Jeremy Clarkson’s review of the Seat Ateca showed a total absence of objectivity (“Whatever you ask, this isn’t the answer”, February 19). The car has won awards in both Britain and Europe and is very good value. Are all your readers mega-rich Ferrari customers?
Stewart MacPherson, Kilsyth, North Lanarkshire
No need for speed
Clarkson moans that when he put his foot down in the Ateca at 70mph, nothing happened. Just as well, as he wouldn’t have wanted to break the national speed limit. It’s a pity more cars don’t carry this feature.
Brian Davis, Enfield, north London
Priced to fail
Barry Best, who was stranded in his low-mileage, regularly serviced Renault Twingo because a component failed, asks whether cars have become too complicated (“Guilty as charged”, Letters, February 26). My father designed piston aero engines and told me never to expect reliability from sophisticated equipment designed down to a price.
John Colbert, Walsall
No truck with this argument
Edward Baker is the latest diesel owner to complain about how hard done by he may soon be (“Diesel double-cross”, Letters, February 26). He reveals that he expects to be encouraged to keep his particulate-belching abomination. When he bought his car, a small amount of research would have revealed why the diesel engine should have evolved no further than powering tractors and lorries.
Roger Blackman, Canterbury
Now that cars have only temporary wheels or gel to fix a puncture, if I choose to keep a full-sized spare in the boot, how am I supposed to get my shopping in too?
Deanna Kaye, London NW4