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The Mercury Cars Guide : May 29th 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---9 i45 big on value, style NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK: The Hyundai Premium, left, and the Elite. apart from the crowd. Build quality is superb as we have come to expect from this Korean manufacturer, however the old-fashioned boot hinges are a surprising letdown as they encroach about 15cm into the boot space. The interior, which was designed in South Korea, is similar to the new ix35's cabin. It's classy, functional and has quality switches and controls, as well as soft-touch leathers and plastic trim. On the safety side, Mann says it is expected to achieve a five-star rating. He says not only does it have six airbags and a suite of electronic driver aids, it has a rigid hot-stamped steel chassis that makes it safer and quieter. HMCA sales director Damien Meredith ex- pects they will sell about 500 a month or 4000 this year. driving I HAD great expectations for the i45 driving experience on the launch in the Brisbane Valley this week, but was disappointed by the overly plush ride and vague steering. Mann claims the vehicle was hot tested in Australia and also tested for suspension tweaks on our bumpy roads. However, the vehicles we drove felt like they had American-spec suspension. Even the Premium model with ''amplitude selective dampers'' --- a sliding valve that adjusts the dampers according to terrain --- feels light and vague in the front with hefty understeer and a floating rear end. The two ends of the car seem out of phase with each other and the steering doesn't feel connected to the road surface. It doesn't change direction well and gets nervous on uneven surfaces. On some of the more abrupt bumps and corrugations, there is steering rack rattle and kickback through the wheel. The suspension also hit the bump stops a couple of times on serious divots and unloaded without much control, sending the car bouncing down the road. It needs some serious tweaking on the dampers and springs, plus some tightening of the steering. Hopefully Hyundai won't wait until a mid-life makeover is needed to make those changes. The vehicle is also under-tyred with 215mm Khumo and Hankook rubber that creates quite a bit of noise in the cabin. However, wind noise and engine noise are well under control in the noise-damped interior. The Theta II four-cylinder seems up to the task with a claimed 7.9 litres per 100km in the manual model. Hills tend to take its breath away and the automatic transmission flares a little when asked to change cogs. In this segment, the i45 stacks up very well. Diesel dilemma HYUNDAI doesn't seem all that convinced about the success of diesel in its passenger cars and has released the i45 medium-sized sedan without a diesel option. Hyundai CEO Edward Lee says diesel isn't on the agenda despite the fact that the Sonata the i45 replaces has a diesel engine. At the moment, we don't have that plan but we have some different ideas,'' Lee says. In the US, the vehicle will be available with LPG and as a petrol-electric hybrid. Lee says the hybrid is just for the US but if the market is ready it might be released here. He rejected a stronger V6 engine for the i45, declaring that the 2.4-litre petrol Theta II engine performs like a V6''. Product planning manager Roland Rivero says diesel does not represent a high proportion of Hyundai's car sales. Looking at the sales split for petrol versus diesel in Mondeo and Mazda6, it is struggling to grow,'' Rivero says. It's not huge in this segment but if the market demands it, we will investigate an alternative fuel.'' See mitsubishi-motors.com.au for further information. Offers at participating Mitsubishi Dealers only. While stocks last. Mitsubishi Motors Australia reserves the right to extend or modify these offers. Offers available on new vehicles ordered and delivered between 1 May and 31 May 2010. Business, Fleet sales by special arrangement. †10 year or 160,000km Powertrain Warranty (whichever comes first) (non transferable). *5 year or 130,000km New Vehicle Factory Warranty (whichever comes first). ^5 years or 130,000km Roadside Assist (whichever comes first). Service conditions apply. ‡4 year or 60,000km Capped Price Servicing (whichever comes first). Covers all items specified under the standard Maintenance for Normal Operating Conditions schedule detailed in the Service and Warranty Booklet. Additional service/repair items (if required) are at additional cost. Excludes Government and Rental Fleet customers. See your Dealer for full details. 1. Recommended selling price. 2. Drive away price includes 12 months Registration, CTP Insurance, Stamp Duty and Dealer Delivery. 3. Proof of certification required. MMR1099/TAS/HM HOBART. DJ Mitsubishi. Phone 6213 3300. To see all of the End of Financial Year offers visit buyamitsubishi.com.au or call 1300 13 12 11 LANCER ACTiV $21,9901 PRICE EXCLUDES OPTIONAL METALLIC/PEARLESCENT PAINT $450 EXTRA. PRIVATE BUYERS ONLY. OVER $2,000 EXTRA VALUE • BLUETOOTH • 16" ALLOYS • REAR SPOILER • PRIVACY GLASS • LEATHER STEERING WHEEL WITH AUDIO CONTROLS • AND LOTS MORE • Sedan or Hatch • 2.0L MIVEC engine • 5 speed manual • Seven airbags • Active Stability and Traction Control • Cruise control DRIVE AWAY 2 OUTLANDER ACTiV $33,9901 PRICE EXCLUDES OPTIONAL METALLIC/PEARLESCENT PAINT $450 EXTRA. PRIVATE BUYERS ONLY. OVER $3,000 EXTRA VALUE • 18" ALLOYS • BLUETOOTH • FOG LAMPS • REVERSING SENSORS • ROOF RAIL CROSS BARS • AUTO AIR CONDITIONING • AND LOTS MORE • 2.4L MIVEC engine • 5 speed manual • All Wheel Control 4WD System • Active Stability Control • Active Traction Control • Cruise control DRIVE AWAY 2 EXPRESS SWB VAN $21,9901 TO ABN HOLDERS ONLY.3 EXCLUDES RENTAL AND GOVT BUYERS. • INCLUDES AIR CONDITIONING • 2.4L engine • 5 speed manual • Power steering • CD player and AM/FM radio DRIVE AWAY 2
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