Subscribing to a car? Not as crazy as you might think.

Back in August, Auto UX collected a shiny new Tesla Model 3 Standard Range+ we wanted an option to try out an electric car full time, in the affordable base spec so a maximum of 240 miles of range, but had worries that this might not be so practical over the winter months where range is said to suffer.

We looked into leasing options, but for the shortest leases available, typically 24 months with a 6 month deposit, we were looking at spending around £550 a month. With our day 1 Tesla £1000 deposit placed over 3 years ago we should be fairly early in the queue but was this the best way for us to proceed? We wanted to see if there were some other options first.

Through a forum post over on Pistonheads we saw our first mention of Evezy, a fairly new start up offering subscriptions for electric car usage. We were intrigued, we wanted to find out more!

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With a quick Google, we found the website which has details of the overall concept, plus the cars you can select from, from the Renault Zoe all the way up to the Tesla Model 3 Performance. The way it works is that you pay one price per month and that includes the use of the car, the insurance, any servicing/maintenance, breakdown cover plus quite importantly free charging via Polar or the Tesla Superchargers. Once you get the car you’re committed for just a month at a time, change your mind and you can return it with 10 days notice from the end of your monthly subscription.

Initially when we started looking back in June 2019 we had our eyes on the BMW i3 which is available for £399 a month which seemed really competitive vs leasing offers, especially with just a 1 month commitment but the availability was marked as “Join the waitlist” so we had some worries as our previous Alfa Romeo Giulia was due to be returned in September.

Having a quick browse through the other cars the Tesla Model 3 SR+ had a status of “Call to reserve” so with about 30 seconds of thinking about it we were on the phone. Evezy do seem a little old fashioned in that you need to call them to reserve a car or join a waitlist, but the process was pretty simple. As the Tesla had only just started being delivered in the UK there would be a few weeks wait for Evezy to take delivery of their first batch but that tied in nicely with the Alfa Romeo return. So we paid a 4 month deposit (only needed on the Teslas) which would come off the following months subscription and started the wait.

There were a few delays, seemingly from Tesla themselves, but as a result Evezy offered free delivery of the car and in the last week of August we finally had the call – the car was ready and it’d be delivered on the 29th August…annoyingly just a few days from the plate change, so no 69 plate for us, but it’s not our car so no worries on the extra depreciation.


We’re now 5 months in and paying the regular £599 a month for the car. Some negatives we’ve found is that you don’t get access to the Tesla app to control the car, apparently Tesla don’t offer the sufficient fleet access for the app so all of Evezy’s cars would appear for all users. Obviously something that wouldn’t fly with GDPR and data protection rules. This means you need to use the Evezy app which offers most of the same features, but isn’t quite as smooth. It also shows you the mileage you have left per month, starting from 1000 and decreasing as you drive, but this doesn’t sync in real time so we tend to rely more on resetting the odometer monthly to keep track. Once you hit your 1000 miles it then becomes 8p per mile and if you reach 1250 miles then anything over that is 30p a mile. They’re keen for you not exceed the mileage as you can tell!

With the Tesla I’ve got I also received the normal keycard to open/close the car, appaently on newer deliveries Evezy have changed it so you can only use their app for locking/unlocking which may be a negative for some people.

So in summary

We’ve really enjoyed the car so far, and having no long tie in is such a nice feeling. If we need to cut our costs we can swap to a Zoe, if we want an extra hit of speed we could upgrade to the Model 3 Performance all with relative ease and just a wait until a replacement car is available. Having the free charging is also a great bonus, we’ve found ourselves

Tempted to try out an electric car for yourself? If you give Evezy a try, use our referral code of 85859 on and we’ll both get £50 off the following month.

AutoUX is getting a Tesla Model 3

We’ve made use of a company called Evezy which is an all electric vehicle subscription service. Pay one fee and you get the car with 1000 miles per month, insurance, maintenance, servicing and free charging with Polar and Tesla Superchargers.

It’s arriving this week so we’ll be posting updates about the delivery experience and how easy (or difficult) it is to use a car through Evezy, as well as lots of updates about the Tesla experience itself.

We’ll also be posting some updates about the end of lease experience with the Alfa Romeo Giulia and how easy or painful that is!


Volkswagen ID – the phoenix rising from the ashes of dieselgate?

Volkswagen have a reputation issue. If you’ve paid any attention to the news at all in the last few years you’ll have inevitably heard about VW and their diesel issues. VW installed “cheat” devices onto their diesel models, to give artifically low emission readings while being tested, then allowing higher levels of emissions during day-to-day driving. Understandably a lot of people have lost faith in VW, especially if you were one of those diesel owners.

With diesel being seen as a bad choice VW have pushed their full weight behind their electric roadmap with the ID being the first car from this range. There’s already been a VW eGolf, but this is the first model built from the ground up to be a pure EV so shouldn’t carry any of the ICE baggage of previous models.


VW are officially announcing some stats around the new car, with it being confirmed to have a range of between 205 miles and 311+ miles (330KM and 500+KM) (WLTP) and costing around the price of a standard diesel Golf.


VW are currently teasing their new ID model by letting EV focused journalists such as Robert Llewellyn at Fully Charged test drive it in South Africa. From their first reports the car is good to drive, very quiet and efficient. It’s also confirmed as being rear wheel drive which should add some sportiness to the car vs the more subdued front wheel drive Golf.


Due on sale in 2020 it’s not too far down the line until we have more and more VW pure electric models launching. Will this turn the tables on VW’s tarnished brand image? Would you be persuaded to buy one, or prefer something from a more saintly Kia, Hyundai or Tesla?

Dyson, a new challenger in the electric car market – so what can they add?

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Dyson, more famed for their colourful vacuum cleaners and superfast hand dryers, are the latest challenger to the electric car market. So far only the smallest tidbits of information have been released by the Wiltshire based company, but it’s good to see a different type of challenger join the field aside from the existing automotive giants and the Silicon valley style Tesla and Byton.

Dyson have been famed for their specific style of design and their focus on problem solving. With their vacuum cleaner range this problem focused on the ever degrading performance of traditional cleaners with bags filling up and losing suction. With their range of fans the focus was on providing a ‘clean’ air flow, without the interference of the typical fan blades interrupting the air flow. With their hair dryers the focus has been on protecting your hair from heat damage, while being fast and efficient.

The common trend between all these products has been this problem solving, coupled with a premium fit and finish and driven by creativity in the design of their ever shrinking motors and batteries.

This is where the link to the car industry is exciting. Unlike with more traditional manufacturers, there’s a clean sheet to design from. Allowing that problem solving nature to kick in. Traditional cars are by their nature bad for the environment – with fossil fuels burning inefficiently to provide power, contributing to environmental noise and localised pollution in towns and cities and generally over the life of the car this gets worse and worse with a lot of people skipping the maintenance that these cars need to run as cleanly as possible.

If Dyson can create an electric car that makes use of their efficient, compact and quiet motors then they may be able to offer something different vs that of the more established car manufacturers.

A car is more than an appliance.

Unlike a vacuum cleaner or fan, a car is a much more considered purchase. It’s an expensive purchase so it’s much more considered and weighed up against lots of rivals. A customer needs to decide amongst many options, how many seats, how much storage, what sort of range, what type of body styles, what type of power, what visual style they want, what colour exterior, what colour interior, which trim level and what can they afford, through buying outright, or financing or leasing or even using subscription services.

There’s a lot to consider.

Will Dyson be able to pull this off? We’ll need to wait about a year to find out…

What is wrong with Alfa Romeo?

When someone says Alfa Romeo, what do you think of? Is it Italian style, sophistication and a sporting heritage? Or is it breaking down, dodgy electrics and horrendous depreciation?

When AutoUX picked up our Giulia Veloce in September we had a mixture of those two thoughts. The Giulia had some marks in the paint which immediately caused some concern, but thankfully since then the car has been almost trouble free.


The dealership itself also didn’t help with the impression. Lots of shiny surfaces and gleaming cars, but dirt and dust in the corners, coupled with your stereotypical greasy looking salesman sat in the corner. Also being paired with the other FCA brands of Jeep, Fiat and Abarth the dealership didn’t feel very focused on the Alfa Romeo buying experience.

Choosing the Alfa Romeo still felt like a gamble. Even in 2018 it’s hard to remove those fears of poor workmanship and sloppy customer service. When we realised the 3 year warranty included with the car was actually only honoured by the manufacturer for 2 years and the dealership for the 3rd year we lost even more faith.

The thing that convinced us to take the plunge though was the availability of short term leasing. We took out a two year lease which gives us the chance to try out the car, and if it’s a dud, then it’s just 24 months of pain before moving onto something else.

Alfa Romeo themselves were keen to push us onto the more traditional PCP route (Personal Contract Plan, otherwise known as a deposit, a monthly fee and then a final balloon payment to own the car). For us though, a 2 year lease was perfect, with no desire to own the car eventually, having this option taken off the table wasn’t a problem.

So what can Alfa Romeo do to help fix this brand problem? 

Well, they’re already making changes for the better – the cars themselves, specifically the Giulia and Stelvio have been built on an all new, much more focused platform, coupled with decent engines offering the horsepower to match the styling and that sporting heritage. Over $5 billion has been spent developing these cars and the reviews show it has so far been a success, with the Giula being seen a great handling sports car to rival the C-Class and 3-Series. The Stelvio is seen as a great handling, sporty SUV which rivals the Jaguar F-Pace, Land Rover Velar and Porsche Macan.

With Alfa Romeo’s planned roadmap, there are also plans for a new smaller SUV which will make the brand that much more appealing to a wider range of the public, who desire style and performance, but with a bit of extra space for the kids or a dog.

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Alfa Romeo have also realised that the warranty they were offering isn’t good enough compared to rivals. They’re now offering a 5-3-5 plan – 5 years warranty, 3 years servicing and 5 years breakdown cover.

The next thing that needs to improve is the dealerships. A less stereotypical set of sales staff would be a great start, with more women being represented. This would make the dealerships feel more welcoming and inclusive. The pairing with Fiat and Jeep makes Alfa Romeo feel less premium than it could be. Standalone, or perhaps pairing with Maserati could be worth exploring, but first the old, tired models, the MiTo and the Giulietta need to disappear. At the moment they drag the brand down, rather than lifting it up and if Alfa Romeo want to be regarded as a premium brand, bringing out more premium, all new models, or otherwise axing these two models and letting the small SUV fill their space would be a good start.


After driving the Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce for 12 months how have our thoughts changed on the brand? Based on our local garage we’re still not confident they’re fully commited to making the change, but based on the driving feel of the Giula we’re confident if more people could test drive the range, then more people would seriously consider taking the plunge.

With the GTV and 9C on the horizon, coupled with mild electrification promising even more performance, Alfa Romeo has a very sporty future ahead, just as long as the current staff don’t dampen this latest wave of enthusiasm.

2017 – a year of self-driving progress.

So it’s time to ring in a new year, with 2017 flying by we’ve seen a huge amount of progress in the automotive industry.

We’ve finally seen Tesla Model 3’s leaving the factory, albeit rather slowly and far behind the original targets.

We’ve seen the tech giants, Google, Apple, Uber and others all make progress with self driving technology. Google span off their self driving division to become Waymo, which has had fully self-driving cars on the road, letting the public get their first chance to experience a ride without anyone driving. Apple have been altering their goals, but still making progress and Uber have had their self driving fleet on the road in Pittsburgh after some initial legal issues. Uber also announced plans to buy over 20,000 autonomous cars from Volvo.

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The car giants haven’t rested on their laurels though. Almost every brand has shown off concepts, made steps into on-the-road trials or launched models with some from of autonomous elements. Mercedes have shown off their ever advancing tech in the form of Drive Pilot in the E-Class, Nissan have launched ProPilot in the new Leaf, Volvo have launched self driving trials, with real world participants and we couldn’t forget to mention Tesla, who have been tweaking their Autopilot technology further during the year, launching models with ever more cameras.

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There has also been a lot of progress with electric cars, from 48v mild-hybrid announcments from lots of manufacturers including Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Volvo and more. More PHEV Plug-in hybrids from BMW, MINI, Mercedes and more pure electric cars from Nissan, Smart, BMW, Volkswagen and others. We’ve also seen the all new Roadster and SEMI from Tesla which are yet again shaking up the industry.

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2018 promises yet more innovation and electric and self-driving features in more and more of the public’s daily drivers. We should also see a lot more deliveries of the Tesla Model 3.

The Hypercar beating EV? The Tesla Roadster.

Tesla had a little surprise to talk about during their “Tesla Semi” unveiling. An all new version of the Tesla Roadster, the car that set the wheels in motion for Tesla to become the leading electric vehicle producer.


The specs on this new Roadster are monstrous, 0-60mph in 1.9 seconds. 0-100mph in 4.2 seconds and over 250mph as the top speed. The power for this comes from a 200kWh battery pack and 3 motors, providing 10,000Nm of wheel torque.


And how much does this all cost? $250,000 is the suggested price, with a $50,000 deposit being taken if you’re keen to be one of the first to have one on your driveway. You’ll have wait a while though as first deliveries are likely to be late 2020, and based on Tesla’s previous history of meeting targets, it’s likely to be 2021 until you get a glimpse of one outside of motorshows or San Francisco.


How is this changing the car industry and automotive experience? It’s bringing incredible performance to a much more affordable price point, comparitively speaking vs the hypercar world of La Ferrari, Porsche 918, Koenigsegg, Pagani and Bugatti territory. It’s also challenging tyre manufacturers to develop even better tyres that can cope with regular high acceleration.


Of course it’s also setting a benchmark for electric cars overall. Why lust after a fuel gulping hypercar, when something electric can out perform it in acceleration, top speed and even range? There’s a pleasure in that visceral engine sound coursing through your ears, but for a daily supercar, at this early stage the Tesla Roadster seems hard to beat.

Alfa Romeo – Our thoughts after 1 month with the Giulia.

Alfa Romeo. You hear the name and what do you picture? Italian style, sophistication and sportiness. Or alternatively worries of poor reliablility, frequent roadside assistance and constant trips to the dealership?

With the Giulia Veloce we’ve so far experienced a mix of the two views.


The negatives: Generally the Giulia has some interesting design decisions. The door pockets are so narrow you can’t fit a 500ml/20oz bottle of Coca-Cola in them, so you have to use the two central cup holders, but this then blocks access to the heating controls and buttons for the heated seats and steering wheel.

There is a large looking storage area in the centre of the car, you lift the armrest though to find out this is barely big enough to fit an iPhone 7+, there seems to be a lot of redundant space that’s not utilised.

The nose of the car is prone to scuffing over speed bumps, or on any sort of angled surface it would seem. If you have an angled driveway you might want to consider something with more ground clearance.

The main navigation screen is quite dark to look at and we’ve heard if you wear polarised sunglasses it’s very difficult to see properly. The screen has a plastic cover overlaying it which appears to be fitted very tightly as you can see the stress marks in the plastic.


In terms of quality control overall we’ve had issues with the paintwork, with some dark patches on the trunk and raised/uneven patches on the nose. There are also some ‘dimples’ above the front and rear wheel arches.

For a car painted in a dust free environment, portrayed in Alfa Romeo’s own press videos as being as clean as an Intel computer lab it’s a bit worrying. If something so visual has issues, what else is lying behind the scenes? We’ve been asked to take the car to a 3rd party paint shop so they can assess the issues and provide a quote on repairing the paint which Alfa Romeo will then act on. Do we want panels resprayed on a brand new car? No. We’ll keep updating on how this gets resolved.

Pottering along we’re averaging 29mpg – no where near the official figures, but we’re hopeful this will improve over time when the engine loosens up. On longer motorway runs at 70mph over 100 miles we just about managed 41.5mpg.

Our most recent issue has appeared during the colder, winter days. On chilly mornings the passenger air vent makes an ungodly vibrating noise (you can see it on the AutoUX Instagram channel

It’s intermittent, so quite difficult to diagnose but will eventually need a visit to the dealership for a fix.


The positives: The Giulia is very pretty to look at and has attracted a fair few head turns, or people pointing it out to their friends. (This has mostly been the 16 – 20 year old male part of society, so don’t assume it’s all positive attention!)

It’s pretty unique, so far we at AutoUX have only seen 3 other Giulias on the road in the last 6 months.

The steering is super sharp, making the car feel lively – coupled with the 280bhp engine the car is fun to drive at both fast and slow speeds.

The interior (so far) feels well put together and rattle free and the powered drivers seat slides back when turning off the engine, making it easier to climb in and out.

The colour combinations work well and make the car look even better, we opted for Misano blue with yellow brake calipers with the black leather interior (copied directly from the brochure we admit).


How does it compare? The previous car in the AutoUX garage was the Mercedes Benz C350e Plug-in hybrid which was much more fuel efficient, yet had almost the the same performance for almost the same price, in fact the lease deals were cheaper than the Giula at the time. The Giula by comparison feels a bit more of a dinosaur, with much less of the tech and a much thirstier appetite.


Would we buy another one? So far it’s too early to decide. But probably no – this will depend a lot on Alfa Romeo’s ability to solve our paint issues and the ongoing customer service and our initial impression of Alfa Romeo’s ability to keep a customer satisfied is fairly poor. The overall dealership impression doesn’t come close to other direct rivals, but we’ll talk about that in another post.


Autonomous cars. Where we are and what we’re aiming for.


Up until a few years ago autonomous cars didn’t seem to really be on the horizon. A product that was felt an inevitability, but one far off in the future. Mercedes had pioneered some elements of dynamic cruise control, but otherwise the industry, at least outwardly, seemed fairly quiet. Newer innovations included lane guidance and auto braking, being developed initially by Volvo and now widespread across almost all brands.

Within the last 3 – 5 years there has been huge progress and we’re in a position where you can walk into a showroom and drive out in a car that can almost drive itself. I say almost because as it stands no manufacturer has reached the point of perfection as yet, but it appears to be getting ever closer.

Tesla Model X with Autopilot.

Tesla have been renowned for their Autopilot, which sells itself as self driving, but this is more of an advanced form of cruise control, relying on the driver to take control whenever the car reaches a point it can’t quite understand – but every day the thousands of Tesla Model S and X on the roads contribute more knowledge to Tesla’s AI, constantly improving the product.

The latest models now come as standard with all of the hardware for self driving, but the software remains locked unless you’re willing to pay a hefty price tag. What this means though, is that for every Tesla sold with the hardware, Tesla can understand how the car would have responded whenever it gets into an emergency situation and see if Autopilot would have prevented the emergency or accident. It does seem though that Tesla are providing the hardware on all cars for their benefit, to be able to compile your driving data and enhance the Autopilot product for the customers who can afford the extra price of safety.


Volvo is another manufacturer keen to lead the self driving market, and they’re known as a company which prides itself on being very much safety first. Introducing some of the key safety elements into vehicles, they even introduced the safety belt – and avoided patenting it – so all manufacturers could use this technology and save lives, even if customers had decided against purchasing a Volvo.

Volvo are making strides with their self driving technology and have partnered with UBER in the USA to test their cars. This hasn’t been without controversy though, with UBER failing to get appropriate licenses for this and having to move the trial from San Francisco to Pittsburgh. They’re also trialling self driving cars in Gothenberg and in summer 2018 this trial also moves to London.

A Volvo XC90 self driving for UBER.

The progress that companies are making with autonomous driving has increased in speed. From just a few years ago, fairly basic technologies such as lane keeping assist and road sign recognition have now been combined into a more useful package. With more mileage and trials by the major car companies it seems like a self driving future is inevitable.

It also brings about the challenge to car companies of non traditional brands taking over their place. UBER, Google and Apple are all competing as well so the competition is ever increasing.

One of the self driving fleet from Waymo (previously Google).

Of course, with cars driving themselves, plenty of road users will have concerns, and rightly so in some cases as proven by recent high profile accidents such as a Tesla Model S crashing under a trailer and killing the driver. This has been associated with the driver not paying attention to his surroundings, but perhaps he was taking the name Autopilot more truly to it’s name then Tesla intended.

There are also other concerns, how will self driving cars change car ownership? Will self driving cars create a risk of external control limiting your usage, perhaps in the  form of hackers, or a controlling government implementing curfews. What will people do with the time freed up from driving? Will there be job losses when self driving lorries/trucks/buses take to the roads?

This new technology opens an whole wealth of issues, it’s an interesting time ahead.