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August 9, 2013

2014 Ford Mustang

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For its final year of production, Ford phones it in with only some slight revisions in packaging to the 2014 Mustang. It also loses the much loved Boss 302 model.

Available as either a coupe or convertible, with a 3.7L V6 (305 hp, 280 lb-ft) or 5.0L Coyote V8 (420 hp, 390 lb-ft), the Mustang is the archetypical pony car. If you desire more power and have deep pockets, Ford will sell you a Shelby GT500 with a supercharged all-aluminum 5.8L V8 producing an astounding 662 hp and 631 lb-ft of earth shattering torque. Mustang is available with either a six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic, except for the Shelby, which is only available with a Tremac six-speed manual transmission.

Features for the base V6 Coupe trim include 3.7L V6 engine, six-speed manual transmission, 17-inch painted aluminum wheels, air conditioning, Ford MyKey, message centre, black floor mats, tilt leather-wrapped steering wheel, premium AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary input, cloth seating, front bucket seats, 50/50 split-fold rear seats, dual exhaust, automatic HID headlights, hid lights, V6 grille and splitter, Easy Fuel capless fuel filler system, power dome hood, power windows, vented four wheel disc brakes with ABS, 2.73:1 limited slip rear differential, selectable electronic power assisted steering, airbags (front, front seat), TPMS, LATCH, SOS post crash alert system, integrated spotter mirrors, and remote keyless entry.

V6 Premium Coupe trim adds 17-inch machined aluminum wheels with painted pockets and the choice of a wider range of options packages. This trim is also available as a convertible.

GT Coupe trim adds (to V6 Premium) 5.0L Coyote V8 engine, 18-inch painted aluminum wheels, ambient lighting, four-gauge cluster with 4.2-inch LCD message centre, universal garage door opener, auto-dimming rear view mirror, aluminum interior accents, bright accented pedals, bright chrome door speaker surround, eight-speaker Shaker audio, Ford SYNC, six-way power adjustable driver seat, leather trimmed seating, heated front seats, fog lights, deck spoiler, GT grille and splitter, power dome hood with heat extractors, 3.15:1 limited slip rear differential (automatic), 3.55 rear differential (manual), body colour mirrors, and illuminated entry. This trim is also available as a convertible.

Shelby GT500 adds (to GT) 5.8L supercharged V8 engine, Tremac six-speed manual transmission, 19-inch front and 20-inch rear wheels, TrackApps, MyColor with SVT graphics, brushed aluminum gauged cluster and air vents, embroidered floor mats, Alcantara trimmed steering wheel, quad exhaust, Shelby rear decklid spoiler, unique front and rear Shelby fascias, aluminum hood with dual heat extractors, racing stripes and GT500 side stripes, Brembo front rotors and calipers, adjustable front and rear shocks, and 3.31 limited slip rear differential. This trim is also available as a convertible.More information about the program is available on the web site at www.hmhid.com.

This car is easy to drive

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Included was Acura’s all-wheel-drive system, which operates in front-drive during normal cruising, but automatically sends 25 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels during acceleration or when the system detects slipping of the front wheels. But under wet or slippery conditions, torque may be distributed 50/50 between front and rear.

This car is easy and fun to drive. It’s really effortless, with precise steering and handling (electric power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering, drive-by-wire throttle), especially on curvy neighbourhood streets and roads.

There’s also plenty of power from the 273-horsepower, 3.5-litre V-6 engine, which is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission with sequential sport shift and paddle shifters.

EPA ratings are 19 mpg city/27 highway, and there is a 16-gallon tank. I averaged 22 mpg during my test. No four-cylinder engine is offered for those who want better fuel economy, however.

The Tech Package (standard for this model) included navigation with voice recognition, AcuraLink with real-time traffic and weather, GPS-linked climate control (sensors track the sun’s position and intensity and the system compensates, automatically adjusting the temperature in each area accordingly), power tailgate, xenon HID headlights, fog lights, and the Acura/ELS premium surround-sound audio system.

The navigation system was relatively easy to program. It has a toggle-style controller on the dash and intuitive labeling of folders and pages, although I find a touch screen to be more time-efficient.

Our premium audio package has 10 speakers, AM/FM/DVD/CD/XM, MP3 playback, auxiliary input jack and USB interface, Dolby Pro Logic II, a harddisc drive, and a multi-view rear camera. It had wonderful sound, and there were speakers on the pillars behind the rear doors at head level, a speaker in the cargo area, and speakers on all doors including small speakers on the top of the front door panel near the windshield pillars.

The heating/air conditioning controls were simple and user-friendly, grouped together in the lower front console – which, by the way, is part of an attractive new design with a metallic accent dividing the two-tone dash.

This is the second generation of the RDX, and it’s much quieter than before, thanks to Thinsulate noise-absorbing material on the inner fenders, spare-tire pan, and door lighting housings.

Acura also chose Michelin Primacy MXM4 all-season tires because of their quiet performance, and used a floating sub-frame with heavily reinforced mounting points in the front, which also reduces road noise. The ride was quite smooth and pleasant.

Front passengers had 38.7 inches of headroom and 42 inches of legroom, while rear passengers had 38.1 inches of headroom and 38.3 inches of legroom. The rear seatback folded 60/40 via handles on the side of the cargo area near the liftgate or straps on the seat back, which increased the 28.3 cubic feet of cargo space to more than 60 cubic feet.

Features such as the universal garage/gate opener, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth hands-free link, steering-wheel-mounted controls (audio, phone, voice commands, cruise and information panel) helped make driving the RDX a pleasure.

The tester came with a power/tilt moon roof, heated/power outside mirrors with turn signals, and remote entry with a security system. Other standard features included electronic stability control with traction control, tire-pressure monitoring and daytime running lights.For more information, please visit www.hmhid.com.

July 31, 2013

2014 Audi allroad

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Introduced more than a decade ago, Audi’s original A6-based Allroad was a moderately rugged wagon built to tackle on- and off-road adventures in style. After a few years’ hiatus, the Allroad returned to dealer showrooms last year. This time based on the A4 platform, the 2014 Audi Allroad is smaller and more city-oriented. It still has the goods for all-weather pursuits and light off-road travel, but now it’s basically an A4 wagon with extra ground clearance and extra body cladding.

As is typically the case with all things Audi, though, the Allroad’s primary strength is its exquisitely appointed cabin. The design is modern and upscale, and materials quality is never less than first-rate. In the tradition of the finest luxury automobiles, even the smallest details seem to have been carefully thought through with the driver’s comfort in mind, from the gentle, eye-friendly gauge illumination to the satisfying way in which the steering wheel fits in the hands.

Handling is easy and agreeable, and the Allroad delivers the smooth ride quality that well-heeled city dwellers and suburbanites will expect. Standard all-wheel drive makes the car a suitable companion for those who slosh through rain and snow. In addition, with 7.1 inches of ground clearance and standard skid plates, it can take on deeper snow and maintained dirt roads when the need arises.

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Standard features on Premium models include 18-inch wheels; a panoramic sunroof; automatic headlights; cruise control; leather upholstery; automatic climate control; split-folding rear seats; a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel; eight-way power front seats (with four-way power lumbar); a dash-mounted Multi Media Interface (MMI); Bluetooth phone connectivity; and a 10-speaker sound system with an iPod interface, a CD player and satellite radio. This trim is available with a Lighting package that includes bi-xenon headlights and LED running lights.

The features in the Premium trim and Lighting package are included on the Premium Plus trim, along with heated exterior mirrors, a power liftgate, keyless ignition/entry, heated front seats, driver memory functions, three-zone automatic climate control and auto-dimming mirrors. An optional MMI Navigation package adds a navigation system, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, voice controls, HD radio, a color trip computer screen, Bluetooth audio connectivity and Audi Connect (enhanced Web-based navigation, information and WiFi access). The MMI controls are also relocated from the dash to the center console. A blind-spot warning system is available as an option.

The Allroad Prestige comes standard with all of the features in the Premium trim and MMI Navigation package, plus adaptive headlights, a blind-spot warning system, manual sunshades for the rear doors and a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium sound system (optional on Premium Plus).

The Driver Assist package (offered on the Prestige trim) includes adaptive cruise control and adjustable settings for the steering and transmission. The Sport Interior package (offered on Prestige and Premium Plus) adds sport front seats and a three-spoke steering wheel with transmission shift paddles. Nineteen-inch wheels are available on the Prestige and Premium Plus, while rear side airbags are optional on all levels.

July 16, 2013

Peugeot 5008

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A full 30,000 compact SUV were purchased locally in the first half of 2013, compared with just 3690 people-movers. Sub-$50,000 MPV seven-seaters are partially unpopular because most manufacturers won’t bring their offerings here – we miss out on the Ford C-Max and Volkswagen Touran, among others – and therefore in a self-fulfilling prophecy they cannot be popular.

Yet, arguably, they are mostly unpopular because MPV models lack the high driving position and tough looks of an SUV. How else can it be explained why a family car buyer would pick a Peugeot 4008 SUV with just 384 litres of boot space and a fixed rear seat, when for around the same money a Peugeot 5008 with 679 litres and seven seats that flip and fold can be purchased?

At least the mini-MPV is making a resurgence in terms of availability, if not sales, with the arrival of the Peugeot 5008 within weeks being followed by the Opel Zafira. The Fiat 500L Living is also being considered to join existing rivals such as the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Prius V.

For $36,990, the 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol Peugeot 5008 is stacked with more equipment than any compact SUV.

As standard it includes: 17-inch alloy wheels; panoramic glass sunroof; rear view camera with parking sensors; twin rear DVD screens with Bluetooth headphones and RCA jacks; satellite navigation; dual-zone climate control with separate fan speed adjustment for rear vents; automatic headlights; and electrically-folding door mirrors. The only thing that’s optional is leather trim to wrap around the seven seats.

In addition to offering more kit for the cash compared with even highly specced compact SUV models, the Peugeot 5008 also offers fine space utilisation.

With a stubby bonnet helping contain overall length to 4.5 metres, the Peugeot 5008 packs seven seats in without too much of a squeeze.

The middle row includes three individual seats,

each of which moves forward and backward independently. The base of each can flip up into the backrest, or each whole pew can fall flat into the floor.

Sliding the middle row forward expands boot space from 679L to 723L, while folding all seats down, a massive 1754 litres is available.

The front passenger seat backrest can even fold flat to create a seriously long load area.

The sunroof means headroom in the middle row is very tight, even for this 178cm-tall tester. A compact SUV such as the Volkswagen Tiguan, for example, offers a more comfortable rear bench and lots more rear legroom and headroom.

The far back seats are a kids-only affair, meanwhile, though tiered seating means the view is good for toddlers. If all seven seats are in place, there is nowhere for the retractable cargo blind that sits behind the middle row to be stored.

Up front, the seats are comfortable, there is a massive centre console storage bin, and the plastics quality is decent. Visibility either through the large windscreen or the square glasshouse behind is also first rate.

On the downside there’s only a single cupholder and the layout of buttons on the centre stack are not the most ergonomic. The sat-nav functions need to be accessed through the small, fiddly single-DIN radio, for example, while the trip computer modes can only be accessed via the end of the indicator stalk.

The 5008 shares its interior design with the 3008 half-MPV, half-SUV, which itself is four years old. In many ways, the design feels its age. More information about the program is available on the web site at www.hmhid.com.

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