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Australian 4WD & SUV Buyer's Guide September Issue#28 2016

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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welcome to australian 4wd & suv buyers guide .

In this issue of the magazine, you’ll notice some new models from names not usually associated with 4WDs and SUVs. They come from brands that occupy the top tier of performance and luxury, such as Bentley, Maserati and Lamborghini. The Bentley Bentayga, tested on page 38, is the most expensive SUV you can buy, with an eye-watering $624,400 pricetag on the First Edition model. Lamborghini’s Urus, previewed on page 11, will go into production and be available in 2018. It will be the ultimate performance SUV. Maserati’s first SUV, the Levante, is tested on page 83. I hope you enjoy the magazine and that it helps you choose the 4WD, SUV or ute that works best for you. Your comments are always welcome. Email me at info@4wdmag.com.au.…

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JOSHUA DOWLING Australia’s premier motoring journalist, Joshua Dowling is the National Motoring Editor of News Corp Australia and a World Car of the Year judge. Joshua is renowned for his consumer-first approach and you can also find his roadtests on Carsguide.com.au, news stories on news.com.au or read his regular rants on Twitter: @JoshuaDowling JOHN CAREY One of Australia’s most accomplished motoring writers, John is a previous editor of Overlander, a contributor to Wheels magazine where he is a Car of the Year judge, and publications in the USA and UK. He lives in Bergamo, Italy. PETER MCKAY Peter McKay has been writing about cars since 1976, for publications including Wheels and The Sydney Morning Herald. He has competed in seven Bathurst 1000s, the Nurburgring 24 Hours, Spa 24 Hours, Australian Safari and been a World Car…

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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. Go to www.ancap.com.au. for more information 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 ANCAP score of at least four stars out of five and have six airbags plus stability control as standard or as affordable options. We’ve also taken into account the…

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audi q2

Audi’s smallest SUV, the Q2, is due here in the first quarter of 2017. It’s based on the VW Polo platform, which also underpins Audi’s A1 small car, and is comparable in size to Mazda’s CX-3. Audi Australia hasn’t yet released the model lineup or pricing, but expect it to kick off in the high-$30K range for the 110kW 1.4-litre-cylinder turbopetrol TFSi front-wheel-drive model. The other engine options include 2.0-litre 140kW turbopetrol and 110kW turbodiesel fours with a seven-speed S tronic transmission and all-wheel drive. These 2.0-litre petrol and diesel Q2 models will also have independent multilink rear suspension. Front-wheel drives will run a cheaper, semi-independent arrangement. Expect the options list to be longer than the standard equipment list. Adaptive dampers will be optional, as will Audi’s Drive Select system, which accesses several…

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toyota ch-r

Toyota is arguably the most conservative of the world’s manufacturers. That’s why so many people buy Toyotas and why Toyota vehicles provide 99.99 per cent of those owners with completely trouble-free, enjoyable motoring. Toyota has an occasional crack at daring design, though, and its new CH-R compact SUV, due for production in early 2017, is a prime example. Currently, Toyota’s smallest SUV is the RAV4, so the CH-R will be smaller than that, closer in size to a Corolla hatchback. It runs a new 1.2-litre direct-injection turbopetrol engine that produces 85kW of power and a handy 185Nm of torque at just 1500rpm, maintaining that through to 4000rpm, so it should offer decent performance. Australian models will offer front- and all-wheel drivetrains, plus six-speed manual and CVT transmissions. Standard safety features will include autonomous braking…

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jeep thrills

Every year since 1967, Jeep freaks in the US have gathered at Easter at Moab, in the wilds of the Utah desert, for the Easter Jeep Safari. It’s an opportunity for the factory engineers and designers to show off a bit with custom creations, many from Mopar, which is Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (Jeep’s parent) service and parts brand. Mopar became legendary in the 1960s with its performance parts for Chrysler musclecars. The 2016 Easter Jeep Safari saw a couple of very cool Jeep ute concepts that almost look like pre-production prototypes. The first is the Crew Chief 715, pictured above, a stretched Wrangler Unlimited wagon with a ute tub at the back. It’s built as a tribute to the Kaiser M715 military vehicle of the 1960s, hence the army-green colour scheme and retro decals,…