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IS LOS­ING A CYLIN­DER A GOOD THING?

Three- cylin­der en­gines are of­fer­ing the best of both worlds in many new mod­els

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Many man­u­fac­tur­ers are on the “straight- three” en­gine band­wagon. These en­gines have been highly re­fined with the ad­di­tion of tur­bocharg­ers to help in­crease power, and smart start- stop tech­nol­ogy to en­hance econ­omy.

Small three- cylin­der en­gines are achiev­ing the ef­fi­ciency that con­sumers de­sire. Here are some in­ter­est­ing mod­els that have just ar­rived in New Zealand.

Volk­swa­gen T- Cross ( from $ 34,750)

The new Volk­swa­gen T- Cross shares its MQB­plat­form with a broad range of the Volk­swa­gen Group’s cars in or­der to cut down pro­duc­tion time and re­duce en­gi­neer­ing costs.

De­spite shar­ing its plat­form with the Polo, the T- Cross is 54mm longer and 138mm taller. You also have a more SUV- like po­si­tion thanks to a 100mm el­e­va­tion.

There are three dif­fer­ent mod­els that have three- cylin­der en­gines: Life, Style and First Edi­tion. The en­tire range utilises Volk­swa­gen’s seven- speed DSG. With 85kW at 5000- 5500rpm, it gets along just fine, and sips just 5.4l/ 100km to boot. Ev­ery vari­ant has wire­less smart­phone charg­ing and a gen­er­ous 455l of cargo space, which is quite im­pres­sive for a ve­hi­cle just 4108mm long.

Skoda Kamiq ( from $ 30,990)

Back in May, the Skoda Kamiq fi­nally ar­rived — yet an­other mem­ber from the tried and true MQB­plat­form. It has built- in SmartLink tech­nol­ogy for con­nect­ing de­vices via Ap­ple CarPlay, An­droid Auto, or Mir­rorLink.

There are good ac­tive and pas­sive safety fea­tures, in­clud­ing nine airbags.

The en­try model is pow­ered by a 1.0l three- cylin­der tur­bocharged en­gine, which pro­duces 85kW at

5000- 5500rpm and sips just

5.3- 6.6l/ 100km. De­spite be­ing a bit longer than the Volk­swa­gen T- Cross, there’s slightly less space, with 400l seats- up stor­age ca­pac­ity.

Toy­ota Yaris ( from $ 25,990)

The all- new Toy­ota Yaris has an agile 1.5l en­gine, which de­liv­ers 88kW at 6600rpm, and boasts an im­pres­sive 4.9l/ 100km fuel con­sump­tion.

There are also many more ad­vanced safety fea­tures than pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions thanks to Toy­ota’s Safety Sense pack­age, which is in­cluded even in the en­trylevel model.

The new trans­mis­sion of­fers a 10- step mode for the Con­tin­u­ously Vari­able Trans­mis­sion ( CVT).

The Yaris is a pretty look­ing car, with some bold colour choices like Eclec­tic Blue, Coral and Ebony. If you’ve ever wanted a hy­brid driv­e­train, you only need to spend an ex­tra $ 2000 to up­grade and ben­e­fit from 3.3l/ 100km fuel con­sump­tion.

Ford Puma ( from $ 33,990)

The Ford Puma is an­other com­pact SUV com­pet­ing for at­ten­tion and sports a 1.0l three- cylin­der petrol en­gine with a ram­bunc­tious 92kW at 6000rpm, and con­sump­tion of 5.3l/ 100km.

The power is dis­trib­uted to the front wheels with a seven- speed wet clutch DSG- type trans­mis­sion.

For added fun, Ford has thrown in some sug­ges­tive drive modes like Slip­pery and Trail, although we sus­pect the ma­jor­ity of Pu­mas will stay on the road.

 ??  ?? Skoda Kamiq
Skoda Kamiq
 ??  ?? Volk­swa­gen T- Cross
Volk­swa­gen T- Cross
 ??  ?? Ford Puma
Ford Puma
 ??  ?? Toy­ota Yaris
Toy­ota Yaris

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