The Road Ahead Sampler : February March 2013
vw multivan comfortline tsi 350 VW MULTIVAN MOUNTS a strong case for consideration by those after a seven-seat people mover thanks to its appealing practical virtues, seating versatility and above-average road manners. The standard safety equipment is good and includes curtain airbags for all three rows of seats in their two/two/three layout. Front seats prove comfortable, with height and lumbar adjustment and adjustable armrests provided on both. The second row seats swivel, adjust fore and aft on the full-length tracks, or can be removed to increase load space. The third row bench also slides longitudinally and can be reclined, or converted into a bed. Operating the third row seat adjustments can be a bit fiddly, while its removal at near-90 kg is a two-person operation. Heating and airconditioning vents for all seat rows helps improve occupant comfort. A full-size spare wheel, good oddments stowage space inside, five child restraint points, a ‘walk thru’ feature between the front seats and rear cabin, plus multiple auxiliary power outlets all boost Multivan’s practicality. Our Comfortline test car lived up to its name with a comfortable and composed ride under most road conditions. Steering is pleasantly weighted and accurate, while road holding proved surprisingly capable and, by class standards, impressive. holden rg colorado ltz dual cab 2wd ute COLORADO BUYERS ARE a loyal bunch, it seems. The model has the highest repeat purchase loyalty of any of Holden’s range. The latest model will no doubt continue to hit the mark with buyers. It’s a diesel-only line-up, and all variants except the base 2WD 2.5-litre DX cab-chassis are powered by Holden’s 2.8-litre Duramax engine. A robust 470 Nm of torque makes for respectable performance. Our test vehicle, the topspec LTZ dual cab, was fitted with the smooth shifting optional six-speed auto ($2000), instead of the standard fivespeed manual. Ticking the auto option also means an extra 30 Nm on tap over the manual. Maximum towing capacity for 2.8-litre models is a class-leading 3.5 REVIEWS BY JOHN EWING QueenSland’S largeST club FEB/MAR 2013 The road ahead 61 tonnes, though Ford has recently lifted specified Ranger models’ tow capacity to equal Colorado. There’s no trailer sway control system on the Holden as per the Ford Ranger/Mazda BT50 twins. Colorado’s safety credentials are good, but no side airbags is a significant omission. Speaking of which, there’s no steering reach adjustment, headlights only get a warning chime (no auto on/ off), and there’s no navigation system available. By dual cab standards, unladen ride isn’t bad. There’s more rear leg room than the old model, rear seating is above average for the class, and there’s three child restraint points. Hard, utilitarian-looking plastic trim abounds in the cabin. KeY STaTS RRP: $54,990 (7-spd DSG auto) SAFETY: Dual front/side/curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, electronic stability/traction control. KEY FEATURES: Three-zone climatecontrol airconditioning, 16” alloys, front/rear park sensors, alarm, CD with media inputs, front/rear fog lights. ENGINE: 2.0-litre, turbo-petrol, 4-cyl. MAX. POWER: 150 kW @ 4200-6000 rpm. MAX. TORQUE: 350 Nm @ 1500-4000 rpm. 0-100 KM/H: N/A. 80 KM/H-STOP: N/A. FUEL (ADR FIGURE): 10.1 litres/100 km. ANCAP CRASH RATING: N/A. EMISSIONS RATING: . FOR: Road manners, seating versatility, space, practical features. AGAINST: Price, rear seats heavy to move, requires premium unleaded. KeY STaTS MLP: $42,990 (auto) SAFETY: Dual front/curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, electronic stability/traction control. KEY FEATURES: Climate-control airconditioning, alarm, 17” alloys, alloy sports bar, 8-way powered driver’s seat, limited slip differential, front fog lights. ENGINE: 2.8-litre, Duramax turbodiesel, 4-cyl. MAX. POWER: 132 kW @ 3800 rpm. MAX. TORQUE: 470 Nm @ 2000 rpm (auto). 0-100 KM/H: N/A. 80 KM/H-STOP: N/A. FUEL (ADR FIGURE): 9.0 litres/100 km (auto). ANCAP CRASH RATING: EMISSIONS RATING: FOR: Capped price servicing, safety, towing capacity. AGAINST: Equipment omissions, steering lacks road feel.
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