A favourite topic of discussion between my ex-wife and I was whether if we lived in a street with modern, spacious, well appointed, warm and comfortable houses looking onto the most beautiful, picturesque but less pleasant to live in cottages where would we rather live. I went for the ugly house with the nice view, my wife opted for life in the pretty option.
I just came across the car equivelent. I regularly accompany staff as a passenger in cars owned by themselve's but financed by company travel expenses. This week I was in a Renault Laguna GT 180. Trust me, the exterior is as unappealing in the metal as it is in pictures but the interior trim and furniture make it a very nice place to be and in addition the car was very very quick, handled and rode well, and as a result the time I spent in the car was very was a very positive experience indeed.
So positive in fact I had a wee sniff around Autotrader and was very pleasantly surprised at just how cheap I could pic up a nearly new Estate version when the time comes to replace my trusty old Merc.
One problem, pretty it ain't. Not sure I could live with an ugly car. Could you?