The Road Ahead : February March 2012
MAKES YOUR DAY 53 FEB/MAR 2012 THE ROAD AHEAD peugeot 508 touring hdi allure KEY STATS THE 508 ALLURE sedan rated well enough to be a class finalist in Australia's Best Cars testing at the end of 2011. The Touring version retains handsome body styling (our test car drew a number of compliments) and adds the versatility of a good-sized load area, thanks to its wagon body. A split-fold rear seat, ski-port, and a nice, low, cargo bay load lip aid practicality. There's only one specification, the well-equipped Allure, though buyers can opt for a 1.6-litre turbo-petrol or the 2.0-litre HDi turbo-diesel (as tested). It can feel a little tardy due to turbo-lag when looking for a quick get away from a standing start, such as entering flowing traffic. Once underway though, response is more purposeful p poseful and the standard six-speed automatic transmission offers smooth shifts and willing kick-downs. Official fuel consumption figures are respectable too. Consistently weighted, accurate steering; decent grip levels; lively cornering skills; plus effective brakes, add up to polished road manners. Ride, even on the optional 18" wheels and tyres fitted to our test car, is firm but still composed and compliant. Comfortable front seats that include cushion tilt and four-way lumbar adjustment, plus good occupant space, are other likeable traits. The parallel parking space measurement system checks and advises the driver if there is sufficient space and the degree of difficulty of the manoeuvre euvre. mazda bt50 xtr dualcab 4wd ute Our XTR featured Mazda's new 3.2-litre turbo-diesel, the brand's first five- cylinder engine, and it's a real cracker. Developing maximum torque of 470 Nm from 1750 rpm, it pulls like a tractor. Low range and engine combine well, making easy work of off-road terrain. Our test car's manual gearbox shift felt pretty notchy, though. The BT50 steers and handles with a competency few of its peers match. However, the ride, unladen, is overly firm, compromising occupant comfort. The new model ditches the yester-tech 'umbrella handle' handbrake lever of old. KEY STATS MLP: $48,810 (manual) SAFETY: Dual front/side/curtain airbags, ABS, EBD, BA, TC, ESC with load adaptive and roll stability control, trailer sway control. KEY FEATURES: Climate control, 17"alloys, side steps, rear step- bumper, bluetooth, navigation, CD (USB/MP3), hill descent control, hill launch assist. ENGINE: 3.2-litre, inline, turbo-diesel 5-cyl. CRASH RATING: honda accord euro luxury , yoneofthe The Accord Euro, always one of the brighter lights in the mid-size car scrum, received some upgrades last year for model year 2012. Inside and out there are minor cosmetic changes, while equipment lists lengthened with the addition of USB connectivity, steering wheel integrated bluetooth, a fold-away key design and trailer stability assist for all versions. It uses marginally less 95 RON fuel, too. Driving the updated Euro Luxury was like reacquainting with an old friend and re-discovering all the things you liked. It's well finished, while dynamics and steering still have driver appeal. KEY STATS MLP: $40,140 (auto) SAFETY: Dual front/side/curtain airbags, ABS, EBD, BA, ESC, TC, trailer stability assist, front seatbelt pre- tensioners/load limiters. KEY FEATURES: Climate control, xenon headlamps, heated front seats and door mirrors, leather trim, 18" alloys, sunroof, front/rear park sensors, alarm, ENGINE: 2.4-litre, petrol, iVTEC 4-cyl. CRASH RATING: NEW CAR REVIEWS MOTORING RRP: $45,990 SAFETY: Dual front/side/curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), brake assist (BA), electronic brake distribution (EBD), electronic stability control (ESC), traction control (TC). KEY FEATURES: Quad-zone climate control, 17"alloys, proximity entry/ keyless start, cruise control with memory and speed limiter, auto-dim mirror, front/rear park sensors, parallel park space measurement system. ENGINE: 2.0- litre, turbo-diesel, 4-cyl. MAX. POWER: 120 kW @ 3750 rpm. MAX. TORQUE: 340 Nm @ 2000 rpm. 0-100 KM/H: 10.7 sec (as tested). 80 KM/H-STOP: 23.3 m (as tested). FUEL (ADR FIGURE): 5.7 litres/100 km. CRASH RATING: (EuroNCAP). EMISSIONS RATING: FOR: Useful cargo area, standard equipment, road manners, styling. AGAINST: Performance from standing start, satnav a $1500 option.
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