The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - Road Test -

WHAT IT’S GOT Seven airbags, com­pre­hen­sive safety kit. Ac­tive Bon­net au­to­mat­i­cally lifts the rear edge of the bon­net in a pedes­trian im­pact. Space-saver spare, au­to­matic park­ing (par­al­lel and re­verse), tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor, rear cam­era with multi-an­gle views and dy­namic guide­lines, eight-inch in­fo­tain­ment touch­screen, Ap­ple CarPlay, An­droid Auto, tri-zone air­con, fold­ing ta­bles on the front seat backs, roof con­sole and draw­ers un­der the front seats. WHAT IT HASN’T Power tail­gate, ad­justable lum­bar sup­port for driver’s seat, adap­tive sus­pen­sion, key­less en­try and start. OWN­ER­SHIP Ser­vic­ing costs $2850 over five years/75,000km, in­ter­vals of 12 months/15,000km. WHAT WE LIKED It’s bet­ter than some $60K Euro SUVs. Built like a small tank. Kid car­rier par ex­cel­lence, with A-grade safety, prac­ti­cal­ity and con­ve­nience in a spa­cious, com­fort­able pack­age. Con­fi­dent, en­joy­able han­dling, on dirt roads too thanks to all-wheel drive. Smooth, quiet, fuel-ef­fi­cient turbo diesel. WHAT WE DIDN’T Quick, it’s not. Firm, lumpy ride. Slightly im­pre­cise steer­ing. Max­i­mum tow­ing weight claim is ab­surd. In­fo­tain­ment re­quires a ses­sion with the owner’s man­ual to nut out. VWs can still have re­li­a­bil­ity is­sues.

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