How we are getting around
30.05.2011 - 02.08.2011
Before leaving New Zealand we booked a Peugeot Eurolease from Peugeot New Zealand. We booked a brand new 308 Stationwagon straight from the factory. As you can see from the picture above it is a fantastic modern car, with all the latest bells and whistles.
This is actually the tractor that the farmer on our agritourismo uses everyday to plow his fields etc... They obviously build them to last.
We did actually book a lease car from Peugeot and it is 308 SW, 1.6 litre turbo diesel with all the bells and whistles. We picked it up from Lille train station where we were meet by 2 representatives from Peugeot and they ran us through the car and how it works. The lease worked out pretty cheap and included zero excess insurance and all lease cars are straight from the factory 6km on the clock when we got ours. So far we have travelled nearly 3000 km averaging 5.4 litres of fuel per 100km ($3.00 a litre here). The car drives fantastically and eats up the motorways no problem. The model we have has a complete glass roof which was great when driving through Switzerland and the mountains. On the Autobahn I managed to get upto 151 km/h till the co pilot noticed and made me slow down. Even at 130 km/h we were getting passed like we were going backwards, some people must of been doing over 200 km/h. The kids have plenty of room and the boot is huge, we are really please with what we have booked.
The only draw back with lease cars is you get a red number plate and everyone else has a white.
We have driven on one day for nearly 6 hours and the seats were comfortable and no complaints about sore bums.
It took a while to get used to driving on the left and the pedals and gear stick being all screwed up, but now it is fine. One thing I recommend bringing is a GPS, we would be buggered without it and and I am sure the driving would of been alot more stressful with Janines map reading skills.