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Car Heads is an up and coming domain for car heads of all kinds. Our team of expert writers cover everything a car enthusiast, petrol head and layman would be interested. Our team have many years of experience offering advice on how to choose a car, how to run a car in many different situations and what life is like living for the thrill of driving.
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Happy New Year! Time To Plan Your Road Trip For The Year

Well everyone, we have made it to 2017. Some say that 2016 was a bad year, but that doesn’t mean your 2017 can’t be amazing. Can we suggest that one way of making this year one of your best is … The post Happy New Year! Time To Plan Your Road Trip For The Year appeared first on Car...

Well everyone, we have made it to 2017. Some say that 2016 was a bad year, but that doesn’t mean your 2017 can’t be amazing. Can we suggest that one way of making this year one of your best is through a beautiful road trip?

Can we suggest a car?

When it comes to going on a road trip, films have taught us that you need the right car for the right group of people. We have four cars we can suggest you either get through car finance or maybe lease a car for cheaper payments. Either way, getting any of these cars would give you the chance to have one of the best road trips of your life, depending upon where you choose to go.

Audi Q7

For those of you with a bit more money and looking for a sharp design, plenty of space and a big engine, then check out the Audi Q7. This is the 7-seater, 4X4 offered by Audi, aiming to knock Land Rover off the top pedestal. It has a gorgeous interior, worthy of consideration, especially with regards to a road trip. The most powerful engine available under the bonnet is a 3-0-litre turbocharged V6 diesel engine throwing out 265 bhp. It has a top speed of 145 mph and accelerates from 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds. There is plenty of space in the static seats for 5 six-foot adults. The additional two seats that rise electronically in the boot are best saved for children.

Blue Audi Q7

Volkswagen Tiguan

SUVs have become extremely popular in recent times and it is obvious to see why. They are big, spacious vehicles that are great both around the town and in the countryside. They can handle the motorway well and they look pretty good. The Volkswagen Tiguan is one such vehicle and it is excellent. It is much cheaper than the Audi Q7, but then it does only fit five people. In fact, it fits those 5 adults very well thanks to those back seats being on runners ensuring they can slide back an additional 170mm for extra legroom.

The truth is that diesel engines are the best choices for long distance road trips and therefore we suggest you get the 2.0-litre diesel offers in the Tiguan. It develops 148 bhp and produces a combined fuel economy of 59 mpg if you get the two-wheel edition. Choose the four-wheel edition and you get a combined fuel economy of 49 mpg, but you also get off-road driving too.

Red Volkswagen Tiguan

Ford Focus RS

Now if you are looking for a loud, powerful, fun car to drive that is also comfortable and supportive when driving and comes in a wicked blue, then look no further than the Ford Focus RS. Let us start with the engine. It comes with a four-cylinder 2.3-litre turbocharged engine, producing 345 bhp. That allows it to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds making it one of the quickest hot hatchbacks on the road. It also has a top speed of 165 mph.

Inside you get RS-embossed sports seats that are both comfortable and supportive, especially in the corners. The best thing about this car is that it is insanely fun to drive. The way the speed and the power is smoothly put down on the road with the four-wheel drive system holding it firmly to the tarmac. If you do fancy having a little extra fun on your road trip, flip on the Drift mode and throw yourself around those corners (safely!).

Blue Ford Focus RS

Mazda MX-5

2017 could be a year of romance for you and you may wish to take your special person away with you on a glorious road trip (and maybe propose… just a suggestions). A two-seater sports car would be perfect and the only one ever worth considering is the Mazda MX-5. There are many rivals who try to knock the Mazda off the top spot, but this car is the definitive two-seater sports car. The best engine is the 2.0-litre engine that produces 160 bhp. It accelerates from 0-60 mph in 7.3 seconds and has a top speed of 133 mph. The dashboard inside is uncluttered and focused towards the driver. The rest of the interior is made from high-quality materials and is both comfortable and just a nice place to be.

White Mazda MX-5

Where do you go?

If you are bored of Britain’s overcrowded motorways and fancy somewhere more adventurous then we have a few suggestions for you. Now that you have a car, you have the chance!

The Military Road

For those wishing for a nice long weekend trip or simply a road trip close to home then consider for a moment The Military Road on the Isle of Wight. Its technical name is the A3055 and it travels from the east coast of the Isle to the west coast around the southern tip. As you take the road, on your left you will see the cliffs and the sea below stretching out to the white curve oat Freshwater Bay. It is only around 12 miles long and takes around 30 minutes each way to drive it. Whilst it might be short, it is well worth the drive.

The Military Road in the Isle of Wight

Ring of Kerry

If you wish to travel slightly further afield, jump across to Ireland and explore the Ring of Kerry. It is the famous driving route encircling the Iveragh peninsula and shows off some of the most spectacular scenery you will ever see. Through the Killnarney National Park, you will see beautiful green uplands and the many lakes that dot around the landscape. The Ring gives you a choice on where to go next. You can visit historical Cahersiveen or carry on to Glenbeigh with its beautiful beach and seascapes of the Atlantic. The length of the Ring of Kerry is 110 miles and we suggest doing it over a long summers day so you get the best that the Ring has to offer.

Ring of Kerry in Ireland

Route One

So you may have seen Rogue One over the holiday, but you need to see Route One in Iceland also. Iceland has one of the most wonderful landscapes in the World. It is filled with volcanoes, lava fields, ash deserts, hot springs and waterfalls. The greatest road to take on an Icelandic road trip is Route one. It starts in Reykjavik and lasts for 800 miles. We recommend taking a week or more to complete it. This is the route to take your Volkswagen Tiguan or your Audi Q7 on and enjoy it.

Route One in Iceland
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Romantische Strasse

Germany is an amazing country, filled with history and sights truly beautiful to behold. It is one of the most perfect countries in the World to go to for a road trip. The Romantische Strasse takes you through the German states of Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemburg. Along its route you will find fairy-tale like castles and palaces and imposing walled towns and simply natural wonders. It begins in Wurzburg and ends in Fussen. It is close to 220 miles long and we suggest you break that up over a week or so. The sights to see along this road will ensure you have some wonderful memories for 2017.

Romantische Strasse

2017 is the year to make memories that will last and be happy. We’ve suggested some great cars for you to get through car leasing. We have some brilliant locations for you to travel to on the road trip of your dreams.

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Is The Ford Ka+ Worth It?

You may remember the Ford Ka being that small three-door city car. It was driven by teenagers because it was cheap to buy, insure and run and it was so small it didn’t seem like it could crash into anything … The post Is The Ford Ka+ Worth It? appeared first on Car...

You may remember the Ford Ka being that small three-door city car. It was driven by teenagers because it was cheap to buy, insure and run and it was so small it didn’t seem like it could crash into anything or do any damage. Well, that model has gone and Ford has launched the Ka+. A five-door version.

Now before you say it, the Ka+ is 40mm shorter than the Ford Fiesta and 29mm taller. There is a difference between the Ka+ and the Fiesta. In fact, the Ford Ka+ starts out cheaper than the Fiesta, has the practicality of 5 doors and does offer more space than the previous Ka and more headroom than the Fiesta. This of it as a crossover between a city car and a supermini. Both cars are also available through car leasing at Hippo Leasing if you are interested.

Engine comparison

Unlike the Ford Fiesta, the Ford Ka+ does not come with an EcoBoost engine. Its entry level engine is a 1.2-litre petrol engine, which is based off the Fiesta’s old 1.25-litre petrol engine. It produces 69 bhp and it can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 15.3 seconds.

This may surprise you, but the entry level Ka+ is faster and more powerful than the Ford Fiesta. Ford Fiesta’s entry level is the 1.25-litre petrol engine that produces 60 bhp and it can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 16.9 seconds. This is likely down to the fact that this model of Fiesta is growing old and therefore the Ka+ engine is an updated version.

The more powerful Ford Ka+ produces 84 bhp. That comes from the same 1.2-litre engine and accelerates from 0-60 mph in 13.3 seconds. It has a combined fuel economy 56 mpg, which comes with a £30 annual road tax bill.

The greenest model Fiesta is far better than the Ka+, but that is down to a 1.5-litre diesel engine that delivers 95 bhp and a 0-60 mph in 11.9 seconds. It has a combined fuel economy of 88.3 mpg.

Back of a red Ford Ka+

Let’s talk interiors

Ford have designed the Ka+’s interior to focus on function rather than form. Everything is black, made from durable grained plastic for the dashboard. It is all well-built as you would expect from Ford. The seats are also charcoal black.

Now compare that with the Ford Fiesta and there is a colourful difference. Well, not really. The Ford Fiesta does have more stylish trims to give a contrast to the black dashboard, which is missing in the Ka+.

With infotainment systems, Ford isn’t generous with either of these cars. In the Ka+’s entry level, you get a standard stereo with volume knob and the Zetec model offers a 4.2-inch screen that is not touchscreen. The Fiesta offers a 4.2-inch TFT screen for many of its mid-range models and a 5-inch screen for its Titanium models. Like the Ka+, these are not touchscreen. Other manufacturers have given their city cars and superminis proper infotainment touchscreens like the 7-inch screen in the Toyota Aygo.

Instead of the usual 12-volt power socket and additional space to store your phone, they have included the MyFord Dock. In reality, it is a plastic phone mount that allows you to charge your phone, whilst also using it as a sat-nav. It is a big step forward when faced up against its rivals who still stick with the 12-volt power socket. However, some may say it is simply a cheap alternative to a proper infotainment system.

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Space

The space inside the Ford Ka+ gives generous headroom for the driver and passengers, allowing for tall, six-foot adults to sit comfortably. The driver doesn’t get to adjust the height of their chair. So taller drivers, they may feel they are sat too high up. If you open the boot, you find a capacity worthy of a city car, delivering 270-litres. The Ford Fiesta is only slightly larger with a 290-litre capacity boot.

The drive

Ford have based their new Ka+ on the Brazilian version of the previous Fiesta generation. This has required them to “Europeanisation” of the car. In basic terms, this means the Ford Ka+ should drive as well as the Ford Fiesta, which is itself a brilliant and fun car to drive.

The Ford Ka+ steering is informative and accurate. It matches well with the ride of the car that is balanced to give you an enjoyable drive. The steering is also direct, which allows you to place the car wherever you would like on the road. Unlike the Ford Fiesta, the Ka+ is closer to a city car than a supermini and does struggle to get up to speed on the motorway. But it does do very well driving around your town or city.

Price

Whilst the Ka+ is similar to the current Ford Fiesta in different ways, it does have less choice when it comes to engine sizes. However, the Ka+ starts out at £8,995, whilst the Ford Fiesta starts from £13,545. If you are looking for a cheap entry level car, the Ford Ka+ may be the affordable option.

In 2017, Ford is launching their new generation of Ford Fiesta. We will see how the Ford Ka+ stands up against the new Ford Fiesta.

If you are interested in any of these cars, Hippo Leasing, who specialise in car leasing, offer fantastic lease deals on both these vehicles.

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Ford Kuga: New Model For 2016

Ford have had a busy 2016. We have seen the launched of the Ford Focus RS to overwhelming praise. The Ford Mustang truly took to the road in popular style end of 2015-early 2016. And next year, we will see … The post Ford Kuga: New Model For 2016 appeared first on Car...

Ford have had a busy 2016. We have seen the launched of the Ford Focus RS to overwhelming praise. The Ford Mustang truly took to the road in popular style end of 2015-early 2016. And next year, we will see the launch of the new Ford Fiesta model, replacing the current praise ridden edition. Now that we are approaching the end of 2016, Ford have also granted us two more additions: Updated Ford Kuga and the Ford KA+.

This new Ford Kuga will come first and who knows you may enjoy it so much, you may consider getting one of many car lease deals for it.

The Ford Kuga

The Ford Kuga is a mid-size SUV that has been on sale since 2012. This year, it is receiving a new facelift and an updated engine.

Kuga Engine

With the updated model, this Kuga offers you a new 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine. This one comes with 118 bhp, which it puts down on the road through its front-wheel drive system. It delivers a combined fuel economy of 64 mpg. Now because it only comes in front-wheel drive and has short gears, it keeps its emissions to a minimum meaning it only has a road tax of £30. There is also a 118 bhp ecoboost petrol engine to match.

With regards to petrol engines, there is also a 148 bhp model and a 180 bhp model. The former engine is mated with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a duel-clutch PowerShift automatic. The 180 bhp engine is only paired with the automatic gearbox.

The best engine for the new Kuga is one of the two 2.0-litre four-cylinder TDCi engines. It can come in the tune of 148 bhp or 178 bhp. They are available to buy through a car finance agreement now.

Interior

Inside this upgraded SUV, you discover a well-designed interior that is a vast improvement over the model it replaces. Ford have given it a new 8-inch touchscreen that deals with most of the cars systems.

This makes it far easier for you the driver to control the infotainment system when you are parked up, but shouldn’t be used when driving as you have to take your eyes off the road. Its functionality is very similar to your smartphone (that you also shouldn’t be using when driving). You can pinch and swipe and choose the large coloured icons so you can understand how it might distract you when driving.

The rest of the dashboard is made from high quality materials and it even comes with a new steering wheel. The steering wheel can have optional heating installed for those freezing winter months, which is a definite positive to consider.

When it comes to an SUV, you are likely looking for passenger or storage space. Passengers will be very comfortable in the Kuga. It has tonnes of space in the front and back, even for tall, six-footers. If you are the passenger lucky enough to sit in the front, you and the driver get to adjust your chairs to what suits you. Dependent upon the model you choose, you get a comfortable standard seat or you get a sportier seat with extra bolstering for additional support.

Head into the boot and the you will find 456-litres of boot capacity. Excellent for family holidays. You can fit the entire family in the car with all their luggage for those long holiday drives. However, if you need additional storage space and don’t require passengers, then you simply drop those back seats. That increases your boot capacity to 1,603-litres of space.

The drive

Ford Kuga was originally seen as a decent drive for a family car. With this new updated model, those elements have been improved upon. The steering is responsive and direct, allowing you to place the car wherever you wish to on the road, similarly to the Ford Fiesta. It does have some body roll as is expected with a high-sided SUV, however it has excellent body control overall.

If you choose to go for the sports model, the ST-Line model. You will find a lower and stiffer suspension giving you more control in the corners. This car also comes with a front-wheel drive system, but also the natural SUV four-wheel system that allows you to take it off-road if you fancy it.

Ford have done a great job with this upgraded Ford Kuga. You are getting an all-purpose SUV that is great for comfort, practicality, off-roading and great for families. It is available through PCP car finance deals that allow you to pay cheap monthly payments and own the car at the end. Not a bad way to get such a good car.

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Which Are The Best Winter Driving Gloves?

If you have woken up recently, you will have felt the cold, especially if you have to leave your house. You step out of that front door and need to warm your car up. You either scrape the frost off … The post Which Are The Best Winter Driving Gloves? appeared first on Car...

If you have woken up recently, you will have felt the cold, especially if you have to leave your house. You step out of that front door and need to warm your car up. You either scrape the frost off or wait for it to melt through turning the heating off, but in the meantime, you watch your breath in front of you. And then you touch that steering wheel and feel the cold seep into your hands. If you need to drive to work in the cold mornings of winter, slip your hands into some comfortable, snug driving gloves and enjoy the drive, whilst the car heats up around you.

Ralph Lauren Driving Gloves

Ralph Lauren Driving Gloves

Ralph Lauren is famous for its rampant obsession with the vintage-auto World. You see it often in their advertising and fashion campaigns. So you will not be surprised to find that they have their own leather driving gloves. These supple globes come with intricate perforations and a snapped tab closure for that vintage look. They do also come with a thin elastic in the cuff to ensure you have that comfortable feel.

Dents’s Fleming & Bond Driving Gloves

Dentsd Bond Gloves

Dents have long been known as the quality producer and distributor when it comes to driving gloves in the UK. With the release of the James Bond film, Skyfall in 2012, Dent released the Bond driving gloves. These were the classic unlined leather gloves with hairsheep inside for additional comfort.
With the release of the film, Spectre last year, Dents also launched the Fleming driving gloves. These gloves were worn by Daniel Craig in the film like their predecessor, they are unlined hairsheep leather driving gloves. The cuffs are elasticated and do have a snapped tab closure. Want to feel like the World’s most famous (contradiction) superspy this winter… get these gloves. Both pairs.

Dents Fleming Gloves

Dents’s Silverstone Driving Gloves

Dents Silverstone Gloves

Dents have also launched their Silverstone Driving gloves. These gloves are designed for the modern driver, with touchscreen technology installed so that you can still use your smartphone and tablets without having to remove your warm comfy gloves. Silverstone gloves have a cut out back, with knuckle holes and a snapped tac closure. They are also unlined giving a closer fit.

Ferrari Cavallino Rampante Driving Gloves

ferrari gloves

For all of you who love to drive and are passionate about cars, Ferrari’s driving gloves are essential. Made from genuine soft nappa leather in Italy, these gloves are made up of a delicious red and grey-black. These are cut out backs with studded snapped tab closure and with knuckle holes. They give you a soft, comfortable feel that should be required for everyone who can afford them.

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Frosty This Morning: Here Is How To Drive

The temperature is dropping fast. You probably woke up this morning to freezing winds and frosty roads. Your car windows and windscreen were probably frozen. You may even have to deal with ice on the road. With winter approaching, as … The post Frosty This Morning: Here Is How To Drive appeared first on Car...

The temperature is dropping fast. You probably woke up this morning to freezing winds and frosty roads. Your car windows and windscreen were probably frozen. You may even have to deal with ice on the road. With winter approaching, as well, we could experience snow, which makes driver more dangerous.

Should I drive to work?

When it is frosty, you are usually quite safe to travel to work. You have very little to worry about except the possibility of the occasionally slippery point. However, when the snow starts to fall and the ice forms, we suggest you simply stay at home, put kettle on and wrap up warm.

The driving conditions that snow and ice causes are dangerous and unpredictable. At any moment, you could hit an icy patch and go sliding or you could attempt to break in the snow and again end up sliding into the car in front of you.

Your job is not worth your life and if it is possible to work from home, then we suggest you do just that.

If you have to…

If it is essential that you do drive, we have some safety advice. First, drive slowly. The slower you drive, the more control you have. If you are speeding above 30 mph and you hit an ice or snowy patch, the likelihood is that you will go spinning and crash. This goes for when you accelerate, do it slowly and in a controlled fashion. If you accelerate too much you could cause the wheels to spin from lack of grip and lose control of your car.

Understand your car

Most cars these days have traction control and ABS. This means that you as the driver can be far more in control when it comes to driving in the dangerous conditions.

With regards to using ABS, if you are driving on a snowy road and you need to avoid hitting an obstruction, brake hard! By doing this, you engage ABS and that prevents your car wheels from locking up. If you do it wrong and your wheel do lock up, release the brake and try again.

If you skid

When you are unfortunate enough to experience a skid, remember to turn into the skid rather than against it. If you turn against it, you will cause yourself to spin out and likely cause an accident. However, if you turn into the skid and let off the throttle, you should be able to get the car under control again.

With winter approaching, make sure you drive safely and if the weather is very bad, just stay at home.

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2017: The Year Of The Golf

In 2017, we will see the release of a new upgraded Volkswagen Golf Mk7. It is not a complete upgrade to a new Mk8, but it is still seen as an impressive upgrade. Volkswagen hopes to hold off against the … The post 2017: The Year Of The Golf appeared first on Car...

In 2017, we will see the release of a new upgraded Volkswagen Golf Mk7. It is not a complete upgrade to a new Mk8, but it is still seen as an impressive upgrade. Volkswagen hopes to hold off against the introduction of the new Ford Focus in 2018. On the face of it, this new upgrade has seen an improved exterior design as well as an updated engine.

On the outside

Volkswagen have given this new upgraded Golf mildly fettled lights and an updated bumper. The front bumper comes with wider air intake and if you choose the R-line trim, you get contrasting black trim pieces. There will also be new headlights to go with the rest of this upgrade.

New engine?

With this new upgrade, you can expect a pair of brand new 1.5-litre petrol engines. The first comes with 148 bhp and is more economical than the current model. This new model develops 58 mpg. Whilst the current model does 52.3 mpg from the 1.4-litre engine.

The second engine is more fuel efficient than both of current and the other new car. This new Bluemotion model only has 128 bhp, but it produces 61 mpg.

Volkswagen have also tweaked their Golf GTI to improve the current 220 bhp up to 227 bhp for the standard model. For those of you who fancy the Performance trim on the GTi, you will receive 242 bhp. It also comes with a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox to ensure that power is put down on the road effectively. That will replace the current six-speed gearbox.

Inside

Volkswagen have also updated the interior of the new Golf. The design has changed from being more visually aesthetic to a more technical design. It will have its own version of Audi’s famous virtual cockpit with a fully digital 12.3 instrument display in front of the driver. It will display navigation data, consumption, and range information as well as efficiency profiles, performance and diver assistance info. Also, if you want a bit of classical look, you can simply choose to have the classic two dial set up.

When it launches in 2017, like all other Golfs, you should consider it. It will likely be a masterpiece of German engineering and comfort. We recommend you check it out.

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