The Road Ahead : October 2013
OCT/NOV 2013 THE ROAD AHEAD NEW CAR REVIEW | MOTORING range rover vogue 3.0 tdv6 KEY STATS MLP: $30,300^ (standard six-speed auto). SAFETY: Dual front/side/curtain airbags, electronic stability/traction control, rollover mitigation, anti-lock brakes, active front headrests, hill holder, integrated child booster seats (outer rears). KEY FEATURES: Dual-zone climate- control, 19" alloys, bluetooth with audio streaming, 380W Alpine audio, leather trim, navigation, keyless entry/start, rear view camera and rear park sensors, tyre pressure monitoring, six-way power driver's seat, heated front seats. ENGINE: 2.4-litre, DOHC petrol, 4-cyl. MAX. POWER: 125kW @ 6000rpm. MAX. TORQUE: 220Nm @ 4500rpm. 0-100 KM/H: 11.0 seconds (turbo-diesel). 80KM/H-STOP: N/A. FUEL (ADR FIGURE): 9.8 litres/100km. ANCAP CRASH RATING: N/A. EMISSIONS RATING: FOR: Price, seven seats available, equipment, practical features. AGAINST: Leisurely performance, interior finish, spacesaver spare. KEY STATS MLP: $178,900^ SAFETY: Dual front/side/curtain airbags, electronic stability/traction control, roll stability control, adaptive dynamics, trailer stability control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist. MAIN FEATURES: Three-zone climate control, 20" alloys, bluetooth, 380W audio, digital TV, voice control, leather trim, navigation, keyless entry/start, rear view camera and front park sensors, power tailgate, tyre pressure monitoring, 12-way power front seats, heated steering wheel, heated front and outer rear seats, anti-theft alarm, hill descent. ENGINE: 3.0-litre, turbo-diesel, V6. MAX. POWER: 190kW @ 4000rpm. MAX. TORQUE: 600Nm @ 2000rpm. 0-100 KM/H: N/A. 80KM/H-STOP: N/A. FUEL (ADR FIGURE): 7.5 litres/100km. ANCAP CRASH RATING: EMISSIONS RATING: FOR: Accomplished on and off-road, refinement, high quality finish, equipment. AGAINST: Price. fiat freemont lounge ^MANUFACTURER'S LIST PRICE. REVIEWS BY JOHN EWING. QUEENSLAND'S LARGEST CLUB 53 THE DODGE JOURNEY has had limited success capturing local buyers' hearts. Time will tell if consumers react more positively to its clone that wears the Fiat badge and the name Freemont. It's affordably priced and with a reasonable equipment list, especially on top specification Lounge models, plus there's the option of seven seats on all versions. Inside the Freemont Lounge's boxy bodywork there's decent space, though the third row isn't ideal for adults. Row three folds away flat, while row two slides and folds flat. There are also thoughtful practical features, including integrated child booster seats (similar to Volvo), a torch that recharges in its holder in the cargo area side panel, good THE LATEST RANGE Rover, the fourth generation, offers revised powertrains, increased efficiency, a five-star ANCAP crash rating, plus a range of new technologies and features. It's also trimmed off around 460kg of flab and now gets an eight-speed auto as standard. The new gearbox is smooth shifting and always offers up the right ratio, though manual shifting is possible via paddles or gear lever if desired. The 3.0-litre turbo-diesel has a muscular feel, thanks to its stump-pulling torque making for robust performance. It should make easy work of the 'Rangie's' 3500kg towing capacity. Standard trailer sway control will also be appreciated by those who tow. Progressive body roll is quite evident through twists and turns, but for a large four-wheel drive it impresses for its grip and willingness to alter course. The cosseting ride afforded by the air suspension is superb, soaking up whatever bumps or lumps you throw at it, on or off road. Range Rover's well known and substantial off-road capability benefits from inclusion of the latest incarnation of Land Rover's Terrain Response all-terrain system, now featuring an auto mode to select the most suitable of its five off-road programs for the conditions. The new model feels easy and relaxing to drive under any conditions. And the sense of luxury is enhanced by the vehicle's refinement and quality finish. overhead lighting in all rows and the tailgate, and handy oddments stowage. Road manners are predictable, albeit slightly ponderous and devoid of real finesse or excitement. A cushy ride that soaks up most imperfections is the on-road high point. Petrol models get a 2.4-litre engine instead of the Journey's 3.6-litre V6. Its performance is only just adequate with two passengers, and a full load will tax its abilities further. Highway passing would need careful planning. The optional 2.0-litre turbo- diesel is more convincing, feeling more responsive and with better torque characteristics. However, there's no auto to mate with it -- it's six-speed manual only from $25,990.