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Journeys : October November 2009
Lindy George She says Looking for a new car? Ex-Tasmanian Government vehicles, most about two years old with 40,000km RACT Roadworthy Inspection with each vehicle (includes pre-registration certificate) Viewings and fixed price on Saturdays from 9am-2pm or Mondays from 8am Auctions every Tuesday at 11am 56 Sunderland Street, Derwent Park 6428 Buy with confidence at Pickles Auctions www.ract.com.au Whether you consider the Cr uze as the new kid on the block or Commodore's baby brother, Holden has hit the mark in the mid-size market. The entry level CD is available in 1.8 litre 4-cylinder petrol or 2.0 litre 4-cylinder diesel, while the CDX is 1.8 litre 4-cylinder petrol only. Both are available with 5-speed manual or 6-speed auto transmission. There's quite a difference between the petrol and diesel auto models -- for economy, you would sway towards the diesel but it also has better performance, although with the 'chug chug' of a diesel engine. Our petrol CDX averaged 8.5L/100km on the open road, while around the city, high eights was the best we could achieve. Opting for diesel means sacrificing some extras that are standard on the CDX -- chrome door handles, fog lights, leather steering wheel and gear shifter, reverse parking sensors, 17" alloys and leather seats with heating in the front. Economy and performance versus a warm bottom! What you won't sacrifice though is safety. All models across the range have Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti- lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Traction Control (TC). All this, combined with a Safety Cell and six airbags (front, side and curtain) has awarded the Cr uze a five star ANCAP rating. Our CDX had us 'Cr uzen' around comfortably in six-way adjustable front seats. Leg room was fine unless your front driver or passenger required maximum stretch -- no problem here. The 400 litre boot extends with 60/40 split fold rear seats. Both petrol models have a full-size spare. The diesel comes with tyre sealant and air compressor kit (you can option up to a full size spare -- and that's one box I would definitely tick!) The steering wheel has tilt/telescopic adjustment and houses audio and cruise controls. Multi-function display features odometer, instantaneous and average fuel consumption, average speed and distance to empty -- very useful. Graphic display gives you information on audio, air-con, outside temperature, time and date. The six-speaker audio system has radio, CD and MP3 compatibility, all at easy ar ms' length, as are the power windows and heatable mir rors. The centre console has a storage compartment with sliding ar mrest, two adjustable cup holders and a nook too small for anything but my supply of jelly beans. More storage is located on top of the dash and in seatback pockets. There's also a rear centre console with two cup holders and each door has a bottle holder -- so no going thirsty on your road trips! Log on to w w w.holden.com.au and have a play on the interactive website -- it's brilliant! ANCAPRating★★★★★ Green Vehicle Rating ★ ★ ★ ½ Life on the move 33 October / November 09
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