The Road Ahead : August 2013
MOTORING | NEW CAR REVIEW KEY STATS MLP: $22,990^ SAFETY: Dual front/front side/curtain airbags, electronic stability/traction control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, front seatbelt pre-tensioners. KEY FEATURES: Climate-control, 15" alloys, auto stop/start system, cruise control, bluetooth, CD, Honda Magic Seat system, cloth trim, tilt/ reach adjustment, security alarm. ENGINE: 1.3-litre, i-VTEC petrol, 4-cyl. (plus electric motor assist). MAX. POWER: 72kW @ 5800rpm. MAX. TORQUE: 167Nm @ 1000-1700rpm. 0-100 KM/H: N/A. 80 KM/H-STOP: N/A. FUEL (ADR FIGURE): 4.5 litres/100km. ANCAP CRASH RATING: EMISSIONS RATING: FOR: Easy to drive, price, practical, reduced fuel use and emissions. AGAINST: Space-saver spare, reduced boot capacity, bluetooth system location. honda jazz hybrid ^MANUFACTURER'S LIST PRICE. REVIEWS BY JOHN EWING. *BRAKING DISTANCE ONLY. ACTUAL STOPPING DISTANCE WILL BE LONGER, AS DISTANCE TRAVELLED DUE TO DRIVER REACTION TIME IS NOT INCLUDED. MLP: $40,990^ SAFETY: Dual front/front side/ curtain/driver's knee airbags, electronic stability/traction control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, front seatbelt pre-tensioners/force limiters, hill start control. KEY FEATURES: Dual climate- control, 16" alloys, bluetooth with audio streaming, CD, reversing camera, rear park sensors, privacy glass, touch-screen central display, paddle shifters, security alarm. ENGINE: 2.2-litre, DOHC turbo- diesel, 4-cyl. MAX. POWER: 110kW @ 3500rpm. MAX. TORQUE: 360Nm @ 1500-2750rpm. 0-100 KM/H: 10.3 sec (as tested). 80 KM/H-STOP: 26.8m (as tested)*. FUEL (ADR FIGURE): 5.8 litres/100km. ANCAP CRASH RATING: EMISSIONS RATING: FOR: Improved road manners, safety, seven seats available, diesel/auto combination. AGAINST: Space issues when third row seats in use. mitsubishi outlander ls diesel ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 50 THE ROAD AHEAD AUG/SEP 2013 THE ADDITION OF a Hybrid variant to the Jazz range should spark extra interest in a model that's getting a touch long in the tooth. Those looking for greener motoring options will welcome the newcomer as it's now the cheapest hybrid model in the local market, undercutting the Toyota Prius C by $1000. Its fuel economy and emissions are laudable, but aren't quite as lean and green as the Toyota's though. Like the Insight, Jazz Hybrid utilises Honda's Integrated Motor Assist technology with primary power from a petrol engine aided when required by a compact electric motor. Performance- wise, it never really feels underdone in city and urban areas. Maintaining highway speeds isn't a drama either, and there's even something left up its sleeve for passing. Jazz Hybrid is an easy car to drive, and offers a thoughtfully laid-out interior and controls. The bluetooth system switches mounted on the right 'A' pillar were the exception, looking like an 'add-on' and feeling a little awkward to use compared to a fully integrated system. Jazz is surprisingly spacious for its size, though the change to a hybrid has robbed some boot space; around 114 litres by Honda's figures. Like other Jazz models, the Hybrid features the highly practical Magic Seat system, allowing the rear seat to fold in a myriad of combinations for load carrying duties. THE LATER PART of 2013 will see a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid variant join the new Outlander fleet. But here and now there's a new 2.2-litre turbo-diesel version available, with both six-speed auto and all-wheel-drive as standard. We drove it in mid-range LS specification. While the 2.0-litre petrol CVT version does an acceptable job, the diesel is a more convincing package. Its engine and gearbox combination feels more refined, offers better performance and lower fuel consumption. The latest generation Outlander offers higher maximum towing capacities, with petrol models rated to 1600kg and the new 'oilers' to 2000kg. Generational change also means the new model's handling and general road manners are notably better than the old version, feeling more responsive and exhibiting less body roll through corners. Arguably though, it's still not a match for competitors such as the dynamic Mazda CX-5. Aspire and LS all- wheel drive models offer seven seats as standard. However, with row three in use, cargo space is limited. Row three seats are improved, but still only offer basic comfort and, space-wise, aren't ideal for adults, even with row two slid forward. The LS model's standard reversing camera is handy, while a five-star ANCAP crash rating and seven airbags on all models add appeal. Mitsubishi's capped price servicing (four years or 60,000km) applies to Outlander.