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The Mercury Cars Guide : March 28th 2009
4— CARSguide Aesthetic excellence unaltered There are those who think the list stops withtwo or three brandswhen it comes to mid-size prestige cars. Stuart Martin goes fact finding UPDATE: Just a tweak here and there for the 2009 Alfa 159 Ti 2.4 JTD sedan. T HE Germans have a stranglehold on the market but for those who look for flair not com- pletely at the expense of function probably end up staring into the beautiful face of an Alfa Romeo 159. Such aesthetic excel- lence has not been altered for this year, but the model range has been tweaked and a new five-cylinder diesel offered. The upgrades beneath the skin include a 20mm- lower sports suspension tune that has endowed the 159 with nicer road man- ners — a sharper steering response without a shatter- ing of the ride quality was a welcome sensation dur- ing our time in the car. The Ti also comes to a halt in short order thanks to standard Brembo stop- pers. The new top-end diesel model is the JTD-m 2.4 Q-tronic Ti, which sits on 19in wheels that finally fill the guards of the 159 out the way they should be. It’s a little incongruous that the low-slung look is accompanied by the Ti badge, but once warm it’s less obviously a diesel powerplant. With 400Nm on offer—a competitive torque figure in thesegment—teamed to a six-speed auto, the Ti is swift once the turbo has spooled up and the pres- sure is on. The auto is not the slick- est or quickest six-speed transmission. It’s only the noise that isn’t perhaps up to par, perhaps a little more en- gine bay insulation might solve the problem. As is the case with most Alfas, the cabin is snug and rear leg and head-space is at a premium. The seating is comfort- able and supportive later- ally, moreso than it looks. The model update has also given the instrument panel and centre console an overhaul, although the deep-set nature of the gauges remains intact — some things just need not be changed. case with most Alfas, the cabin is snug and rear leg and head- space, is at a premium ‘ ’ BONUS$ As is the Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, March 28, 2009 small torque Alfa Romeo 159 JTD-m 2.4 Q-tronic Ti Price:From$62,990 Engine: 2.4-litreDOHC 20-valve five-cylinder, front- wheel-drive Transmission: Six-speed manualor automatic Power:154kW@4000rpm Torque:400Nm@ 2000rpm Performance:0-100km/h 8.4 seconds.Topspeed 224km/h(governed) Fuel consumption: 7litres/ 100km,tank 70litres Emissions:215g/km Suspension: Double wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bar (front); multi- link, coil springs, anti-roll bar (rear) Brakes: Four-wheel discs, front ventilated, with anti- lockandstability control systems Dimensions: Length 4660mm,width1828mm, height1422mm,wheelbase 2700mm,track fr/rr 1578/1555mm,cargo volume 405/770litres, weight 1650kg Wheels: 19in alloys 3 DAY SALE 500 GIFT CARD ON ALL NEW HYUNDAI’S SOLD* *INCLUDES DEMONSTRATOR AND SELECTED EXECUTIVE DRIVEN VEHICLES. EXCLUDES i30 RANGE. $ 12,990 DRIVE AWAY GETZ 9 NOW FROM OM M 90 AY UPGRADE TO 5 DOOR FOR $1000ˆ BONUS$500 GIFT CARD A ELANTRA $19,990 NOW FROM DRIVE AWAY BONUS $500 GIFT CARD TRA 90 M B TUCSON $22,990 NOW FROM C DRIVE AWAY BONUS $500 GIFT CARD THIS THURS, FRI & SAT ONLY! hyundai.com.au/offers or call 1800 186 306 MOTORS PTY LTD HOBART CNR COLLINS AND BARRACK ST HOBART 6230 7220 Conditions: All cars must be ordered between 26/3/09 and 28/03/09 and delivered by 31/3/09. Offer only at participating dealers. Offer valid on existing dealer stock. $500Myer Gift car valid on new car fl oor stock and can only be taken in lieu of further discounts. The dealer has the right to substitute the $500Myer gift car. See your dealer for full Myer Gift Card conditions. Offer valid whilst stock last and excludes government, fl eet and rental buyer and vehicles used for commercial purposes.Hyundai reserves the right to change, extend or supersede these offers. The unlimited kilometre warranty is only applicable to vehicles used for private and domestic use and is not applicable for vehicles used for certain high mileage commercial purposes ie: courier, security and rental cars. A) Recommended drive away price for Getz 1.4 S manual model.Metallic/ mica paint additional $320. B) Recommended Drive away price for Elantra SX manual model.Metallic/ mica paint additional $320. C) Recommended Drive away price for Tucson City SX manual model.Metallic/ mica paint $320. HYUN1691_HM
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