Mercury (Hobart) - Motoring - - ROAD TEST -

WHAT IT’S GOT seven airbags, sta­bil­ity con­trol, blue­tooth, nav­i­ga­tion, toy­ota link2, voice con­trol (phone and au­dio only; not for nav­i­ga­tion), park­ing sen­sors, cam­era, cloth up­hol­stery, leather-wrapped steer­ing wheel and gear lever, full size al­loy spare, key­less en­try and start­ing, 16-inch al­loy wheels with 205/55 dun­lop tyres. WHAT IT HASN’T Au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing, blind spot mon­i­tor­ing, rear cross traf­fic alert, lane de­par­ture warn­ing, dig­i­tal ra­dio, rear seat vents, Ap­ple CarPlay, An­droid Auto. OWN­ER­SHIP ser­vic­ing costs $840 over 3 years/60,000km, with in­ter­vals of 6 months/10,000km. WHAT WE LIKED Does the ba­sics well. Fam­ily-sized cabin with sup­port­ive seats and a huge boot. Com­fort­able driv­ing po­si­tion with clear vi­sion. Smooth, re­spon­sive CVT, rea­son­able per­for­mance and good fuel-ef­fi­ciency. Safe and secure on rough roads. Cheap to run, ab­so­lutely bul­let­proof and out­stand­ing dura­bil­ity. Seam­less Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity. Full-size spare. WHAT WE DIDN’T Overas­sisted, vague steer­ing at high­way speeds. There’s lit­tle fi­nesse or joy in the ride/han­dling com­pro­mise. The en­gine gets coarse and noisy at the top end. No blind spot mon­i­tor­ing. No dig­i­tal speedo. Small touch­screen. Why do you need a warn­ing beeper when you se­lect re­verse? Short war­ranty and ser­vice in­ter­vals.

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