Took the 1M on a 300-mile road trip yesterday, down to a place called Sandwich in Kent, where there’s a certain golf competition being played out on quite a famous golf course.
There were four of us in the car and the roads were heaving most of the way there, and pretty much all of the way back. But it was the perfect opportunity to see how the 1M might perform – or otherwise – as a cruiser; because I’m already well aware that as a bruiser it has few rivals at the price.
The answer was: quite well overall, sort of, although there were a couple of issues that I hadn’t noticed before, but with which I’m just going to have to put up and shut up I suppose.
The first was a quite naughty exhaust boom when cruising, at precisely the sort of speed and revs that I happen to like to cruise at on a quiet, dry, well-lit UK motorway. Possibly this was exacerbated by the fact that there were four people and a fair bit of luggage on board, which meant there was more load going through the driveline generally, or maybe I just hadn’t noticed it before somehow.
Either way, it made conversation just about impossible to sustain at our chosen cruising speed – to a point where we ended up not bothering and listening to the radio instead. Which was a shame.
The second issue was rear seat space. On a brief jaunt to the pub and back it’s fine, so long as you’re not intending to chauffeur for the Klitschko brothers. But on a long journey that includes a couple of traffic jams, as ours did, those in the rear don’t have an awful lot of fun.
Not only is the legroom quite limited due to the sheer bulk of the backs of the front chairs, the rear seats themselves – I was informed by my fellow travellers – are pretty hard and uncomfortable after half an hour or so. And there’s more exhaust boom in the back than there is in the front apparently.
Conclusion; as ever the 1M got lots of attention on the move and caused a right old stir in the car park at Sandwich. I personally enjoyed it as much as ever to actually drive on our road trip, too. But for those in the rear seats, it wasn’t a bundle of laughs. So I guess you can’t quite have everything in life after all…