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WWW.ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD DEC 2009/JAN 2010 48 MOTORING AUSTRALIA'S BEST CARS luxury sports audi tts tfsi quattro LUXURY SPORTS CARS aren't for everyone; firstly, because of the price and, secondly, the performance focus often results in occupant comfort and city driveability being compromised. Not so the Audi TTS. It might not have the muscle- straining cornering grip, neck-wrenching acceleration or retinal-bulging braking of the new Nissan GTR, but the TTS does have the best overall package that allows for both fun and function in a sports car. The Audi TTS nails it in value for money and design and function, though it doesn't fare so well in standard features. The TTS's 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged engine is the smallest capacity in the class but, coupled with capacity in the class but coupled with a lightweight body, provides enough 'oomph' to have the TTS whistling up to 100 km/h in just over five seconds. This isn't just due to a freely spinning engine but also the result of a quick- shifting, six-speed, DSG, clutchless, manual transmission and legendary quattro all-wheel-drive system. The ride and handling is managed by Audi's magnetic ride adaptive damping system that electronically controls the flow properties of the fluid in the shock absorbers instantly. The TTS does this while achieving the best fuel consumption in the class. RRP: $98,900. visit www.roadahead.com.au/motoring MORE INFO prestige subaru liberty 3.6r premium THIS ALL-NEW six-cylinder Liberty is a W real surprise. At just over $50,000, it comes standard with plenty of desirable features that would be costly options on many of the higher-profile European models. A five-star ANCAP safety rating is backed by Subaru's symmetrical all- wheel-drive system. And to protect your investment against theft, Liberty also has an excellent security score. Liberty's new, bigger, bolder body means it's one of the roomiest in class. Supportive seats and a well-laid-out cabin make it comfortable and easy to drive. The 3.6-litre boxer engine (up 600 cc), in combination with a responsive five-speed automatic transmission, delivers strong, smooth-flowing performance. mance Subaru's Intelligent Drive system (SI- Drive) allows the driver to finetune the engine and transmission response via a switch on the centre console for either economy or a more lively response. The suspension has been well tuned for Australian road conditions, providing a comfortable, controlled ride, precise steering and surefooted handling. While the Subaru key ring may not have quite as much 'badge status' as some European marques, in terms of driving ability, comfort, build quality and value for money, the Liberty 3.6R Premium is a worthy winner. RRP: $51,990. SCORES TOTAL: 790. 2nd: Audi A4 TDI 781. 3rd: Mercedes-Benz C220 CDi Classic 746. CRITERIA (OUT OF 10): VALUE FOR MONEY: Pricing 10 M, Depreciation 9 H, Running costs 4 L, Fuel consumption 4 M, Warranty 4 L, Standard features 7 C. DESIGN & FUNCTION: Safety 10 C, Security 10 H, Environment 7 C, Comfort 8 C, Space 8 M, Practicality 8 M, Ergonomics 9 H, Build & finish 7 C. ON THE ROAD: Performance 8 H, Ride 7 C, Handling 9 H, Braking 8 H, Smoothness/quietness 7 C. SCORES TOTAL: 768. 2nd: Audi S4 TFSI Quattro 763. 3rd: BMW M3 712. CRITERIA (OUT OF 10): VALUE FOR MONEY: Pricing 8 M, Depreciation 10 L, Running costs 8 L, Fuel consumption 10 M, Warranty 5 L, Standard features 4 H. DESIGN & FUNCTION: Safety 9 C, Security 7 C, Environment 7 C, Comfort 8 H, Ergonomics 8 H, Build & finish 9 C. ON THE ROAD: Performance 7 C, Ride 8 M, Handling 8 C, Braking 9 C, Smoothness/quietness 9 M. LEVEL OF WEIGHTED IMPORTANCE FOR EACH SCORE: L=LOW,M=MEDIUM,H=HIGH,C=CRITICAL.
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