by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
The Mercury Cars Guide : March 21st 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au another round of Golf New generation par for the course from Ford and Holden to Peugeot and Renault and all the rest look to cash-inonglobal downsizinganda green movement which is provid- ing a lot of power for compact cars. Volkswagen also knows it must work harder in Australia because of the classy competition—partic- ularly the Focus, Mitsubishi Lancer and upcoming Mazda3 — which are clustered much closer to the $20,000 price point than it can manage. It is using the smoother new body, the powerplant choices, and an Audi-style emphasis on cabin quality to do the job. There are six models in the new Golf range, with a choice of three engines and three transmissions. The $25,990 starter car comes with a 90-kW turbo petrol engine and a six-speed manual gearbox while the $35,690 hero is a 103-kW turbodiesel with a six-speed DSG manu-matic gearbox. The one in the middle is the 118-kW contender with the same engine package as theGTfrom the previous model, using a combina- tion of supercharger and turbo- charger on the same basic 1.4-litre engine as the base car. At the bottom, the trim level is called Trendline and this jumps to Comfortline once you pass the $30,000 threshold. But Volkswagen is following BMWwith its optional equipment, which includes everything from the metallic paint and a sunroof to parking radar, satnav with ‘‘Ex- cite’’ sound, and adaptive chassis control with switchable settings to match the driver’s mood. CARSguide —3 INSIDE VIEW Volkswagen Golf TDI Price:$45,160 Engine: 1.4-litre four-cylinder with superchargerand turbocharger Power: 118kW/5900revs Torque:240Nm/ 1750-4500revs Transmission: Seven-speed DSG,front-wheel drive Dimensions: Length4199mm, width1785mm,height1479mm, Wheelbase:2574mm,tracks 1540/1513mmfront/rear THE first time I drove the new Golf I was underwhelmed. ALL NEW: Good looks and performance mark the scorecard. But a word of warning — the Golf in It was in Iceland, of all places, and the car looked and felt far too much like the old Golf to justify an ‘‘all new’’ tag. It didn’t help that a lot of the major building blocks in the car, from the chassis to the roof panel, are carried over. At the time I was convinced the Golf six was really, in computer-speak, the Golf 5.1. But I used a fresh set of eyes when a Golf rolled into the garage for more than just the usual one-week evaluation. And I was able to get it onto familiar territory to test a lot of the subtle changes. the garage is a $45,160 car, not a $25,990 base model, thanks to the 118 TSI engine, DSG gearbox, Comfortline trim and a long run of extras including a sports package, parking radar, satnav, premium sound and an alarm. It’s not the car I would have chosen, but it is nice. Actually, it’s very very nice. But the price means it goes up against cars like the Honda Accord Euro when most buyers will shop it against Mazda3 and Focus and Lancer. Golf six looks a little cleaner and smoother and will fit right in at the trendy schools and coffee shops. The cabin feels a touch roomier and the improvements to plastics and switches and even the colour monitor lift it to a new level. It looks and feels like a premium compact. The super-turbo motor is a gem. No- one would know it is only a 1.4 because it kicks like a 2-litre when you ask the questions. It is also sipping at just 7 litres/100km, despite regular bursts of acceleration. The DSG gearbox is equally good, sliding through gears or responding quickly to a manual call for a downshift. It’s a great little car and, despite the Euro-style price premium, looks good and good value. It’s definitely a car to recommend to friends. PAUL GOVER SCOOP PURCHASE! 2008 Plate Cars - Amazing Value! Subaru Volvo Liberty 2.5i - 3 Only! Manual, sedan 2 $29,878* Save $5,635! (SN 044167, 894, 971) Forester X - 2 Only! Manual, wagon, 1 $28,964* Save $4,049! (SN 078997, 010476) S40 Sedan - 1 only! $35,830* Save $6,743! (Rego A12FA) (Demo) Colour white XC70 Diesel - 1 only! Many extras $56,978* Save $10,721! (Rego A26OA) (Demo) Performance Automobiles Cnr. Argyle & Burnett Streets Fiat Alfa Romeo Fiat 500s - 2 only! Pop, manual, 1.4Lt $22,988* Save $4,785! (SN 23581) Colour white Alfa Romeo 159 - 1 Only! $49,888* Save$13,981! (Rego FS2872) (Demo) www.performanceautomobiles.com.au New A/H: Adrian Millington 0438 062 259 Pre-Owned A/H: Mike Nebbs 0417 089 631 A Class $29,990* Save $5,945! (Rego: FP3862 FP3858 FP3855 FP3856) 3 Be Quick - 4 Only! A170, 5 door, ex company car, auto, heaps of extras, model year 08 Performance Automobiles has secured a small selection of 2008 Plate Vehicles at signifi cantly reduced prices. All vehicles reflect signifi cant savings on 2009 vehicles. As these are limited in quantity and factory supported, these prices cannot be repeated once the vehicles are sold. All prices include dealer delivery. Registration is included on all demonstrators. Steering: Power-assisted rack- and-pinion Suspension: FrontMacPherson struts, rear multi-link Fuel tank:55litres Fuel type:Premiumunleaded Fuel consumption: Averageon test 7.0 litres/100km Weight: 1330kg Brakes: Anti-skid four-wheel discs Safety gear: Front-side-head airbags,ESPstability control, anti-skid brakes Warranty: Three-year/ 100,000km 6210 7000 *Price excludes statutory charges. Offer excludes government buyers. To approved purchasers. Offer expires Friday 27-03-09. Pictures for illustrative purposes only. STRICTLY LIMITED OFFER!
March 14th 2009
March 28th 2009