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Journeys : MNJ Aug Sep 2011
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 6548C Buy with confidence at Pickles Auctions www.ract.com.au Life on the move Hyundai Elantra Hyundai has embarked on a busy launch year with the release of an all-new Elantra. Dubbed the ‘big small car’ by Hyundai it certainly pushes the boundaries of the small car category. Aimed squarely at market leaders Mazda3 and Holden Cruze, Elantra will take it to them in all respects. Styling is a smaller version of the classy I45, continuing Hyundai’s ‘fluid sculpture’ theme. The interior follows on with a modern but ergonomically-functional design. Dual-zone climate control is standard from the mid-spec Elite, full iPod and Bluetooth connectivity is available across the range as is cruise control. The entr y-level Active is available with a six- speed manual as standard and the option of a six-speed auto. The Elite and premium models come standard with the auto. Powered by a free-revving 1.8 litre engine producing 110kW and 178Nm, the power- plant does a more-than-adequate job in propelling the Elantra and returns an official combined-cycle economy figure of 6.6L/100km in the entry level manual, and 7.1L /100km in the auto. Passengers are well-insulated from engine noise until higher up the rev range – in fact at idle, it was almost silent and vibration-free from the driver’s seat. After some less-than-favourable feedback on other recent releases, I’m pleased to say the Australian specification suspension offers a firm yet compliant ride, along with direct and well-weighted electro- mechanical steering. Elantra offers a full range of safety features including a new safety acrony m (yes another one), Vehicle Stability Management. VSM integrates all the active safety systems in the vehicle, including the Motor Dr iven Power steering (MDPS). VSM intervenes alongside ESC to help maintain vehicle control by applying a variable input to steering weight. ANC AP has awarded a 5-star crash rating. With a five-year unlimited kilometre warranty, an impressive range of standard features, stylish modern looks, high-level safety and a starting price of $20,990 (plus on-roads), Elantra should make your shor tlist if you’re looking for that ‘ bigger small car’. VW Golf Bluemotion VW has added another model to the Golf range. This time it’s the ultra- efficient Bluemotion. Along with their usual quality offerings, this model has all the technology VW could muster to make it as environmentally-fr iendly and fuel- efficient as possible. A 77kW 1.6 turbo diesel engine coupled to a five-speed manual-only transmission, stop-start technology, lower ride height, improved aerodynamics, low rolling resistance tyres, gear shift indicator and wider gear ratios – these all combine to produce an amazing 3.8L/100km. Add to that standard features like hill-start assist, daytime running lights, seven airbags, tyre pressure monitoring, air conditioning and cr uise control at $28,990 (plus on roads) and this is a ser ious alter native to hybrid vehicles. On the road it drives just like any other Golf – I’d even say the lower ride-height enhances handling w ithout compromising r ide quality. One additional point worth mentioning is that it only comes with a ‘tyre mobility kit’ rather than a spare tyre. VW call this car ‘enviro-nor mal’ rather than ‘enviro-mental’ – and I tend to agree. August / September 2011 35
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