Will­ing worker with a way to go

The Advertiser - Motoring - - WORKING WHEELS FIVE THINGS - Richard Black­burn

1The It’s a United Na­tions ef­fort

Tun­land may be Chi­nese-made but the com­po­nents come from far and wide. The en­gine is a Cum­mins diesel from the US, the man­ual trans­mis­sion — there is no auto — comes from Ger­many’s Ge­trag, while the trans­fer case, axles and dif­fer­en­tials are also US-made. The Chi­nese car in­dus­try doesn’t shy away from “learn­ing” from the best of the rest of the world. 2place

The cabin is a pleas­ant Early ex­am­ples of Chi­nese ve­hi­cles were ei­ther rudi­men­tary in­side or too chintzy. The Tun­land in­te­rior feels well put to­gether and the lay­out is sim­ple but ef­fec­tive. The four-door, four-wheeldrive ver­sion has im­i­ta­tion leather trim, cruise con­trol, elec­tric ad­just­ment for the driver’s seat, Blue­tooth stream­ing and tray liner. 3though

It’s not all good news, It’s roomy in the front but the rear seats aren’t as generous as some ri­vals. For some strange rea­son the air­con has to be turned on each time you start the car and the cruise con­trol doesn’t main­tain a con­stant speed — it can vary 10km/h de­pend­ing on whether you’re go­ing up­hill or down. There’s only one 12V out­let — some com­peti­tors have up to three and oth­ers even have a stan­dard house­hold plug socket. There are no rear air­con vents ei­ther. 4could If you get T-boned, it

be cur­tains The Tun­land is off the pace when it comes to safety. Sta­bil­ity con­trol — stan­dard on al­most ev­ery other new ve­hi­cle on the road — is not avail­able. There are only two airbags to pro­tect you in a front-on crash. The vast ma­jor­ity of com­peti­tors now have side and cur­tain airbags as stan­dard fare. Given that such ve­hi­cles are in­creas­ingly dou­bling as fam­ily ve­hi­cles on the week­end, the omis­sion is in­ex­cus­able. Not to men­tion the fact that tradies spend more time on the road than most and are there­fore more at risk of hav­ing an ac­ci­dent. There’s no re­vers­ing cam­era, only park­ing sen­sors, so there’s more risk of run­ning some­one over on the work­site. Crash-tested in 2012, it re­ceived three stars. 5isn’t It drives OK but the price

right The Tun­land is a big im­prove­ment on the early Chi­nese utes. The en­gine may be noisy and down on power and torque com­pared with the op­po­si­tion but it is a will­ing beast if you keep it hum­ming along in its nar­row sweet spot. The sus­pen­sion and steer­ing aren’t the worst in the class, ei­ther. The pric­ing is very tempt­ing, at $27,990 drive-away but Mit­subishi cur­rently has the Tri­ton at $32,990 drive-away. For the ex­tra, you get five-star safety, seven airbags, more power and torque, five-year war­ranty in­stead of three, 600kg ad­di­tional tow­ing ca­pac­ity, larger dealer net­work and less de­pre­ci­a­tion.

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