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January 15, 2017

2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid Atara SL Review

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Well-loved by many owners, the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid Atara SL is a middle-sized sedan able to seat five passengers with a great deal of comfort in their extra-wide seats.  This latest model has been enhanced in many ways including in size.  It also ranks in the middle when it comes to looks.  It’s not an eyesore but there’s nothing in its design to distinctly set it apart from the rest.  It’s still sleek and handsome with a more aggressive-looking though unobtrusive face.

What specs does it offer?

This Camry carries a 2.5-litre petroleum engine and an electric motor.  Considering its size, its fuel efficiency is superior compared to its other rivals, 5.2 for every 100km.  Maximum power is about 151Kw at 5,700 rpm and regarding transmission, it’s a CVT automatic with a front-wheel drive.  The safety features are excellent as well and do not lack for anything with head airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags, a reverse camera,  adaptive cruise control, a warning when you stray off your lane and even blind spot monitoring.

How does the interior fare?

With their leather trimming, the front seats have an almost luxurious feel and this design is also matched by the steering wheel’s leather accents and well-laid out interior.  It is clear that first-rate materials were used in this car for durability and quality.  This car also has practical features such as climate control air conditioning with dual temperature and for storage and convenience, you have bottle and cup holders aplenty.

There are bottle holders on the front doors, holders for cups on the rear doors, a couple of cup holders in between the front seats, another pair of cup holders in the middle of the back seats, plus the usual storage bins and door pockets both at the front and at the back.

Despite being a mid-size sedan, the headroom and legroom are more than enough for anyone.  Boot space is massive as well.  You can store your luggage and all of your children’s school things, making it an ideal family car.  With this vehicle, your daily trips and long journeys become a truly comfortable experience.  You can adjust the seats into several positions to give you the best comfort, with the driver’s seat especially equipped with electronic adjustment.

One of its downsides, however, is the infotainment system which could do with a few more upgrades.  The standard tech like the satellite navigation system and streaming capabilities do a decent job but other competitors are already able to offer more responsive systems and more features.

How is its performance?

Being a hybrid does make a difference in this worthy vehicle.  The engine with its electric motor and nickel metal hydride battery can give you the force you need when accelerating although this vehicle is not exactly the most powerful.  It does maneuver roads and highways fairly easily and without too much trouble.  Take note that you don’t have to plug the batteries to charge them, they’re charged by the engine as you drive.

Acceleration is fluid and responds admirably as opposed to its steering performance.  In terms of handling, the Toyota Camry presents no major problems but it could still do better.  However, speed is not something you’d expect much of from this kind of vehicle.  The brakes execution is typical.

The cabin is well able to block most noise, insulation being one of its strengths, and the engine runs relatively quietly, too.  You might hear some wind and slight sounds from the larger than usual alloy wheels but nothing that can really be considered noisy or distracting.  The suspension is terrific at keeping passengers steady and comfortable inside.  Slight bumps and uneven city roads won’t jog you and are, in fact, hardly felt.

So, if you prefer a noise-free and comfortable ride with adequate speed and handling, the Camry should be among your top choices.

 Conclusion

All in all, the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid Atara SL is a top-notch option for families considering something smaller and more maneuverable than an SUV for driving around urban areas.  Driving and handling are pleasant but not its forte.  It shines in its fuel economy, comfort and space in its interior and trunk.  If you’re not too picky about your car and you value efficiency over mere aesthetics, the Camry may be your dream car.

Also read: 2017 Tesla Model S 7d Review

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.

2016 Lexus GS Review

Lexus GS 2016 Source: http://www.lexus.com/models/GS

 

New looks and upgrades feature from Lexus GS 2016

In the sedan type, ‘Lexus GS’ lands in Australia with new looks and upgraded features. There are few changes in its mechanism. The old engine GS250 is replaced by GS200t. it is a turbocharged engine. It comes with styling changes in the front. There are new headlights and daytime lamps as well. The tall new fog lights will ensure that you will be able to drive the car very safely in frozen areas as well. It has new RC Coupe-inspired tail-light internals. Rear bumper and exhaust finishers have revised looks. (Other available models are the GS F SPORT and GS HYBRID)

Host of changes

Lexus GS 350 2016 Overview Source: http://www.lexus.com/models/GS

Lexus GS 350 2016 Overview Source: http://www.lexus.com/models/GS

There are many minor changes through which the style of ‘Lexus GS’ is enhanced. The changes are made in the cabin as well. The steering wheel is revamped. It got a new look. There are special looks on high-grade vehicles. You can find a new clock retrofitted. The central air vent surround is arranged so that there will be better ventilation. Through metal headlights, there will be better visibility. There are remote touch switches, door trim switches, updated shift lever knob and centrally positioned rear lamp.

The turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine produces 180kW of power and 350Nm of torque. Eight-speed automatic transmission is used to send power to rear wheels. The fuel consumption rate is 8 liters per every 100 kilometers. The earlier model used to consume 9.3 liters per 100 kilometers of a journey.

Engine features

GS 200t of Lexus GS has 10-way power front seats with driver memory, 12-speaker audio system, 12-speaker audio system, third generation Lexus Remote Touch Controller, 1600kg braked towing capacity, three-mode drive mode select, eight-inch navigation display screen, electrochromic interior mirror, electronic park brake and electrochromic interior mirror.

You can monitor the engine condition and overall vehicle condition very easily through the enhanced features. It has sensors through which the tyre pressure will be monitored. The seats will be heated and ventilated to enhance your comfort level. Rain sensing wipers will ensure that you will have visibility without fail under all kinds of circumstances. 17-inch alloy wheels will give great driving experience. Automatic heated exterior mirrors with memory, smart entry and start with a smart key card, LED headlamps with automatic high beam, LED daytime running lamps and LED front fog lamps will give you great visibility.

Safety features

Lexus GS 350 2016 Interior Source: http://www.lexus.com/models/GS

Lexus GS 350 2016 Interior Source: http://www.lexus.com/models/GS

Lexus GS comes with enhanced safety features. The driver and passengers will have smooth riding experience.

All speed active cruise control, back guide monitor, blind spot monitor with rear cross traffic alert, clearance and rear sonar and lane keeping assist are some worthy features which will help the driver exercise better control on the vehicle. The driver will be stress-free by using the latest arrangements.

Climate, audio, phone, and navigation controls can be exercised in a better way with the new Lexus GS. There are various models in GS. You can select a model as per the budget and features required by you. Some options can be customized as per your needs.

The new version combines the pre-collision system with pedestrian detection. As a matter of fact, Lexus Enform Safety Connect has become a standard in all Lexus vehicles. The snow plow feature is incorporated through the new grille design. If you are new to Lexus versions, you can find many new features. With best fuel consumption and enhanced driving conditions, you will be able to make the most of your investment.

Pros

  • Enhanced mileage
  • Better ventilation
  • Driver-friendly features
  • Better visibility
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Safety features are very much enhanced

Cons

  • Enhancement add-on is an additional cost
  • The front end design (grill area) is chilling

Conclusion

Lexus GS comes with better interiors. The engine efficiency is increased. Hence, you can expect better mileage than ever before. You will be able to make the most of your time, effort and money. The car has great features so that it can be driven very safely. The driver will enjoy the stress-free driving experience. It is a great vehicle for Australian terrain. With the best grip and command on any kinds of weather and driving conditions, you can look forward to a relaxing travelling experience. Each drive can be customised as per your needs with the available five drive mode assist.

Review of Fiat 124 Spider 2016

Fiat 124 Spider 2016 Overview

The much awaited Fiat 124 Spider is being launched in Australia in February, 2016 (Possible 2017). The car was conceived in 2012. It is a joint venture between Fiat Chrysler group and Mazda. It was first termed as Alfa Romeo. As per the original deal, Mazda has to produce Alfa Romeo powered and styled version of its new MX-5. The car is intended to give stiff competition in the sports car arena. Both companies are committed to produce best sports car by minimizing the cost to the highest possible extent.

Best of Fiat and Mazda

Fiat 124 Spider comes with best features. The platform and interior are dominated by MX-5. The engine is dominated by Fiat. The styling of the car is inspired by original 124 spider. It has large round headlights. Broad grille sits in the centre. The car presents iconic look. There are longer new headlights with the new version. The original look is recreated through the LED halo lighting. The new version comes with 124’s grille in a very efficient manner.

Fiat 124 Spider 2016 Exterior

Fiat 124 Spider 2016 Exterior

There are some changes made to the profile. However, they are very less distinct. There are subtle tweaks in soft curves and folds. It can be easily identified among a group of cars. There are prominent changes in the rear side of the vehicle. There will be larger and more rectangular tail lamps. The rear deck is noticeably squarer than MX-5’s back end.

The cabin is completely similar to MX-5. There is complete resemblance with MX-5 in terms of dashboard, steering wheel and roll-over hoops. It has Mazda’s MZD infotainment system.

Under the bonnet

MX-5 is driven by 96kW/150Nm 1.5 liter engine and 118kW/200Nm 2.0-litre engine. However, 124 has its own engine. The car has 1.4-litre MultiAir engine. It is turbocharged and produces 119kW and 250Nm of torque. Hence, the engine’s capacity is enhanced by 1kW higher than MX5’s 2.0 liter option. However, 50 Newton meters are added in this process. The kerb weight of 124 is not yet revealed.

In terms of mechanical strengths, Fiat and Mazda have equal capabilities. It has double-wishbone on the front and multi-link rear suspension in both models. The electric-assisted steering is present in both cars. It has 6 speed manual and automatic transmission. These features will be offered in 124. Hence, they are mirrored in MX-5 arrangement.

The car is to be manufactured at Mazda’s Hiroshima plan in Japan. It will come with safety features. The safety of the vehicle is enhanced through dual air bags in the front, seat-mounted side airbags, electronic brake force distribution, ABS, brake assist, traction control and electronic stability control. Front seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters will help you use the car very conveniently.

There might be a six speaker sound system with auxiliary input. On the entertainment and electronic design front, it will come with Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity, audio streaming, cruise control, daytime running lights, remote central locking and power windows and mirrors.

You will have comfortable experience with air conditioner. It gives comfortable driving experience with the tilt-adjustable steering wheel. The security of the vehicle is enhanced through a trip computer and an immobilizer.

There is leather upholstery for the seats, steering wheel and gearshift. The inside is furnished well so that you will get a luxurious look and feel. The instrument panel is easily accessible so that you can have great control on the car and entertainment options. It is reliable and comes with great warranty. You will certainly be able to purchase your dream sports car at best prices without compromising on features.

2017 FIAT 124 Spider Driver's Cockpit

2017 FIAT 124 Spider Driver’s Cockpit

Pros

  • Comes with platform and interior dominated by MX-5
  • The engine power is dominated by Fiat
  • Delivers best performance.
  • It has unique style and design traits
  • Agile, balanced chassis makes for excellent dynamics
  • Open-top appeal
  • 1.4-litre turbo engine and styling is different from Mazda ND MX-5

Cons

  • No shoulder support
  • Limited headroom
  • Steering wheel lacks reach adjustment

Fiat 124 Spider comes with best features of Fiat and Mazda. The product will be available for sales by April, 2016. The Italian twin is badged as Fiat 124 after many deliberations. Even though the car dominates MX5 features, Fiat has injected some of its features. There are twin power domes on the bonnet, grille and rear lights. It recalls the elegant design of the old 124 spider. The sports car is expected to be released in second half of 2016. It is two-seat convertible with a soft-top roof. 

Toyota Prius C 2016

Toyota Prius C 2016 Review

Go for bigger and better Toyota Prius C 2016!

Toyota Prius is the 4th generation model and it is synonymous with hybrid motoring. The new version is enhanced in terms of appearance and fuel economy. There were earlier versions which ran on petrol and electrical energy. There is lot of improvement over the third generation model. The power unit is called the hybrid drive system. You can run the car on either petrol or electricity as per your convenience. The 1.8 liter 4 cylinder engine is designed to run on petrol. Nickel-metal hydride or lithium-ion batteries are deployed to run on electrical energy.

Toyota Prius C 2016 Overview Source: http://www.toyota.com/priusc/

Toyota Prius C 2016 Overview. Source: http://www.toyota.com/priusc/

Powerful engine

The rating of Toyota Prius is 72kW and 142Nm. The power offered by electrical motor is 53KW. The new power train relies more upon batteries at higher speeds. As per the new version, the batteries will cling to the drive system up to 110 km/her and it is based on the operation of the throttle and typography of the terrain. The old version singed off from the battery at 70 km/hr. The drive mode settings were adjusted to this extent by Toyota engineers. There are three settings including normal, eco and power.

The throttle response in eco mode will be similar to the third generation of Toyota Prius. The power mode appears to be little and there is not considerable change from the earlier version. The mileage recorded with the 3rd generation model was 7.4 liters per 100 kilometers. It was 5.4 was liters per 100 kilometers with the new version. The drive train will be disassociated in a much quieter way than the earlier versions.

You can exercise more control and precision than the predecessor. There will be less body role at corners. There is better response from the steering. The direction changes can be done very quickly.

Comfort level

In spite of the significant change in the rear suspension, there is no change in the comfort level. However, there was little improvement in the control of the body. There is better raking experience and pedal feel with the new model. There are major changes in the cabin so that the comfort level is enhanced. The cabin comes with high quality finish and more space is available than the older version.

You can notice very nice look and feel of the dashboard. The steering wheel design is enhanced. There are great improvements in the storage front. These improvements include bigger door pockets and better cup holders. There is larger boot space (502 liters). As there is extra large leg room, the rear seat space has increased. These changes are accomplished without making any change to the overall wheelbase.

Leaner and more luxurious

Toyota Prius C 2016 Dashboard Source: http://www.toyota.com/priusc/

Toyota Prius C 2016 Dashboard. Source: http://www.toyota.com/priusc/

With its rich cabin improvements and improvement in boot space, the car offers luxurious features without any difficulty. There will be more engaging and better drive features with the new version. The quiet performance of the car will let you make the most of your time, effort and money. The first impressions of the car are positive. There is significant drop in fuel usage. Because of the positioning of the battery packs, 10% additional space is added for cargo. High-resolution LCD screens, stylized air vents and glossy white highlights are some worthy features in the new Toyota Prius.

Advantages

  • Fuel economy
  • Hybrid drive system (petrol and electrical energy)
  • Disassociation of drive train is very quiet
  • More precision and control than the predecessor
  • Provides obedient response
  • Better raking response and pedal feel

Disadvantages

  • Power is compromised for fuel economy
  • The layout is intrusive. Hence, tall persons should be little watchful to enter the cabin.
  • Back seats are difficult to occupy (especially for taller people)
Toyota Prius C 2016 Interior

Toyota Prius C 2016 Interior. Source: http://www.toyota.com/priusc/

The new Toyota Prius will be rolled out in the first quarter of 2016. The price and other particulars are not yet revealed. The information presented is based on the test ride taken place in Japan. The car maker has described the new version as ‘a beautiful car for a beautiful Earth’. With its hybrid engine, users will have great flexibility to run on either petrol or electricity. Thus, you can contribute to the green technologies. Even though there is little compromise on the power, the fuel saving proportion should be appreciated. The inner cabin has changed and there will be more space for occupants. Even though tall persons might find some difficulty to get into the car, it is possible to have great riding experience. The body control is enhanced through new rear suspension. You can take curves very easily by using the new generation vehicle.

December 9, 2015

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Review

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack wagon Euro spec 2016

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack – A World of Fulfilled Desires

The 2016 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack B8 is one of the best modified versions brought in by the company so far. The unique properties displayed by the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack are the inventiveness of the Passat along with the conventional Alltrack concept. This  busting giant has four petrol and diesel engines that deliver a promising performance on road and all terrains.

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Overview

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack 2016 Overview

Jaguar has impeccably combined the thriftiness of a sports car with the practicality of an everyday driving car in this new Alltrack. The vehicle boasts of very low fuel emissions and very low CO2 emission which seeks it a far-fetched place in the environment friendly automobiles section. It also impresses buyers with an all time low fuel economy. These amazing figures make the 2016 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack an all time hit destined to sell successfully after its launch in Australia in 2016.

The Four Engine Power

One of the four engines is a 2.0TSI petrol engine that delivers 220 hp and a torque of 350Nm. The rest of the three cylinder engines are diesel engines with respective outputs of 150hp, 190 hp and 240 hp while they deliver high torques of 340, 400 and 540 Nm, respectively.

While it gives the pleasure of an all-wheel drive, the owner will further appreciate the seven-speed automatic transmission with the option of driving in the off-road mode. The vehicle’s versatility has further been escalated by making available an ascend-descent control for hill driving.

Bold Exterior

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Leather Interior

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Leather Interior

From the outside, the Jaguar Passat Alltrack depicts a strong character which has been enhanced further and has been given an all-terrain look. This has been achieved with new bumpers, wheel arches and door sills along with under body protection.

Impressive Interiors

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Interior Source: Netcarshow.com

Volkswagen Passat Alltrack Interior Source: Netcarshow.com

Seating has been made not only super comfortable but also more beautiful by covering it with new fabric or alcantara trim. The door sills have been finished with stainless steel and pedals have been given a rough look with brushed stainless steel.

The standard infotainment options are available in the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack and features premium options like the Apple Car Play and the Android Auto combined with the Mirror link. The touch screen centre console also displays specialised off road info.

The four wheel drive offered by the F pace makes it ready for high and rough terrains as well as a suitable vehicle to drive in the iciest of mountains. Its amazing strength makes it suitable to pull a trailer as heavy as 2200 kg and the manufacturer has included trailer assist technology to make the towing process easier.

Conclusion

As far as its competitors are concerned, the PASSAT All track’s main competition lies with the Cross Country models by Volvo .i.e. the V40 and V60, however it easily out classes the other vehicles with its excellent interiors, outstanding power performance and world class infotainment systems.

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

Best 7-Seater Cars to Buy in 2015

Best 7-Seater Cars to Buy in 2016

[This list of Best 7-Seater Cars for 2016 have been updated recently!]

Large families especially need seven seater cars to accommodate every member comfortably, and they are also ideal if you require carrying extra passenger space occasionally or if you are looking for a vehicle with a larger interior. There are several 7 seater cars on the market each offering unique style and functionality, and while they might not be sports cars, long gone are the days of clunky people carriers, modern seven-seaters are both stylish and highly functional. There are a huge array of vehicles to choose from, and selecting which model that best serves your needs can be daunting. Here then is a succinct guide to the best 7 seater cars on the Australian market for 2015.

Audi Q7

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(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audi_Q7)

The Audi Q7 is an elegant seven-seater SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) offering luxury, comfort and performance. It is an excellent choice if you are also considering a car that enhances your image, and the Audi Q7 comes in diesel and petrol engines that are both highly fuel-efficient. It also offers and environmentally-friendly fuel option to lower the emissions of nitrogen oxide, and features decorated interiors with a multi-media interface for better control on the road. The Audi Q7 may be a pricier option but is well worth considering.

 

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso

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The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso is an excellent choice if you are looking for extra load space in addition to seven seats. It has near van-like space inside while avoiding the bulky image that many vans have. It has a futuristic design with eye catching features that have made it a popular choice for car buyers, and comes with a fuel efficient diesel engine with significantly lower carbon dioxide emissions per kilometre than most standard 7-seaters. All its passenger seats are foldable should you need space to carry large loads, which is impressive considering it has capacity for over a thousand eight hundred and fifty litres.

Kia Carnival

The Kia Carnival is perhaps one of the few 7 seater cars Australia has really fallen in love with. It is an affordable model and has low costs of operation and maintenance, which places it a notch higher than most of the other competing models, yet retains a spacious feel and is a reliable, comfortable and easy to drive. It also offers an extra seat bringing the number of seats to eight should you need it. The Kia Carnival is an excellent choice if you are looking for one of the most affordable yet reliable 7 seater cars on the market.

Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe offers style combined with comfort. It comes with a 2.2 litre diesel engine, and the manual transmission model can reach a maximum of 47 mpg with its automatic counterpart managing 41 mpg. The car is one of the most affordable 7 seater cars for sale on the market today and is a serious contender for any 7-seater purchasing decision. The Santa Fe also comes with a five-year warranty which offers additional peace of mind, one minor flaw customers have commented on is the slightly less space for the rear seats which comes into play especially if travelling longer distances. Otherwise though the Santa Fe for everyday family transportation is a solid option.

Nissan X-Trail

The Nissan X-Trail is the only Nissan brand seven-seater SUV after the Nissan Qashqai was discontinued. It comes with a 128bhp, 1.6 litre diesel engine that reaches up to 60mpg, however the car is quite heavy and would have been better with more power. The Nissan X-Trail’s forte is it boasts a large interior space with a massive 445-litre boot remaining after all seven seats have been put in place, enough for even the most demanding space requirements of your 7-seater car.

BMW X5

The BMW X5 is a luxury end 7-seater SUV that has been well received across Europe and Australia. The car is sleek, well-engineered and reliable, and its latest version released in 2014 is longer and wider than its predecessors. It is also stable and contains premium luxury features synonymous with the BMW brand. There are three engine options from which you can choose. If you are a speed enthusiast, its turbocharged diesel engine can reach a 100km/hr from starting in a matter of 6.9 seconds, with the vehicle’s off-road performance being equally impressive. The BMW X5 is an upper market choice and represents an enviable combination of style and function.

Land Rover Discovery 4

The Land Rover has also always been popular with families seeking maximum seat and storage space, and the Discovery 4 model combines this history of excellence with comfort and power. The interiors are spacious and all; the occupants have an excellent view of the road and long gone are the days of Land Rover’s still memorable box-like design. Slightly unfortunate is the choice of 3.0 litre diesel engine which isn’t as powerful as it could, however the engine is strong enough to give the Discovery great off the road capabilities. It is a great car for long distances and has towing capabilities that few SUVs can match.

Ford S-MAX

The Ford S-MAX combines sports utility with sleek luxury to create a car that is fun to drive. It has a unique shape; a hidden chassis and a lean body cut. However, the sporty styling reduces much of the interior space and makes the third row noticeably more cramped than most of its competitors. It also has direct steering making it easier to navigate twisty roads. There are several engine options that you can choose from, and all in all it is a pretty quick model on the road and a good choice for those who are after a good-looking 7 seater car.

Volvo XC90

Volvo’s XC90 was introduced in 2003 and has changed little over the years, a fair decision as it holds an excellent record of performance year after year, and has set the pace for new competing seven seater cars introduced later. It is stable, comfortable, and ideal for long distances. There is ample room in the back for the third-row seats and an enormous boot for the luggage. The seats are supportive and comfortable, and tt retains its legacy of being extremely safe and stable on the road. One drawback is its 2.4 litre D5 engine which only reaches up to 34.4 mpg, which for 2015 is on the sluggish side, and similarly it has a poor economy rating. A new XC90 model is on the way and is expected to have better capabilities.

Renault Grand Scenic

This Grand Scenic is the eagerly awaited improvement of the Renault Scenic, featuring added interior space to carry seven people against five for its predecessor. It has a spacious total area of 2,063 litres when the rear seats have been folded down, and its 1.5 litre diesel engine has powerful capabilities of up to 68.9mpg. It has a solid build quality and is great to travel in. The only thing some buyers may think twice about is if you are looking to beat the free road tax, in which case the Renault Grand Scenic may be a less practical choice for you as it has carbon dioxide emissions of over 100g per kilometre. It is also often reported to be less practical and reliable compared to many other 7 seater cars for sale.

 

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.