Protection is key with these products, so we looked for spills to be contained, with extra marks for side, seatback and bumper coverage. We also assessed fit and tested impact protection. Finally, we took price into account. The figures below are from online outlets and are for our VW Tiguan test car. Where relevant, we’ve listed ‘as tested’ prices, including any accessories, but not delivery.
The Yuasa YT19BL-BS AGM battery is shipped dry along with its own pack of electrolyte that is added at the time of installation. Once filled with electrolyte from its special packs, an AGM battery is virtually maintenance free. The electrolyte is absorbed in the special plates and separators, so there is no need to worry about leaks on the valuable vehicle parts and accessories.
Many late model cars don't age well at all. The extremely angular lines of contemporary designs are more concerned with being modern than timeless, a quality that was absent in the '90s, when the E39 was designed. The car doesn't look new by any stretch of the imagination, but it's a pleasing shape from any angle, especially in M-Tech trim. It's quintessentially purposeful, with an understated flair as illustrated by its wide-mouth front opening and trademark halo headlights. It's a upscale ride without beating you over the head with flared arches or the excessive use of hood and fender vents. It only gets better if you add some tasteful wheel and suspension modifications and do some off-the-shelf upgrades, like LED rear taillights if you have an older version that didn't include the CCFL tails that the '03+ models had as standard.