Today we received our first real "Snow Event" and artic temps so I had a chance to drive the new vehicle in the snow and winter conditions. My drive involves a couple blocks of residential and then ~12KM of mixed feeder roads, freeway and downtown core grid roads..
- the heated steering wheel is awesome
- the heated seats are awesome
- the "max vent" feature is great when entering my downtown underground parkade to quickly clear the windshield as it fogs
- The handling is good, the grip is acceptable
- the antilock system is smooth
- the AWD functions well
- Stock tires feel really slick. I've always only ever run all seasons, but it feels like this vehicle could really use winters
- I had found since I bought the vehicle that the turbo gives a bit of torque steer, while one shouldn't be pushing the throttle on snow/ice hard there were a couple spots I needs a bit of gas to get moving and it was more noticeable as you slip a bit. I'm glad I had the 1.5, I feel this would be exaggerated in the 2.0.
- AWD has to be manually selected and is in a bit of an obscure spot. I've been in FWD since I bought the vehicle and I had to make a mental note to push the AWD button. The light is small and you have to look close to ensure it is engaged. I would have preferred something on the console with verification in the DIC.
- She is all dirty now