The ride seemed to pitch around a bit.”Christopher Hughes, 39, chartered surveyor from Caldy, Wirral Usual car: VW Passat”This is definitely much better than the old Scenic. I like the angular looks much more, every other car these days is rounded but this is quite adventurous. I didn’t like the electric handbrake, it was very confusing and the digital speedo is difficult to read I think older people will find it difficult to adjust to. It is a great drive, very comfortable and the boot is very big That said, a Ford Focus is an even better drive. The build quality is fantastic and the interior is quite well thought out.
The price is steep but it will still be a success, especially with that excellent diesel engine. That is certainly the engine option to go for”‘Karen Brierley, 45, librarian, her teacher sister Kate McAlister, 38, and her children, Tom 12, and Josephine 14, from Wirral. Usual cars: Renault Clio and Rover MetroKaren: “I like Renaults, I’m thrilled with mine but this isn’t any nicer to drive It is quiet for a diesel. I like Renault’s shape.”Kate: ‘I like the looks, but for the money I would be looking for something that could carry more people. It is not much more spacious than a normal hatchback.Josephine: ‘The box in the middle was annoying; it took up too much room.Tom: ‘It is really nice, very spacious and I like the back of it.”If you would like to take part, please write to The Verdict, Features Department, Independent House, 191 Marsh Wall, London E14 9RS, giving your age, address and contact telephone number, and details of the type of vehicle, if any, you drive. Pick of the weekNME Awards Tour
This year’s biggest-ever NME tour puts two American and two Brit bands together for an extensive tour around the country. Detroit favourites the Von Bondies survive tussling with Jack White in order to plug their “C’mon C’mon” single, while New York’s The Rapture still have some convincing to do with their hybrid of garage rock and DIY disco beats.
However, it’s the Brits, in the form of Welsh quintet Funeral For A Friend and Scottish art-pop-punks Franz Ferdinand, who are truly two bands of the moment. While Franz Ferdinand are close to becoming household names, with a Top 5 single already this year, it’s FFAF, with their ear-crunching blend of metal and punk, who could prove to be the most exciting ticket here.Rock City, NottinghamThe best concerts in the south …Supersuckers Sat & MonFinal dates on the UK tour for the Arizona-bred rockers, whose current album, Motherfuckers Be Trippin’, is a delight of songs about sex, drugs and rock’n'roll If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Charlotte, Leicester Sun; Garage, London N5, MonWinnebago Deal FriThe twentysomething Oxford duo of Guitar-player Ben and Drummer Ben continue their quest to be the loudest two-piece band on the planet, with another extensive tour and lots of new material from a forthcoming mini-album. Sumo, Leicester, Fri Explosions in the Sky Mon & TueThe first, full UK tour for these dreamy Austin, Texas instrumentalists, whose gorgeous release from last year, The Earth Is Not A Cold, Dead Place, was critically acclaimed. Their Bella Union labelmates, Bikini Atoll, offer tasty support. Freebutt, Brighton Mon; Academy, Birmingham, TueMy Morning Jacket ThurThe pick of the NME Awards Show series, in the capital this week, sees the Kentuckian psych-country rockers headline above an eclectic undercard of Danish pop duo Junior Senior, LA artpunks Ima Robot and guitarless Brit-poprock newcomers Keane. Astoria, London WC2, ThuSpiritualized Sat, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, FriJ Spaceman presents a stripped-down band and a more edgy sound, indicative of last year’s Amazing Grace album, as well as plugging the just-released compilation, The Complete Works Volume 2.