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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 14th 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au CARSguide —3 arrives amid storm clouds You can also slide the leading edge back to create a sunroof. The top folds down onto the boot lid. It looks neater than before but there’s no room for it to disappear completely. The pair of rollover hoops in the old model, which blocked the rear view, have been replaced with a single pop-up bar which is a far neater affair. The rear window doesn’t have a wiper so on wet days or in snow you have to rely on your door mirrors. This Mini suffers the same fate as most convertibles in that rear-quarter visibility is still minimal thanks to the chunky de- sign of the soft top. The back seat looks purpose-built for kids, not adults, but Mini has done a good job in maximising luggage space, albeit you can only get a couple of small suitcases in there, but you can access the rear seat which splits and folds. Under the bonnet, the 1.6-litre four cylinder in the base Cooper model is good for 88kW and 160Nm of torque. It’s no rocket, but the Mini has impressive fuel consumption on its side. The Cooper S is a delightfully different beast and you can pick it from a distance because of the power bulge on the bonnet. It offers added spice with 128kW and 240Nm but uses more fuel. Acceleration off the line takes a claimed 7.4 seconds to get to 100km/h; the base Cooper does it in a leisurely 9.8 seconds. Fuel consumption is rated at 6.1l/100km in the Cooper and 7.2l/100km for the Cooper S but the FAST FACTS MINICabrio Howmuch:Expect theCooper to sell for just under$39,000 andtheSfor about $48,000. Onsale: April Underthe bonnet: Cooper: Four cylinder, 1.6 litre naturally aspirated,88kWat6000rpm; 160Nmat 4250.CO2:145g/km; CooperS171g/km.CooperS: 1.6-litre twin scroll turbocharged,128kWat 5500rpm;240Nmat 1600rpm. Howfast: Cooper,0-100km/h 9.8 seconds (manual), 11.1s (auto).CooperS7.4s (manual), 7.7s (automatic). Fuel consumption: Cooper, 6.1/l100km;CooperS, 7.2l/100km.Astested (Cooper S):9l/100kmto 11l/100km dependingonroad conditions. best we could do was 9l.100km on icy roads. We only drove the Cooper S version which showed little evidence that the extra 100kg the electric soft top adds hampered performance. It may be a different story in the non- turbo version. Nor did we see any evidence of scuttle shake which the previous model suffered from. PACKING A PUNCH: BMW has done a good job in maximising luggage space in the Mini Cabrio. The Cooper Ss ride remains firm to the point of being uncomfortable, especially on broken surfaces, thanks to its larger wheels, run-flat rubber and sporty suspension set up. But it makes up for the hard ride with its reassuring gripandbalanced handling, especially in tight twisty roads where there are constant changes of direction. Cabrio pricing is expected to rise between 3 and 5 per cent over the outgoing model, which would posi- tion the Cooper at just under $39,000 and the Cooper S at under $48,000. The Cabrio has all the traditional Mini DNA: sharp steering, poise and from the turbo, plenty of punch. Our drive in Austria proved this week, there’s nothing chilling or numbing about the Mini’s appeal. For: Retains Mini’sDNAof pin- point steering, throaty engine, andstyling looks better with the roof down. Against: Poor rear visibility, small boot, minimal rear cabin space, hard to read instruments. Verdict: InCooperSform,you can have fun in thesegloomy times. At Performance Automobiles we say ‘yes we can’ more often! Visit www.performanceautomobiles.com.au for our specials! The exhilirating Impreza! with FREE ALLOYS! 2009 Impreza R from $22,990 $93# from GRAND OPENING SPECIALS! per week Travel in comfort & style! with LUXURY PACK INCLUDED! Class leading safety! with FREE ALLOYS! Make an impression! with LUXURY PACK INCLUDED! 2009 Liberty 2.5i from $29,990 from $119# Style and luxury! with FREE FAMILY PACK! per week 2009 Outback 2.5i from $34,990 from $138# per week 2009 Forester X from $29,990 from $119# per week Performance Subaru Cnr. Argyle & Burnett Streets www.performanceautomobiles.com.au Peter Latham Sam Allwright Adrian Millington 2009 Tribeca from $49,990 from$209# # Plus $1,950 Dealer Delivery, Government & Statutory charges as applicable. All repayments are based on a 5 year term with a fi xed interest rate of 8.55% and a 30% balloon payment for commercial applicants. Offer excludes government buyers. * To approved purchasers. Offer expires 17/2/2009. FINANCE ON ALL VEHICLES AVAILABLE NOW!* New A/H: Adrian Millington 0438 062 259 Pre-Owned A/H: Mike Nebbs 0417 089 631 6210 7000 per week
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