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Comparison between GR Sport Ride and Excel


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I am considering between the late GR Sport or Excel version.

Did anybody see the ride quality of the GR Sport as excessively rigid?  I have operated the GR, but I have not yet used the Excel.

What really amazed me about the GR was the 2L engine, which was far more powerful than my recollection of the 1.8L engine. Additionally, I believe the handling of the GR was somewhat superior.

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I believe that both vehicles are equipped with similar suspension systems, but the Excel model is significantly heavier owing to its superior soundproofing and the use of acoustic glass.

It is uncertain if you would see any discernible change as a driver, although it is possible that you may experience it... Additionally, Excel offers a leather option, which I personally prefer over the combination of half leather and fabric.

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The GR Sport suspension on these mk 1 C-HR models is somewhat firmer than that of the Excel variant.

Additionally, GR Sport incorporates modifications to the steering system.

The soundproofing is same in both specifications.

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The Excel model will provide a somewhat more comfortable ride - I first test drove an Excel model before placing an order for my GR Sport.

For what it's worth, both of them provided a far smoother ride compared to my previous 308 T9 hatch, which had a normal suspension.

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I did not do any formal testing on the Excel's handling. Instead, I just drove it home to see if it could fit into the garage, which it successfully did.

I found the 1.8 hybrid to be too loud and lacking in energy, hence I decided to get a 2 litre hybrid instead.

The C-HR has remarkable agility, mostly down to the utilisation of the TNGA platform and the exceptional rear suspension. Consequently, it demonstrates superb handling capabilities, comparable to those of a Peugeot 405. 

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I have had an Excel for four years and just acquired a GR. I have not seen any differences between the two, however the GR does exhibit somewhat firmer suspension and improved handling. Extremely satisfied with both, however.

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