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The Mercury Cars Guide : April 10th 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010 Classifieds 62 300 400 carsguide.com.au ---3 to popular demand ROOMY: There is a reasonable amount of luggage space. GUTSY: The upright styling of all-wheel drive X1 allows for a degree of enthusiastic driving not associated with many SUVs. more upright styling of the little SUV, allowing for a degree of enthusiastic driving not associated with many of the available SUVs. Steering and braking are as you would expect from a BMW --- sharp and repeatable. Ranging from 1575kg up to just over 1600kg (the rear-wheel drive models will trim 85kg from this), the X1 is not a particularly heavy car and that shows in its lithe handling. All of the launch cars were fitted with the optional 18-inch alloys and lower-profile run-flat tyres and suf- fered from a harshness of ride on broken surfaces that may not have been the case on the standard 17-inch rims and less-aggressive 50-profile rubber. The launch cars were also all fitted with the trick Performance Control software (a $400 option), which mir- rors the system from the far more expensive X6, where cornering ability and stability is enhanced by the gentle braking of the inside rear wheel, while drive is increased to the outside wheel. It would appear to be an infinitely better investment than a set of the larger rims. Space in the cabin is excellent, with generous room for the front-seat passengers and perfectly adequate accommodations for the rear-seat passengers --- at least for two of them. BMW calls the X1 a ''genuine five- seater'', but in the manner of most modern cars the rear centre seat is for children, or as a short-term solution for a small adult. For a small wagon, luggage space is reasonable, with between 420 litres and 1350 litres available, depending on the configuration of the 20:40:20 foldable rear seats. The ability to adjust the rake of the rear seats from a comfortable incline to ramrod straight is also useful in helping accommodate a load of boxes or packages without giving up seating capacity. The twin diesels are not new to Australia, the 20d is a fixture in the 1, 3 and 5 Series, while the spanking 23d twin-turbo has been introduced in the 1 and 3 Series models. Both are excellent powerplants with very differ- ent characteristics. For the 23d, the story is performance and aggressive punch with its 400Nm of urge arriving in a relatively narrow --- for a turbo diesel --- band from 2000 to 2250rpm. There is a good degree of that maximum torque available much earlier in the rev range, but to get maximum effect the automatic gear- ing concentrates on the narrow band, giving the engine a pleasant peaky character, while maintaining a fuel economy of 6.3l/100km. The single-screw version of the two- litre diesel has a much wider delivery span for its peak 350Nm --- 1750-3000rpm --- which displays a more relaxed athletic ability and an impressive fuel economy of 5.8l/100km. small torque BMW X1 Price: from $43,500 to $59,280 Engine (available at launch): 2L/4-cylinder 130kW/350Nm turbodiesel (xDrive20d), 2L/4-cylinder twin-turbo diesel, 150kW/400Nm (xDrive23d) Transmission: 6-speed auto (20d, 23d), 6-speed manual (20d) Economy: 5.8L/100km (20d), 6.3L/100km (23d) Rivals Subaru Forester XT Premium (from $44,990) Honda CR-V Luxury (from $42,790) VW Tiguan 103 TDi (from $36,690) FORESTER X FROM $33,990 DRIVE AWAY2 OUR STANDARD FEATURES: > Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive > Horizontally-opposed Boxer engine > Five-star ANCAP occupant safety > Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and VDC PLUS FOR A LIMITED TIME: > Registration is included > Stamp Duty is included > CTP Insurance is included DEMONSTRATOR SALE ON NOW3 MORE FEATURES MORE VALUE MORE 4 YOU OUR STANDARD FEATURES: > Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive > Horizontally-opposed Boxer engine > Five-star ANCAP occupant safety > Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and VDC > Dual zone climate control > Leather trim > Sat nav system -- in-dash > Front power seats - heated > 6-stack CD player (MP3 & WMA compatible) > Rear DVD entertainment system > Sunroof... PLUS MORE! TRIBECA $58,990RRP4 DRIVEAWAY IMPREZA R NOW $23,990RRP1 DRIVEAWAY Rec. retail price for manual hatch or sedan.Automatic available at extra cost. Factory bonuses available on all non-turbo models. See your retailer for details. OUR STANDARD FEATURES: > Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive > Horizontally-opposed Boxer engine > Five-star ANCAP occupant safety > Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and VDC > 110kW power @ 6,400rpm > CD player (MP3 & WMA compatible) > SRS airbags - dual front, dual front side and curtain > Steering wheel cruise controls > Remote central locking > Power mirrors and windows > Air-conditioning > PLUS MORE! >LIBERTY >OUTBACK >LIBERTY EXIGA HURRY INTO YOUR LOCAL SUBARU RETAILER. STOCK IS LIMITED. VISIT PERFORMANCE AUTOMOBILES TO BOOK A TEST DRIVE OR SUBARU.COM.AU, ASK US HOW YOU CAN DRIVE IT YOUR WAY.© PERFORMANCE AUTOMOBILES CNR. ARGYLE & BURNETT STREETS www.performanceautomobiles.com.au A/H: Nick Clark 0419 503 683 6210 7000 All offers valid until 4pm, 10th April 2010 or while stocks last. 1. Price is the manufacturer s recommended all-inclusive retail price for manual transmission and may vary between retailers. Price is based on a private purchaser with a good drivingrecord and may be higher for other purchasers. 2. Offer excludes government buyers and Forester X Columbia special edition vehicles. Only valid for purchases of new or demonstrator Forester X. Offer is not redeemable for cash or any other consideration and not available in conjunction with any other offer. 3. Offer excludes government buyers. Vehicles may only be purchased from Authorised Subaru Retailers. 4. Price is the manufacturer s recommended all-inclusive retail price and may vary between retailers. THERE'S MORE TO LIFE THAN A VOLVO. THERE'S OUR SAVVY SELECTION SALE WHERE YOU CAN ENJOY OVER $9000 WORTH OF EXTRAS FOR ONLY $1,000* . THAT'S WHY YOU DRIVE THE STYLISH C30. HURRY WHILE STOCKS LAST THE LIMITED EDITION C30 INCLUDES OVER $9,000 WORTH OF VALUE FOR ONLY $1,000* • LEATHER SEATS • 17" ZAURAK DIAMOND CUT ALLOY WHEELS • REAR SPOILER• SPORTS SUSPENSION • BLUETOOTH® • REAR PARK ASSIST PERFORMANCE AUTOMOBILES CNR. ARGYLE & BURNETT STREETS www.performanceautomobiles.com.au Ph: 6210 7000 *Offer available until 4pm , 10th April 2010 on new Volvo C30 Limited Edition 2010 vehicles or while stocks last. open your mind. >> Coupe demonstrator (with full panoramic roof) opportunities from $21,990 drive away on Coupes. Offering extraordinary solutions to personal mobility, the smart is frugal on fuel yet big on functionality. All whilst maintaining exceptional safety credentials and not to mention its funky European design. Contact us at Performance Automobiles today on 6210 7000 to organise a test drive. Welcome to the smart class. >> Welcome to the smart class. smart - a brand of Daimler AG PERFORMANCE AUTOMOBILES, CNR. ARGYLE & BURNETT ST. Ph: 6210 7000 www.performanceautomobiles.com.au WITH FREE ACCESSORY OFFER: > Garmin Nuvi 1350 widescreen portable SatNav unit > Bluetooth mobile phone kit > Roof cross bars > Rear step panel > Cargo tray > Headlamp protectors > Bonnet protector > Carpet mats > $200 Subaru genuine accessory voucher OUR STANDARD FEATURES: > Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive > Horizontally-opposed Boxer engine > Five-star ANCAP occupant safety > Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and VDC
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