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Mitsubishi PHEV to Be the New Sport Star Successor of Lancer EVO

The most captivating car to put on a Mitsubishi badge has been eliminated by Nissan and Renault!

Due to an impending relationship between the three companies having plans to manufacture an all-new Lancer for Mitsubishi and an unrevealed small car to be shared by Nissan and Renault, it’s a known fact now that the Lancer Evo will no longer continue to exist.

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The turbo-charged and all-wheel drive package makes the Evo so conquering and glorious. Australian sales of the Evo-X continuing from $56,990 can’t be simply altered to the new-age compact, which should be on the roads by the year 2017.

“Despite the love and zeal towards the car, the ground reality is – the quantity of the sales is not that high”, Osamu Masuko (the president of Mitsubishi Motors) discloses to Cars Guide when he was on a visit from Japan. “In some European countries, the Lancer Evo was halted this year, other countries that don’t have concerns regarding emissions will carry on.”

“For Mitsubishi, the Lancer Evo has done an excellent job of building a brand”, Masuko acknowledges, but foretells the company is steadfastly working towards developing a new conqueror as the PHEV hybrid becomes a Motorsport sensation. Masuko thinks that we might consider challenging Motorsport with the new PHEV SUV. In the month of August – last year, we have taken part in an Asian rally that commenced from Thailand and ended in Laos.

When asked regarding the Dakar Rally where Mitsubishi had numerous wins with its Pajero, Masuko said it’s not going to be a similar kind of race, but there would be a number of other tough races that would be considered. Also, Masuko said that he is not in a position to disclose any details of the model that would share the program with the Nissan-Renault alliance at this stage.

He further said that we are taking into account just the platform and are studying in diverse settings. As a contract, it hasn’t been completed yet, but we are gradually moving ahead in the right direction, for each brand there can be a different engine or body.

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Valuable Driving Tips to Get Fuel Efficiency

How well you maintain your vehicle and the way you drive it, both factors contribute to the amount of fuel your vehicle requires. Some very important tips are listed here below so that you can use fuel more efficiently.

Fuel Saving Tips

Make It a Point to Drive in the Right Gear All the Time
When you drive in a gear lower than you require, it wastes fuel and similarly, driving at higher gears while climbing hills or driving through corners is also inefficient is it causes your vehicle’s engine labour too much.

In a manual vehicle, you need to shift gears upwards as soon as the car is comfortable with the higher gear but without forceful acceleration. While in automatic transmissions, the gear will shift up more swiftly and smoothly if you ease back slightly on the accelerator once the car accumulates momentum. However, don’t use power options that will put the car in a lower gear which will use more fuel.

Reduce Fuel Wasted in Idling
The majority of cars don’t require to be warmed up by idling prior to take off – this wastes fuel. Start your car when you are all set to move, and once you are on the road, lower fuel wastage in idling by halting the engine whenever your car is halted or held up for an extended time period. It will save you fuel when you switch off your engine even for a short period.

Maintaining Speed
Remember that fuel intake increases considerably when you go over 90km/h. Your car can consume up to 25% additional fuel at 110km/h compared to when it’s moving at 90km/h speed. Suppose your car is equipped with cruise control, make use of it in the highway driving so that it helps to keep a steadier speed that will save fuel.

Reduce Aerodynamic Drag
Extra parts on the vehicles’ exteriors like roof racks and spoilers raises air resistance and fuel consumption, in some cases greater than 20% at higher speeds. Remove roof and bike racks when not required. If you want to use roof racks, load them cautiously to aid lowering wind resistance or use an aerodynamic roof box.

Scrutinise Your Vehicle’s Tyres
Always keep the desired level of tyre pressure in your car as recommended by the automaker and ensure your vehicle’s wheels are fittingly aligned. This will not only lower fuel intake but will also increase tyre life and enhance handling.

Drive Effortlessly
When you stop and start the vehicle, it consumes more fuel as compared to driving at a constant speed. Thus, when it’s possible, avoid journeying during rush hours and on crowded roads. You should use the accelerator effortlessly and smoothly (as more revs mean more fuel intake) always. You should drive at a good distance from the vehicle in the front so you can foresee and travel with ease with the flow of traffic. This puts away the need for frequent acceleration and repetitive braking and stopping that will waste more fuel and lower fuel competence.

In case you foresee traffic halts ahead, just take off your foot from the accelerator and allow the engine to lower its power to slow the vehicle and change to a lower gear. It’s safer and also saves precious fuel. Never continue driving at the same speeds and apply the brakes at the last moment. When the car is in moving condition, you will be able to cruise back to the speeds easily which consumes less fuel as compared to halting the car and starting all over again.

Journey without Weight
Bear in mind, greater the weight the vehicle has to carry; the more will be the fuel intake. So, when not required during your trip, you need to leave heavy items like sporting equipment or other tools at home.

Car Fuel Efficiency Tips

Avoid Using Air-Conditioning when not required
Vehicle’s air-conditioner uses around 10% additional fuel when functional. Though at speeds over 80km/h, use of air-conditioner is better for fuel intake compared to an open window as this create aerodynamic drag. When you are all set to start your trip, and when it’s hotter inside your car than outside, it’s recommended to start driving with the windows down for some minutes to facilitate cooling the car prior to starting the air-conditioner.

Uphold Your Vehicle in Top Condition
Get regular servicing done to your vehicle at the specified intervals as recommended in the auto maker’s manual, and uphold your vehicle in top condition. Always use the fuel that is recommended for your vehicle by the automaker. For instance, you can anticipate somewhat less performance and fractionally higher fuel intake when you make use of regular unleaded fuel in a car that’s designed to function on premium unleaded.

When Possible Reduce Your Vehicle Use
Vehicles are not at all fuel efficient for short trips. The reason is catalytic converters (which helps in lowering air pollution emission levels) don’t function optimally unless they are warmed up, and on trips that are less than 5 km usually don’t let the engine to attain its optimal operating temperature. Thus, you need to systematically plan to do maximum tasks in just one trip instead of making numerous trips; this will certainly save both your valuable time and fuel.

Choose cycling or walking instead of making smaller vehicle trips. Not only will it give you healthy and much needed exercise for your muscles, but also save more than a quarter of a kilogram of greenhouse gas emissions per km of vehicle driving.

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2014 Nissan Pathfinder Creates the Right Impact

Value
The new Nissan Pathfinder is the perfect vehicle for your family to cruise on long drives over the weekend holidays. It’s grand and spacious SUV, a family wagon that can accommodate seven persons quite comfortably. Nissan has Pathfinder models that have both front drive as well as all-wheel drive capability. The front drive Pathfinder model offers better value as it saves you around $4000. The standard kit comes with 2 sunroofs, electric steering-wheel alteration, heated front seats and leather, rear camera and sensors, privacy glass from the B-pillar back, and 3-zone air-conditioning with outlets for each of the three seat rows.

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Technology
The all new Nissan Pathfinder has everything that you probably need. It is loaded with the latest generation of Nissan’s VQ series engine, which is one of the most privileged V6 engine series ever developed and the next generation CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). This 3.5 litre V6-petrol engine renders a magnificent 190kW of power and 325Nm of torque that delivers stunning fuel efficiency, which is rated at 9.9L/100kms*.

[*The figures are calculated in accordance with ADR81/02 on 2WD models. However, actual fuel in-take will differ depending on driving conditions, the condition of your vehicle, the accessories fitted and driver behavior.]

Drive Quality
When you are driving the new Nissan Pathfinder, it gives you the feeling of serenity. It is indeed very firm on the road, the steering is reasonably sharp, and the noise from the wind/engine is remarkably low. The handling is reliable and above average.

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Innovative Design

The cabin is captivating; particularly the catchy divide, glide, fold and tumble seats known as EZ-Flex. The second row can slip forward and break down the seat towards the back so that the third spacious row can be accessed effortlessly, and you can do the operation with one-hand. The second row easily glides through, and when it is folded back, it gathers the cushion below, which produces a large level-space with additional floor storage at the back of the front seats.

Intelligent personal storage space is available with down hooks in the rear, grocery bag hooks and under floor storage. With all the seats in an upright position, you get a liberal luggage space of 453 litres. When you drop the third row, you get 1353 litres of storage space. When you drop the second row along with the third row and make it flat, you get a very large usable space of 2259 litres. It tows around 2700kg but you need to view the tow-ball download rating to make certain it fits your boat or caravan accurately.

Safety
The all new Nissan Pathfinder has received 5-stars ANCAP safety rating and includes six airbags, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Brake Assist (BA) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Traction Control System (TCS), reversing sensors, Tyre Pressure Monitoring system (TPMS), and reverse parking camera with predictive path technology.

The all new Nissan Pathfinder boasts of an Advanced Driver-Assist™ Display screen, A4″ colour display fixed in the centre of the instrument cluster that remains directly in front of the driver, and renders an array of information from trip computer and fuel usage, to navigational guidance, which helps the driver to keep his eyes unwaveringly on the road.

Warranty & Servicing
Nissan provides 3 years or 10000 km warranty along with roadside assistance. Service intervals every 6 months and capped-price service program that lasts up to 6 years would cost you $1919 for the first 3 years.

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2014 Nissan Altima Ti-S

Engine/ Transmission
The Altima Ti-S is brilliantly equipped with 3.5-litre V6 engine that‘s super responsive and enables to enjoy a smooth and comfortable ride. In a sense, it’s a pearl that you will love to own. Integrated with an unparalleled continuously variable transmission, the blend astonishingly generates a staggering 183kW of maximum power and 312Nm of torque.

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Eco/ Sport Mode

Additionally, the CVT auto has a fuel efficiency (Eco) mode that can be can selected by the driver, however, if more responsiveness is what you need, you can select a sport mode. The V6-powered Ti-S gets one step higher with manual (M) mode integrating steering-wheel mounted paddle shifts.

Design/ Styling
Broad horizontal chrome slats control the radiator intake, a fat Nissan badge declares the car’s entrance. Add to it chrome ornamentations that include door handles and side window borders. To be practical, the all new mid-size sedan is hit knock up to date with its coupe-style aerodynamic profile rendering a co-efficient of friction of 0.30, and 18-inch twin-spoke alloy wheels for the test vehicle. LED tail lights put their modern-day seal on the vehicle.

Interior
The Japan based auto maker has taken assistance from the US space agency NASA for recommending about the most convenient seats. As per NASA, the most comfortable seats are those that are built in a neutral posture, a stress-free posture for the human body. By the use of a new seat shape that facilitates for constant support from the pelvis region to the chest, the zero-gravity stimulated front seats assist lowering muscular and spinal loads and enhance blood flow, thus facilitating lower fatigue over extended periods behind the wheel. Better ventilation and comfort levels are obtained by maintaining gaps in the seat surface. There’s adequate space for passengers to extend-out all around and almost 500 litres of boot space accepts even the largest items.

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Accessories
Nissan connect smart-phone is built-in, a premium Bose audio system with 9 speakers and Bluetooth audio streaming, parking sensors shield front and rear, rear view camera use a 7-inch colour display screen and satellite navigation.
The Altima Ti-S escalates with the above listed Nissan’s smart technology suite around Xenon headlights with auto leveling, view monitor, driver’s seat with two memory mounts, door mirrors having memory operation, rear mirror with automatic day/ night vision, and rear privacy-glass and power-sunshade.

Features

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The Nissan Altima is obtainable in 4 different models and they are ST, ST-L and Ti that make use of a 2.5-Litre 4-cylinder engine and Ti-S as its top of the range model powered by a 3.5-litre V6 under the bonnet. The car is loaded with high-tech technologies like the active under-steer control that integrates intelligent control and instant-response braking on the inside front wheel during cornering, getting vehicle dynamic and traction control into action, thus removing under-steer. When it works, its virtually unnoticeable to the driver, Nissan is fast to indicate the system is designed mainly for daily use and not just on slippery steers during an emergency. Steering absorbs on an electronic-hydraulic power assisted system, which gives a smooth feel to the driver and at the same time it generates fuel economy by using electric power instead of absorbing it from the engine. The safety systems that we desire in high-end luxury models are very well included in the Ti and Ti-S Altima models, with the latest high-end technology like lane departure warning, blind spot warning and moving object detection.

Fuel Economy
When driven within both the city and highway limits, Nissan Altima Ti-S sets fuel (91RON) consumption of 9.3 litres per 100km, allowing a carbon dioxide output of 216g per kilometer. The test drive conducted suggested that Ti-S delivered around 13.6 litres per 100km purely within city limits and around 6.3 litres per 100km on a freeway run.

Interesting to Know the Facts
The Altima establishes the foundation of Nissan’s return to the V8 Supercar competition. Way back in the early 1990s, Nissan had substantial success from numerous models, the most distinguished – the victorious ‘Godzilla’ GT-R. Soon after that Nissan officially left local motor sport competition after winning the 1992 Bathurst 1000, which resulted in the car being made unlawful.

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5-star ANCAP crash ratings for Nissan Pathfinder, Honda Odyssey, Jeep Cherokee & Skoda Rapid

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The Pathfinder range has achieved a 5-star ANCAP crash rating, which is a remarkable achievement for Nissan, with a score of 35.73 out of total 37, the soon to be launched supercharged Hybrid model also managed to obtain the maximum crash rating. The earlier generation variant that was based on the Navara Ute managed a score of 32.17 and a 4-star rating.

Honda Odyssey

The all-new Honda Odyssey, the seven or eight seater scored the maximum 5-star rating, improving its safety rating over the existing 4-star model, scoring 32.75 out of 37, with marks removed for marginal safeguard for the driver’s legs in the frontal offset crash test.

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The US brand’s first vehicle “Jeep Cherokee”, scored the maximum 5-star ANCAP crash test rating. Based on Euro NCAP testing with Australian criteria assessment, the new Cherokee SUV has managed to receive a 5-star rating and is all set to be introduced next month, will certainly give a tough competition to the likes of the Mazda CX-5 and Hyundai ix35. ANCAP chairperson Lauchlan McIntosh conveyed that Jeep’s first 5-star result had been due for a long time now – the brand’s other models like the Grand Cherokee, Compass and Wrangler has managed to obtain 4-star ratings.

Jeep being the conventional brand has been around for several years now, but had been put away by its competitors in terms of safety. McIntosh conveyed having a 5-star model now accessible to the customers is surely an admirable accomplishment by Jeep. It applies to 2-wheel-drive diesel models only and the score was based on European testing; however, it scored exceedingly well with 36.16 from maximum 37 marks attainable.

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The all new Skoda Rapid (small hatch) also received the highest 5-star rating, scoring an incredible 35.37 out of 37. It was crash tested by Euro NCAP after which Australian criteria were duly applied to the final results.

McIntosh conveyed, “Although the 5-star ratings were good news for budding customers, the missing standard Safety Assist Technologies (SATs) like autonomous emergency braking or blind-spot monitoring in more affordable models needs to be dealt.

Though each of the above mentioned cars have obtained brilliant results and provide an extremely high level of safety for occupants; especially, in the case of Pathfinder, Odyssey and Cherokee – they all have improved their ratings from their earlier variants, certainly there is a need to alter the purpose now, expressed McIntosh.

Undeniably, the future of vehicle safety lies in active safety features like safety assist technologies that can avoid a crash from happening. Numerous of these advanced technologies are now widely accessible in Europe and are working towards lowering the number and causality of crashes. Nonetheless, their accessibility in Australasia is being limited by automakers; several of them are still just providing these technologies to those who are ready to spend more for them as additional features.

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Head to Head Comparison between Subaru WRX STI & Volkswagen Golf R

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Subaru WRX STI Subaru STI is fitted with dual-zone air conditioning, heated sports seats trimmed in Alcantara with partial leather, reversing camera, Bluetooth with voice control and SMS read functionality, satellite-navigation and an 8-speaker stereo with a 6.1-inch colour touch screen. Performance fitment includes unique 18-inch alloy wheels and the racy body kit; however, the STI lacks on adjustable suspension, parking sensors and xenon lights but it costs lesser by $5000 than the auto Golf, so certainly Subaru STI is more affordable.

Volkswagen Golf R Volkswagen Golf R, the top model in the Golf means it’s loaded with ample gear and as the standard fitments comes the dual-zone air conditioning, cloth sports seats and Alcantara, a reversing camera, bi-xenon headlights, front & rear parking sensors, Bluetooth, satellite-navigation and a 5.8-inch colour infotainment touch screen. Golf R is equipped with standard VW’s Adaptive Chassis Control that facilitates you to alter the shock absorbers, making them stronger or gentler depending on your inclination, and it cruises on 19-inch alloy wheels.

Close Look at the Interior

Subaru WRX STI InteriorSubaru’s STI feels sportier, but lacks quality polish compared to Golf R. There is ample of leather and Alcantara in the STI featuring faux carbon fibre trim compared to the shiny black finishes in the Golf R. Evidently, some cheaper materials used in Subaru STI doesn’t give you that awesome feeling which you get in the Golf R.

Volkswagen Golf R InteriorNevertheless, Golf R is based on a relatively humble Golf, but its interior looks pretty classy and gives you a lavish feel. The flat-bottomed steering wheel is thick and covered with leather, the sports seats hold you tight, and the blue needles on the dials unite to lift it over the rest of Golf’s array.

How about the Engine        

Subaru STI’s engine is certainly more powerful compared to Golf’s, however you’ll need to rev it hard enough but it produces a real exhaust note. There’s less flexibility to its power delivery, partially because its maximum torque of 407Nm doesn’t come until 4000rpm, and at under 2500rpm there can be a delay to its response. Subaru STI doesn’t feel as polished or sound as good as the VW. On the top of it, WRX STI needs premium unleaded fuel (similar to the Golf it needs the most expensive 98 octane fuel) and also there is no option for the automatic transmission.

Golf R generates lesser power and torque compared STI; however, due to the flexibility of its engine and the smooth gear shifts from the dual-cultch DSG automatic transmission, it doesn’t feel slow. There’s good amount of punch from the Golf R in the lower rev range because its 380Nm maximum torque is generated between 1800-5100rpm. Volkswagen claims it can launch from 0-100km/h speed in just 5.0 seconds though it is actually fast, the engine sound isn’t real as VW pump an artificial soundtrack into the cabin, which might fail to appeal different type of customers.

Drive Quality

The major difference between both cars is that the STI’s all-wheel-drive system is lasting, with an adjustable centre differential that can throw more power to the front or rear axles depending on your inclination. Nevertheless, the STI misses out on the adjustable suspension so you’re fixed with its firmer ride all the time. The steering is brilliant as well, offering sufficient meaningful feedback. In general, the STI isn’t as polished as the Golf R but feels harder edged, but it will suit those who want nothing but pure performance.

You get exceptional levels of traction for the Golf R due to its Electronic Differential Lock (XDL) or the Haldex all-wheel-drive system. On a slippery plane or out of a tighter curve, it swiftly allocates drive to the wheels that need it. For instance, the XDL brakes the inside wheels, effectively transferring more drive to those on the outside and making the most of their added grip. That grip is supported by the 19-inch tyres. One of the key driving experience is the adjustable suspension which offers the Golf R multiple personalities – Set it on comfort and the ride softens for a trip within the city, but dial up race mode and the stiffer ride makes the Golf R stronger and more energetic.

About Ownership

Subaru doesn’t provide capped price servicing for WRX STI, yet it does provide suggestive costs for the first 5 years/ 125,000km. Nonetheless, the big major difference is in its service intervals that fall every 6 months for the STI, so you will need to spend around $4555 to maintain it during the first five years.

On the other hand, Volkswagen offers Golf R with 6 years/ 90,000km capped price servicing program. The service intervals fall every 1 year (12 months), so during the period of the first 6 years, you will need to spend $3748 to maintain.

To Conclude:

Subaru’s WRX STI is more of a tough-edged boy racer than the Golf R, so it’s not that simple to live with it, even if its debatably a sharper tool when assessed just on performance.

The Golf R clearly wins the contest as it accomplishes the twin tasks of the routine driving and performance oriented car. Undoubtedly, its far more comfortable car in city traffic and its much simpler to extort (its significant) performance.

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Buying that Ideal Small Car for the City Ride

Today, the market offers a huge range of makes and models for the small car buyer segment. Never before the buyer had so many options to choose from when purchasing a small car for effortless city ride. There exists a tough competition between various car makers targeting buyers of the small car segment that falls under $15000 range.

We bring to you the real scenario that exists for the ideal small car purchase that’s researched by drive.com.au. This bit of information will help you to choose the ideal small car that’s perfect for your daily use.

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First of all, we will take a peep over the all new Micra that come straight from the stable of Nissan.

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The Micra range has gone through a redesign and now all its versions are equipped with 1.2-litre 3-cylinder engine. In the test, the base model of Micra was tested, which sells around $12,000 for the manual. All versions of Micra arrives with a 3 year or 100,000km warranty (whichever occurs earlier) and capped-price servicing for 6 years. The average servicing cost is comparable at $292, but the intervals are more recurrent at the completion of every 10,000km or 6 months.

Nissan MicraThe Micra’s engine is convincingly fine, delivering 56kW of power and 100Nm of torque, but it’s somewhat noisy, especially when integrated with 4-speed automatic transmission (which is optional comes at $1500 extra). Yet, the power delivery is pretty quick and agile regardless of its inclination to rev out. Buyers who prefer fuel economy need to double think as a Nissan Micra claims fuel intake of 5.9 litres per 100km for the manual transmission and 6.5 litres per 100km for the auto transmission, which is rather high when compared to other makes in its segment.

Compared to the Mirage and Up, Micra does not steer up to the expectation with slow reactions at elevated speeds; however, it gives a nice turning circle for inside city maneuvers. The suspension can shake up on sharp bumps; however, it does a good job with bigger bumps. Nonetheless, the intensity of road noise hindrance is annoying.

Interior of Micra is having decent space in the front and rear seats and both front and rear seats are quite comfortable; however, it’s little jamming in the rear when three persons sit together. It has a decent boot space with 251 litres. The front-seat occupants get decent door pockets and cup-holders but for the rear seat occupants, the storage facility is not adequate and the plastics are strong but scratchy.

The one annoying thing was the Bluetooth phone connection controls are located towards the driver’s right knee. The other thing is that it doesn’t have a USB input (auxiliary only) and Bluetooth audio streaming facility.

The next small car in the range is Suzuki’s Alto. Let’s have a quick review of its test details to understand if Suzuki’s small car is ideal for the city ride.

Suzuki Alto

Compared to all other models tested here by drive.com.au, Suzuki’s Alto looks incredibly compact and small and it certainly has a pretty competitive price tag to offer. It can be obtained around $11000 drive-away for the 2012 models, and an extra $1500 for the 4-speed.

The ownership price tag looks quite tempting; however, Suzuki doesn’t provide capped-price Suzuki Altoservicing. The servicing intervals occur yearly or after every 15,000kms. Drive reached out various potential dealers across Australia to get a suggestive average cost per service and it is pretty high compared to other makes in its rage at $414 yearly spread across a period of 6 years. Undoubtedly, Alto is the compact car having the smallest exteriors, which also converts into the interiors; the back seat can only accommodate two occupants and has lesser head and leg space.

Alto offers little storage facility inside the cabin space with modest door pockets and tiny cup-holders, and the boot space is just 115 litres, which is very less when compared to all its competitors in the same category.

Suzuki Alto is equipped with 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder engine that renders 50kW of power and 90Nm of torque. Nevertheless, it offers a stunning fuel economy of around 4.5 litres per 100 km for the manual mode and 5.2 litres per 100 km for the auto mode, but it demands premium fuel.
The lower torque that it delivers makes the extra weight felt while climbing hills and its 5-speed manual shift action is smooth and graceful. At elevated speed levels, it can jump over bumps, yet it offers effortless drivability inside the city, which is commendable. Compared to other cars in the same segment, it has a bulky steering wheel; however, it provides a pleasant direct action and feels good in driver’s hands.

The next small car in the line is Volkswagen’s Up. Let us examine the test details obtained for Up to find out if it could be the perfect small car for the city ride.

Volkswagen Up

If you want to take pleasure in your driving than mere driving the car, then certainly Volkswagen Up is perfect for you. The Up has the perfect steering that is direct and swift, it maintains a flat line through corners, and the ride is balanced and steady.

Volkswagen UpThe Volkswagen Up is equipped with 1.0-litre 3-pot engine that offers linear power delivery. Certainly, Volkswagen’s Up is the fastest car available here, and the fuel intake is respectable that stands at 4.9 litres per 100 km, but it demands premium unleaded fuel. Volkswagen Up delivers a decent 55kW of power and 95Nm of torque, but it renders lesser power than Mirage in the same segment and while test driving it, rarely had to shift the gears to continue driving. The manual shift action is graceful and smooth and the clutch is light and pleasant.

The negative point it has is you can’t fit an automatic gearbox which you can in other cars in the same small car segment. The Volkswagen Up price range start around $13000 on road for its 2012 models for a 3-door version without bells or whistles.

What’s notable is the 3 year/ unlimited km warranty and capped price servicing at 15,000 km or every 12-month for a period of maximum 6 years or 90,000 km (average cost comes to $312 per each service).

Volkswagen Up disappoints you when it comes to rear-seat protection as it doesn’t contain one as the Up comes only with dual front and front-side airbags. More still, it doesn’t have steering wheel audio controls nor USB input; the driver has electric controls only for their window and has to bend over to access the passenger’s whereas Bluetooth is an option.

In tight positions, the three big doors of the car make it extremely tough to get out, and the centre air vents are missing. The Volkswagen Up also has just 4 seats, but it has adequate boot space at 251 litres. Regardless of the negative points, the Volkswagen Up gives you graceful feel inside and offers excellent storage for both front and rear seat passengers.

Finally, we will review Mitsubishi Mirage and see if it fits in nicely as a small car ideal for the city ride.

Mitsubishi Mirage

The Mitsubishi Mirage starts around $12,990 drive-away price, and it gets a big applause for its standard fitments that consist of 6 airbags (dual front, front side and full-length curtain), Bluetooth phone and audio streaming with voice control, USB and auxiliary inputs, and a leather steering wheel with audio controls.

Among all the other cars tested in the segment, the Mitsubishi Mirage has got the longest warranty period which is 5 years/ 130,000 km and capped-price servicing for 4 years at every 15000 km or yearly intervals, the average servicing cost comes to $250.

The Mitsubishi Mirage is equipped with a 1.2-litre 3-cylinder engine that delivers stunning 57kW of Mitsubishi Miragepower and 100Nm of torque. It is to be noted that the power it renders is the greatest than in any other cars in the segment tested, and as the Mirage is the lightest vehicle, it offers you a very lively feel on the road. Moreover, the fuel consumption is economical at 4.6 litres per 100 km for cheaper models.

You get the choice of inserting a 5-speed manual or a CVT automatic gearbox, which comes at an additional $2500. CVT automatic gearbox is an expensive option but works smoothly and on the contrary, the manual is a bit bothersome while shifting the gears.

The ride is soft over smaller bumps though it may not be the sharpest thing to drive. Over sharper edges, it might dash, and you will feel some suspension noise and tyre noise yet it’s pretty tranquil than some other cars in its segment. The steering responds rather slowly at higher speeds, but in the city, its pretty good, with a tiny turning circle that makes it easy to alter direction and park.

The Mirage has adequate front storage space for the driver and the other front occupant; however, there’s no enclosed storage in the centre and also no rear-seat stowage and the uncovered screws are minus points that reduce the spirit. It has comfortable front seats and rear seats are flat which can easily accommodate three persons comfortably compared to other small cars in the segment. The boot space is reasonably spacious at 235 litres, which is little less than some of its competitors.

Conclusion

Mitsubishi Mirage certainly fares well when compared to its competitors in the small car segment. Certainly it’s not the most tempting to drive but it is equipped with vital features and comfort for your convenience and ticks the very crucial boxes that are safety, standard fitments and pricing.

Next comes the Volkswagen’s Up which should be appreciated for making available high-tech safety gear to the city’s small car segment; however, there are no airbags for the rear occupants is frustrating and also it doesn’t have some vital standard features.

The Nissan Micra follows next as it misses some of the creature comforts that makes for a comfortable ride and it is fitted with a hungry engine when compared to other small cars in the segment.

The Suzuki Alto being economically priced is also the smallest car when compared to other small cars in the segment and the fact that its engine struggles when climbing hills makes it as the last preferred choice.

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Get a Glimpse of New Volkswagen Tiguan 118TSI

The Volkswagen Tiguan has acquired a new look for its fascia, to add it into line with the most recent Volkswagen horizontal theme. A theme which you can find on VW models beginning from the Polo through the Amarok utility vehicle. The standard entry level Volkswagen Tiguan 118TSI begins at a modest $28490 and offers an array of standard equipment such as roof rails, alloy wheels, cruise control, rear fog lamps, Bluetooth telephone and audio streaming, auxiliary and USB audio inputs, media devise interface (MDI), and leather covered steering wheel and gear lever.

Design

There has been a substantial modification to the frontal fascia – the new Tiguan has acquired tail designlights, having a horizontal appearance and connect in smartly with the modified front end. The new interiors contain a restyled steering wheel and new seat trims. There’s ample of leg and head room in both front and back seats with space in the rear for seating 3 adults comfortably. Storage space in the rear is a handsome 395 litres, which can be increased up to 1510 litres wherein the rear seat backs are kept in the folded state.

Technology

technologyThe new entry level Tiguan 118TSI is equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox, and a 1.4 litre Twin charger petrol engine with Volkswagen’s Blue-Motion technology to offer fuel economy along with thrilling performance. Undoubtedly, the majority of the buyers will be pleased with the economy-variant of the new Tiguan.

 

Driving

You will just love driving the new Tiguan, as you get an amazing control over the tall vehicle that has a pretty good ground clearance and Tiguan can be driven through the corners at reasonable speeds without an extra body roll. All in all, handling is incredibly reliable. On smooth to moderate roads, noise and vibration reduction is excellent.

Safety

safetyAll Tiguan models come with standard crash prevention features that include auto-hold parking brake, ABS brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution along with electronic stability and traction control. 6 airbags will facilitate in reducing the impact and lower injuries, should an unexpected accident occur.

 

Volkswagen Tiguan series truly exhibits the German maker having an array that will really attract a variety of buyers and budgets.

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Taking a Close Look at 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The much esteemed Grand Cherokee range is quickly recording added success in the Jeep range. Since the entrance of the new generation in 2011, sales of the Grand Cherokee have increased by 3.5 times with Jeep dealerships in Australia moving upwards from a modest 51 to 100 plus.

The most recent iteration brought in an 8-speed automatic transmission all over the range, slight style enhancements, improved interiors and the initiation of a 4×2 version of the Laredo model.

Engines / Transmissions

In Laredo, the standard 3.6L Pentastar V6 with VVT with 8-speed automatic transmission delivers nmgnew_N86959_1210kW of power and 347Nm of torque. The Limited and Overland models deliver a striking 184kW of power and 570Nm of torque with the optional 3.0L CRD turbo diesel with 8-speed automatic transmission. Additionally, Limited and Overland come with the optional 5.7L HEMI V8 with MDS and VVT with 8-speed automatic transmission that renders 259kW of power and 520Nm of torque. Finally, the high-performing SRT is powered by a 6.4-litre Hemi V8 engine – It’s startlingly powerful, competent enough to generate breathtaking 344kW of power and 624Nm of torque.

The Drive

The driver can select a mode suited to sand, snow, mud or rock as the vehicle is amazingly loaded with a list of 4×4 systems such as quadra-trac, quadra-drive, selec-trac, and quadra-lift among others. The optional quadra-lift air suspension features 5 height settings for getting the best possible ride performance (This is not available on Laredo 4×2; quadra-lift is standard on Overland). All the models of the Grand Cherokee deliver a better fuel efficiency, speedy acceleration and smoother shifting because each of its engines is rightly equipped with a smooth ZF 8-speed automatic transmission.

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It is equipped with awesome features like the forward collision warning with crash mitigation (Overland has this feature as standard) that makes use of the radar sensors that identifies when your vehicle may be approaching another vehicle too speedily, and alerts you with an audible bell like sound. The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is well equipped with up to 60 safety and security features that also includes side curtain airbags. The new Park-view back up camera with park-sense rear park assist system exhibits a rear view video image with dynamic distance grid lines when in reverse (Dynamic grid lines are not available on Laredo).

Features and Price

The Grand Cherokee range is rightly intended to appeal to a lot of probable customers. The tempting high-spec Laredo 4×2 V6 is accessible at the drive away price of $45000. Laredo is also available as a 4WD, which is followed by the Limited version that starts from $51,000, and then comes the higher range model Overland that begins from $66,000 and the awe inspiring feature-packed SRT8 accessible at $77,000.

The new Grand Cherokee gets stunning visual modifications for its exteriors that include new bumpers and a redesigned tailgate, slim high-density bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights. Additionally, it gets a new steering wheel with audio, cruise and voice command buttons and paddle shifters along with new instrument clusters.

All models are endowed with customizable TFT displays and audio systems, which range from a nmgnew_N86959_76-speaker kit in the Laredo up to 9-speakers with sub-woofer and 506W amplifier in Limited and an optional kit for the SRT that uses 19 speakers and an 825W amplifier along with U-connect voice command with Bluetooth. Zealous!

The high end luxury model, the SRT comes with superior Nappa seats, Overland is equipped with Nappa leather seats, Limited comes with leather seats, and the Laredo is equipped with excellent cloth seats. On all the models, hill start assist remains standard as well as the 7 airbags, a full suite of electronic driver aids, and auto-on headlights also come as standard accessories.

On the whole, 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokees are an exciting range that’s graceful, stylish and smartly engineered; this vehicle class truly has remarkable street credibility and delivers spectacular performance.

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The Complete Guide to the Perfect Student Car

What are the car preferences of the younger generation today? What kind of cars will be liked by college goers? Interested to know more about the perfect student car that’s in current trend and also affordable to drive and maintain. Just read on.

Volkswagen Golf

If you are looking to get hold of an authentic German automotive engineering that renders genuine volkswagen-golfEuropean performance and handling, the Volkswagen Golf is one that’s affordable and in the small car range category, which is cheaper to own. The starting model 90TSI is equipped with a 1.4-liter TSI with Blue Motion Technology petrol engine, a 6-speed manual delivers a terrific 90kW of maximum power at 5000-6000rpm and 200Nm of maximum torque at 1400-4000rpm. It renders a combined fuel efficiency of 5.7 litres per 100km (source: caradvice.com.au). If you want to buy an ideal used small car, Volkswagen Golf will serve the purpose well and is value for money.

Mini Cooper

mini-cooperThe Mini Cooper is equipped with crisp, go-cart like handling that makes even the dullest task – a driving adventure and pleasure. It’s equipped with a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder turbo petrol engine, a 6-speed manual transmission (or you can get the optional 6-speed automatic transmission) that generates 100kW of power and 220Nm of torque. It gains a combined fuel economy of 4.7 litres per 100km for manual and 4.9 litres per 100km for automatic (source: caradvice.com.au). College goers typically desire to gain fun and thrill, and Mini Cooper fulfills that exactly. The Cooper facilitates easy drive and entertains all through the ride; it’s both useful and indulging.

Honda Insight

The Honda Insight is slightly expensive to own, but it will help save the overall running costs to a honda-insightgreat extend as it delivers an incredible combined fuel efficiency of 4.3 litres per 100km (source: caradvice.com.au). It’s equipped with 1.3-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine that delivers 76kW of power at 5800rpm and 167Nm of torque at 1000rpm. It teams up with an electric motor/generator to power the front wheels through a gearless CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) automatic transmission. At highway speeds, the engine has the capability to close down; pick cylinders when not required for delivering better fuel efficiency. It holds specific techno-geek appeal and aerodynamic ultra modern styling.

Ford Focus

ford-focusThe Ford has rightly made optimum use of the latest advances in technology by equipping the Focus with active park assist, active city stop, adaptive cruise control, hill launch assist and SYNC, everything designed to give you total control over the vehicle. The drive quality that Ford Focus offers along with the additional technological edge will keep the students very much engaged. The Focus is stunningly designed small car that appeals to the college goers right away. The Focus is equipped with all the right things that students desire.

The base Focus Ambiente would be the perfect small car of choice for the college goers. It’s equipped with Duratec 1.6-Litre Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT) Sigma petrol engine, a 5-Speed manual transmission (or an optional 6-Speed Power-Shift automatic transmission that can be factory fitted per order) delivers startling 92kW of power at 6300rpm and 159Nm of torque at 4000rpm. Combined fuel consumption is around 6.2 litres per 100km for manual transmission and 6.5 litres per 100km for auto transmission (source: ford.com.au). That’s decent mileage for a small car that’s having amazing advanced technological features. Furthermore, Ford’s Focus has gained a 5 star ANCAP safety rating and is rightly loaded with adequate safety features. Thinking to buy a used small car, the Focus would fit the bill perfectly as it offers true value for the money.

All the above discussed cars rightly fall into the category of compact small cars that will be loved by students, especially college goers.

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