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Australian 4WD & SUV Buyer's Guide Issue 25 - April 2015

4WD & SUV Buyer’s Guide purely focuses on the vehicles that are newly available on the Australian market. Each description identifies the car’s weaknesses and its strengths with no-holds barred, as well as detailed tables on prices, standard equipment, the cost of major options, performance, fuel consumption and much more. This Buyer’s Guide also shares with its readers the latest news and happenings from the exciting world of automotive mobility. Helping you choose the 4WD or SUV that works best for you, this magazine is perfect for any car enthusiast.

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2 Issues

in this issue

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welcome to australian 4wd & suv buyers guide .

In 2014, SUV sales were just over 352,000 and heading north at speed. SUVs are now predicted to outsell conventional cars by 2017. So we’re making a few changes to the magazine. There will be more tests, to accommodate as many new models as we can possibly fit. To that end, we will also be using the services of a couple of Australia’s finest motoring writers, Byron Mathioudakis and John Carey, to dissect, explain and judge the merits, or otherwise, of new models. And because most people who buy an SUV or 4WD want to get out of town occasionally and enjoy it, we’ve also expanded Live the Life, our accessories and touring section. I hope you enjoy the magazine and that it helps you to choose the 4WD, SUV or ute that…

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BYRON MATHIOUDAKIS Byron is a car tragic. His love affair with cars predates memory, but a dream as a toddler of driving an Austin A35 pretty much sealed his fate. He held various jobs, including being a singing telegram, music video extra, a bartender and working in a record store (where he met The Ramones and Alice Cooper!), until he was hired by the news room of goauto.com.au. Byron also writes for The Australian and Wheels magazine, where he is a judge on Car of the Year. In this issue, Byron drives the new BMW X6, Honda HRV and Renault Captur. JOHN CAREY One of Australia’s most accomplished motoring writers, over three decades, John is a previous editor of Overlander magazine, a long-time contributor to Wheels magazine, where he is a Car of…

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Our piggybank indicates a 4WD or SUV that we think represents good value for money against the others in its class. It may not necessarily be the cheapest but, taking into account factors such as standard equipment, safety, the way it drives, resale values and quality, it shapes up as a good deal. A capital S indicates a vehicle that scores five stars out of five for occupant protection in ANCAP crash tests and has stability control plus six airbags (including curtain airbags) as standard or as reasonably priced options. You can get full details for individual models, including child protection ratings for some vehicles, at www.ancap.com.au. If you’re after a safe, practical wagon to carry the kids, look for this symbol. We’ve limited its use to vehicles that have an NCAP…

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nissan navara

Nissan’s 2015 NP300 Navara one-tonner range, due for launch as you read this, has been a while coming, but hopefully this means it will be more reliable and durable than its predecessors. Navara NP300 bucks the “bigger is better” trend by being slightly smaller. The payoff is a reduction in weight, smaller turning circle, and a claimed 20 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency. Single-cab, king-cab and dual-cab variants are available, as cab chassis and ute. A new 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel is offered in two tunes. The single turbo produces 118kW and 403Nm; the twin-turbo version ups this to 140kW and 450Nm, which is a much more competitive set of numbers by current standards, where Holden’s Colorado leads the pack with 500Nm of torque. A six-speed manual is standard, with a seven-speed auto optional.…

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ford everest

The Territory is about to depart this life but the Australian-designed and -engineered Ford SUV will live on with the launch of the new Everest in the third quarter of 2015. OK, so Everest will be built in Thailand rather than Broadmeadows in Victoria, but at least if you don’t buy one you will no longer be subsidising those who do, and Ford, via your tax dollars. Those days are almost finished. So too is the Australian car manufacturing industry. Everest is basically a Ranger wagon, with passenger SUV upgrades such as seven seats, coil spring rear suspension, electric power steering, Ford’s SYNC2 touch-screen infotainment system, which includes automatic 000 dialling from a paired smartphone after a crash, automatic hands-free reverse parking, radar cruise, blind spot alert and forward collision warning. Electronic…

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jeep renegade

Jeep’s new compact SUV arrives in October in a varied range, some of which are off-road capable, so it will be a welcome addition to a segment almost completely dominated by soft roaders. Renegade will go up against Subaru’s XV, Holden’s Trax, Ford EcoSport, Mitsubishi ASX, Nissan Juke, Renault Captur and Honda HRV. Model grades will be Sport, Limited and Trailhawk. Jeep’s 2.4-litre four-cylinder Tigershark engine will be the volume seller. It produces 130kW and 230Nm, and although naturally aspirated, it does feature a high-tech electrohydraulic fully variable valve lift system. Six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmissions will be available. Entry-level engine is an 81kW 1.6-litre petrol. Fiat’s 103kW 1.4-litre turbopetrol and 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines will also be available. Fiat now owns Chrysler Jeep, so Renegade is as much Italian as it is American and it…