Thread of the Day: Are cars getting less refined?


A familiar morning commute scenario for many of us might go something like this: the alarm rings at 5:30am, you chuck on your clothes and crawl out of the door to start your motorway slog to work. But your car just isn’t fit for purpose at this hour; there’s too much wind and tyre noise entering the cabin. At this ungodly hour what you need is a serene, comfy oasis to help you ward off that early morning grumpiness. What are your options?

User V6todayEVmanana has come to the conclusion that their current car, an Alfa Romeo Giulietta, is just not cutting the mustard in this department. It’s becoming such a bother that this PHer has actually started adding sound deadening to try and reduce the volume of road noise that penetrates the interior. That’s certainly not something many of us would expect to be necessary in a new car of this type these days – so it’s got V6today’s cogs stirring.

“How does [the refinement of] your old barge compare to new metal?” That’s the question this PHer has put to the forums to find out if their issue is a rare one. Interestingly, it seems many agree that, unless you’ve got £360k spare for a new Rolls-Royce Phantom, waft mobiles from the noughties (that can now be had for peanuts) are more often than not better than their present-day successors. User Freenote says he can’t get over the lack of noise inside his double-glazed 2003 Mercedes CL500, and CDB1983 says his 2005 Lexus LS430 is much quieter at motorway speeds than his friend’s 2014 Audi A8 – even if the younger German is the far nicer place to sit.

This begs the question of whether cars in this class are no longer as refined as they used to be. Are motorists less interested in having a quiet place to sit than they are in the latest cabin and engine tech? Or is this a case of manufacturers failing to offer something many – including early riser V6todayEVmanana – still demand? Join the discussion here and let us know of your experiences!

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