Mercury (Hobart) - Motoring - - COVER STORY -

PRICE Prices are up by be­tween $300 and $1000 on most mod­els, to $33,590 drive-away to $48,535 drive-away. But Honda says there’s more equip­ment plus a five-year/un­lim­ited kilo­me­tre war­ranty. TECH There’s a new dig­i­tal widescreen dash. Au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing, lane keep­ing and radar cruise con­trol are still avail­able only on the dear­est vari­ant. PER­FOR­MANCE The new 1.5-litre turbo has more grunt than the pre­vi­ous model’s non-turbo 2.0- and 2.4-litre en­gines. Per­for­mance is helped by a new CVT, re­plac­ing the pre­vi­ous model’s con­ven­tional five-speed auto. DRIV­ING The new model has a big­ger foot­print than be­fore so it feels more sure-footed in cor­ners. Steer­ing is very re­spon­sive thanks to fewer turns lock to lock and the turn­ing cir­cle is the same as the pre­vi­ous model. DE­SIGN Com­pletely new from the ground up, it’s longer, wider, taller and roomier than be­fore. The brakes are big­ger to cope with the ex­tra 49kg-107kg. Cargo space has been trimmed slightly to cre­ate more room for the sec­ond row.

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