High rid­ers and a hid­den trick

The Advertiser - Motoring - - LAUNCH PAD -

Skoda Ko­diaq, from $42,990 Skoda is hunt­ing big game with its new seven-seat SUV. The all­wheel-drive Ko­diaq is pow­ered by a 132kW/320Nm 2.0-litre turbo matched to a seven-speed dual-clutch au­to­matic trans­mis­sion for claimed fuel use of 7.6L/100km. There’s a 140kW/400Nm turbo diesel due be­fore the end of the year. Pric­ing for the petrol ver­sion starts at $42,990; just $500 more than a base Mazda CX-9 and $4500 cheaper than an en­try Kluger AWD. The Ko­diaq gets nine airbags, city-speed au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing, adap­tive cruise con­trol, LED head­lamps, du­al­zone air­con, power tail­gate and eight-inch in­fo­tain­ment screen with sat­nav and An­droid/Ap­ple mir­ror­ing. Metal­lic paint adds $700, a sun­roof $1900. The $2500 tech pack op­tion bun­dles adap­tive chas­sis con­trol linked to the driv­ing mode, 10-speaker Can­ton au­dio, au­to­mated park­ing as­sist and an off-road driv­ing pro­gram. Those with a lux­ury bias can drop $4900 on a kit that in­cludes blind-spot and lane de­par­ture warn­ings, rear cross-traf­fic alert, leather up­hol­stery, ven­ti­lated power front seats, heated front and rear seats, sur­round-view cam­era and three-zone air­con. Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Ter­rain, from $109,900 The all-wheel drive E-Class wagon is such a niche prod­uct there will one spec­i­fi­ca­tion only when it goes on sale later this month. Based on the E220d, it pairs a 2.0-litre turbo diesel (143kW/400Nm) with a nine­speed trans­mis­sion. Higher pro­file tyres and ad­justable air sus­pen­sion give the All-Ter­rain a ride height of between 121mm and 156mm. Stan­dard are LED multi-beam head­lamps, un­der­body cladding, leather up­hol­stery, a pair of 12.3-inch dis­plays, adap­tive cruise con­trol, au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing, ac­tive blind spot and lane-de­par­ture in­ter­ven­tion and semi­au­tonomous steer­ing (when sen­sors de­tect lane mark­ings). Suzuki Swift, from $16,990 drive-away (est) The five-door only Swift hits deal­er­ships from June 6 and is ex­pected to come with a 1.2-litre four-cylin­der (67kW/120Nm) in the en­try mod­els and a 1.0-litre three-cylin­der turbo (82kW/ 170Nm) in the higher-spec vari­ant. Those num­bers don’t sound huge but this is a very light car at about 900kg. Trans­mis­sion op­tions will be a five-speed man­ual or CVT for the 1.2 and a six-speed auto for the turbo en­gine. The Swift has al­ways been a car for the young and the young at heart, so the lat­est it­er­a­tion fol­lows the for­mula with a sharp shape, a dom­i­nant fea­ture be­ing the “float­ing roofline” that hides the rear door han­dles. The Swift steps up on the dig­i­tal front with An­droid/Ap­ple mir­ror­ing via a seven-inch in­fo­tain­ment screen, re­vers­ing cam­era and 4.2-inch colour LCD driver’s dis­play. Suzuki Aus­tralia has yet to an­nounce pric­ing or con­tent but ex­pect top-spec vari­ants to pick up adap­tive cruise con­trol with au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing and lane-de­par­ture warn­ing.

Skoda Ko­diaq, main; E-Class All-Ter­rain, top; Suzuki Swift

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