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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 21st 2009
6— CARSguide Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, February 21, 2009 Coupe gets new twist Theterm‘‘coupe’’ isbecominglooser, writes MarkHinchliffe There is also active climate control on the front vented seats which is only available in the black leather trim. Volkswagen Group Australia managing director Jutta Dierks said, at the Passat CC launch in Mel- bourne this week, the car would provide them with ‘‘a chance for existing customers to upgrade and also to talk to new customers who have never talked to us’’. ‘‘The car is packed with new technology which is easy to use.’’ REFINED: The body shape of the VWPassat CC, right, is similar to the beautiful Mercedes-Benz four-door CLS coupe with a similar ‘‘untrendy’’ amount of front and rear overhang. ON THE ROAD Volkswagen allayed fears that the drive program would venture any- where near the fire-ravaged areas of Victoria. Instead, we headed northwest through tinder dry scenery un- scathed by the recent fire storm. The drive program was certainly no challenge for the proven driving dynamics of the Passat with a bunch of straight B-grade country roadsand freeways. However, it was enough to deter- there are many four-door models labelled coupes, such as Volkswa- gen’s new Passat CC (Comfort Coupe). T It arrives in two models: the 2-litre diesel front-wheel drive costs $54,990 and the 3.6-litre V6 FSI petrol with 4Motion all-wheel drive is $65,990. Both come with the deliciously fast and smooth six-speed DSG transmis- sion. The easiest way to distinguish them is by the wheels. The diesel has five-spoke alloys, while the V6 has 10-spoke wheels that look like turbo fans. Its body shape is similar to the beautiful Mercedes-Benz four-door CLS ‘‘coupe’’ with a similar ‘‘untren- dy’’ amount of front and rear over- hang that works. It features frameless windows, a subtle rear spoiler and a larger-than- normal VW emblem on the grille. Both come with a host of standard equipment that justifies the $8000-$9000 premium over the sedan. HERE was a time when a coupe was a two-door, two- plus-two seater with a close- cut body shape. But now Standard equipment includes au- tomatic three-stage dampers (Adap- tive Chassis Control), Bi-Xenon head- lights with dynamic and static cornering, dual-zone air condition- ing, electronic adjustable front seats, four heated leather seats, three-spoke leather steering wheel with paddle shifters, automatic hill hold, parking distance sensors front and rear, rain- sensing wipers, automatic boot lid opening and an acoustic windscreen which reduces noise by 2-4dB. Standard safety equipment in- volves eight airbags, ABS, brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribu- tion, anti-slip regulation and electro- nic stability control. Options include adaptive cruise control with front assist, the self- parking system available in the Tiguan, satellite navigation, rear- view camera, media interface for iPod and other MP3 and DVD play- ers, adaptive cruise control with front assist, and an electrically pow- ered Panoramic glass roof that can be pivoted 30mm. There are eight different exterior colours available and three leather trims. mine that the adaptive chassis con- trol worked quite well, distributing variable damping characteristics to each wheel independently. The comfort setting was ideal for the lumpy country roads. The sport setting didn’t get a look in with an absence of twisty tar on the program. The electro-mechanical steering felt a little numb, but still a precise tiller. Freeway stints helped demon- strate that while the acoustic film in the windscreen reduces high-speed buffeting, there is still a fair amount of wind noise from the frameless windows. The big 310mm discs on the TDI and 345mm discs on the V6 proved to be strong stoppers with a little too much initial bite, requiring deft application. The rear carpeted cargo area is flat, even though there is a full-sized spare under the floor. Despite the swooping roofline, rear adult passengers have ample head and leg room, although the centre console is too wide and prevents a passenger from ‘‘lounging’’ or sleep- ing across the seats. And access is much easier in a four-door coupe than a traditional two-door model. LASTCHANCE lexus.com.au Lexus of Hobart 267Argyle Street, Hobart Ph: 1800 631 298 After hour enquires please call Damian Mizzen on 0412 602 677 lexusofhobart.com.au *0% per annum is available to approved business applicants of Lexus Financial Services. Available on new 2008 RX 350, RX Sports Special Edition and RX 400h models. Maximum term 48 months. Minimum amount fi nanced $20,000. Conditions, fees and charges apply. Not available in conjunction with any other offer. Valid L1313 LEX06888/HM
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