Field, city, casual driving – what kind of car best suits my situation?

Yes the use of smooth mobility it is necessary to facilitate and privilege, it is not surprising that in France, the car is a capital tool to move daily. According to INSEE, 84.1% of French people had a vehicle in 2018. An eloquent figure, which implies many more things than one might think. In fact, according to Nacera Rozczko, director of the Urban Conduite driving school in Grenoble “the relationship with travel is in revolution, [et] the 2022 framework is no longer focused on buying stricto sensu. ” From now on, criteria such as specific use, monthly budget and “the question of the type of vehicle will be to define an ideal. The rest must be real to him! “ From this perspective, we would not choose our car in the same way depending on whether we live in the countryside or in the city, or whether we drive more or less on a daily basis. Here are our tips for finding the right type of car for your lifestyle.

What criteria should be followed to choose your car?

Of course, rent or not, choosing a car is still a major financial act in a home. Therefore, the budget is imposed as a criterion of dimension, to be taken into account above all. And if today there are payment facilities such as rental with option to purchase (LOA), the truth is that a car is an expense item to consider on a daily basis. In addition, some people who use their vehicle sparingly may tend to approach older models, unlike those who drive every day and expect optimal quality.

Among the other criteria for choosing your type of car, it seems that the size of the home is taken into account, of course. For Nacera Rozczko, “if I have two children, a 3-door one will quickly cause me back problems and a slightly raised car will bring me more comfort. In the same way that my automotive culture and my ecological sensitivity will also come to guide the roads. “

Environmental impact

Today, the ecological footprint it actually has a real one role in choosing a vehicle, especially in the face of the advancement of electric vehicles. For Nacera Rozczko, “the diesel-gate and the price of diesel have taken us out of the diesel / gasoline gap, and hybrid and electric vehicles are on the rise. The choice of engine will be essential at the same time and can sometimes become an accessory beyond a certain threshold. ”
For Ashvin Jankee, director of ActivWatts, a design office specializing in electric mobility, “electricity is, in the first place, an answer to climate problems. By that, I’m talking about air pollution and greenhouse gases. It is a gesture for our future. By the way, I invite everyone to read the IPCC 2022 report (or at least the conclusions). Electric / hybrid is a life change to preserve the environment. And indeed, in the short term, it is expensive. In the long run, this will allow our children / grandchildren to have a healthier planet. Many detractors talk about the evils of the electric car. And in fact, today’s electric car is not the miracle solution. There are many pollution issues in the production of these vehicles as well as battery recycling issues. But this is just the beginning of the age of change … “


Finally, comfort remains a criterion that many drivers want to keep in mind. “In general, we are interested in a model for a list of reasons, then the search is accentuated and the final choice meets the most desired criteria, and sometimes includes some concessions … except that it is only when we sell the vehicle that the “good deal” can be safe “creu Nacera Rozczko.

Which car to choose to drive in the city?

In the city, driving is naturally less fluid than in the countryside, subject to more stops and shifts. For Nacera Rozczko, city cars are the most suitable type of vehicle for urban driving, as they are “easy to drive, they now offer a secure grip on the road and allow for easy parking. Its only drawbacks are the size of the rear seat and the size of the trunk. These are not really 5 seater. Disadvantages that clash with the general use of urban cars, that is, the frequent use, even daily. Because yes, “for daily driving, priority must be given to comfort. A vehicle that, therefore, allows me a good installation, and the fast action of the controls is still the number 1 criterion “.

The fact is that, as its name suggests, city cars are often designed to strike a balance between driving comfort and cab comfort.

As for electric vehicles, they are mainly found in the city. For Ashvin Jankee, “with perceived restrictions on autonomy, most people use it for commuting from home to work. And in general, people keep a thermal car for long trips for weekends or trips. For short journeys with many stops, it is necessary to favor electricity, especially on more or less flat terrain.

But what about the thermal car?

The thermal car is inefficient in the city center, with regular stops and restarts. The electric car does not suffer from this problem. That’s not to say that the electric car isn’t made to go to the countryside, much less. Rather, it is an infrastructure problem for replacement terminals that is still under development today and will have to be deployed en masse later.

Which car to choose to drive in the countryside?

The campaign subjects us to very different road criteria, influencing the choice of your car in a completely natural way. According to Nacera Rozczko, “in the countryside, the main differences are in terms of speed and type of road (fewer lanes, junctions and junctions, etc.). The gradient can also bring life to the driver’s daily life. In some cases, the priority will be more on road grip and brake maintenance than on vehicle type. Comfort and interior finishes are still a matter of taste and means. “

In fact, a more rural setting is often more dotted with slopes, roundabouts, even bad weather, but it involves fewer short stops than the city. In the same vein, the speed is often higher there, as in the city the speed limits are relatively low.

Ashvin Jankee first invites us to think about the use of his car, in relation to the conditions: “The electric car is rather suitable for flat trips in terms of autonomy. At first glance, one might think that there would be inappropriate lifestyles. I don’t see it that way. There are solutions to every problem … An example is the development and increasing use of electric tractors in agriculture. “

Which car to choose to drive occasionally?

From an environmental point of view, opting for a petrol-electric hybrid car may be the best solution if it is light and if it does not replace a functional thermal vehicle. The reason: the manufacture of electric car batteries pollutes more than thermal vehicles! Another option is a second-hand vehicle, but one that will require special attention to warranties and resale opportunities, which are often lower.

According to Ashvin Jankee, director of ActivWatts, a design office specializing in electric mobility, “on the cost side, don’t be fooled. The electric car is no less expensive today than the thermal purchase. However, I believe that production costs will decrease as more and more people use them. Maintenance is less expensive because there are fewer mechanical parts subject to wear (no fuel filter required, clutch, pump replacement). Electronic power equipment is designed to meet its electrical, mechanical and thermal limitations and to last more than twenty years. “

Budget, family, fuel, pollution, insurance, etc. : what makes the type of vehicle made for you, is really the use we make of it!

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