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The Mercury Cars Guide : March 20th 2010
18--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, March 20, 2010 Ford back on the wagon STYLISH: The Ford Mondeo wagon is a viable alternative to 4WD juggernauts. IN recent months there has been a good reason to put a wagon back on your shop- ping list. After years of being bare-basic transport, wagons fell out of favour when well-equipped crossover soft- roaders and big four-wheel drives flooded the market and became the preferred family transport. But some of the newer load- luggers are making a diligent comeback. As many people are realising, they are more fuel-efficient, just as roomy and less costly to run than some of those juggernaut off- roaders you see on the school run. Importantly they are also far more stylish, drive exceptionally well and are better equipped than they were years ago. The Ford Mondeo wagon is one example aiming for a slice of the mid-size wagon segment. The wagon joined the Mondeo lineup last year as part of a model upgrade and addition of the new up-spec Titanium. Equipment levels were im- proved and technology such as adaptive cruise control introduced on the range-topping Titanium and XR5, which also got bi-Xenon headlights. The Titanium model adds some bling but if you want a wagon you're restricted to the lower-level LX and Zetec. At $36,990 the Zetec wagon sits above the equivalent hatch and benefits from the recent tariff reduction. As the sportier model, the Zetec is well equipped with cruise con- trol, trip computer, 17-inch alloys, six-disk CD/MP3 audio, foglights, parking sensors and leather wrap- ped steering wheel. There is 542-litres of luggage space with the rear seats up. When the 60/40 split seatbacks are folded there is a class-leading 1733 litres. As with many Euro wagons, the designers have put a lot of effort into form as well as function. The luggage bay has plenty of shopping bag hooks, luggage tie- downs, three 12-volt outlets and a sturdy luggage cover. It misses out of the Japanese one- touch folding seatback levers found in the Mazda6 and Liberty wagon but gains Ford's capless filling system, voice-activated con- trols and follow-me-home lighting. Apart from the practical luggage space, there are also several nooks around the space-saver spare wheel to hide valuables. driving IT is not surprising that the Mondeo wagon is pure Europe and shares many of the quality attributes of the hatch. The cabin is up-market, has a quality look and feel and it will accommodate the needs of most families. Typically for a European car, the seats are initially firm but remain supportive and prove their worth over long distances. The switchgear is well-damped and has a durable look and feel. Like the hatch, both the LX and Zetec use Ford's 118kW 2.3-litre Duratec four-cylinder engine mated to a silky six-speed automatic. Unfortunately the Titanium and XR5 is not available in a wagon. Around town and on the highway the 2.3-litre Duratec four falls into the adequate rather than outstanding category. A bonus is six-speed auto, with ratios perfectly matched to the engine. Sports mode delivers a little more mumbo when you need it for press-on motoring. Despite the extra kilos, the four is reasonably economical. In a mix of city and spirited country driving we managed 8.8 litres/100km, bettering Ford's claimed 9.5l/100km. The payoff is that the wagon, like the hatch, is a very accomplished all-rounder. There are no obvious trade offs for succumbing to practicality. The steering is precise with plenty of feedback and grip levels are high. The ride is firm in that well- sorted European way but not too harsh as to upset occupants. This composure remains as the road deteriorates, the suspension soaking up corrugations and off- camber bumps without drama. Cabin noise is also well muted and dust sealing is excellent. It is very clear care has been taken at the design and engineering phases of the wagon to make sure it handles just as well as the hatch. Ford must surely worry that buyers looking at an old-school Falcon wagon could come out of the showroom in a Mondeo wagon. It ticks all the right boxes. It is contemporary, roomy, safe, comfortable and an accomplished drive. Probably the only real angst it is only available with the 2.3-litre four and misses out on the far stronger and impressive TDCi turbo-diesel and even the turbocharged XR5 engine. NEIL McDONALD new cars Motors Citroen THIS week, Motors Citroen has a special offer on a Citroen C4 Exclusive, powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged diesel engine with a six speed auto transmission. The HDI model, in Rouge Lucifer with black leather interior and Bluetooth, is $41,990 drive away. Standard features include a five star EuroNcap rating, six airbags, air conditioning, ABS brakes with EBD and EBA, as well as an Electronic Stability Program. The car is covered by a 3 year/ 100,000km warranty with three year roadside assistance, and will save over $4000 in March with free on road costs. Honda Central HONDA Central has available a new 2010 CR-V manual from $33,990 and the automatic from $36,390. In addition to plenty of storage, the vehicle has dual-zone climate control, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and adjustable steering. Prices include 12 months registration, third party insurance and stamp duty and dealer delivery. DJ Kia DJ KIA has a Cerato Koup manual for $25,750 drive away. With aggressive and sleek design, a powerful 2.0 litre engine offering 115kws and 194 Nm of torque, the Koup has a number of advanced safety features including six SRS airbags, ABS brakes with EBD, electronic stability program and traction control, as well as climate control, cruise control and 16'' alloy wheels. Performance Automobiles PERFORMANCE Automobiles is offering a demostration model Forester XT Prem Auto in Camillia Red with 17 inch alloys and 2.5 Turbo producing 169 kw. The vehicle is equipped with six airbags, all-wheel drive, ABS, EBD and VDC and a 5-Star ANCAP safety rating. Normally $52,535, the Subaru is offered at a special weekend price of $47,079. Co-Op CO-OP Motors is selling a brand new Corolla Ascent Manual Hatch for $21,990 drive away, a new Rav4 CV Manual Wagon for only $31,990 drive away and the new Yaris YR five-door manual hatch for the same price as a three-door, only $15,990 drive away. Motors Hyundai MOTORS Hyundai has a new model Hyundai Santa Fe R SLX demonstration vehicle. The 4WD and has seven seats to move family and friends. Under the bonnet is a 2.2 litre diesel and six-speed automatic. With a 5-Star safety rating the vehicle is finished in a Phantom Black Mica Paint and is backed by Hyunda's five-year unlimited kilometre warranty from date of first registration. The vehicle has traveled 4300 km and is priced at $42,990. Motor Cycles SUZUKI DRZ400E '07 only 230Ks, still like new, first to see will buy, $6,000. Phone 0400 664 088. 0 Suzuki JR50 2008 exc cond, Child outgrown, $1,250 ono. Ph 0447 410 585 1 Suzuki JR50 2006 Exc cond $1,150..0418179329. 0 SUZUKI RM85L, 2004 rebuilt top and bottom ends, Pro Circuit exhaust, race tech sus- pension. Mech A1. $2,600 ono Ph 0418 316 781 0 SUZUKI 07 DRZ 400E reg, immac cond, mostly commuter use, procircuit T4 exhaust, brand new battery, 7,000 klms, $5,800 ono. Must sell. Matt 0409 199 253 0 To Advertise Your Business Here Call 62 300 500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 2 TRAIL BIKES Stinger 50 .......... $500. Scrambler 150 ..... $1,500 Yamaha TTR 230 . . . $3,800 All Excellent condition ph 6249 9025 or 0421 499 715 0 TRIUMPH DAYTONA 955i 2001, exc cond, new tyres/ battery, Triumph sport pipe, 13,000ks, $7,300 ono. Ph 0438 255 211 or 6248 1446. 0YAMAHA FZR1000 1988 Good reliable bike $2,000 ono Ph 0447 060022 0YAMAHA FZ6, 2004 model, 10,000 klms, new tyre, excel- lent condition, with extras $7,200. Ph 0417 105 661. 0 YAMAHA KODIAK 2005 model, very low usage, top cond, 4 x 2, 400cc, $3,950. Phone 0419 550 534. tassiequadadventures.com.au 1 YAMAHA PEEWEE 50 good cond, goes well $850 Ph 0449 086 521 0YAMAHA R1 98 mod gd cond, $6,400. 0418 590013 1YAMAHA R1 2008 black/gold, 1350k's, books, keys, manuals, wrty. $14,750neg 0417577703 0YAMAHA Timber Wolf 250 cc, 4x2, $2,650. Kwaka KVF400, 4x2, $3,300. Honda 400 Forman, $3,900. Yam 350 Bruin 4x2, $3,950 Yamaha Raptor 660, $3,900. Yamaha Kodiak 2WD/4WD, alloy wheels, $4,350. Yamaha Rhino '08 mod, 700 cc, 2WD/4WD, $12,500. F Series Parts Tas Ph 6330 1449. 1Yamaha TY250A TRIALS VGC, matching numbers, $1,800. Ph 0429 899 426. 0 YAMAHA XT600 '94 Mech A1, good cond $1,500 ono. Ph 0417 204 008. 1 YAMAHA 82XS 250 Special, new tyres, reg 5/10, exc cond, goes well $900 ono Ph 0400 976600 0 YZF 250 '03 $3,200 ono May swap car, 0418 39 5066 0 Statewide Alignments, Balancing, all Mechanical work & Repairs including Trailers Mobile On-Site Service Phone Matthew 6423 1030 / 0408 503 433 116297-42 YAMAHA raptor 80, 2006, vgo, written offers to: One-Call Trucks Devonport Fax 6424 5020 Enquiries 0418 143 442 0 YZF450 2008 Little use, exc cond, $7,500. Ph 0439 849 646 1 ATTENTION! THERE MAY BE MORE LIST- INGS IN CARSGUIDE EXTRA. PLEASE REFER INDEX SATURDAY'S CLASSIFIEDS. 2003 RM 85 Big wheel, excel- lent cond, nothing to spend $3,500 ono. Ph 6261 1657. 0 Trucks, Commercial Vehicles CHEVY BLITZ winch, f/tray, goes well, $2,000. F/tray 15x8, steel frame, suit Isuzu $150. Ph 6263 4809. 0 FORD TRADER 1985 0509, 10 speed box, 14 ft tray, 150,000 klms, $6,500. Volvo F10 tandem drive, twin steer, tilt slide tray, 8.5 long deck, with twist locks, $55,000. 6330 1449 0 FORD TRADER/T4100 7T GVM, 180,000kms, vgc $7,300 ono Ph 0457 074516 0 HOBART 56 Crooked Billet Drive, Bridgewater. 6262 6200 2000 Mitsubishi Canter EW Crew Cab Low km, legal 7 seater, 6300kg GVM, front mount hoist tipper, fitted with tow bar and bull bar, ex-council vehicle. $28,000 Hino GD176 Fitted with a 6.6m long flat tray with removable racks, 157HP, 6 cyl. diesel, 6 speed trans., one owner. $10,000 Isuzu CXZ Tandem Cab Chassis 255hp, 6 cyl. turbo, 13 speed trans., tandem rear axles on 6 rod suspension, ideal farm truck. $20,000 16011dev Contact Mike Auckland 0408 954 781
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