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The Mercury Cars Guide : February 6th 2010
4--- Classifieds 62 300 400 carsguide.com.au Saturday, February 6, 2010 Good wheels for greys on the go ON THE GO: Choosing the right vehicle for your vacation needs is crucial. CarsGuide gets hundreds of phone calls, emails and letters each year from people looking for a car to retire with. The choice is huge, but Neil Dowling has some possibilities. L IFE --- human and automotive --- is unpredictable. When my 75-year-old father went looking for a car to retire with, he sought reliability, durability, comfort and a long warranty. He bought a Hyundai, thinking that with five years warranty it should ''see me out''. In fact, he saw it out. The Hyundai Lantra is still ultra-reliable in the hands of a mate of mine, while my now 84-year-old father has moved himself and my active mother into the latest Toyota Corolla. I would have expected my parents to drive a Mercedes-Benz in later life as a reward for their tenacity through economic depressions and wars. In fact, they chose economy in reverence to their working-class lives and have come out with only minor financial scars from their post- retirement car purchases. You can as well. Carsguide readers with retirement looming all want new cars. Most of them want a 4WD or something powerful to tow a caravan or boat because ''we're not dead yet''. The car doesn't have to be expensive, but if you are retired or just on the point of pulling the pin on a working career you want the fewest possible hassles. We'll start this week with 4WDs and SUVs. These are some choices. They clearly aren't all that is available, and personal choice will play its role. At the very least, these suggestions should get you thinking. 4WDs THIS is for the adventurer who actually wants to go off the beaten track. These have excellent towing ability, diesel-engine options (the better choice), a versatile cabin with seven seats that can be removed when not wanted, good safety levels and a comprehensive feature list. On the downside, they are big, less comfortable than a sedan, require more expensive servicing and repair (specially tyre replacement) and can be difficult for aged limbs to get in and out of. Toyota Prado Solid, high resale (and high initial purchase), great off the road and in the latest model, comfortable on the road. Engine: 127kW/410Nm 3-litre 4-cylinder turbo-diesel Transmission: 6-speed manual/5-speed auto/2-speed transfer Economy: 8.3L/100km Safety: 7 airbags, ESC, traction control Land Rover Discovery-4 Exceptionally competent and fitted out with excellent comfort. Fourth generation aims to rid Land Rover of quality bugs. Engine: 180kW/600Nm 3-litre V6 biturbo- diesel Transmission: 6-speed auto/2-speed transfer Economy: 9.3L/100km Safety: 8 airbags, ESC, traction control Mitsubishi Pajero Great all-rounder on and off road at an affordable price. Better cabin package than Prado. Engine: 147kW/441Nm 3.2-litre 4-cylinder turbo-diesel Transmission: 5-speed auto/2-speed transfer Economy: 8.4L/100km Safety: 2 airbags, ESC, traction control SUVs DON'T want to go to the Outback, but like the practicality of a tall wagon? The SUV usually has all-wheel drive, but less rugged construction and no low-range gearbox. Some are even only front-wheel drive, so you will save on purchase price and fuel consumption. Hyundai Santa Fe Practical, versatile and reliable with a long five- year warranty. A good all-rounder. Only available as a diesel and with all-wheel drive. Engine: 145kW/421Nm 2.1-litre 4-cylinder turbo-diesel Transmission: 5-speed manual/5-speed auto/AWD Economy: 6.7L/100km Safety: 6 airbags, ESC, traction control Peugeot 4007 Culturally diverse Peugeot made by Mitsubishi (it's basically an Outlander shell) in Japan with an aggressive grille and very desirable turbo- diesel engine and optional six-speed auto. Engine: 115kW/380Nm 2.2-litre 4-cylinder turbo-diesel Transmission: 6-speed manual/6-speed auto/AWD Economy: 7.0L/100km Safety: 7 airbags, ESC, traction control Subaru Outback diesel Long-awaited diesel expands Subaru's out-of- town ability in a very desirable package. New style isn't the prettiest, but is functional and roomy. Engine: 110kW/350Nm 2-litre 4-cylinder turbo-diesel Transmission: 6-speed manual/AWD Economy: 6.4L/100km Safety: 7 airbags, ESC, traction control 2009 & 2008 AUSTRALIA S BEST MID SIZE CAR UNDER $30,0001 2009 MOST ECONOMICAL SMALL CAR TO OWN AND RUN2 2009 WHEELS MAGAZINE GOLD STAR CAR3 >> 2.0 Petrol >> 7.2L /100km^ >> iPod & USB connectivity >> ESP Stability Control with Traction Control >> ABS with EBD >> Glovebox drinks cooler >> Full size spare s E FR $ 9 990A R E AWAY FR $20 990B R E AWAY 20 0 E A STRA A'S FA R TE T AR* FR $ 2 990 R E AWAY 2009 WHEELS MAGAZINE GOLD STAR CAR4 2009 MOST ECONOMICAL LIGHT CAR TO OWN AND RUN5 >> 6.1L / 100km^ >> Bluetooth >> Full size spare >> Immobiliser and alarm >> Remote keyless entry >> Air Con with pollen filter ET E Y RA E T 5 R F R ST $ 000 RE Conditions: All cars must be ordered and delivered between 1st and 28th February 2010. Offer valid at participating dealers on existing dealer stock while stocks last. Offers exclude fleet, rental and govt. buyers and vehicles used for commercial purposes. Hyundai reser ves the right to change, supersede or extend these offers. The 5 Year/ 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 i.e. courier, security and rental cars. 1. 2009 & 2008 Australia s Best Mid Size Car under $30,000 awarded by Australia s Best Cars to i30 SX . 2. Most Economical Small Car to Own and Run 2009 awarded by RACT to i30 petrol. 3. Wheels Magazine Gold Star Car - Small Car under $26,000 awarded to i30 SX CRDi. 4. Wheels Magazine Gold Star Car -- Light Car under $21,000 awarded to Getz SX. 5. 2009 RACT Operating Cost Sur vey for Getz 1.4 S. 6. Awarded to i30cw wagon CRDi by ECO Car magazine. *Source VFACTS January 2010. iPod is a registered trademark of Apple Computer Inc. , registered in the U.S. and other countries. Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc ^ADR 81/02 fuel consumption will vary depending on a combination of driving habits, road conditions and condition of vehicle. A) Campaign price for i30 SX hatch petrol manual. B) Campaign price for MY10 i30 2.0L SX manual. C) Campaign price for Getz 1.4, 3 door manual. D) Campaign price for i30cw wagon 2.0 SX manual. HMCA1085/HPC/HM hyundai.com.au/offers or call 1800 186 306 '09 E R T >> 6 airbags MOTORS PT Y LTD HOBART CNR COLLINS AND BARRACK ST HOBART 6230 7220 FR $22 990 R E AWAY >> 2.0 Petrol >> 7.3L /100km^ >> 1,395L of luggage space >> Roof rails >> Luggage net >> iPod & USB connectivity >> ESP Stability Control >> 6 Airbags w ha h wagon 2009 ECO CAR OF THE YEAR6
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