So here’s a controversial theory: adaptive dampers with different selectable modes are the biggest waste of money for anyone choosing a new car.
It is possible to buy cars that offer a combination of sharp handling, comfortable ride and good body control without resorting to expensive and unnecessary adjustable suspension settings.
The Ford Focus, for example, in standard form is offers an ideal balance of all three.
There are plenty of other cars that also feel good in all of these areas.
Think of Volvo and many of you will think estate car.
Mythically beloved of antique dealers, the Volvo estate has been part of the company’s heritage for decades.
Usually with vast luggage capacity and a very practical shape, Volvo’s estate cars have always sold well in the UK.
Even when Volvo made its foray into the British Touring Car Championship in the 1990s, with the 850 estate when they could have easily used the saloon.