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The Mercury Cars Guide : April 25th 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Volvo SUV a safe bet T HE safest new car in Australianshowroomsis a Volvo, and that’s offi- cial. The Swedish company’s smart new SUV, the XC60, is best of the best in a new ranking of the five- star winners in the Australian New-Car Assessment Program. It beat out a pair of compact Mercedes-Benzes in a special Carsguide investigation, which also revealed that the Mitsubishi Express van is the worst crash- test performer in Australia. Also at the bottom end are the Indian-made Mahindra Pik-Up ute and the Hyundai Elantra from Korea. ANCAP only officially rates its cars with its star system, from one to five, but drilling deeper into the results shows the differences be- tween cars with the same overall ranking. So the XC60, priced from $64,950, scores 36.53 from a possi- ble 37, based on its front and side crash-test results, as well as seat- belt warnings. It also has, like all five-star contenders since the start of this year, ESP stability control. There are several dozen five- star cars in Australia, from the Alfa 149 and Audi A4 to Volvo’s hulking XC90 SUV, but the Mer- cedes C-Class ranks second with 36.15, ahead of the A-Class on 35.96. In contrast, the Express van only manages a miserable 8.49. TheMahindracomes in at 16.49, while the Elantra, the worst of the passenger cars but followed close- ly by several other Koreans from the same stable, manages just 19.81. ‘‘The bar has really risen to five SAFEST: The Volvo XC60 is the best of the best. stars, and the gap between the star ratings is big. There is a gulf,’’ said Michael Case, chief engineer of the RACV. ‘‘Why buy a car at one or two stars and risk your safety? But any vehicle with less than four stars is to be avoided unless you don’t have any other choice. ‘‘Anything less than four stars is unsatisfactory when there is so much choice.’’ BEST 1 Volvo XC60, from $64,950 2 Mercedes-Benz C-Class,from$57,090 3Mercedes-BenzA-Class,from$35,500 WORST 1 Mitsubishi Express, from $23,990 2 Mahindra Pik-Up, from $19,990 3 Hyundai Elantra, from $19,990 PAUL GOVER CRUNCH: A Volvo XC60 wagon is crash-tested. CARSguide —9 FREE 3 YEAR WARRANTY WEEKEND SPECIALS THESE 8 ADVERTISED VEHICLES ONL 2005, 5 spd man, sporty spoiler and new alloys, air cond, airbag, p/steer, remote keyless entry/immob, 3 yr warr. Just $ Dec 2000, luxury Motoring, all electrics, beautiful velour seats, CD, a/cond, pwr wind, keyless entry, immob, 3 yr warr. fuel effi cient 5 spd man, 2 airbags, c/ lock, amazing kms for yr approx 50,300 kms. a/cond. Perfect 1st car. 3 yr warr 2005 brilliant red duco, 5spd man, all electrics, a/cond, airbags x2, alloys, immob, keyless entry, 3 yr warr. Just $ Just $ Just $ impressive 3.5L auto, airbags x4, cruise ctrl, a/cond, keyless entry, immob, 75,000 kms. 3 yr warr. Seats 7. Terrifi c family wagon. Auto, a/cond, pwr wind, p/s, fog lights, keyless entry. Tinted windows completes the package. 3 yr warr. Just $ Loads of features. Just $ 5 speed man, airbags x2, CD player, approx 108,000 kms, absolute GEM. 3 yr warr. Just $ beautiful kashmir duco - responsive V6 auto, a/cond, p/steer, Perfect family Motoring. 3 yr warr. Just $ Y SPORTY LANCER SEDAN HYUNDAI GRANDEUR 2001 FORD KA HATCH KIA CERATO EX SEDAN 2005 MAGNA SEDAN 2002 KIA CARNIVAL 1999 MITSUBISHI MIRAGE 2001 MAGNA SEDAN 11,990 8,490 6,990 9,990 11,990 12,990 6,990 7490 COME VISIT US SOON WE’RE OPEN ALL WEEKEND TRADE-INS WELCOME www.autorent.com.au Cnr Harrington & Bathurst Sts, Hobart Ph: 6237 1199 Prices don’t include 3% stamp duty. Vehicle pics for illustration purposes only 2033293-17
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