cross is the 5th SUV to be added to the Volkswagen SUV family. Safety features include Lane Assist, Blind Spot Detection and Parking Distance Control so you can be assured that your journeys will be relaxing. On those longer car journeys you can keep yourself and the children entertained with Car-Net; an app which transfers your smartphone apps onto the infotainment system*.

New Volkswagen T-Cross

The newly launched SEAT Tarraco is another fantastic choice for families and comes with seven seats as standard! However, you can slide and fold the seats a number of ways to adapt to how you want it so if you’re heading on a family holiday or a surfing trip, the SEAT Tarraco will adapt to your plans. With state-of-the-art technology anything is possible with the Tarraco including full LED headlights, 8” Colour Satellite Navigation, BeatsAudio™, Digital Cockpit & more!

The SKODA Karoq, What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2019 Winner for Best family SUV for £18,000-£30,000, is a stylish compact 5-seater SUV! The spacious interior is filled with the latest connected features and inventive design touches to keep everyone occupied including Smartlink+, Navigation System, Foldable Tables on the back of both front seats and several spacious storage solutions to name a few!

SKODA Karoq

Electric Cars

The future of car technology is electric cars and we already have the Volkswagen e-Golf available at our Pulman Volkswagen showrooms.

The new e-Golf may look and drive like a Golf but its zero emissions engine means it travels very quietly!  The new e-Golf has a range of 144 miles before it needs charging but don’t worry about the long wait, you can charge your battery to 80% in just 45 minutes! Read about the full features of the e-Golf over on our previous post; Our Golf’s Electric.

Volkswagen e-Golf

SKODA and SEAT don’t have any electric cars on the roads yet but they have unveiled their concept models at the Geneva Motor Show 2019 earlier this week.

Ready to hit the roads in 2020 the SKODA Vision iV will make heads turn! The concept was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in a vibrant Ultra Yellow and its appearance leans towards the sporty look. The SKODA Vision iV is powered by two electric motors and the battery can be charged to 80% in 30 minutes! The innovative technology fitted throughout improves both the safety and comfort of the driver and passengers.

The SEAT el-Born is currently just a concept car but SEAT have revealed it will reach the market in 2020 and will be SEAT’s first 100% electric vehicle! Although little has been revealed as of yet for the el-Born, SEAT have stated that it will be equipped with hyperconnectivity technology & advanced features.

SEAT el-Born Concept

Keep an eye on our News page over the next few weeks as we reveal a full feature blog post on the electric cars from Volkswagen, SKODA and SEAT.

If you would like to find out more information on the models mentioned in this article, either click on the links above for each or contact us today! Our Sales Advisors will be more than happy to help with any questions you may have.

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T-CROSS BREAKS COVER

New Volkswagen T-Cross

March sees the arrival at Pulman Volkswagen of the latest Volkswagen model…the T-Cross…which is Volkswagen’s first small SUV. It’s an urban crossover which offers a combination of style, practicality, flexibility, connectivity and economy, and sets new standards for its class. It will sit below the Tiguan and T-Roc in the Volkswagen SUV range, but still offer all of the convenience that you get from a larger SUV. A large chunk of the T-Cross running-gear is based on the tried and tested Volkswagen Polo.

There’s a choice of three turbocharged petrol engines. A pair of 1.0 TSI three-cylinder petrol engines develop either 94 or 113 bhp while for additional performance, a 4-cylinder 1.5 TSI engine, which develops 148bhp, will appear later in the year. Initially, there will be no diesel engine for the T-Cross in the UK but that is likely to change if there is sufficient demand. You can choose from a 6-speed manual gearbox or 7-speed auto.

There are four levels of trim…S, SE, SEL and R-Line.

Standard equipment for the new T-Cross includes numerous driver assistance systems which were previously reserved for higher vehicle classes. There will also be air conditioning and VW’s usual selection of connectivity including Bluetooth. Sliding rear seats are fitted as standard, allowing an additional 70 litres of storage capacity, or up to 140 mm of extra rear leg room.

T-Cross space options

The entire T-Cross range is expected to start in the region of £16,750 but to whet everyone’s appetite, Volkswagen is introducing an exclusive limited edition…the T-Cross First Edition. It will be available to only 250 UK customers. Order books are now open.

The T-Cross First Edition is fully loaded with upgraded specification including a Beats sound system with 300-watt output and an extra subwoofer. It also comes with Discover Media satellite navigation, LED headlights and super-stylish 18-inch alloy wheels. Each of the exclusive 250 First Edition models will be finished in Pure White with silver roof rails and unique black styling throughout.

Interior of the T-Cross

All T-Cross First Edition models are powered by Volkswagen’s frugal 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine with 114 bhp, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, and two-wheel drive. As with the regular T-Cross a high level of safety technology is included, with Front Assist including autonomous emergency braking, blind spot sensors, adaptive cruise control and Lane Assist all featured as standard.

The T-Cross First Edition costs £23,150…models will arrive at our Pulman Volkswagen showrooms in April.

Visit – //pulmanvolkswagen.co.uk/t-cross to find out more

TIME TO TAKE A SEAT

New SEAT Leon ST

Most people will be now be aware that SEAT is part of the Volkswagen, Audi, SKODA stable. This of course is no bad thing because you have the background of well-established manufacturers who’ve got a cracking reputation. Okay, a lot of the cars share a fair chunk of equipment in terms of engines and stuff like the audio system, sat nav etc, but, again, that should be seen as a plus point.

However, here’s the big plus point. When you compare something like the SEAT Lean ST with the Volkswagen Golf estate you’ll instantly spot one vitally important ingredient.

The SEAT Leon ST is cheaper by around about £2000.

Buy an entry level Leon ST, and don’t instantly compare the prices because you also need to compare the specification like-for-like.

There are six levels of trim starting with SE at £19,255, but we like the SE Dynamic (add £755) which means that along with the standard spec of colour touchscreen, DAB radio, Bluetooth, multi-function steering wheel, powered windows, central locking, height adjustment to both front seats, air con and cruise control, you also add satellite navigation, front and rear parking sensors, bigger and smarter alloys and tinted rear windows. It’s worth the extra outlay to make the car feel a bit more special.

SEAT Leon ST technology

In terms of petrol engine choices there is everything from the entry level 1.0 litre, 3-cylinder, 113 bhp TSi petrol engine up to a 2.0 litre 187bhp unit. There’s also a 1.6 litre TDi 113 bhp diesel in between.

If economy is the name of your game, then 55mpg from the diesel engine will appeal, but the terrific 1.0 litre petrol engine isn’t far away (47mpg) and has similar performance with 0-60 taking a shade over 10 seconds. It sounds really good too. You’ll also appreciate the smooth, quiet delivery from the petrol engine, especially if you’re using your Lean ST for family transport on a long holiday trip.

The others bonus for keen drivers is that SEAT has a reputation for producing cars with a sporty characteristic. The Leon ST is no exception. Compared to something like the VW Golf estate or the SKODA Octavia estate the ride is firmer, but it’s never uncomfortable and actually is really well controlled. Ok, you feel the lumps and bumps around town, but on motorways there’s nothing in it.

SEAT Leon ST

Build quality is excellent and, although looks are a personal thing, we think the Lean ST is really smart.

SEAT is still a brand that people forget about…but they don’t know what they’re missing.

The SEAT Leon ST is roomy, well equipped, decently priced, good to drive and comfortable. It should be ultra-reliable too. Before you know it, it’ll become a key part of the family.

For more information on the new SEAT Leon ST visit //pulmanseat.co.uk/new/cars/leon-st

PERFECT ALL-ROUNDER

New Volkswagen Tiguan at Pulman Volkswagen

The Tiguan is a really important car for Volkswagen. It’s their third biggest seller in the UK behind the Golf and Polo. Consequently, when the time came to launch the latest edition of the Tiguan, VW was cautious in terms of the exterior styling.

That’s no bad thing because the Tiguan is instantly recognisable. It’s a tad wider and longer but it has a lower roof line, all of which makes the new Tiguan look more hunky.

And, if you go for the R-Line, you end up with a Tiguan that also looks sporty. If looks are important to you, this is the one to go for.

Interior of the Volkswagen Tiguan

The Volkswagen Tiguan range starts at £23,990. No matter which level of trim you go for, you will have access to most of the engine range, all-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox. Entry level models use a 1.5 litre 129 bhp petrol engine, 6-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive only. You can also opt for a 2.0 litre diesel engine developing 148bhp.

Further up the trim range sees the arrival of a 148bhp petrol unit, a 187bhp diesel engine and a powerful but smooth, 2.0 litre petrol engine which delivers 227bhp.

The recently launched Match trim will be the most popular using the 148bhp diesel engine (58.9mpg, 0-60 in 9.3 seconds and a top speed of 127mph), but there’s something about the R-Line. It makes the Tiguan stand out from the crowd. You get 20inch alloys, side skirts, wheel arch extensions, sports seats, sat nav, air con, brilliant audio system with DAB etc. In fact, there’s nothing you need to add expect deciding whether you want the benefit of 4MOTION all-wheel drive. If you do you’ll need a further £1890.

Everything else about the R-Line is as per the rest of the range. It’s roomy, comfortable and, thanks to a large boot, will be ideal as either school run transportation or loaded to the gunwales for a trip to a holiday resort.

Options for passengers in the Tiguan

If you fancy some extra seating, try the Tiguan Allspace. Thanks to a longer wheelbase it has space for seven people.

If you need a car that becomes a cherished member of your family, the Volkswagen Tiguan will be ideal. Go along to your local Pulman Volkswagen showroom and take a look at the Tiguan and discover why it has become such a familiar sight on our roads.

Need a perfect all-rounder….you’ll love the Volkswagen Tiguan.

To book a test drive on a new Tiguan and to learn more visit: www.pulmanvolkswagen.co.uk/new/cars/Tiguan  

VW + SUV = T-Roc

New T-Roc

Volkswagen have become masters of SUVs, but they needed a smaller model to fit below the Tiguan and Touareg. Please welcome the T-Roc.  

There are currently five levels of trim. Everything kicks off with the T-Roc S at £19,270, powered by a 1.0 litre 114bhp TSi petrol engine using a 6-speed manual gearbox. It’s lively too. 0-60 takes 10 seconds but you’ll still manage around 55mpg.

The S trim includes air conditioning, heated door mirrors, height adjustment to the front seats, electric windows all-round, remote central locking, tyre pressure monitor and a brilliant audio system which comes with DAB radio and the facility to play MP3s through the USB socket. The 8inch colour touch-screen looks really smart and very hi-tech.

Inside the Volkswagen T-Roc

You also get an extensive list of safety gadgetry including lane assist (it tells you if you’re wandering from your lane), front assist (it applies the brakes automatically in an emergency) and a host of air bags. The T-Roc is one of the safest cars ever built by Volkswagen.

For a bigger choice of engines, move up to the VW T-Roc SE (from £20,935). How about something like the seriously powerful 1.5 litre TSi petrol engine which whisks you to 60mph in a shade over 8 seconds yet will still crack the 50mpg barrier. You can also opt for a 7-speed automatic gearbox.

Our favourite trim is the VW T-Roc Design which sits below the top of the range SEL and R-Line. It allows you to customise your T-Roc with neat touches like a contrasting roof colour, different coloured alloy wheels and a variety of fascia and seat trims.

There is one option that we would seriously recommend; Dynamic Chassis Control which gives you variable suspension settings. You can choose Sport, Comfort and Normal. This allows you to swap between a firm, sporty ride with increased response to the steering and accelerator…or a comfy, cossetting ride for long journeys or when the car is loaded to the gunwales with the family and all of their baggage. 

T-Roc space saving from the boot

If you want to fully appreciate the style and enjoyable drive of the Volkswagen T-Roc, go along to your local Pulman Volkswagen dealer. The sales team will give you a guided tour and the chance to take a T-Roc out for a test drive.

Fancy a stylish, compact Sports Utility Vehicle?  That’ll be the Volkswagen T-Roc then.

To book a test drive on a new T-Roc and to learn more visit: www.pulmanvolkswagen.co.uk/new/cars/T-Roc   

Gearing Up Durham School Pupils For Buying Their First Car!

Durham School at VW Durham

As most of us know from experience it can be pretty daunting when the time comes to purchasing your first car, which is why Pulman Volkswagen Durham provided a short demonstration of the car buying process to Year 12 Pupils from Durham School who are currently learning to drive.

Scott Jenkins, Client Sales Advisor, along with Chris Slater, Head of Communications & IT / Sunderland Sites Manager, provided a presentation to Durham pupils to explain the various options and processes available when it comes to buying your first car, whether it’s a Brand New, Nearly New or Used Car.

The key points covered included going through the configurator on the Pulman Volkswagen website; from selecting the make, model, colour and additional extras. Scott then moved onto explain about the various finance options when purchasing a car (Personal Contract Purchase, Personal Contract Hire, Cash Purchase etc…) before explaining some of the current features found across most of the Volkswagen Range such as Rear Parking Sensors, Apple Carplay & Android Auto. After the on-screen presentation ended, Scott took them across to a Volkswagen Golf for the pupils to look at the technology & design features and how it can differ between trim levels. As being a Year 12 Pupil can be a stressful time with exams, all of the pupils were offered cricket and football-style stress balls after a team photo!

Durham School seminar at VW Durham

 

Kath Rochester, Director of Co-Curriculum & Senior Housemistress at Durham School, shared her thoughts on the session with the following, “Thank you so much for having us to visit today. It was a fabulous session and really useful for our students.  They really enjoyed learning about buying a car as they really didn’t know much about the process or certainly how they could finance a vehicle.  Scott and Chris pitched the session at the right level and the students felt like they were treated as customers and adults.” 

Kath then went onto say, “It proved to be a really valuable experience and hopefully they will take this knowledge with them when they are in a position to make such a purchase.  We are finding quite a few of our teenagers today are generally quite naïve so today’s session was important in tooling them up for the future and opening their eyes to the real world.”

Durham School who contacted Pulman Volkswagen Durham to request if we could provide this seminar, is also introducing other life skill presentations, such as buying your first home, to the PHSE Pupils to develop their knowledge for adulthood.

VW Durham & Durham School pupils during seminar

 

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