The Road Ahead : October 2010
54 THE ROAD AHEAD OCT/NOV 2010 WWW.ROADAHEAD.COM.AU HYUNDAI RELEASES THE REPLACEMENT FOR ITS STRONG SELLING LIGHT CAR, THE GETZ Hyundai is the world's fastest growing car company, and with product like its new i20, it's easy to see why. Designed in Germany and built in India, i20 is a small hatch that combines convenience, comfort and safety in an affordable, stylish little package. Smart packaging means that passenger comfort and interior space has been maximised without inflating its exterior dimensions. All models incorporate a glove box cooling system, iPod connectivity, electronic stability control and anti lock brakes as well as convenient storage spaces for mobile phones, sunglasses and coins. Active is the entry model. It comes as either a 3-door or 5-door hatch and is priced at $14,990 and $15,990 respectively, plus on road costs. Elite and Premium at $18,490 and $21,490 respectively, are 5-door only and have a I20 ROLLS OUT bigger 1.6 litre engine and a multi-information centre which includes external temperature, clock, trip readouts and fuel consumption. Both come with a full suite of air bags and a 5-star crash rating, which Active will also get later in the year when the full airbag package becomes standard. Premium gets leather trim and climate control as well. Metallic or mica paint is an additional $320 and automatic transmission adds $2000 to all models. MOTORING IN THE SHOWROOM sportage grows up Kia's third generation Sportage compact SUV is longer, wider, lower and lighter than the previous model, by 90 mm, 15 mm, 60 mm and 91 kg respectively. There's a choice of three engines (two petrol -- a 130 kW, 227 Nm, 2.4-litre and 122 kW, 197 Nm, 2.0-litre 'Theta' -- plus a 135 kW, 392 Nm, 2.0-litre diesel), manual or automatic transmissions and two-wheel or all-wheel drive. The diesel variant (with auto) uses less fuel (7.5-litres/100 km) and emits fewer CO2 (198 g/km) emissions than its predecessor. Safety features include six airbags, active front headrests, electronic stability control, new rollover sensor and hill start assist and downhill brake controls. The new Sportage is the first of several vehicles destined to feature the Dynamax continuous and fully active AWD coupling system. Priced from $25,990 to $38,990. smart crossover Mitsubishi's new compact SUV, the ASX (short for Active Smart Crossover), is available in two-wheel and all-wheel- drive variants. It's the first of Mitsubishi's local passenger models to come with a diesel option. The 2WD models feature a 2.0-litre Lancer petrol engine driving the front wheels through a five-speed manual ($25,990) or a CVT ($2500 extra). Capital investment for an AWD starts at $31,990 for the 2.0-litre petrol with CVT or at the same money, a 1.8-litre direct injection, variable valve-timing turbo- diesel with six-speed manual only. A diesel auto combo may become available in 18 months, according to Mitsubishi. The higher specification Aspire model with AWD and the same powertrain options lists for $36,990. ASX offers a handsome equipment portfolio with all models including seven airbags and dynamic stability control. feline flagship The head-turning four-door flagship in the Jaguar range, the remarkable new XJ, has been released some 42 years after the original. The sporty luxury saloon is available in three grades, Premium Luxury, Portfolio and Supersport. The Portfolio variants come as short wheelbase only, while the others feature both short and a long wheelbase version that offers an extra 125 mm of rear leg room. Engine choice is model dependent, but there are four in the range -- a 3.0-litre V6 twin turbo diesel, a 5.0-litre petrol V8, and two 5.0-litre supercharged petrol V8s with 346 kW or 375 kW power outputs. A six-speed auto is standard. Bountiful equipment levels, driver aids and a host of advanced technologies including state-of-the-art infotainment systems befit the XJ's luxury status. Prices start at $198,800 (SWB Premium Luxury diesel) rising to $367,800.