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.