The Road Ahead : February March 2010
58 THE ROAD AHEAD FEB/MAR 2010 WWW.ROADAHEAD.COM.AU AN OLD AUSTRALIA'S BEST CARS MID SIZE SEDAN FAVOURITE IS NOW BETTER THAN EVER Volkswagen's new and extended Jetta line-up spoils buyers for choice with five engines now on offer: three diesels and two petrol models. The range starts with the five-speed, manual, 1.6-litre, common rail turbo-diesel 77TDI at $28,990 or with seven-speed DSG transmission ($31,490). The manual's official combined fuel consumption is a miserly 4.9 litres/100 km. This 77 kW, 250 Nm diesel is now also available in the new Golf range. The 2010 Jetta range also includes the 103TDI ($35,990) or the new 125TDI Highline ($38,990), both 2.0-litre turbo-diesels with six-speed DSG. The petrol range kicks off with the 118TSI, powered by a 1.4-litre twin-charger engine mated to either a six- speed manual or seven-speed DSG. Headlining the petrol range is the turbocharged 2.0-litre 147TSI Highline with six-speed DSG. JETTA ZOOMS IN There are also minor cosmetic changes, including new trims, new steering wheel and instrument cluster, plus new features including, on all variants, front and rear parking sensors combined with an optical parking system. Safety features are extensive and include on all Jettas anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, electronic stability and traction control, six airbags (including front and rear curtain) and an electronic differential lock. Alloy wheels are standard across the range. dynamic diesel A new generation R series diesel engine headlines Hyundai's host of technical and cosmetic upgrades to its Santa Fe seven-seat SUV for 2010. Power and torque climb 27 percent to 145 kW and 436 Nm respectively (421 Nm on manual). Combined with a choice of new six-speed transmissions, the diesel reduces Santa Fe's class-leading fuel consumption by a further 7 percent to 6.7 litres/100 km (manual), with corresponding emissions reductions. Improved crash and rollover protection has resulted in a five-star ANCAP safety rating. Hyundai has reconfigured the three trim levels, with SLX priced from $37,990, Elite $43,990 and Highlander $48,490. Seven seats are fitted on all three variants, making flexibility a key feature, as the second row of seats has a 60/40 split/fold function and the third row a 50/50 split/fold. MOTORING IN THE SHOWROOM golf no putt-putt selling Golf model in Australia, with 25 percent of all sales, surprised even VW. An advanced, new, 2.0-litre TSI engine, producing 155 kW, powers this sixth iteration. It comes with either a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG gearbox. Unique springs and dampers, lowered suspension and traction and handling improving Extended Electronic Differential Lock (XDL) add to the GTI driving experience. Standard equipment include red and black tartan sports seats and headrests featuring the GTI logo; a flat-bottomed, multifunction steering wheel; red brake calipers; 17-inch alloy wheels and dual zone climate control. Anti-lock brakes, electronic stabilisation program and seven airbags are standard. And it has a five star ANCAP safety rating. Prices start from $38,990. Add $2500 for DSG transmission. challenging times The Mitsubishi Challenger has made a return to the Australian market in the form of a new, mid-sized, four- wheel-drive. The Challenger comes with a 2.5-litre, common rail, inter- cooled, turbo-diesel engine with a choice of either automatic or manual transmissions, five or seven-seat models and two specification levels. The new power train produces 131 kW of power at 4000 rpm and 400 Nm of torque at 2000 rpm when paired with a manual transmission. Fuel economy is 8.3 litres/100 km (manual) and 9.8 (automatic). The all-new Challenger body is built on a ladder-frame chassis and is reinforced with extensive use of light, high-strength steel. Challenger comes with Mitsubishi's accomplished All Terrain Technology system and Super Select four-wheel drive system. Prices start from $44,490.
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