The Road Ahead : February March 2014
QUEENSLAND'S LARGEST CLUB 49 ROAD TEST | MOTORING COSTS & RATINGS Price^ $21,990^ Environmental rating ANCAP safety rating (Euro) Annual insurance costs^^ $898.96 Capped price servicing $1845 (over 5yrs/75,000km) Price^ $21,990^ Environmental rating ANCAP safety rating Annual insurance costs^^ $953.97 Capped price servicing $3775.12 (over 6yrs/120,000km) ^ Prices are Manufacturers' List Prices, not driveway 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. PEUGEOT 2008 ACTIVE NISSAN JUKE ST Price^ $23,490^ Environmental rating ANCAP safety rating Annual insurance costs^^ $973.05 Capped price servicing $740 (for four services within first 3yrs/60,000km) HOLDEN TRAX LS FEB/MAR 2014 THE ROAD AHEAD the latter's steering feels dull, then sharpens quickly as lock is applied, making for a less than fluid drive. Braking proficiency is another win for 2008. From 80km/h to a stop, the Peugeot pulled up in 23.3m, 1.4m shorter than the Holden and Nissan. For the record, Juke and 2008 boast front and rear disc brakes, while Trax sports a front disc/rear drum combination. Our noise meter readings have a history of producing a mixed bag and so it was again. Juke recorded a significantly quietest decibel reading at idle. The 2008 and Trax finished equal best under acceleration from 50-80km/h, while the former disturbed the meter the least at a steady 80km/h. CONCLUSION Trax, although the dearest, is stacked with kit and technology (Holden claims best in class for the latter), but is less gifted dynamically. 2008 is the best of this three if you're looking for a more involving drive, though there are times when a lack of power and torque means it is found wanting. While it is the most responsive performer, Juke is not as agile as the Peugeot or as well equipped as the Holden. And the 'confrontational' styling is a plus, or minus, depending on how you see it. That said, concensus is the Nissan does more overall to take the win, just shading the 2008. Though there is no standout, each of our test trio is user friendly and capable of meeting most people's everyday driving requirements in this segment. IMAGES: HOLDEN TRAX LS. TO VIEW RACQ TV'S VIDEOS ON THIS AND OTHER ROAD TESTS, VISIT YOUTUBE.COM/RACQOFFICIAL.