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The Mercury Cars Guide : June 19th 2010
12--- Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, June 19, 2010 Chilly temperatures and the first flurries of frozen water only mean one thing --- the start of the snow season. With skiers and boarders brushing off their gear and planning to venture into snow country Carsguide has assembled our top 10 motoring snow companions. Neil McDonald reports SERIOUS: The Suzuki Grand Vitara has held the title as the country's best compact off-roader for two years in a row. Choose right ride to SUBARU OUTBACK 2.5i From: $37,990 EVEN though the smaller Forester gets the lion's share of sales there is a lot to commend the Outback. The design may be more American focused and not as sporty looking as the previous version but the package is typically Subaru and that means fuss-free motoring. The CVT auto is impressive and works well with the 2.5-litre four. The handling and comfort levels also appeal. Critics may cry that it's just a jacked-up Liberty wagon but the slightly higher ground clearance lets you go that little bit further. The added plus is the roomy boot. However, it does get marked down for having a spacesaver spare. Subaru quality Love it or hate it looks NISSAN DUALIS+2 Ti From: $36,890 DESIGNED to supplement the five-seater Dualis, the two extra seats provide more than just extra kiddie room. A 135mm longer-wheelbase than the five- seater opens up more space out back for luggage and passengers. Boot space grows to 550 litres with the seats up and 1520 litres with the second and third rows folded away. The middle seats split 40/20/40 and slide forward. If the normal Dualis is a guide the +2 should be just as welcoming and comfortable on the road. All-wheel drive provides some reassurance for tackling slippery snowy roads. However, the jury is still out on whether the 102kW/196Nm 2.0-litre four will be able to haul the bulkier seven-seater and a full compliment of passengers with any urgency. The same engine in the five-seater performance is adequate rather than outstanding. Versatility and styling Engine performance HYUNDAI ix35 AWD From: $31,990 THIS is a bit of a surprise package. The new looks and terrific performing 135kW/392Nm 2.0-litre diesel --- $3000 more than the 2.4-litre four --- will put this Hyundai on many people's shopping list. Carsguide expects many to be first-time Hyundai buyers and there is a lot going for it if you choose the all-wheel drive Elite or Highlander with the six-speed automatic. The steering and suspension still need work but the fitout, safety, quality and equipment list is comprehensive. Throw in hill start assist control, downhill brake control and full electronic all-wheel drive system on the Elite and Highlander and it presents a capable snow machine. Diesel performance Suspension and steering KIA SORENTO AWD From: $39,990 KIA'S new-generation overhaul of its once- competent off-road wagon sees major changes in looks, space and performance. Gone is a low-range gearbox and full-frame ladder chassis, making the Sorento more city friendly. The wagon now seats seven, AWD versions get only diesel engines and the ambience is softer, quieter and more refined. Although it doesn't go off the bitumen as well as its predecessor, it has sufficient driveline electronics to make most dirt and snow treks relatively painless. Most of all, the bigger cabin makes the journey more enjoyable. The great diesel engine is a new wave of powerplants for the Hyundai-Kia conglomerate. It is frugal, feisty and fuss-free. It's very hard to bypass value for money. Value and performance Not as adventurous as before LAND ROVER DISCOVERY 4 From: $68,490 IF the budget can stretch, the Disco 4 is the consummate snow car, particularly because the brand has alpine cache. If you happen to venture right off the snowy path it will go anywhere and do so in comfort. The latest Disco 4 gets a raft of significant equipment and technology updates. The entry 140kW/440Nm six-speed automatic 2.7-litre V6 TDI --- eventually destined to appear in the Ford Territory --- is fine but if you have the cash opt for the sequential twin-turbo 180kW/ 600Nm 3.0-litre V6, which starts around $81,990. Performance and economy are standouts. Inside it feels more upmarket. Equipment levels and the cabin finish now match the price. It is roomy, safe and seats seven. Among the toys are five digital cameras to give a 360-degree view outside the car, particularly useful for parking or towing. Go anywhere ability Land Rover reputation Tilford Trade Clearance Centre TONY: 0417 569 323 ROD: 0419 122 991 56b Gormanston Road Moonah Finance Available TAP 6273 8533 www.tilford.com.au FINANCIAL YEAR CLEAR OUT! HUGE SAVINGS - DON'T MISS OUT! Hobart's true & original Trade Clearance Centre Wholesale & Trade welcome MODEL 94 Peugeot 306 Hatch Man $2,250 $1,750 92 Nissan Pulsar Hatch Man $3,000 $2,400 96 Hyundai Lantra Sedan Man $3,500 $2,500 97 Daewoo Nubira Sedan Man $3,000 $2,500 91 Nissan Pulsar Q Hatch Man $3,500 $2,750 92 Subaru Liberty Sedan Auto $3,500 $2,750 95 Holden Barina Joy Hatch Man $3,500 SOLD 98 Ford Festiva Trio Hatch Man $3,750 $2,800 99 Hyundai Excel Hatch Man $3,500 $2,900 96 Mitsubishi TE Magna Auto $4,000 SOLD 00 Ford AU Falcon Sedan Auto $4,000 SOLD 90 Mitsubishi Starwagon Auto $4,000 $3,200 97 Ford Festiva Hatch Man $3,750 SOLD 94 Honda Accord Sedan Auto $4,750 SOLD 93 Daihatsu Applause Sedan Auto $5,000 SOLD 98 Mitsubishi Lancer Wagon Man $6,000 $4,100 93 Ford Telstar TX5 Ghia Man $5,500 $4,300 94 Audi 80 2.6E Sedan Auto $6,000 $4,700 94 Peugeot 306 Hatch Auto $6,000 $4,750 90 Mitsubishi Triton 4x4 d/cab Man $6,000 SOLD 98 Subaru Outback S/W Man $6,990 $5,500 98 Suzuki Baleno Sedan Man $7,000 SOLD 99 Peugeot 306 Sedan Auto $7,000 $6,000 00 Peugeot 306 Cabriolet Man $7,250 SOLD 97 Ford Courier 4x2 D/cab Auto $8,000 $6,600 01 Hyundai Elantra Hatch Man $9,000 $7,500 99 Toyota Tarago Wagon Auto $10,000 $8,000 03 Kia Sportage S/W Man $10,500 SOLD 07 Hyundai Getz Hatch Man $10,500 SOLD 02 Holden Rodeo 4x2 D/Cab Man $10,500 SOLD 02 Holden Statesman Auto $13,500 SOLD 05 Mitsubishi Triton 4x2 D/cab Man $12,500 $11,750 97 BMW 318i S Auto $13,600 $11,750 03 Ford Courier 4x2 Extra Cab Man $13,000 SOLD 03 Ford Focus LX Sedan Auto $13,000 $11,800 04 Mitsubishi Lancer VR-X Auto $14,750 $12,800 05 Mazda Bravo 4x2 F/T Man $14,700 $13,600 04 Hyundai Sante-Fe Auto $15,000 $13,750 04 Mazda 6 Classic Hatch Man $16,000 $14,700 04 Ford Courier 4x4 F/T Man $17,500 $15,500 04 Subarua Forester Wagon Auto $18,000 $15,500 02 Holden Rodeo 4x4 D/cab Auto $17,000 $15,700 99 Mitsubishi Pajero Exceed Auto $16,490 $16,000 04 Toyota Kluger 4x4 S/W Auto $21,000 SOLD 03 Ford BA Falcon XR8 Man $22,000 $20,500 05 Ford Territory Ghia AWD Auto $24,500 $22,800 WAS NOW
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