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The Mercury Cars Guide : May 29th 2010
12--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, May 29, 2010 small torque Skoda Superb Models: 118TSI, 125TDI and 191FSI Engines: 1.8-litre, 2.0-litre TDI, 3.6-litre V6 FSI all- wheel drive Prices: $40,990 118 TSI Ambition, $43,990 103TDI Ambition, $46,990 118 TSI Elegance, $49,990 125 TDI Elegance, $57,990 V6 Elegance Output: 118kW at 5000 revs/250Nm from 1500 revs (118TSI), 125kW at 4200 revs/350Nm from 1750 revs (125TDI), 191kW at 6000 revs/350Nm between 2500 and 5000 revs (3.6-litre V6) Transmission: Seven- speed DSG (118 TSI), six- speed DSG (125TDI and 191FSI V6). Fuel use, C02 emissions: 7.5 litres/100km, 173g/km (118TSI), 6.6 litres/100km, 175g/km (125TDI), 10.4 litres/100km, 242g/km (3.6-litre V6). Skoda wagons Czech all boxes ROOM TO MOVE: The Skoda Superb wagon, top left and right, represents good value and boasts a spacious boot, left, and sleek dash, right. FAMILIES with cham- pagne tastes but beer budgets can rejoice. Czech carmaker Skoda has opened up a new range of possibilities with its new Superb wagon. Skoda Australia boss Mat- thew Wiesner believes its $40,990 starter price could sway buyers away from some of the high-end Japanese wagons but also lure folk interested in premium Euro- pean wagons. Skoda believes the Superb wagon's rivals are broad- ranging, from the Holden Spor- twagon right up to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class wagon. Costing $2000 more than the equivalent sedan models, up to 60 per cent of Superb buyers are expected to opt for the well- equipped wagon. ''Value is one of our key strategies,'' Wiesner says. ''We're finally beyond the 'we're here' phase and can now build the brand with even more desirable products like the wagon.'' The wagon's two petrol and one diesel engine lineup is the same as the sedan and is shared with the VW Group. Like the sedan there are two models, Ambition and El- egance. Skoda expects most buyers to choose the $46,990 118 TSI four-cylinder Elegance, with fleets likely to go for the cheaper 118 TSI Ambition. The turbo charged 1.8-litre petrol engine in the 118 TSI is mated to a seven-speed DSG gearbox while the 2.0 TDI and range-topper V6 all-wheel drive opt for six-speed DSG geaboxes. The big wagon has family stamped all over it, from the commodious, well thought out luggage area to the roomy back seat. The wagon has a lot in common with the sedan but it gains a massive load area of 633 litres with the rear seats up and 1865 with the seats folded. The tailgate is also wide enough to accommodate bulky items and the car has a low loading sill, 600mm above the ground. ''I expect we will see a far higher number of female drivers so that's why it's so well equipped.'' Even the standard equip- ment list has been chosen with families in mind. VW's park assist parallel parking system, which auto- matically parks the car into a given space, is standard across the range. The Ambition gets nine airbags, 16-inch alloys, stability control, dual-zone cli- mate control, foglights, tyre pressure monitoring, heated rearview mirrors, rear park- ing sensors, eight-speaker CD stereo, heated front seats and rain sensing wipers. The Elegance ups the fare by adding satellite navigation, leather seats, electric front seats with memory, active Bi- Xenon headlights, 10-speaker premium CD stereo, alarm, heated front and rear seats and 17-inch alloys. The V6 gets these features as well as 18-inch alloys and more powerful brakes. At $57,990 the V6 all-wheel drive is out to tackle the Audi A4 quattro wagon and Volvo V70 T6 wagon. Other equipment candy in- cludes an optional $790 electric tailgate, magnetic rear luggage bay light that also works as a detachable torch, optional $370 extendable luggage floor and $140 automatic luggage cover release. The wagon's suspension is similar to the sedan --- which shares much with the Volk- swagen Passat --- but Skoda has made some modifications to cope with the extra weight and load-lugging character- istics. The rear axle housing is also attached to the body with anti- vibration dampers to isolate noise transmission into the cabin. driving WE were already won over by the sensible Superb sedan. Now the wagon, particularly the 2.0-litre turbo-diesel, is helping reshape the options for many families. Being from the VW Group means there is plenty of well thought out switchgear and the engines too are proven and well matched for the car. The ride, handling and steering all have that familiar VW touch to them, which is a good thing. The 3.6-litre V6, shared with the Passat, is punchy and the quad exhausts are a neat touch. The 2.0TDI would be our pick for long distances. It has a high level of refinement, is quiet and frugal yet has plenty of mid-range urge to keep things interesting. The wagon is clearly a key brand builder that is clearly going to prove to many people that the Czechs are no poor cousin to their German parent. NEIL McDONALD EXTENDED FACTORY WARRANTY to 5 years/200,000km on all utes and trucks‡ FALCON XR6 SEDAN DEMOS FROM $32,990 DRIVEAWAY† Price includes prestige colours Bluetooth with full iPod integration#~ Dynamic Stability Control 5 speed automatic Sports suspension †Limited offers available on new and demonstrator vehicles at Tilford. Private and ABN buyers only. Tilford and Ford Australia reserve the right to change or extend these offers. ^When fitted with a Genuine Ford heavy duty towpack and load levelling kit. Manual models only. Subject to State and Territory regulations. *Figures obtained from controlled tests using ADR81/02. Actual fuel consumption will depend on many factors including driving habits, prevailing conditions and your vehicle s equipment, condition and use. Focus LX manual 7.1L/100km. ~iPod is a trademark of Apple Inc. Connection cable sold separately. #Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG Inc., and is used under licence. Some phones not compatible. ‡Extended warranty based on a 3 year/100,000km Factory Warranty plus 2 year/100,000km myFord Extended New Vehicle Warranty. Extended warranty expires when vehicle reaches earlier of 200,000km or 5 years from date of first registration. DTA0407_HM FOCUS LX HATCH AUTO $23,990 DRIVEAWAY† Price includes prestige colours 4 speed automatic with Sequential Sports Shift Fuel ef cient 2.0L engine, 8.2L/100km* Dynamic Stability Control MP3/iPod connectivity~ OFFER EXTENDED RANGER 4X4 XLT CREW CAB PICK-UP $39,990 DRIVEAWAY† Price includes prestige colours Up to 3000kg towing capacity^ 3.0L Turbo Diesel engine 5 speed manual 4 airbags ABS FIESTA ZETEC 5 DOOR $21,990 DRIVEAWAY† Price includes prestige colours Bluetooth with Voice Control# Dynamic Stability Control Economical 1.6L engine, 6.1L/100km with manual transmission* TILFORD PTY LTD 6234 0200 HUGE SAVINGS ON DEMOS
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