The Weekend Post - Motoring - - ROAD TEST -

WHAT’S IT GOT Seven airbags, sta­bil­ity con­trol, radar cruise, auto emer­gency brak­ing, blind spot mon­i­tor­ing, lane de­par­ture alert and steer­ing as­sist, rear cross traf­fic alert, 18-inch al­loys, dual zone air­con, key­less en­try, heated and leather-faced front seats, 6.1-inch touch­screen, Blue­tooth with au­dio stream­ing, nav­i­ga­tion with traf­fic up­dates, voice con­trol, USB, LED head­lights with auto high-beam, rear cam­era, 60-40 split rear seat, tem­po­rary spare.

WHAT IT HASN’T Ap­ple CarPlay, An­droid Auto, rear vents, in­te­rior tail­gate re­lease, full-size spare.

OWN­ER­SHIP Ser­vic­ing costs $975 over five years/ 75,000km, with in­ter­vals of 12 months/15,000km

WHAT WE LIKED Tractable, re­fined, fru­gal 1.2 turbo/CVT works beau­ti­fully in the city and cruises eas­ily on the high­way with diesel-like fuel econ­omy. The best ride and han­dling com­pro­mise in the class. The best safety spec­i­fi­ca­tion in the class. Base model is great value. The styling works. Toy­ota qual­ity, dura­bil­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity. Cheap ser­vic­ing.

WHAT WE DIDN’T Toy­ota needs to get rid of that tiny, an­ti­quated touch­screen and in­clude An­droid Auto/Ap­ple CarPlay con­nec­tiv­ity. Only one USB and 12V out­let. Auto high-beam needs work. Kids won’t be happy in the back.


MAZDA CCX-3 AKARI $35,290 Top-spec CX-3 runs 10 109kW 2.0-litre/six-speed auto/AWD. The 1.5 tur­botu diesel, with 250Nm of torque, is also wo worth a test drive.

SUBARUSU XV 2.0iS $35,540 New XV ar ar­rives next month, based on much im­provedim Im­preza ar­chi­tec­ture, but also withw that car’s slug­gish, thirsty 2.0-litre/ CVT/AWDCV set-up.

SUZUKISU VITARA S TURBO $34,990 Runs 103 103kW 1.4-litre turbo/six-speed auto/AWD, with snows mode and lock­ing cen­tre diff for of­froad. No driver as­sist safety tech, though.

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