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Journeys : August September 2009
Life on the move Inside, that retro feel continues with toggle switchgear and a large speedo in the middle of the dashboard. It’s really too far out of the driver’s vision to be much use, but it does look chic. A digital readout in the steering column-mounted tacho is more useful. The ability to change the ambient dash lighting from orange through to blue adds a nice touch and highlights interior features that might be overlooked during the day. Climate control and CD with auxiliary input for MP3 players are included as standard equipment – as are six airbags, Antilock Braking System, Electronic Brake Distribution, Brake Assist, Traction Control and Dynamic Stability Control. All this gives MINI a five-star NCAP Rating. Sparco AUTO PARTS - TYRES - BATTERIES Austin Powers movie set Fuel economy of 6.9 l/100 km is relatively easily achievable on a city/highway cycle. (MINI has recently released a diesel version that runs at 3.9 l/100 km, which makes it the most fuel-efficient vehicle on sale in Australia). PTY LTD The MINI is marketed as a four-seater, but realistically if the front-seat passengers have their seats all the way back there is only room in the rear for fingers instead of legs. The front sport seats offer good comfort and support, but the lever for adjusting recline is on the wrong side and can be difficult to locate. If you decide a MINI is for you, allow plenty of time to peruse the glossy sales brochure. There are literally hundreds of variations to choose from. A few of the more interesting include a painted Union Jack (yeah baby!) or checkered flag on the roof, or maybe an illuminated door sill with your name in it. The cheque book will need to stretch beyond $43,500 to get one in your garage and you’ll need to be prepared to add plenty more if you tick too many option boxes. In the end this car is all about you and your personality, and although there are a few shortcomings, they will quickly fade as you indulge yourself in MINI. MINTYS BODYWORKS 5%OFF* across the store *Excludes advertised specials & benchmark trade specials as displayed in store. Call 6234 3021 95-97 Brisbane St, Hobart. Opposite K & D Warehouse CHASSIS WORK Measure and align ment system from Finland PANEL BEATING SPRAY PAINTING Two pack spray and bake booth 107 Mornington Road Mornington Telephone 6244 4732 Facsimile 6244 3845 August / September 09 23
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