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Toyota Camry 2.0 Turbo-D 84hp MT

Author: on 11-07-2013, 23:56

Specifications Toyota Camry 2.0 Turbo-D 84hp MT

Mercedes-Benz C 220 CDI AT ELEGANCE Особая серия

Author: on 11-07-2013, 23:26

Specifications Mercedes-Benz C 220 CDI AT ELEGANCE Special Series

Volkswagen Amarok 2.0 BiTDI 4motion AT Highline

Author: on 11-07-2013, 21:09

Specifications Volkswagen Amarok 2.0 BiTDI 4motion AT Highline

Fiat Palio 1.2 i

Author: on 11-07-2013, 20:14

Specifications Fiat Palio 1.2 i

Honda Civic 1.3

Author: on 11-07-2013, 19:47

Specifications Honda Civic 1.3

SEAT Toledo 1.6 TDI

Author: Car on 11-07-2013, 19:29
SEAT Toledo1.6 TDI Engine: 1.6-litre 4-cyl turbodiesel Power: 104bhp Transmission: Five-speed manual, front-wheel drive 0-62mph: 10.6 seconds Top speed: 118mph Econ./CO2: 64.2mpg/114g/km Equipment: Electric windows, foglights, air-conditioning, alloy wheels, USB connection. FIRST, the SEAT Toledo had a boxy saloon shape. Then it was a controversial MPV-like hatchback based on the Altea. Now for this latest generation, it’s gone back to its roots with a three-box saloon design. It’s built on a stretched Ibiza platform, and don’t be fooled by the saloon body shape – it actually has a wide-opening hatchback boot. It’s the same trick used by sister car the Skoda Rapid (which shares the same mechanicals), and allows for easy access to a huge 550-litre boot. It would be fair to say that the SEAT and Skoda share more than a passing resemblance to one another, too. The Toledo has SEAT’s bold grille and headlights, as well as some more shapely tail-lamps, but otherwise it’s very similar. In the flesh, it’s a little more exciting than the Skoda – but only just. The margins are even smaller in the cabin, which boasts the same impressive build quality and sensible design as the Skoda. A lot of the plastics are hard and scratchy, but that’s something you will be able to forgive, given the predicted lb12,500 starting price. That will buy you a petrolpowered 1.2-litre model with 74bhp, but buyers can also have a 1.2 TSI engine, a 1.4 TSI or the 1.6 TDI diesel driven here. It emits only 114g/km and is capable of 64.2mpg. There’s an Ecomotive version of this engine available, too, which can manage 72.4mpg and produces 104g/km of CO2. On the road, the 1.6 TDI is smooth and mostly quiet, but when you’re accelerating hard it can sound a bit harsh. With 104bhp, it manages to sprint from 0-62mph in 10.6 seconds and, while that won’t get your heart racing, it never feels underpowered. Despite its modest price tag, the Toledo is impressively refined, too. At 70mph, there’s only a hint of wind noise and you don’t need to shout to be heard. The low-speed ride could be a bit less jittery but, on the whole, the Toledo feels comfortable. And while the handling isn’t much fun, it’s safe and tough to criticise. That’s what this car is all about – it’s very sensible at heart. There’s more room in the rear seats than in the current Leon, and over 200 litres more boot space with the seats up (550 litres against 341). It also starts from around $4,000 less than the Leon, too. That said, a rear wiper and air-con are both options. The new SEAT doesn’t look like the most exciting car around and it’s not thrilling to drive, either, but there’s plenty to recommend. The amount of space is at this price is matched only by the Rapid, and even that is expected to cost $500 more. Yes, the ride could be better, but the Toledo does very little else wrong. There’s more room in rear than in Leon. Alloy wheels are standard. Bargain-priced hatch offers an enticing blend of practicality, quality and value. THE Toledo is the kind of car you buy with your head, but perhaps not your heart. The huge boot, generous amount of rear legroom and grown-up driving experience are all matched only by its Skoda Rapid sister car at this price. Luxurious and fun the Toledo is not, but if you value practicality, quality and affordability, it is a very tempting proposition. Cabin is well built, but lacks flair. The drive reflects this, too – there’s little in way of excitement. Refinement is good, though. SEAT has tapped into what most drivers really need with the Toledo – and that’s plenty of space, good fuel economy and a low purchase price. THE VW Group hopes SEAT’s exuberant image will appeal to young buyers, but don’t expect any flair here, on either the styling or driving fronts. “The 1.6 doesn’t set your heart racing, but it never feels underpowered”.

Hyundai SantaFe 2.2 CRDi

Author: Car on 11-07-2013, 19:25
Hyundai SantaFe 2.2 CRDi Hyundai SantaFe 2.2 CRDi  HYUNDAI claims its new Santa Fe is such an improvement over the car it replaces that it nearly got a new name. It certainly needs to be much better – the mid-spec Premium Auto model driven here costs lb3,435 more than the equivalent version of the old Santa Fe. That’s a serious amount of cash. But even before you’ve turned a wheel, the new car’s looks start to claw back some of that extra outlay. Gone is the dull two-box shape, and in its place is a sleek, modern and distinctive design. There are a couple of concessions to its rugged off-roader past, such as the front and rear skidplates and the honeycomb mesh that runs around the foglights. But the big hexagonal grille, swept-back headlights and pointy rear spoiler confirm the new Santa Fe has been styled to be used on road. The design revolution continues from the high-set driver’s seat. The dash is angular, like those on the latest generation of Fords, and features blue lighting. There are loads of switches and buttons across the doors, steering wheel and dash, and while quality is no match for a VW Group product, everything feels solidly built. Driver and front seat passengers get more space than before, with plenty of seat and steering wheel adjustment. Storage options include massive door bins for big bottles, a pair of cup-holders and a large cubby between the seats. Head and legroom is good in the second row, with passengers getting a pair of cup-holders that spring from the central armrest, 12V sockets and individual heater vents. These seats fold forward and lie almost flat with the single pull of a boot-mounted lever. Our car also had the optional third row of seats, which flip up from the boot floor. They’re tight to get into, and space is limited, but they’re OK for children. The small window does make the rear feel dark and claustrophobic, though. As with all seven-seaters, the boot is eaten up by the extra seats when they’re up, but storage space is an impressive 2,247 litres when stowed. At launch, the Santa Fe is only available with Hyundai’s 194bhp 2.2-litre diesel. It’s not the quietest engine, and isn’t at its best when mated to the ponderous six-speed automatic gearbox, but it quietens down on the move. The steering is dull and lifeless, yet you’re always in complete control. And although our car had four-wheel drive, unless the going gets slippy or you press the diff lock button on the dash, the front wheels are driven most of the time. Hyundai has added firmer dampers to cope with the USA’s potholed roads. At speed, you’d never notice, as the Santa Fe floats along, with a compliant ride. But if you do hit a pothole, the car bangs and crashes, which is the only blip in an otherwise polished driving experience. Interior is well equipped, with an array of dials and buttons. Design details such as the splashes of chrome and big wheels make the car feel much more upmarket than before. The all-new Santa Fe represents a big step forward, but choose a well specced model and the price is high. THE Santa Fe is a big step up from the model it replaces. It looks like a car from the class above, and it’s comfortable and well equipped on the inside, too. It drives relatively well, and will transport up to seven people with very little fuss, providing you dodge the potholes. Is it good enough to justify the extra $3,435? We’d say so, but only just. Engine: 2.2-litre 4cyl turbodiesel Power: 194bhp Transmission: Six-speed automatic, four-wheel drive 0-62/top spd: 10.2 secs/118mph Economy/CO2: 41.5mpg/178g/km Equipment: 18-inch alloys, third row folding seats, keyless entry, rear parking camera, sat-nav


Author: Car on 11-07-2013, 19:20
Kia TRYING to get a big company to listen to your complaint can feel like banging your head against a brick wall. But Dr Mike Baker found a novel way of attracting Kia’s attention – by making a YouTube video to detail the issues with his Soul. Mike, from Farnham, Surrey, took inspiration from the video to Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues – in which the folk music legend holds up and discards a series of cue cards inscribed with various messages. He stood in front of his car with a list of the faults he’s experienced. During the video, Mike explains how the supermini crossover developed a jarring vibration almost immediately. Kia tried replacing the turbo, engine mounts, clutch, flywheel and gearbox – and still the problem persisted. The Soul’s steering has failed repeatedly, and required three replacement racks. “In total, I’ve been to the garage 20 times,” Mike says in the video. He told Kia he wanted to replace the troublesome Soul. But trading it in for a new model would cost lb7,600 – and Kia only offered lb500 towards this, despite Mike’s catalogue of problems. He finishes the video by saying: “My message to Kia is: you can do better for your customers.” We agreed with Mike, so we linked to his video from our website and Facebook page, generating thousands of hits. Then we contacted Kia to fight Mike’s case, at which point the manufacturer offered him a new deal, which he accepted. Kia has insisted he keep the details secret, which it says is “standard policy” for any financial arrangement. A Kia spokesman told us it had responded to every issue Mike had raised and would have continued to negotiate with Mike even if he hadn’t taken matters further. “We are always prepared to discuss cases with customers and to seek to reach a fair resolution,” he added. Mike said: “I can’t thank Auto Express enough. Kia wasn’t doing anything until you got involved.” “Soul developed a vibration almost immediately and has been to the garage 20 times”

Mercedes A-Class

Author: Car on 11-07-2013, 19:15
THE Mercedes A-Class is about to spawn a compact SUV, and this is the very first spy shot of the high-riding newcomer. The new model is concealed underneath a standard A-Class body, and will rival the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 when it arrives in showrooms in 2014. Although this is our first glimpse of the car, it’s no secret that it’s on the way. Speaking at the start of production of the A-Class at Mercedes’ Rastatt plant in Germany in July, CEO Dr Dieter Zetsche said: “The compact SUV will be the third model we will build here.” It will be based on the new front and four-wheel-drive MFA platform that already underpins the A-Class and B-Class. Five new models, including a ‘baby CLS’ four-door coupe and a small shooting brake estate, will be based on the architecture. When it goes on sale, the small SUV – tipped to be badged GLA – will have a similar engine line-up to the A-Class. That means petrol engines ranging from 94bhp to 208bhp, plus three diesels.

Honda Legend 2.7 i 24V

Author: on 11-07-2013, 18:40

Specifications Honda Legend 2.7 i 24V

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