Top and flop: the good and bad car news from week 8

+ Top – Hyundai Ioniq 5: fast charging goes like the fire brigade

Nobody wants to wait long at the fast charger. Hyundai understands that and is raising the system voltage of its new electric car platform from 400 to 800 volts. This allows the Hyundai Ioniq 5 to fast charge almost as quickly as a Porsche Taycan and a Tesla Model 3.


+ Top – New Mercedes C-class gets S-class interior

It’s no surprise that the new C-Class is similar to the E and S-Class. But what do we see on the inside? Mercedes is continuing the line that has been started with the S-Class. That means there are two screens: a digital cockpit and a vertically oriented infotainment screen on the center console. Very well done.


+ Top – Expensive cars get price reduction

The entire car-loving Netherlands is delighted when an expensive car becomes significantly cheaper. In week 8 we wrote about the Kia Stinger that has become 8000 euros cheaper and about the price reduction of the Mercedes EQC. There was almost 10,000 euros off the price. We still can’t afford them, but hey.


– Flop – Its V8 makes the Land Rover Defender outrageously expensive

“The new Land Rover Defender V8 is the fastest ever,” Land Rover reports proudly. But speed seems completely irrelevant to us in such a hardcore off-road vehicle. So what’s the added value of that eight-cylinder? Because in the Netherlands, the block actually only makes the Defender outrageously expensive.


– Flop – Many complaints about teething Volkswagen ID.3

11,000 Dutch people already drive a Volkswagen ID.3. But not all of them are satisfied customers. The electric Volkswagen has quite a few teething problems, including many electronic problems. Het Financieele Dagblad speaks of a ‘shower of complaints’.


– Flop – New cars are expensive (except the Dacia Sandero)

The budget brands of the past have disappeared and strict safety rules make new city cars more and more expensive. Will every car buyer with 13,490 euros in savings soon drive a new Dacia Sandero? Or are there alternatives? This requires a price comparison!

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