So here she is, seems to have come round quickly to me but my new 2019 Tekna is here, I went to collect it yesterday - quite a journey to get to FJ Chalkes in Wincanton. 4 trains in total, Bare to Lancaster, Lancaster to Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton to Reading and then Reading to Castle Cary. I left just before 8:30am and didn't make it back home until 9:30pm so quite a long day.
Handover went smoothly and quickly although I was keen to get going just for the distance so I didn't really check it over that well. A couple of things disappointed me slightly in that there wasn't a sniff of diesel in it and it has a few marks on the seats, I think its excess cleaning fluid but there is also a very dirty mark on the B pillar, it'll clean up but I have let Chalkes know just so they can keep an eye on the quality of the PDI process. However it looked smart on the outside and had 20 miles on the clock.
Anyway - first job was to the petrol station and the Euro 6 model with the 73l tank took 69.5 liters in the petrol station. The very best I've ever managed to get in my Euro 5 model has been 71l. Initial range reported as a disappointing 430 miles and of I went with the navigation insisted we went via Bath due to road closures.
First impressions, well for the first 100 miles the gearbox was holding onto gears far longer than I would have liked but it improved through the rest of the 260 mile journey. It feels more refined than the Nconnecta, I'm not sure if its the transmission or the engine or other changes but engine noise is substantially quieter, the windows are much better and there is must less vibration through the cabin. Interestingly, and as I suspected, the 7 speed auto is much wider geared than the manual by around 15%, so 70mph in 7th in the auto is 2000rpm, where as its 2300rpm in the manual and it makes a big difference. It managed an indicated 42mpg over the first 160 miles, I stopped for something to eat and on the second leg it managed an indicated 40mpg. Using just 1/2 a tank to do the 260 mile journey home. I'd have expected 280 from the manual but the auto does have a smaller tank so its not looking bad so far! (I have to admit though the Tekna was of course unladen)
I'm going to do a separate thread with a direct comparison between the two in detail to show what has changed over the years but there are more tiny differences than I expected. I am waiting on a new seal for the tailgate and the hardtop to come before moving them and I probably won't use the new one until next week at the earliest. So she can bask in the sunshine with 280 miles on the clock for a few days!