Catch the next wave

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - LAUNCH PAD -


The most stylish Audi in the sta­ble is on sale from next week priced from $41,100. The money buys a small SUV pow­ered by a 1.4-litre four-cylin­der turbo en­gine with 110kW and 250Nm and the added party trick of shut­ting down two cylin­ders to save fuel when the car is cruis­ing. That helps with the 5.3L/100km of­fi­cial fuel use. A seven-speed dual-clutch au­to­matic drives the front wheels. Stan­dard gear in­cludes au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing, semi-au­to­mated park­ing, dual-zone air­con, a seven-inch in­fo­tain­ment screen with voice con­trol and smart­phone con­nec­tiv­ity and sat­nav. The $47,900 2.0-litre diesel turbo cranks out 110kW/340Nm and has all­wheel-drive. Help­ing to jus­tify the ex­tra cost are 18-inch al­loy wheels, a pow­ered tail­gate, sport seats and lane-de­par­ture alert. A lim­ited Q2 Launch Edi­tion (pic­tured) will cost $49,900 and adds “quan­tum grey” paint­work, an S Line ex­te­rior styling kit, adap­tive cruise con­trol with stop-and-go and ac­tive lane and blind-spot as­sis­tance. A 140kW/320Nm 2.0-litre petrol turbo vari­ant is due later this year.


Old en­gines are off­set by trendy new fea­tures in the facelifted Trax. The driv­e­trains carry over from the pre-facelifted ver­sion, though the 1.8-litre nat­u­rally as­pi­rated en­gine is ef­fec­tively re­dun­dant be­cause it is only be­ing sold in base man­ual guise for $23,990. The 1.4-litre turbo en­gine is stan­dard on the rest of the range, start­ing at $26,490 for the LS with a six-speed auto. New stuff in­cludes An­droid Auto/Ap­ple Car Play con­nec­tiv­ity and day­time run­ning lights. Other de­fault gear in­cludes semi-au­to­mated re­verse park­ing and cruise con­trol. Step up to the LT spec and the $28,890 price is off­set by key­less en­try and start, 18inch rims, fog lamps, a driver’s arm­rest, dig­i­tal au­dio and a sun­roof. The range tops out with the $30,490 LTZ with fake leather up­hol­stery trim, blindspot and rear cross-traf­fic alert, a dig­i­tal dis­play in the in­stru­ment clus­ter, heated front seats and rain-sens­ing wipers.


The sev­enth-gen­er­a­tion 5 Se­ries will launch lo­cally with a four-car line-up start­ing at $93,900 for the 2.0-litre diesel turbo 520d. That’s $9000 more than the last model but BMW says all ver­sions have more than $15,500 in “added value”. The de­fault list in­cludes ac­tive cruise con­trol with stop-andgo, LED head­lamps, a sur­round-view cam­era, leather up­hol­stery, 10.2-inch touch­screen, dig­i­tal ra­dio, sat­nav, key­less en­try and start and dual-zone air­con. The $108,900 530i and $119,900 530d add adap­tive LED head­lamps, au­to­matic boot, 19inch wheels, a 16-speaker au­dio, a 12.3-inch in­fo­tain­ment screen, adap­tive dampers and heated front sports seats. The 540i is priced at $136,900 and, beyond the six-cylin­der twin-turbo en­gine, adds what BMW says is $34,000 of ex­tras. They in­clude ac­tive roll-bars help­ing keep the car flat, 20-inch rims, sun­roof, pow­ered rear sun­blind, nappa leather and an “Am­bi­ent Air” in­te­rior scent kit.

BMW 5 Se­ries, top left; Audi Q2, main; Holden Trax, be­low

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