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3 years/100,000km $740 for 3 years/60,000km

9 months/15,000km 54 per cent

5 stars 1.8-litre 4-cyl, 104kW/176Nm

6-speed auto; FWD 7.4L/100km, 91RON, 175g/km CO

4.7m (L), 1.8m (W), 1.5m (H) 1410kg Full size recog­ni­tion Blue­tooth func­tion for the phone. The wagon en­joys all the safety fea­tures of the sedan and hatch, in­clud­ing a five-star crash rat­ing, elec­tronic sta­bil­ity and trac­tion con­trol, brake as­sist, heated mir­rors and a rear park sen­sor. The full-size spare is a wel­come fit­ment for coun­try own­ers.


The chas­sis is just so good. It’s a wel­com­ing car from the first time be­hind the steer­ing wheel, im­me­di­ately im­press­ing with its con­fi­dent road hold­ing. The steer­ing feel is well weighted, a com­mend­able ef­fort for a setup with elec­tric as­sis­tance.

Su­pe­rior chas­sis bal­ance masks the in­her­ent un­der­steer — up to a point— en­hanc­ing the fun-drive fac­tor. Ride com­fort is gen­er­ally tops and shows some abrupt­ness and clunks only over rut­ted ground at low speeds. The engine feels tech­ni­cally de­fi­cient.

No doubt it suits the city­sub­ur­ban role, with very good low-speed re­sponse for quick ac­cel­er­a­tion but by the time the tacho’s show­ing 3500rpm the power is ta­per­ing and the engine noise is in­creas­ing. By 5000rpm you’d pre­fer to be some­where else.

The auto does a de­cent job of shuf­fling the torque to the front wheels and if you drive very con­ser­va­tively, you won’t be crit­i­cal.


Great ef­fort. The diesel may be a bet­ter buy. Sadly, the sprightly 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine is not avail­able in the wagon.

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