The Road Ahead : April 2013
QUEENSLAND'S LARGEST CLUB APR/MAY 2013 THE ROAD AHEAD 57 the risk, the car is ready to respond more quickly to their braking action. However, if the driver still takes no action and a collision becomes imminent, it independently applies the brakes hard. If the driver intervenes to try to avoid the crash, either by accelerating hard or by steering, CEB will deactivate. Having the least bulk to carry (880 kg), up! covers ground nicely, particularly around twisty back roads where its handling poise and chassis dynamics impressed. With an average stopping distance of 24.1m, it topped the emergency brake test. up! supped least overall, with its average of 4.3 litres/100 km bettering the ADR combined figure of 4.9. Front and rear leg room is tight, and we measured up! as having the smallest boot. Other likes: Capped price servicing. Other dislikes: Requires 95 PULP, no auto option. CONCLUSION Crunch the value for money numbers (which include price, depreciation, maintenance costs, fuel consumption, warranty and standard features), and it's line ball between the Mitsubishi and the Suzuki, with the VW snapping at their heels, then a drop to the Nissan and another gap to the Peugeot. In terms of design and function (safety, environment, comfort, space, practicality, ergonomics and build and finish), the 208 takes the honours by a MITSUBISHI NISSAN PEUGEOT SUZUKI VW MIRAGE ES MICRA ST 208 ACTIVE ALTO GLX UP! Price^ $12,990 $14,990 $18,490 $12,490 $14,990 Environmental rating ANCAP safety rating N/A Est. servicing costs 5 yrs/75,000 km $2070.77 $3986.37 $4292.85 $2877.37 $3550.02 Annual insurance costs^^ $598.78 $610.76 $701.57 $564.24 $622.97 ^ Prices are Manufacturers' List Prices, not driveaway or special deal. ^^Insurance cost is based on an RACQ Insurance comprehensive policy for a 35 year-old male, maximum no claim bonus, vehicle financially unencumbered, and $500 excess. Postcode 4066, Multi policy and RACQ member loyalty discounts may apply. Discounts of 2.5-15 percent may be available to RACQ members, depending on length of membership. COSTS & RATINGS Crunch the value for money numbers ... and it's line ball between the Mitsubishi and the Suzuki. wide margin to up! and Mirage close together, and then Alto just ahead of Micra. Mirage's dominant engine performance is not enough to snare on the road honours, with other score lines, such as ride, handling, braking and smoothness and quietness, giving up! the edge over the 208, and Micra and Alto some way back behind Mirage. Overall, the VW outpoints the Mitsubishi, from the Peugeot, with the Suzuki and Nissan relative also rans. But, if operating a new car as cheaply as possible is the be-all and end-all, then the latter pair, particularly Alto, present a compelling case. However, if your budget can stretch another few thousand, we suggest checking out the best of the light car category at australiasbestcars.com. au or Australia's Best Cars 2013 edition magazine. For comparable money to the 208 Active, there are a host of smart buys and fine drives (think Kia Rio, Hyundai Accent and i20, VW Polo, et al), that ultimately would be far better to live with everyday. Less, it would seem, is not always more.