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.

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.

December 7, 2015

Jaguar F-Pace 2016 Review

The Performance Roar SUV

Jaguar F-Pace Review

Jaguar F-Pace Overview Source: http://www.jaguarusa.com/all-models/f-pace/index.html

The British origin Car maker- Jaguar- has introduced with its latest SUV F-Pace, which will be entering the Australian automobile market by September 2016. Reportedly, the car is being launched with the main focus as being competition for the Porsche Macan SUV and the company is not trying to hide this strategy at all.

The Jaguar F-Pace, which was unfurled in Frankfurt recently, is a combination of elite and compact style which makes it a noteworthy participant in the SUV market. It is proportionate and though an SUV, it stands at a height of 1.66 metres and a length of 4.7 metres so that its customers can easily navigate the vehicle through smaller spaces, too.

The designers at Jaguar have left no stone unturned in making it a driver’s car. Highlighted is that the SUV has been squeezed both in size and cost as compared to the BMW X5 and Audi Q5, however it has picked up both the innovation and practicality of both these high end SUVs.

Engine Specs

The Jaguar F-Pace will be offered in three standard variants with different engines. The first one is four-cylinder 2.0 litre diesel turbo engine which produces 132kW and 430Nm. This engine is one of the first Ingenium engines- an in-house Jaguar manufactured product. It gives great fuel economy at 4.9l/100 km.

The second variant is a V6 3.0 litre diesel engine which is also fitted in XF sedan. This one is capable of producing a torque of 700Nm and delivers a power of 221kW of power.

The third and topmost performing engine is a V6 petrol 3.0 litre supercharged engine which is the same as in Jaguar F-type. It translates from 0 to 100km/h in a short span of 5.1 seconds and produces 280kW and 450 Nm for the Jaguar F Pace.

The design cues have been picked up by some of its predecessors like the F-type where it has borrowed its tall shoulder line. Similarly, the horizontal headlights that F-Pace exhibits are like the E-type and the bonnet scoops appear to be an XJ quality. But Jaguar is targeting new customers who are first time Jaguar buyers- mostly young women. Recycled aluminium comprises 80% of the chassis material and makes it an extremely lightweight chassis which is incomparable with any other model.

Safety Technology

The F-Pace is as appeasing with its design as it is reliable with premium safety features. There are a total of twelve safety features, one of which includes emergency braking with pedestrian detection system.

Lateral stiffness has been increased to a great extent by a wishbone front suspension made of aluminium and a great rear suspension too.

World Class Interiors

Jaguar F-Pace Interiors

Jaguar F-Pace Interiors


Jaguar F-Pace Leather Interiors

Jaguar F-Pace Leather Interiors

From the inside, the F-Pace is fitted with an electronic steering and convenience features for comfortable winter driving and efficient fuel economy and four zone climatic control. There are electric rear seats which are reclining and 14 way adjustment in the front seats. A huge boot volume of 655 litres which can be expanded to 1740 litres makes it an extremely comfortable SUV. The interiors have also been fitted with an audio comprised of four USB systems and also four sockets of 12 Volts each. In the infotainment zone- a 10.2 inch touch screen along with a 12.3 inch digital display- makes it very user friendly and attractive too.

It offers ample of legroom, which is  the best in its sector and also a huge luggage space for travel comfort.

Estimated Costs

The Jaguar F-Pace will be hitting the Australian market in 2016 with an estimated cost starting from $70,000 and is a promising selling model when customers are looking for better quality at lower costs.

Jaguar F-Pace buyers can get a huge amount of premium features that start from the entry level models itself, like the monotube shock absorbers and Adaptive Dynamics. So, customers can get their dream car with ultra luxury qualities and a high fuel economy vehicle which is well within their reach, soon to be launched in Australian car showrooms by late 2016.

Honda NSX 2016

New Generation Honda NSX (2016 Model)

Honda NSX 2016

Honda NSX 2016

The new Honda NSX is being introduced as a unique blend of performance, strength and sport. This supercar has been developed by Honda in the sports category and is bound to give the sports driver an ultimate experience in terms of design, intuitive driving and power. Its hybrid nature power unit is destined to make it a popular choice for its buyers. The NSX which stands for New Sports car Experimental has come a long way from its predecessors.

As a part of its global recovery plan, Honda has recently announced that the NSX Hybrid supercar originally launched in the US will be soon out for delivery in the Australian supercar market as well. Although there has reportedly been a significant delay in this step as there was a developmental change in the engine layout of the car. Originally, the manufacturer planned to fit a transverse mounted V6 engine in the car, which was later replaced by a north-south engine which will finally be the power hub of the new generation Honda NSX to be launched in Australia. As per the plan, the company sticks to its announcement of introducing the wonder super car in Australia in 2016.

The New Honda NSX will revitalise the entire brand and will be a showcase of the hybrid technology being brought in by Honda. As compared to its first ancestor, the 1980 Japanese supercar original NSX, the all new 2016 NSX has an incredible change in the performance and interior appearance.

Striking Exteriors

With distinct and sharp lines, the new generation Honda NSX exudes a muscular and menacing look. The sports car comes in a palette of exciting colours and buyers can end up feeling ecstatic riding the all new Honda NSX.

The hybrid engine

The new Honda NSX’s power train is inspired by the Porsche 918 Spyder, though it has some unique features of its own too. A twin cylinder turbocharged 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine sits behind the passenger cabin longitudinally and produces 373 kW and 550 Nm torque.

An in-house automatic transmission developed by Honda is also fitted which is nine-speed dual clutch. This is the main factor that reduces lag and immediately delivers power to the rear wheels.

There is a lithium ion battery pack that sits in the chassis and powers the individual 73Nm electric motor residing each in the front wheel and making them more powerful. This enables pure electric controlled operation at low speeds and also delivers an enjoyable all-four wheel drive and adequate torque vectoring.

Delivering a total output of 427kW and 646Nm, the Honda NSX has been interestingly engineered to give a power packed performance. As the driver speeds up, the change in speed is easily accommodated and the car’s digital speedometer seems to lag behind the actual speed rising up swiftly. Even at a high 180km/l drive, the NSX manages to stay calm and settled, allowing the driver to comfortably navigate up to the ninth gear. Be it plain or steep roads, the new Honda hybrid NSX moves smoothly with the help of front motors effectively pulling on.

Honda NSX-2016 Interior

Soothing interiors

All lined up with leather and Alcantara, the NSX is beautifully done in every nook and corner from the inside with a royal touch. Body hugging seats give utmost comfort to driver as well as passengers. Amazing driver visibility leaves a clear front vision through the car’s broad window screen.

Honda NSX-2016 Interior

Estimated Costs

As spoken by the Honda Australia Sales Head Stephen Collins, the specialised super car that is much awaited in Australia is going to touch the country by second half of 2016. The petrol electric hybrid car has not yet revealed its actual pricing, but it is estimated to be in the price tag under $200,000.

Honda customers who are eyeing the supercar hybrid Honda NSX can have the full advantage of its smooth transmission, high performance at top speed adventure levels. Honda has tried to create a very special experience for its buyers through the 2016 Honda NSX which has almost re-born to work up beyond expectations for sports racing events. One will definitely want to upgrade to this super power car for a thrill.

December 3, 2015

Ford Focus RS – For an All-new Halo Performance

Ford Focus RS Car Review

Ford has recently announced the arrival of the all-new Ford Focus RS to be available in the Australian market beginning mid-2016. Back in 2011, the older version i.e. the 224 kW RS was successfully sold in Australia. Now, the new generation with sharper looks and greater performance is being introduced by Ford and will become available for buyers in the coming year.

A Robust Engine

The second generation Ford Focus RS has been fitted with a 2.3 litre Eco-Boost turbo engine which runs on a four-cylinder system. This is uniquely combined with all-wheel drive that enables the vehicle to channel its 257kW/440 Nm into a  performance unlike any other. A torque vectoring system has also been incorporated for enhanced driving pleasure. The Ford Focus RS is a thrill to steer through various traffic situations with selectable driving modes which make it very convenient to handle. Oversteer control is easier by opting for the ‘drift mode,’ technology which is the first of its kind to be used in the car industry.

The Eco-Boost turbo engine follows the conventional method of transmitting torque to the vehicle’s corners via the six-speed manual gearbox which makes it a popular choice for purist buyers.

The car’s peak torque ranges between 1600 and 5000 rpm with the peak power reaching around 6000rpm. This enables the Ford Focus RS to sprint between 0-100 km/h in a mere 4.7 seconds which is enabled by its efficient launch control system.

The car’s base weight measures at 1575 kg which allows the Ford Focus RS to speed up without losing stability, even at high speed drives.

The car has a unique RS tuned suspension with adjustable dampers. These all-new engine features give the Ford Focus RS a commanding as well as a pleasant-to-drive personality. It easily out-powers the Audi’s supercharged S5 and is destined to please its customers with its delivery of 257kw in just 2.3 litres. Also, a huge turbocharger gives a staggering 1.3 bar or 23.2 PSI of boost, thus racing it far ahead of its competitors.

Decked Out InteriorsFord Focus RS Interior

The Ford Focus RS has easy to please interiors that are eye-catching as well as  convenient. The shell seats are Recaro branded and the fabric panels are made of either partial leather or microfiber. The all-new Audio System has a High Resolution colour touch screen with an 8.0 inch size. There are even more cutting-edge technological features that further enhance the inside ambience- like the Bluetooth device with audio streaming Natural Voice Control for controls of climate, music, phone and navigation.

Voice Control enables One-Shot Destination Entry that makes Navigation Control much easier. The audio system is also equipped with a nine speaker system and high quality USB and RCA inputs.

A Reverse View Camera allows for enhanced safety and comfort when backing up. Another unique feature is the Dual Zone Climate control that allows comfortable regulation of ambient temperature during summer or winter months.

The Standard Drift Mode

The Ford Focus RS comes standard with 235/35/R19 Michelin Super Sport tires that have a superb grip and prevent skidding even while slowing from high speeds. The Track mode enables easy everyday handling while the Normal and Sport modes are for more aggressive driving situations. The driver can also switch to an all new Drift mode which allows for maximum tire slaying for added fun on the road.

Aerodynamic design

The body has been designed putting maximum emphasis on a sleek, aerodynamic design, boosting the fuel economy and maximum handling for oversteering.

Costs

With this enhanced feature package, the Ford Focus RS 2016 will start at $50,990 with additional on-road costs in Australia next year. Buyers can fall in love with this new performer, which is Ford’s sixth new performance model in the last two years. Ford has forced its way into various niches over competitors by being more affordable and performing better than both the Mercedes Benz A45 AMG and the BMW M135i in road tests.

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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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citroën_C4_Picasso

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.

 

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.