The Road Ahead : April May 2012
MAKES YOUR DAY 63 APR/MAY 2012 THE ROAD AHEAD hyundai i40 tourer active crdi KEY STATS A QUICK MARKET check shows th hat most wagons in the medium segm ment are of European origin, with a cou uple of Japanese brands also in this space. There's a recent newcomer too, th he Hyundai i40 Tourer. It's Korean built, ilt but engineering and sleek Euro styling are courtesy of their design studio in Russelsheim Germany. Currently sold here only in wagon guise, there are three specification levels, our test car being a base model Active with turbo-diesel power. The 1.7-litre diesel lacks the top end power of the 2.0-litre petrol models, but offers superior maximum torque and it's accessible in the low and mid rev range, making it the better choice for daily driving. Highway passing needs a little extra space, though, for it to build speed. Compliant ride and competent handling and steering that have been re-tuned for Australian conditions and tastes should satisfy most buyers. A long should satisfy most buyers A long warranty and good fuel economy are also appealing. Standard safety features include nine airbags on all variants. Out back there's a good-sized cargo bay with flat floor, though the floor-mounted child restraint points will, when in use, intrude into load space. Criticism also for vision issues around the A pillars and rearward through the back glass. Parking sensors on Elite, and sensors and r ear vision camera on Premium models, will assist in certain situations. volvo v60 t6 r-design wagon The V60 T6 is a strong eager performer, dispatching the 400 m sprint in a far from shabby 14.5 seconds. Volvo's luxury all-wheel-drive wagon handles, steers and brakes in a reassuringly capable manner. The large cargo area boosts V60's practical appeal. There's plentiful standard equipment and advanced safety features including blind spot information, pedestrian detection and auto-brake systems. We like the integrated rear child booster seats, but not so the inflator kit supplied instead of a proper spare wheel. KEY STATS MLP: $75,990 SAFETY: DFSCA, ABS, EBD, BA, TC, ESC, city safety and collision warning with auto brake, adaptive cruise. KEY FEATURES: Climate control, 18" alloys, navigation, active xenon headlights, leather, alarm, bluetooth, power front seats, 7" multimedia system, rear park sensors and camera. ENGINE: 3.0-litre, turbo-charged petrol, 6-cyl. ANCAP CRASH RATING: mitsubishi outlander vrx v6 With the current generation in its sunset years, Mitsubishi is trying to boost buyer appeal with safety and styling upgrades for current year Outlanders. This includes availability of reversing camera and park sensors on all variants. NVH levels have been improved too. The top-spec VRX tested now gets seven seats as standard. The third row seats fold neatly into the floor, but are basic and will only suit youngsters. The refined 3.0-litre V6 responds strongly, but torque steer can intrude at times. Decent interior space enhances appeal. KEY STATS MLP: $52,640 SAFETY: DFSCA, ABS, EBD, BA, TC, ESC, reversing camera and park sensors. KEY FEATURES: Climate control, Rockford-Fosgate premium audio, navigation, multi- communication system, bluetooth, 18" alloys, leather trim, sunroof, rear entertainment system, third-row seats, constant 4WD system. ENGINE: 3.0-litre, petrol V6. ANCAP CRASH RATING: NEW CAR REVIEWS MOTORING MLP: $36,490 (auto) SAFETY: Dual front/side/curtain (DFSC) and driver knee airbags, anti- lock brakes (ABS) brake assist (BA), electronic stability control (ESC). KEY FEATURES: Airconditioning, 16" alloys, alarm, bluetooth, CD with USB/ aux/iPod and MP3 compatiblity. ENGINE: 1.7-litre, common-rail direct- injection, turbo-diesel 4-cyl. MAX. POWER: 100 kW @ 4000 rpm. MAX. TORQUE: 320 Nm @ 2000-2500 rpm (auto). 0-100 KM/H: N/A. 80 KM/H-STOP: N/A. FUEL (ADR FIGURE): 5.6 litres/100km (auto). ANCAP CRASH RATING: EMISSIONS RATING: FOR: Standard safety, styling, wagon practicality, diesel auto available, long warranty, fuel economy. AGAINST: Child restraint point location, rear visibility, pricing.
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