The Road Ahead : April 2013
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD APR/MAY 2013 56 Survey. And it is something of a fuel economy run champion, for example, returning an average of 3.68 litres/100 km on an independent test over a 3400 km drive around New Zealand. So, light on the hip pocket it might be, but there is more to selecting, buying and owning a vehicle, which is what our comparo looks at. Our test car was the GLX, costing $700 more than the base-model GL, for which buyers get extras such as 14" alloy wheels and front fog lamps. Like up!, Alto is strictly a four seater, which is just as well as it measured up as the smallest (or close to) across the rear interior and boot. Its power and torque outputs are five kW and five Nm less than the other 1.0-litre 'triple', up!, making it the most performance challenged on test -- and it showed. Though more responsive than Micra under acceleration, Alto was slower in the mid-range. An average of 29m in braking from 80 km/h-stop was far and away the poorest of all. On test, Alto returned an average of 5.9 litres/100km, 1.2 higher than its ADR combined figure. Fixed price servicing is not applicable. Other likes: Low drag co-efficient (0.30), low rolling resistance tyres. Other dislikes: Sounds rough at idle, requires 95 PULP, manual wing mirrors. VOLKSWAGEN UP! 5-DOOR No review of up! would be complete without mention of its City Emergency Braking (CEB), a genuine point of difference not just in our comparison, but anywhere near this end of the market. CEB is a laser-based system fitted as standard and designed to help a driver avoid a low-speed crash, or to reduce its severity. At speeds between five and 30km/h, it monitors an area 10m ahead for vehicles which might present a threat of collision. If a collision is likely, CEB first pre- charges the brakes and makes the emergency Brake Assist system more sensitive. If the driver should notice MOTORING | ROAD TEST IMAGE: (FROM LEFT) SUZUKI ALTO, NISSAN MICRA, VW UP!, MITSUBISHI MIRAGE, PEUGEOT 208.