An es­tab­lished favourite takes on a ris­ing star in the bat­tle of the fam­ily-friendly soft­road­ers. Chris Ri­ley is the judge.

Herald Sun - Motoring - - HEAD TO HEAD -


All the crea­ture com­forts in­clud­ing leather trim, cli­mate con­trol air­con, sat­nav, sun­roof and key­less en­try with push-but­ton start. Trou­ble is it costs $2000 more than the Kia. Ser­vice is a bit ex­pen­sive too at $1952 for three years or 60,000km (that’s with ex­tras in­cluded and ser­vices ev­ery 6 months).


Cur­rent model was launched 2011, facelifted early last year and a com­pletely new one is com­ing next year. Be­cause of this sales have slipped but it re­mains a solid, well rounded pack­age that has plenty to ap­peal, in­clud­ing com­fort­able seats, Siri voice con­trol for iPhone, one of the largest boots in the seg­ment and Honda’s “magic” seat­ing — the rears fold flat at a sin­gle touch.


The 2.4-litre 4-cyl di­rect-in­jec­tion petrol en­gine (140kW/222Nm) matched to a five-speed auto falls short of the com­pe­ti­tion — par­tic­u­larly as Honda once had a diesel with nine-speeder. Claimed thirst is 8.7L/100km and we got 8.9L over 500km. Not bad for a ve­hi­cle of this size and style.Will tow 1500kg.


Awarded five stars in crash test­ing, de­spite a risk of lower leg in­jury for the driver. ADAS pack in­cludes the lat­est driver aids in­clud­ing auto brak­ing, blind spot alert and lane de­par­ture warn­ing. Also has front and rear sen­sors, cam­era view when merg­ing left and re­vers­ing cam­era.


Smooth ride, sits nicely on the road and is easy to steer. There’s noth­ing spe­cial in terms of per­for­mance but it’s still very live­able. The main touch­screen can be tem­per­a­men­tal and dif­fi­cult to op­er­ate on the run but the new, more de­tailed re­vers­ing cam­era makes it eas­ier to re­verse park. Dash changes colour to warn when you’re driv­ing with a lead foot. Four-wheel drive kicks in when wheel slip de­tected.

$45,790 17.5pts

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