New year, new gear
A micro SUV for inner-city urbanites who want to venture out of the weekends is the brief for the Ignis.
It delivers with front and allwheel drive variants and seating for four. The design dares to be different and with some vivid paints to pick from, the Ignis will certainly stand out in carparks.
The wheels are pushed out to the corners of the car to maximise space, leading to 204 litres of capacity in the AWD versions.
Specifications haven’t been released but the likes of a seveninch touchscreen, satellite navigation, autonomous emergency braking, lanedeparture warning and adaptive cruise control can be found on top-spec overseas versions.
Power comes from a 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine with 67kW/120Nm matched to a manual gearbox or CVT. Carsguide expects prices to start at about $17,000 when the baby Suzuki crossover goes on sale next week.
MAZDA MX-5 RF
The hardtop version of Mazda’s roadster will cost from $38,550 when sales begin on February 1. That’s about $4000 dearer than a comparable manually operated fabric-roofed MX-5, meaning you either really like the look of the RF or really are lazy enough to insist on a powered roof.
The RF (Retractable Fastback) eschews the soft top’s entry level 1.5-litre engine in favour of the 118kW/200Nm 2.0-litre mill. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, the six-speed auto adds $2000.
All versions come with the electrically operated roof, LED headlamps with adaptive lighting, a 4.6-inch colour TFT instrument display and leatherwrapped steering wheel. Stepping up to the GT elevates the price to $43,890 and adds tan or black leather upholstery, LED tail lamps, heated seats and a nine-speaker Bose sound system. GT versions can also be had with a black roof and nappa leather for an extra $1000.
VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN HIGHLINE 162
The Tiguan 162 is best described as the SUV incarnation of the Golf GTI. The headline act in the Tiguan ensemble — which has just earned the Carsguide Car of the Year accolade — uses a 2.0-litre turbo engine and a seven-speed dual-clutch auto to knock off the triple-digittriple- digit sprint in 6.5 seconds.
It is priced at $48,490 but more than 70 per cent of those who have pre-ordered the car have opted for the $4000 RLine pack which bundles adaptive chassis control and variable steering with interior and exterior bling. Vienna leather covers the heated front seats, there’s a powered tailgate, an eight-inch infotainment display, cruise control, tinted rearwindowsrear windows and three- three-zonezone aircon. Driving aids include AEB, lane departure warning, and driver fatigue detection. Expect to see the top-spec Tiguan appearing in dealerships from next week.
MAZDA MX-5 RF