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What’s your ultimate Alp vehicle?

In the 90s a diesel Golf or Passat with winters was great for cruising there and then going up and down.

We need:

Clearance for the garage and car parks so not too high
Traction
Legroom in the back
Four seats
Decent luggage capacity
Quietness
Reasonable fuel economy
Decent sound system
Hyper reliability
Decent headlights

I like VAG stuff - and our current 4wd Yeti has great headlights, compact dimensions outside, heated leather seats (yum), and really meets the criteria above.

So far in the last 20 years we’ve used

Golf GTD
Passat estate
Touran
Octavia
Yeti

It’s all changing with electric vehicles - and the Tesla 3 has terrible rear seats - the other models won’t fit in the garage….grrrr

I rented a Massive Merc and whilst phenomenally grippy and luxurious it wouldn’t fit in the garage and had the fuel consumption of a Saturn Five booster
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A few years ago a couple of petrol passat wagons went well, up and down the NZ Ruapehu fields. No snow tyres, you can’t get them there, had to rent chains now and again then got socks but never had to use them.

In Norway we got lucky and got a decent Volvo wagon, v60 I think. Nice, handled the conditions well. Cleared a misted windscreen as if you had an old station attendant there doing it for you, but not that big.

Previous trip we to Crans we had need of a seven seater, got one of those big Fords. Like a bus but daughter liked her own area in the third row. Plenty of room.

This time we ended up with a BMW 2 series grand tourer (diesel but good pick up). Plenty of room down the middle for 2 ski bags and 3 other hold bags and hand luggage.

All up, I like s/wagons that have a ski hatch, a decent amount of room for ski bags and other stuff but don’t have to be fancy, so our old passat turbo s/w would have done do us fine but had to sell it when we left. Sad
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Don’t know about ultimate but looking at your specs it’s a largish estate with 4WD.

If you see what the small Swiss farms have parked outside when you go over them on a lift it is often an Octavia 4x4 Estate or Scout. That was our basis for buying a Scout and with winter tyres it has been great. Never needed to fit chains yet. 50+ mpg burning filthy diesel.
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Best car I ever had in snow was a Subaru Impreza estate (non-turbo). These days driving a golf diesil estate. 55mpg and with winter tyres it's fine in the snow
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@valais2, great in the snow too wink


http://youtube.com/v/OWAZzIdYgUE
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@Haggis_Trap, thats what all the lifties and ski bums et al. drove in NZ. Must be bullet proof.
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@ster,
Depends how you drive them. Mine (big turbo) was reliable but @Thornyhill will tell you a different story.
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ster wrote:
@Haggis_Trap, thats what all the lifties and ski bums et al. drove in NZ. Must be bullet proof.


I actually had two Impreza estates. The first one I bought at 7 years old and kept running until it was 17 years old and 175k miles. Had just sailed through its MOT when someone crashed into back of me on the motorway and wrote it off. I was heart broken...

Absolutely magic cars (especially in snow). True definition of 'alpenwagon'