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The Mercury Cars Guide : June 19th 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---13 the snow Land Rover Discovery 4 Hyundai ix35 Lexus RX350 BMW X1 Volvo XC60 Subaru Outback 2.5i TOYOTA PRADO From: $55,990 WITH a three-door as a taster, the new five-door Prado is still the pick for families. The Prado also happens to be the best selling mid-size offroader in the country. The cabin is more comfy and luxurious, the ride is more compliant, and there is a bit more room inside, which families will appreciate. Like the Disco, the range-topper even gets outside cameras to monitor the rough going. The tweaked V6 is more sprightly with 202kW/381Nm but Toyota says most buyers still go for the largely unchanged 127kW/410Nm turbodiesel. With 14 models there is something for everybody. Off-road ability Price SUZUKI GRAND VITARA AWD From: $30,990 THE Grand Vitara has earned the title as the country's best compact off-roader for two years in a row. Not only will it get to the snow and back in comfort but it is one of the few serious four- wheel drives under $35,000 that has a true low- range mode for off-roading. The 122kW/225Nm 2.4-litre four moves the five-door along nicely and there is also a 165kW/ 284Nm 3.2-litre V6 or 95kW/300Nm turbo-diesel in the lineup. The four is a quiet and comfortable highway cruiser while the 1.9-litre diesel is a little noisy at start up but settles into a relaxed highway gait. Inside, the cabin is a tad snug in width but the rear seats tumble forward for extra luggage room and quality is top-notch. Equipment and safety levels are good, as is reliability. Price and equipment Noisy diesel LEXUS RX350 From: $82,900 THE RX has grown into more of a luxury urban wannabee than an off-roader but if comfort and quality are high on your list for a snow car, you can't go past it. There is plenty of room for five and the sophisticated on-demand ''active torque control'' all-wheel drive system can be locked into AWD at speeds under 40km/h if the going gets tough. The system also has an auto function that increases torque to the rear wheels when accelerating but also reduces it during tight cornering. Overall it's a smooth, quiet, yet quite isolating driving experience. Environmental types can also opt for the RX450h hybrid version. Equipment and quality Bulbous styling VOLVO XC60 From: $56,950 THIS is Volvo's number one-seller locally --- with good reason. It is a stylish, family friendly wagon with an impeccable safety record and rock solid build quality. It is also a surprisingly good drive. The latest twin-turbo 151kW/420Nm D5 diesel is strong yet reasonably economical. The other choice is a 3.2-litre six petrol or turbo 3.0-litre six. The XC60 uses the latest Haldex all-wheel drive system to seamlessly push power to the rear wheels when needed. Importantly the car starts in all-wheel drive and then the system will determine if AWD is needed or not. A 40/20/40 split rear seat adds to the versatility and even the front passenger seat fold flat to increase load space. On the road its car-like behaviour is impressive. The stylish design too is more rakish than some of its upright competition. Styling and safety Porky weight BMW X1 AWD From: $52,700 IT is the newest kid on the X block and like the X3 and X5, this entry Bimmer off-roader is heading for sellout status. All-wheel drive versions are called xDrive. At present you get the choice of two 2.0-litre diesels - 130kW/350Nm or 150kW/400Nm - or a 160kW/ 277Nm 3.0-litre in-line six called the xDrive25i. Like the Volvo XC60, the 40/20/40 split rear backrest adds versatility and the cabin is upright and reasonably roomy, even if some of the plastics look a little cheap for this type of premium car. Safety is top notch and early reports show the diesels to be hot sellers. On the road, the X1 is a competent and typically BMW driving experience. Purists might baulk at the runflat tyres. You'll be more confused by BMW's weird model naming strategy than the car itself. Driving experience Expensive options GREAT BUYING BE QUICK BARGAIN PRICE GREAT VALUE ONLY BE EARLY NO MISTAKE 267 ARGYLE STREET, HOBART | www.co-optoyota.com.au Used Vehicle Sales 6230 1966 *Prices apply until close of business Saturday 19/6/10. Photos depict model only. 123 93 MARKDOWN SALE! 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4 Litre Automatic, 8 A/Bags, Stability & Traction Control, Abs, Alloy wheels, Cargo Barrier 2004 Nissan Patrol St 3.0 Litre Turbo Diesel, 8 Seater, 5 Speed manual, Air Cond, Alloy Wheels, Tow Bar, Bull Bar 2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara 2.7 Litre V6 Manual, Dual A/Bags, Climate control, Rear Park Assist, Nudge Bar, Alloy Wheels, One Owner, Low Kms! 2006 Aurion SX-6 3.5 Litre V6, 6 Speed Automatic, Stability Control, 6 A/Bags, Sunroof, Stunning vehicle in Aurora Gold Duco 2003 Avalon Gxi 3.0 Litre V6 Automatic, Abs, Dual A/Bags, Alloy Wheels, Brilliant car with only 28,000 Kms! 2008 Hilux SR Dual Cab 4x4 3.0 Litre Turbo Diesel, Dual A/Bags, ABS, Side Steps, Tow Bar, Tray Liner, Sensational Value! 2007 Landcruiser GXL 4.5 Litre Twin Turbo Diesel, Automatic, Stability Control, 7 A/Bags, Key Proximity, The ultimate four wheel drive! 2004 Landcruiser GXL 4.7 Litre V8 Automatic, Dual A/Bags, Cruise Control, Side Steps, Tow Bar, Travelled only 83,000 Kms! OPEN ALL DAY UNTIL 4PM! 1997 VT Commodore Last of the Aussie 5 Litre V8, Automatic, Clubsport B/kit, Alloy Wheels, Looks good drives great! $27,790 $24,990 $12,990 $37,990 $22,990 $69,990 $39,990 $29,990 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer ES Sedan 2.0 Litre Automatic, Traction & Stability Control, Dual A/Bags + Knee, Cruise Control, Great Value! $9,990 $16,990 UNBREAKABLE HILUX BE QUICK ONLY
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