I currently own a dozen cars. A modern everyday car plus toys. Newer, but mostly old cars that have little value but can be resold at a profit or without me losing too much money.
It’s my pleasure. Get your hands on cars that appeal to me, that have personality or that are simple curiosities. Some will spend several years in my garage, driven a few times a summer, others will only be mine for a few weeks while they find a new home.
I generally buy three or four cars a year, to resell about the same number. A hobby that changes me from the modern world of cars, where I shower daily, and that allows me to diversify. Because let’s face it, the new cars that are loaned to me every week for testing purposes are all becoming more and more common, even if their prices are skyrocketing.
Cars that look alike
For example, this week I’m testing the 100% electric Genesis GV60. An original product, very convincing, even attractive, but still very similar to the Kia EV6 and Hyundai IONIQ 5, where we find the same technology and the same driving position. If these three vehicles individually seem very different, they give off the same kind of feel.
With the increasingly common sharing of components, with technical limitations and due to a proliferation of electronic elements on board vehicles, they are losing their personality. Also add to the equation an electric motorization, which often reduces the sensations by adding mass, for a result that unfortunately becomes very generic. Let’s be clear, almost all of these technologies make it possible to achieve more performance, safety, versatility, while greatly reducing the ecological footprint specific to a car. However, it is harder and harder for an enthusiast like me to find shoes that fit.
The question that kills
Obviously, many people ask me what my choice would be if I only had one car. Without media cars to test every week, which would force me to drive the same vehicle every day, winter and summer. To that I reply that this car has been on order for eight months now and that it will probably come one day. Volkswagen Golf R. A car that I particularly value, but which in my reality will remain a secondary toy. If of course I manage to get it one day. Because it is out of the question that I will accept to get it for a higher bid from one of the dealers who try to grease their legs by selling a “demo” $20,000 above the invoice.
That said, the Golf R is a car that I won’t drive every day, and for some reasons of comfort and convenience, it might not be my first choice in such a context. I’d rather choose the versatility, comfort and refinement of a mid-size luxury car with four-wheel drive. A car that can handle all types of road conditions, and roomy enough for me to rob a Costco or go on vacation without restriction.
So no, no SUV for me. While I can appreciate their versatility, these are both too many and too similar to appeal to me. And so, although low fuel consumption is not at the top of my buying criteria, I would no longer buy unnecessarily greedy mechanics. My choice would therefore be aimed at a four-wheel drive wagon. An Audi A6 Allroad, ahead of the Mercedes-Benz E450 All-Terrain or Volvo V90 Cross Country, which, after traveling for a year, returns to our market. These are the kind of cars that speak to me. Station wagons that are fun to drive, refined and comfortable, capable of offering great power for reasonable fuel consumption and will perform wonderfully in winter conditions.
Obviously, the A6 Allroad costs a hefty sum, but it’s worth every penny for several months. Too bad it’s not offered in a 55 TFSI E plug-in hybrid version, which could be the best of all worlds for this car. Why not an RS 6 Avant, holy grail of family cars? Too fast, too radical and more or less adapted to our ways. A fantasy car, certainly, but practically frustrating to drive on our roads, which, let’s face it, look far from pool tables. And then there is also the price factor. An extra $60,000 or so over the A6 Allroad, which I could not and would not afford.
That being said, the day is long gone when I’ll agree to part with my old toys to only drive one car year-round. This reflection is therefore intended as hypothetical and in no way represents my reality. But to all those who one day asked me the question, you now have the answer.