$158,988, from Trans Eurokars Fuel consumption: 7.4 litres/100km Main safety features: Front airbags, ABS, EDB. Family-friendly features: Ion generator/air purier. It’s a decent, fuel-efficient car, but has some catching up to do against its more sophisticated and comfortable rivals. THUMBS UP FOR: • The most interesting feature is the Istop function, designed to save petrol. The engine stalls when the car comes to a stop, whether at traffic lights or in a traffic jam, and starts again when you step on the accelerator. Pickup is surprisingly quick, but the start-stop effect and its accompanying clicks take a bit of getting used to. If you really don’t like it, you can switch it off with a button. • The massive windscreen was a boon as it gave good
all-round visibility. WHAT COULD BE BETTER: • It was smooth when cruising on highways, but less agile, with
more engine noise, when going uphill. • It rumbled and trembled more than the others over rough roads, and unfortunately, its less-padded seats did not cushion the vibrations. • The top of the dashboard was deeper than the rest, making it
a bit of a stretch to get my cashcard in and out of the IU unit.
A comfortably textured steering wheel gives a good grip. The car also has pedal shifters, which work the gears manually, but it’s not something most women drivers would need.
Its third row cannot be flattened; you have to slide it forward to max out the space, which works out to be less than that of the Elgrand and Odyssey.