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All-new Chevrolet 2016 CRUZE

2016 Chevrolet Cruze Source: http://www.chevrolet.com/2016-cruze/

New generation vehicles are introduced by major car manufacturers. Chevrolet launches Cruze in Australia and other popular global destinations. However, the exact launch date in Australia is not yet revealed. You can have some expectations based on the revelation made in USA. The new car is designed for users who prefer three box models. The car is more efficient and comes with highly sophisticated design. The car has great prospects to become the best-selling global car. (All I want for Christmas is Chevrolet 2016 CRUZE)

Targets younger generation

The new Chevrolet 2016 CRUZE is targeted to attract young generation. The car comes with new MyLink infotainment system. It is updated to be compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Thus, the smartphone integration is done in a very efficient manner. With the 4G Wi-Fi hotspot connection capability, you will be able to connect up to seven devices to the hotspot.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze Overview Source: http://www.chevrolet.com/2016-cruze/

2016 Chevrolet Cruze Overview Source: http://www.chevrolet.com/2016-cruze/

The new version is more comfortable than the earlier version. Drivers as well as passengers will be able to have great comfort. You can take advantage of the new interior design. Depending upon the model, you will have 4.2” color screen as well as 7.0” media screen to enhance your entertainment proportion. The safety of the car is further enhanced through the inclusion of 10 air bags system. There are some optional features such as blind spot warning, lane-keeping assistance and forward collision mitigation system.

Rigid and light design

Chevrolet 2016 CRUZE is rigid and light in weight. The stiffness of the body increased to the extent of 27%. It has become lighter to the extent of 24%. The weight is reduced to the extent of 113 kg. You will enjoy a dynamic driving experience.

The car is fitted with 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It produces 113kW of power and 240Nm of torque. You can go for manual or automatic speed control system. It can zoom to 100 km/hr in just 8 seconds. The fuel consumption is 5.9 liters per 100 kilometers. The diesel version will be released in 2017. The length of the car is 68 mm more than the current version. However, it is 25mm shorter in height than the earlier version.

Chevrolet 2016 CRUZE is available in four specifications. These specifications include L, LS, LT and sporty Premier. There are unique grilles, fascias, splitters, panels, wheels and spoilers. If you go for top specification model, there will be higher performance levels. You will find different kind of suspension and larger wheels. The model is available in hatchback and sedan version.

Engine features

The strength and refinement is enhanced through the presence of Aluminum bedplate. The efficiency is increased through variable flow oil pump. There will be optimal performance through the piston cooling oil jets. The weight is saved through the presence of dual overhead-cum-cylinder head which is integrated with exhaust manifold. There will be very low noise through premium inverted tooth camshaft drive chain.

The new engine family was developed by using the latest computer simulation and modeling techniques. Other basic components were tested through modeling and simulations. The testing took place to check temperature, friction, emissions, efficiency and other performance parameters.

The car comes with 5-star safety rating. The maintenance cost of the vehicle is lowered through the improvement in design and implementation of latest technologies.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze Interior Leather Source: http://www.chevrolet.com/2016-cruze/

2016 Chevrolet Cruze Interior Leather Source: http://www.chevrolet.com/2016-cruze/

Advantages

  • More comfortable
  • Refined interior design
  • Lighter and rigid construction
  • The engine has start-stop feature to save fuel in traffic
  • Secure handling
  • Big trunk space
  • Built on cutting edge technology

Disadvantages

  • The straddling of two segments should be done very efficiently.
  • Expensive

Conclusion

It is described by General Motors as ‘larger and lighter’. The new Chevrolet 2016 CRUZE comes with bold looks. You can expect more than that you can get from the compact car. The interiors are refreshed. There is a great technological enhancement. You can get sporty presence on road. There will be space for everything in the new car. There will be more fun when you drive the car. The performance is very much enhanced with Chevrolet 2016 CRUZE. The response rate is good with the presence of Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD) system, Traction Control System (TCS) and Electronic Stability Program (ESP). You can connect your smartphone and it will be integrated in a perfect way.

Honda Civic Type R – Car Review

Honda Civic Type R – Getting You Everywhere You Need to Go, But Faster

Honda Civic Type R Overview

Honda has revealed its mightiest model ever-  the Honda Civic Type R. This model was conceptualised down in 2014 but finally came into production this year. Unfortunately, the company may not release the model in Australia until as late as 2017 which presently leaves the Civic Type R destined to be a European child.

It is Honda’s first ever turbocharged vehicle and it stands up to its mark with an all-new powerful engine. The vehicle is charged by a 2.0 litre four cylinder direct injected VTEC. The efficient engine is capable of producing 306 horsepower at 6500 rpm and delivers 296 lb ft torque at 2500 rpm. Though the car touches the redline at 7000 rpm, which is much lower than the earlier versions like Type Rs, the other figures are at an all time high for all Honda  models.

With this kind of hardcore inner strength, the engine is well accompanied by a six-speed manual transmission with a mechanical aluminium knob sitting atop the gear shifter. The new Honda Civic Type R sprints from a 0 speed to a 62mph speed in 5.7 seconds with a top speed of 168 mph.

Honda has also shown off some new technology with the Type R  in the form of four modes adjustable dampers. There is a ‘+R’ button on the instrument cluster’s left side which sits just opposite to the ‘Engine Start’ button resting on the right side. The ‘+R’ button sets the dampers to their firmest arrangement and also makes the steering tighter and improves the throttle response.

Special Brembo brakes have been fitted in the chassis which have front rotors of 13.8 inch size and also have four piston callipers. A Dual Axis Strut Front Suspension similar to that in Ford’s Revoknuckle works with two supporting kingpins that reduce torque steer and gives the Honda Civic Type R a well balanced body while driving. As far as rear suspension is concerned, higher stiffness is provided by a torsion beam with an H-shaped section. Similarly, the steering is electrically assisted and rests rack mounted.

Escalated Aerodynamic concept in the exterior

Although the earlier versions produced by Honda were all aerodynamically enabled, the new Honda Civic Type R has been updated further from the outside for looks as well as functionality.. Features that have been added in the new generation Honda offspring include: front fender outlet vents, a lower front splitter that goes well with a deep air dam, flat tray on the under-body, a higher rear wing and rear diffuser. All of these qualities give an overall high-performing, but fuel conscious experience for its buyers.

Buyers can also opt for a GT package which gives  the front and rear spoilers red accents.

Better safety

The Honda Civic Type R has been manufactured with a keen eye towards convenience packed with maximum safety to enhance the driver’s experience even at higher speeds. The car gives adequate warnings like the front collision warning and lane departure warning. Parking sensors work well to avoid unnecessary hits during parking and even make it easier to come out of the parking areas.

Interesting interior decorHonda Civic Type R Interior

High-back sports seats await the driver and passengers  and are as stylish as they are comfortable. The material that makes the ambience all the more beautiful is black faux suede in the seat covers which has been further highlighted by red out-stitching. The look of the steering wheel has also been enhanced by red stitching topped with a red band in the centre.

The standard media and communication system includes: a better navigation system, higher quality audio system, rain-sensing wipers, and an automatic dual-zone climate control have all been incorporated.

Pricing and worth

Interested buyers will have to shell out approximately $45000 to $ 55000 to own a new Honda Civic Type R. Its hatchback style and aerodynamic exterior,  definitely give it an edge during racing events. One thing is for sure, sports car lovers will have a satisfying experience owning and using a Honda Civic Type R for fun driving as well as for their day-to-day.

Australian Best Small Car Comparison 2015

Introduction To Small Car Reviews

Little cars have certainly carved out their space in the automobile market.  Drivers are turning to mini cars over SUVs or sedans for a few key reasons:

  • BETTER FUEL EFFICIENCY: You can simply get more distance for your money.  Most efficient options offering a clear advantage to other styles.  The primary reasons for fuel efficiency a small engine and a lighter body.
  • COST EFFECTIVE: Smaller cars require less raw materials to produce.  Meaning lower production cost and a lower barrier of entry for the consumer.  In addition to saving cost in fuel you will also be saving money up front.
  • MANEUVERABILITY: These aren’t coined the city car for nothing.  Owners find parallel parking downtown and navigating through a crowded parking lot much easier to handle.  These cars have a smaller turning radius and require much less space.
  • LOW MAINTENANCE: Typically, these vehicles have a 4 cylinder engine which is extremely low maintenance.  They are usually driven by a chain and have a longer life than their V6 or V8 counterparts.

 

This small car comparison is a great resource to help you find the best option.  Whether you have a tight budget or are simply looking for the best money can buy, this guide with walk you through the best choice.


Best Small Car Australia 2015

Subaru Impreza. A $23,490

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You can not compare small cars without talking about the best.  The title of the best small car goes to the Subaru Impreza.  For this title we are focusing on getting the top vehicle in the category overall, irrespective of the economics.  The Impreza is a comparably well bundled package that took the crown from other compact options.  The handling is very smooth and sensitive, which is what you would expect given its standard all-wheel drive.  Its is also surprisingly spacy with an open interior and a large cargo area.  This year Subaru smoothed out the noise engine issues from previous years making more quiet ride, however it is still not perfect in that department.  Additionally, the manufacturer ramped up the noise insulation to enhance the performance of the all new audio system.

The max power of the engine is 110 kW @ 6200 rpm.  The fuel tank capacity is 55 liters and the manufacturer has the fuel efficiency coming in at 7.1L / 100 km.  There is a dual airbag package with anti-lock braking for control.  The steering type is rack & pinion power assisted.  The vehicle dimensions are Height: 1465mm Width: 1740 mm  Length: 4580 mm with a ground clearance of 145 mm.  The manufacturer warranty comes in at a relatively weak 36 month / 999,000 kms.

Overall, this is simply the best small package on the road with impressive performance without compromising too significantly on fuel efficiency.

Reasons to Buy

  • Road performance highlighted by all-wheel drive
  • Controls and premium stock features

Reasons Not to Buy

  • Low for class fuel economy
  • Excessive noise

Most Economical Small Car 2015

Toyota Prius V, A$ 34,490

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The Prius is awarded the best value small car of 2015 because of its reasonable price and unparalleled fuel economy.  This is definitely not the cheapest small car, but it delivers at the price.  The Prius bloodline has continued to deliver improvements into 2015.  The latest version is more beefy boasting a larger body that gives it a different presence than the previous version.  On of the major benefits of the size increase is the improved rear seating.  The drive is responsive and well-controlled which you would expect from such and experienced manufacturer.  Steering and handling is sufficient but not outstanding, but then again this is not something for extreme performance.

The Prius is exceptionally economical coming in at 4.4L / 100km.  It is a hybrid engine with a continuous variable transmission.  Hybrid engines do have drawbacks with regards to maintenance, but the efficiency will typically overcompensate for any incurred repair costs.  The measurements of the car are Height: 1590 mm Length: 4615 mm Width: 1775 mm.  The power output of the engine is 73 kW @ 5200 rpm which is solid.  However, going up hills or merging on the highway does put the engine to work

Overall, the Toyota Prius V is one of the most economical new small cars you can buy.  The upfront cost is a bit higher than others in the category, but you recoup your upfront payment with stellar efficiency.

Reasons to Buy:

  • Fuel Economy, really couldnt ask for much more cleath the best value small car
  • Rear Seating, with the expanded body in 2015 your passengers have the room they need

Reasons Not to Buy

  • Steering Feel, can be a bit shaky at times
  • Cost, the price tag is not cheap all depends on what your budget allows

Best Small Car Under 20,000

Kia Rio, A$17,960

 

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Kia Rio, A$17,960

The title of most economical small car goes to the Kia Rio.  While the Kia may be one of the cheapest small car on the road, it does an excellent job of delivering at the price point.  One of the most surprising things about the Rio is that it feels surprisingly solid for the size.  Keep in mind, this is a little car.  Compared to competitors the solid feel stuck out as the primary benefit and it shows in its high safety rating.  Unfortunately, the interior is a bit boxy and uncomfortable.  Though it does include  Additionally, it does a poor job with noise cancellation meaning a bit noisier drive than I would have liked.

The max power of the engine is 79kW @6300rpm.  The fuel capacity is 44 L with fuel consumption of 6.1L / 100km.  The dimensions are Height: 1455 mm Width: 1720 mm Length: 4045 mm with a ground clearance of 140 mm. With a warranty of 60 month / 990,000 kms it leaves little to be desired on that front.  The engine is a 1.6 liter four cylinder automatic, relatively standard among the class.   The steering is rack & pinion power assisted with only front wheel drive.

Overall, the Kia Rio is a solid blend of price and performance.  With better than average fuel efficiency you will be able to save in the long term as well.  Great value for the price.

Reason to Buy:

  • Price, coming in lower than 20,000 this is one of the most price competitive options available
  • Transmission, the Rio boasts a reliable automatic transmission

Reasons not to Buy:

  • Ride, not a smooth ride leaving more to be desired
  • Noise, if you are expecting a quiet ride look elsewhere
June 15, 2015

Top Selling Cars in Australia for 2013

Australians are picky when it comes to automobiles! Such pickiness stems from several factors including the wide range of choices available from sedans to sports cars, the ease of acquiring financing for the purchase of the vehicles, and the special conditions of the terrain, among others. Here then are the best selling cars in Australia that have obviously passed the picky sensibilities of consumers.

Holden Commodore SV6 Sportwagon

Sports utility vehicles (SUVs) may be the preferred choice among customers in the past decade – call it the flavour of the decade, if you will – but the wagon-style automobile still reigns supreme in the market. Case in point: The Holden Commodore Sportswagon particularly the highly-coveted SV6.

The Phantom, as it is also called, provides good value for the money on several fronts. It has spacious interiors that can comfortably hold a small family including a baby – the infant seat is notable in this regard – thanks to the large cushioned seats and sizable leg room.

Its dual-zone climate control keeps the cabin temperature at cool temperatures – not too cold as to be freezing, not too warm as to be on the beach during a sunny day – with a simple touch on the “Auto” button. Its controls are exactly where you will expect to find the buttons and gears to be, thanks to ergonomic designing.

With engine specs of 210kW at 6700rpm and 350Nm at 2800rpm on its 3.6-litre dual cam V6 engine, the Commodore SV6 Sportwagon provides sufficient power for travel in on-road conditions. Even in off-road conditions, the car handles nicely.

The average fuel consumption is 10.7 liter/100 kilometers – a respectable figure. Add in the tech wizardry like the reversing camera, push-button park brake, and parking sensors and you will understand why the Commodore Sportwagon is one of the best selling cars in Australia today.

Toyota HiLux

What makes the Toyota HiLux a perennial favorite in the list of top-selling cars Down Under? Many reasons, if you come to think about it, but the most notable is the manufacturer’s consistency in introducing regular model upgrades, which are aimed at keeping the model as fresh as possible where the picky consumers are concerned. In the dog-eats-dog world of the automotive industry, such commitment to excellence cannot be questioned.

In the case of the Toyota 4×4 HiLux, the latest model upgrades include brake assist, electronic brake force distribution, and front-passenger seatbelt reminder as well as stability and traction control. But that’s not all either!

The Toyota HiLux workhorses are also the best selling cars in Australia because of their sophisticated electronic features particularly on the top-shelf models like the SR5. Think of features like reversing camera, 6.1-inch screens on the new display audios plus auxiliary and USB inputs coupled with iPod and Bluetooth connectivity.

Mazda 3

Leave nothing to chance – this appears to be the motto of Mazda with its Mazda 3 car. Such attention to customer preferences has made Mazda3 the bestseller among cars in Australia for several years in a row; on any given year, the automobile takes up to 30% of total car sales Down Under.

What makes the Mazda 3 so popular among Australians?

  • Full range of SkyActiv features including the well-loved fuel-saving elements
  • Wide selection of engines including the 2.0 and 2.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol engines and the 2.2-litre diesel engine; output stats include 138kW/250Nm for the 2.5 engine and 114kW/200Nm for the 2.0 engine. Fuel economy ranges from 6 to 6.5 litres per 100 kilometres.

Look into these best selling cars now and start planning your purchase!

Most Fuel Efficient Cars in Australia

Over the last couple years, I’ve really tried to focus on saving money.  Now there are many ways to save money but one way a lot of people don’t think about is saving money at the gas pump.  Don’t get me wrong, most of us know where to find the cheapest gas.   However, if you have a gas guzzling vehicle, even the filling up with the cheapest gas will become costly since you will always be at the pump.  An often overlooked part of vehicle shopping is how many kilometres per litre of gas the vehicle is able to produce.  We tend to gravitate to automobiles with low kilometres (which is great!) and something that just catches our eye in general.  I’m guilty of this!  Overall, fuel efficiency hasn’t been a top priority for buyers.

Hopefully, this article can make you more aware of how important fuel efficiency is and save you some money on your next automobile purchase!  Below, I’ll list the five of the most fuel efficient cars in Australia based on the Green Vehicle Guide which is produced by the Australian government.  This list includes only automobiles that use diesel or petrol.  No electric/hybrid automobiles included.

MINI F56 Cooper D Hardtop
1.5L 3cyl (T), Man 6 speed
Hatch, 4 seats, 2WD

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This car has a top end speed of 205 km/h and goes 0-100 km/h in only 9.2 seconds! All of this speed in one of the most fuel efficient cars on the market!

Fuel consumption (urban) 4.4 l/100km
Fuel consumption (extra-urban) 3.3 l/100km
Fuel consumption (combined) 3.7 l/100 km

MINI F55 Cooper D Station Wagon
1.5L 3cyl (T), Man 6 speed
Hatch, 5 seats, 2W

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No, this is not a typo.  Another MINI Copper on the list.  This time, it’s the F55 Cooper D Station Wagon.  With the added room available in this automobile, you would think the performance would suffer drastically from the smaller F56 MINI.  The drop-off is minuscule as the top end speed is 201 km/h and goes 0-100 in 9.4 seconds! And again, one of the most fuel efficient cars on the market!

Fuel consumption (urban) 4.5  l/100km
Fuel consumption (highway) 3.3  l/100km
Fuel consumption (combined) 3.8  l/100 km

Audi 66kW A1 Sportback 1.6TDI Attraction
1.6L 4cyl (T), Man 5 speed
Hatch, 5 seats, 2WD

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This powerful 1.6 litre TDI engine with a power output of 66kW is deployed in the Audi A1 Sportback. The common rail injection system has four injectors and is characterized by an excellent balance of performance, driving comfort and engine acoustics. Great all around performance includingawesome fuel efficiency.  Definitely one of the most powerful yet fuel efficient cars in Australia!

Fuel consumption (urban) 4.4  l/100km
Fuel consumption (highway) 3.4  l/100km
Fuel consumption (combined) 3.8  l/100 km

Fiat Cabrio D/L 500 0.9 Turbo Twin Air
0.9L 2cyl (T), Auto 5 speed
Convertible, 4 seats, 2WD

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This is a great little car.  Very stylish model which comes with retractable roof so you can cruise with the top down. The kicker with this car is the Turbo Twin Air engine!  This car is not lacking in the power department.

Fuel consumption (urban) 4.4  l/100km
Fuel consumption (highway) 3.6  l/100km
Fuel consumption (combined) 3.9  l/100 km

Citroen C4 Seduction 82kW e-HDi EGS
1.6L 4cyl (T), Other 6 speed
Sedan, 5 seats, 4WD

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This five door hatch comes with a direct injection turbo diesel engine.  Included is a start-stop feature for that powerful engine as other bells and whistles including six airbags, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability control.  Add in the outstanding fuel efficiency and you will be riding in style while also saving money on Petrol!

Fuel consumption (urban) 4.3  l/100km
Fuel consumption (highway) 3.6  l/100km
Fuel consumption (combined) 3.9  l/100 km

I hope this article showed you can ride in style while in some of the most fuel efficient cars out there.  In addition to gaining more kilometres per litre, fuel efficient cars produce much lower emissions than their inefficient counterparts.  Every kilometre per litre saved makes a difference in the fight against global warming… which is kind of a big deal!  I’ll leave you with this information taken straight from the ClimateHotMap.org  website regarding climate impacts in Australia and New Zealand.

“Australia has one of the world’s highest per capita global warming emissions rates, as well as vast coal reserves that make it the largest exporter of coal in the world. While coal is also New Zealand’s most abundant fossil fuel, the island nation generated 73 percent of its electricity from renewable sources in 2009. New Zealand’s biggest source of emissions is from its agricultural and forestry sectors.  Global warming impacts already underway in Australia and New Zealand include water stress, shrinking glaciers, rising sea level, regional disturbances in rainfall patterns, and increased frequency and intensity of fires and heat waves. Because of these impacts and its contributions to global warming emissions, this region must take swift action to curb global warming emissions.”

Most people will read something like this and not even stop to think about what this really means.  We only have one Earth so anything you can do to potentially help save the environment is critical.  Driving a more fuel efficient car won’t completely solve the problem but it’s a good start!

 

The Best Hybrid Car Available in Australia

In today’s high tech world, vehicle manufacturers have worked diligently trying to design the best hybrid car that is cost efficient and roomy enough for a family, trying to combine technology and the buyer’s needs into the development of these vehicles. Below you will find everything that you need to know about a hybrid and several different types to compare from.

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What is a Hybrid Car?

Do not confuse a hybrid, with an electric vehicle, because they are totally different. A hybrid utilizes two different types of energy to efficiently run the vehicle, while trying to remain green eco Friendly. The electrical components collect, recycle, and reuse energy, which will cut down on wastes and petrol usages. These are the cars of the future, because they are fuel efficient and more affordable than ever. Of course, you will need to plug in hybrid vehicles to recharge the battery pack and electric motor, but you will be able to operate it for many hours afterwards.

If you are looking for hybrid cars for sale, be sure to take your time to find the best Australian dealership, which will be the one that has a large selection of luxury hybrid and hybrid SUV. The best hybrid car will be equipped with a motor generator that provides enough power to operate the vehicle at a sufficient speed. Hybrid cars Australia continue to grow in popularity, because they are very appealing to the eye and environmental friendly.

Hybrid SUV

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There are many different hybrid SUVs to choose from and your choice will be mostly reliant on your budget. These vehicles are equipped with a 2.5 litre, four cylinder engine, which will generate around 188kW of power.

This is a sustainable amount of power, when compared to the smaller hybrid vehicle. A fuel driven SUV will require around 10.2 litre/100 kilometres of fuel use, whereas the hybrid SUV will offer more economic fuel use at 8.4 litre/100 kilometres. This is based on front wheel and all wheel derived vehicles.

Mitsubishi Hybrid

Mitsubishi-HybridThe Outlander PHEV offers innumerable benefits for a family. If you are driving around the city, you will be able to drive 50 kilometres/24 hours, without the need to utilize gas. Of course, if you are driving on the interstate, you will need to recharge in a shorter amount of time.

With the combination of a 2.0 Litre gas powered engine, a 60 Kilowatt twin front and rear motor, and a 12 kWh drive battery, which will not compromise the vehicle’s power or range, but provide sufficient energy to cruise at a normal speed limit.

Honda Jazz Hybrid

honda-jazz-hybridMany drivers are turning to hybrid vehicles for economical uses, whether they are driving cross country of just cruising around the city. The interior is spacious enough for a four member family, but the exterior is what draws much attention, with its body’s colour, style, and design.

The 1.2 or 1.4 Litre i-VTEC fuel powered engine offers maximum power. While the battery packs and integrated electric motor allows the driver to operate the Jazz, without fuel usage. The automatic CVT or automatic continuously variable transmission will provide maximum fuel economy. You will have the choice of choosing a nickel-metal hydride or lithium-ion battery, which both are great for plug-in use.

The Honda Jazz Hybrid comes equipped with the entire safety features that you would expect from a new car.

  • Pull back glass roof
  • Anti-brake system or regenerative braking
  • Airbags
  • Windshield wipers
  • Rearview and side safety mirrors

Overall, you will be getting so many more benefits with the hybrid vehicle, when compared to the fuel run vehicle.

Lexus RX 450h Hybrid SUV

Lexus HybridLuxury hybrids are also available in a SUV style. The Lexus RX 450h is definitely more than just a hybrid. The vehicle’s beautiful exterior is very eye appealing and will turn heads in every sense. This luxury vehicle offers many features that will make the driver’s operating experience enjoyable and relaxing. The remote touch controller can be adjusted according to your driving preference.

This SUV is equipped with a 3.5 litre V-6 fuel powered engine, which brings a higher power capacity compared to other hybrid SUVs and still provides a fuel economy of 6.3 Litres/100 kilometres, which is extraordinary.

BMW Hybrid

BMW ActivehybridThe BMW Activehybrid is blowing the consumers away, with its exterior beauty and environmental friendly components. BMW has always been known for combining high technology into their vehicle’s design, but they went overboard with this vehicle, because it has so much to offer, in so many different ways.

This hybrid is available as a sport, modern, and luxury packages, which will cost the consumer a bit more, but will be worth it. The 3.0 litre V-6 fuel powered engine is combined with the 40kW electric engine, which will not only offer a large boost of power, but will provide a longer drive, without the need for fuel.

 

The Lexus Hybrid – Lexus IS 300h

Lexus-IS-300hRight off the bat, Aussies will love the customization options with the Lexus IS 300h. Regardless of your color option, the vehicle will look stylish and cool on the outside. Of course, it is the driving experience that Australians will appreciate the most. In an urban Australian setting, it is possible to achieve 4.5 l/100km and unsurprisingly this Lexus hybrid is capable of accelerating up to 200 km/h.

Overall, the car offers a comfortable ride for four to five individuals and the safety airbags will be able to protect these individuals perfectly. The boot is capable of providing the average Aussie with plenty of room for their rugby gear.

Conclusion

Whether you’re looking for a Mitsubishi hybrid or a BMW hybrid, you will be able to find one to suit your needs, with the information above. Just make sure to consider each of your options, before making your final decision. With a little shopping around, you’ll be able to find the best hybrid car for your specific situation.

 

February 20, 2015

SUV Cars Guide: Which Is The Best SUV For You?

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Today Aussie Auto Advice  reviews the best SUV cars available on the Australian market today.

Why Buy A SUV?

SUVs offer many benefits over cars and have become more and more popular for a number of reasons:

  • Extra seating and space: the larger frame, means there is much more space inside the cabin for passengers. In addition some can accommodate up to 9 passengers, perfect for large families and those who host frequent carpools.
  • Capacity: many SUVs have space that can be used when you need to haul cargo safely inside without the danger of exposing it the weather.
  • Towing: SUVs can comfortably tow other cars, boats, caravans and larger items that a car may not be able to.
  • Handling and safety: with the increased weight, drivers of SUVs have better handling, even in harsher weather environments.

In this article we are going to help you find the best SUV according to your budget from the basic SUVs under $30,000 to the luxury SUVs over $50,000.

Budget SUV – Peugeot 2008

Peugeot 2008 SUV

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This category is often the home of the best small SUV and currently this is the case. Boasting a 4 cylinder 1.6 litre engine with an output of 160 Nm at 4250 revolutions per minute, the Peugeot 2008 is slightly smaller in terms of engine size than other SUVs in this price bracket, most of which have 2 litre engines. However due to the weight being just over a ton, the size of the engine and its power, is not an issue.

In terms of fuel consumption, the Peugeot compares favourably with similar budget SUVs and only the Suzuki S Cross performs considerably better with 5.8 km versus the 6.5 litres per 100,000 km travelled of the Peugeot.

The exterior design of the SUV, has the look of the Peugeot 208, due to the similar lines.  Again the only SUV which comes close design-wise is the Suzuki S Cross.  The dimensions of the car ensure there is ample interior (including boot) space for an SUV of this category:

  • Height 1556 mm
  • Length 4159 mm
  • Width 1739 mm

The interior of the car is also a class above it competitors.  The materials used throughout are high quality and especially noteworthy are the doors and dashboard, especially in this price of car.

The only letdowns are the outdated 4 speed gearbox and the lack of space for rear passengers. These aside the Peugeot SUV is well priced, looks good and has decent specs for an SUV in this price range.

Overall the Peugeot is the best value SUV available.

 

Lower Mid Range SUV – Subaru Forester

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The Subaru Forester is our pick of low mid-range SUVs on the market. The strength of this SUV comes from the fact that it performs consistently above average across the various categories. So although it may not be the strongest in many categories, its consistent performance puts above other SUVs in this range.

It performs particularly well in strong in terms of depreciation value, with its closest competitor being the Ford Kuga.  It drives well and handles off road journey comfortably.  Although reasonably large, parking is helped by the rear parking camera. It also performs well in terms of safety providing front and side airbags and provides cover for both seat rows using curtain airbags.  Anti-whiplash headrests provide protection in rear end collisions that cause whiplash injuries. An immobiliser ensures that the car stays parked when you leave it.

Areas where it doesn’t compare favourably are fuel consumption, insurance and the warranty.  Fuel consumption is 8.1 litres per 100,000 kilometres, especially poor when compared against Skoda Yeti’s 6.7 km, Hyundai IX35’s and the Kia Sportage Platinum’s 7.2 km.  Likewise it is in the highest insurance group along with the Hyundai IX35 and the Ford Kuga.  The warrantly is only 36 months or  999,000 km versus the Kia Sportage which offers a five year unlimited kilometre warranty.

Upper Mid Range SUV – Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe review

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The Hyundai Santa Fe is a well equipped and practical SUV that comes with 7 seats.  It comes with a fuel efficient 2.2 litre turbo four cylinder engine outputting 435 Nm of torque at 1800 revolutions per minute and has a max power of max power 145 kW at 3800 revolutions per minute.  It comes with an excellent 5 year/ 999,000 kilometre warranty and you are covered for roadside assistance, if you happen to service the SUV at Hyundai dealerships.

Inside the cabin is spacious and comes with a high quality fit and finish.  There is plenty of room for luggage and passengers alike.  The support in the front seats is excellent, as is the forward visibility.  The layout of the controls in the centre is simple, but effective.  Bluetooth and USB come as standard and are a welcome addition.

The Santa Fe can be considered pricey when compared with rivals such as the Jeep Cherokee or the Toyota Kluger.  Other downsides are the manual gearbox which is not smooth and the lack of headroom when using the seats in the third row.  Additionally the ride comfort could be improved, especially when compared against the Toyota Kluga or Nissan Pathfinder.

Luxury SUV – Porsche Cayenne

Porsche Cayenne review

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The Porsche Cayenne oozes luxury.  The materials in the cabin are high quality and a pleasure on the eyes. The fit and finish are excellent and all of the controls perform perfectly and with precision.

All the safety and security features you would expect from a luxury SUV are available. Driver aids include stability control (to prevent skids), airbags protecting the front and side, as well as curtain airbags.

Though it is expensive to purchase and maintain, the handling is excellent and the performance provided by the 3 litre diesel turbo engine with a max torque of 550 Nm at 2000 revolutions per minute and a max power of 193 kW at 4000 revolutions per minute is top notch.  The spacious cabin is very high end and offers ample room for five.

Conclusion

In the end you need to decide which SUV best suits your budget and needs.  Prioritize the most important features whether they are engine power, fuel consumption, insurance or maintenance costs.  They are an extremely flexible type of vehicle and work well as a family cars or for people who need that extra space or power it provides. or Ultimately the above SUVs give you a great place to get started in deciding which SUV is truly best for you and your driving needs and requirements.