WHAT’S NEW

Mercury (Hobart) - Motoring - - FIRST DRIVE -

PRICE

Start­ing prices are up across the board but dis­guised with drive-away deals that start at $23,990. VW claims at least $2000 of added value, depend­ing on the model.

EQUIP­MENT

More stan­dard safety, im­proved in­fo­tain­ment — even the park­ing as­sis­tance has more abil­ity. Each model gets more as fea­tures trickle down the range.

PER­FOR­MANCE

The dozy 92kW base en­gine is gone, leav­ing 110kW and 132kW tur­bos and a 135kW turbo diesel with 380Nm. Six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG au­to­matic trans­mis­sions depend­ing on the model; front-drive ex­cept in the AWD All­track.

DRIV­ING

Same as it ever was, with a Benz-style feel on any road and im­pres­sive quiet­ness and com­fort.

DE­SIGN

You will never pick the dif­fer­ence from out­side. Big­ger in­fo­tain­ment screens are the give-away in the cabin.

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