New Mini Paceman

Hot on the release of the new Mini hatch, Mini has released details of the new Mini Paceman, with 9 different derivatives ranging from the hot John Cooper Works to the Cooper D with a 112kW turbo diesel the Paceman is available in front wheel drive and all wheel drive. Cheek out the pics and full details below from Mini.

2014 Mini Paceman

New Mini Paceman

  • Fresh stimuli for the first Sports Activity Coupé in the premium compact segment; the new MINI Paceman (combined fuel consumption: 7.1 – 4.2 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 165 – 111 g/km) underscores its exceptional standing as a sporty, elegant individualist with fresh design details, increased driving performance figures, further optimised efficiency, innovative equipment features and refined premium characteristics in the interior; pioneering automobile concept of a compact 3-door model with coupé-like lines, unique combination of driving fun and functionality and the optional all-wheel drive system ALL4 now gains additional appeal; increased engine output in the new MINI Cooper S Paceman consolidates driving fun leadership within the segment driving fun; market launch in July 2014 also includes the launch of the new edition of the extreme athlete MINI John Cooper Works Paceman.
  • Extravagant and powerfully expressive body design with horizontal lines, dynamic proportions and powerfully modelled surfaces in hallmark MINI design style; clearly signals driving fun with characteristic go-kart feeling and extended versatility due to all-wheel drive system ALL4; front section with powerful presence including hexagonal radiator grill contour; long doors with frameless windows in coupé style; highopening tailgate; roof sits virtually seamlessly on top of the car, optionally available in contrasting colour; elongated silhouette resulting from the flowing roof line and the tapering side window graphic, now additionally emphasised with the new option Piano Black Exterior; new standard and optionally available light alloy wheels with reduced weight and optimised aerodynamic properties; other optional features: tyres with reduced rolling resistance; new exterior paint finishes Jungle Green metallic and Midnight Grey metallic.
  • Greater accentuation of sporty flair and premium characteristics in the interior of the new MINI Paceman; road speed and engine speed display now with dark dials in the style of the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman; interior in lounge-type design with four single seats and optimised acoustic comfort; newly designed chrome applications for the ventilation controls; MINI Center Rail storage system as standard; sports seats for driver and front passenger as standard; rear backrests individually foldable; as a result, luggage compartment volume can be expanded from 330 to up to 1 080 litres.
  • New MINI Paceman offering further increased driving fun and optimised efficiency; selection of two petrol and two diesel engines each with four cylinders; range also includes: top athlete MINI John Cooper Works Paceman with 160 kW/218 bhp 4-cylinder turbo engine; all model variants now with emission rating according to the EU6 emission standard and extended MINIMALISM technology including optimised aerodynamic properties to reduce fuel consumption and emission levels; output increased by 5 kW to 140 kW/190 bhp in the MINI Cooper S Paceman; 6-speed manual transmission as standard, 6-speed automatic transmission as an option: all-wheel drive system ALL4 as standard in the MINI John Cooper Works Paceman and optional for all other models.
  • Unique go-kart feeling thanks to high-quality suspension technology with McPherson spring struts and forged wishbones on the front axle, multilink rear axle and electromechanical power steering including Servotronic; sports chassis as standard for all model variants; Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) as standard, Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) including Electronic Differential Lock Control standard or optional, depending on model variant.
  • Integrated safety concept with crash-optimised body structure; extensive standard safety features now also include tyre pressure control on each wheel and daytime driving lights; occupant protection at the same level as the MINI Countryman, which scored the top 5-star rating on the Euro NCAP crash test.
  • Driving fun and comfort at premium level with extensive standard trim and a wide range of customisation options; high-end selection of optional extras, including new LED fog lamps with daytime driving lights and parking lights in LED technology as well as xenon headlamps and adaptive turning light, comfort access, glass push/tilt roof, automatic air conditioning, removable tow hitch with a trailer load of up to 1 200 kilograms, MINI navigation system, Sport Button, sports leather steering wheel with shift paddles for automatic transmission, multifunction steering wheel with cruise control Harman Kardon hi-fi speaker system; model-specific John Cooper Works accessories also available.
  • The most progressive networking technology within the competitive field for unique in-car infotainment; MINI Connected offers extensive smartphone integration in the vehicle and unique functional diversity with ongoing expansion based on apps; current program includes functions exclusive to MINI such as Mission Control, Dynamic Music, Driving Excitement and MINIMALISM Analyser, the use of Facebook, Twitter, foursquare and Glympse, RSS news feed reception and entertainment programs such as AUPEO!, Stitcher, Deezer, Audible, Napster/Rhapsody and TuneIn.
  • Model variants:
    • MINI John Cooper Works Paceman: 4-cylinderpetrol engine with twinscroll turbocharger, direct injection and fully variable valve control, valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC Technology, capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 160 kW/218 bhp at 6 000 rpm, max. torque: 280 Nm at 1 900 – 5 000 rpm (300 Nm at 2 100 – 4 500 rpm with overboost), acceleration (0–100 km/h): 6.8 seconds (automatic: 6.8 seconds), top speed: 229 km/h (226 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 7.1 litres/100 kilometres (7.5 litres), CO2emissions: 165 g/km (175 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.
    • MINI Cooper S Paceman: 4-cylinderpetrol engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and fully variable valve control, valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC Technology, capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 140 kW/190 bhp at 5 500 – 6 500 rpm, max. torque: 240 Nm at 1 600 – 5 000 rpm (260 Nm at 1 700 – 4 500 rpm with overboost), acceleration (0–100 km/h): 7.4 seconds (automatic: 7.7 seconds), top speed: 220 km/h (216 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 6.0 litres/100 kilometres (6.8 litres), CO2emissions: 139 g/km (157 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.
    • MINI Cooper S Paceman ALL4: 4-cylinderpetrol engine with twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and fully variable valve control, valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC Technology, capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 140 kW/190 bhp at 5 500 – 6 500 rpm, max. torque: 240 Nm at 1 600 – 5 000 rpm (260 Nm at 1 700 – 4 500 rpm with overboost), acceleration (0–100 km/h): 7.6 seconds (automatic: 8.0 seconds), top speed: 217 km/h (215 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 6.4 litres/100 kilometres (7.1 litres), CO2emissions: 148 g/km (165 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.
    • MINI Cooper Paceman: 4-cylinder petrol engine with fully variable valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC Technology, capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 90 kW/122 bhp at 6 000 rpm, max. torque: 160 Nm at 4 250 rpm, acceleration (0–100 km/h): 10.3 seconds (automatic: 11.5 seconds), top speed: 193 km/h (186 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 5.9 litres/100 kilometres (6.9 litres), CO2emissions: 137 g/km (159 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.
    • MINI Cooper Paceman ALL4: 4-cylinder petrol engine with fully variable valve control based on BMW Group VALVETRONIC Technology (in the MINI Cooper Paceman ALL4 with automatic transmission also: twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection), capacity: 1 598 cc, output: 90 kW/122 bhp at 6 000 rpm, max. torque: 160 Nm (MINI Cooper Paceman ALL4 with automatic transmission: 190 Nm at 4 250 rpm), acceleration (0–100 km/h): 11.4 seconds (automatic: 11.6 seconds), top speed: 188 km/h (186 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 6.7 litres/100 kilometres (7.0 litres), CO2emissions: 156 g/km (164 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.
    • MINI Cooper SD Paceman: 4-cylinder turbodiesel with aluminium crankcase, common rail injection and variable turbine geometry, capacity: 1 995 cc, output: 105 kW/143 bhp at 4 000 rpm, max. torque: 305 Nm at 1 750 – 2 700 rpm, acceleration (0–100 km/h): 9.1 seconds (automatic: 9.3 seconds), top speed: 202 km/h (199 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 4.5 litres/100 kilometres (5.7 litres), CO2emissions: 119 g/km (149 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.
    • MINI Cooper SD Paceman ALL4: 4-cylinder turbodiesel with aluminium crankcase, common rail injection and variable turbine geometry, capacity: 1 995 cc, output: 105 kW/143 bhp at 4 000 rpm, max. torque: 305 Nm at 1 750 – 2 700 rpm, acceleration (0–100 km/h): 9.2 seconds (automatic: 9.3 seconds), top speed: 199 km/h (197 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 4.8 litres/100 kilometres (5.9 litres), CO2emissions: 126 g/km (156 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.
    • MINI Cooper D Paceman: 4-cylinder turbodiesel with aluminium crankcase, common rail injection and variable turbine geometry, capacity: 1 598 cc (MINI Cooper D Paceman with automatic transmission: 1 995 cc), output: 82 kW/112 bhp at 4 000 rpm, max. torque: 270 Nm at 1 750 – 2 250 rpm, acceleration (0–100 km/h): 10.8 seconds (automatic: 11.2 seconds), top speed: 188 km/h (183 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 4.2 litres/100 kilometres (5.6 litres), CO2emissions: 111 g/km (148 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.
    • MINI Cooper D Paceman ALL4: 4-cylinder turbodiesel with aluminium crankcase, common rail injection and variable turbine geometry, capacity: 1 598 cc (MINI Cooper D Paceman ALL4 with automatic transmission: 1 995 cc), output: 82 kW/112 bhp at 4 000 rpm, max. torque: 270 Nm at 1 750 – 2 250 rpm, acceleration (0–100 km/h): 11.5 seconds (automatic: 11.8 seconds), top speed: 183 km/h (178 km/h), average fuel consumption according to EU: 4.7 litres/100 kilometres (5.9 litres), CO2emissions: 123 g/km (155 g/km), exhaust emission standard: EU6.
  • Exterior dimensions: Length: 4 109 millimetres (MINI Cooper S Paceman, MINI Cooper SD Paceman: 4 114 millimetres, MINI John Cooper Works Paceman: 4 124 millimetres) Width: 1 786 millimetres Height: 1 518 millimetres Wheelbase: 2 596 millimetres


New 2014 Mini Hatch

New 2014 Mini

New 2014 Mini

Mini Australia has released details of the new Mini which is slightly bigger, packing more techonolgy, better fuel economy and cheaper prices compared to the rpevious models. The new Mini is a lot different to the old 69 model Mini my aunty Margaret drove around for years in, and is seriously one of the cars I really want to review.

For more details check on the pics and info below from Mini Australia.


The All-new MINI Hatch – All Grown Up!

  • Larger, more powerful and more economical
  • New generation of engines across the range
  • New three cylinder engines for the MINI Cooper petrol and diesel variants
  • Introduction of latest technologies including dynamic damper control, variable driving modes, head-up display, LED headlights and more
  • Available from April 2014

MINI Australia has announced pricing details of the more sophisticated, more functional, more powerful and slightly larger third generation MINI hatch. With improvements in all the right places, the new MINI provides greater occupant comfort with increased interior space, a higher level of functionality with updated features and a more refined – but no less fun – driving experience.

According to Kai Bruesewitz, general manager for MINI Australia, the new MINI is an exciting combination of sophisticated new technologies and engineering, blended with the familiar and energetic MINI character.

“The new MINI receives the latest technology and features for a much higher level of refinement.  At the same time, we’ve retained the engaging “go-kart” driving style this iconic vehicle is known for.

“But the best news for Australian MINI fans is that we have been able to reduce the pricing of the all-new MINI, making it more accessible than ever before,” Bruesewitz said.

Pricing of the new MINI range is indeed razor sharp, with significant reductions over the previous models.  The new MINI Cooper is priced at $26,650, down $5,000, the new MINI Cooper D is down $3,000 to $31,800 and the range topping MINI Cooper S is now priced at $36,950, a reduction of $3,750.

The new MINI has grown in every direction, with increased dimensions for the chassis, body and interior space. The new platform allows for an increase of 28 mm to the wheelbase and an increase to the track of 42mm (front) and 34 mm (rear).  The overall dimensions have also increased with 98mm added to the length, 44mm added to the width and seven mm added to the height of the new model.

This increase in size is instantly felt on the inside.  Greater occupant comfort is guaranteed, thanks to increased shoulder room and foot space in the front seating area and a roomier rear-seat arrangement.  Carrying capacity is significantly enhanced with the luggage compartment increased to 211 litres – an increase of 51 litres over the predecessor.

The exterior styling of the new MINI has been refined and presents an updated translation of the hallmark styling, proportions and body structure. Sporting fresh interpretation are the traditional design features such as the hexagonal contour of the radiator grille, the side indicator surrounds known as side scuttles, the circular headlights, the upright rear light clusters and the black detailing around the bottom edge of the body.

The MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper D are characterised by radiator grille ribs and a tailgate handle in white aluminium and a high-gloss black bumper strip as well as a chrome trim element for the exhaust tailpipe.

The MINI Cooper S identifies its pinnacle positioning and sporty pedigree with model-specific features such as a radiator grille with honeycomb pattern, a bumper strip in anthracite, bonnet scoops, brake air ducts integrated in the lower air inlets and a separate rear apron with exhaust tailpipes the centre. In addition to the side scuttle elements, the radiator grille of this model variant now also bears an “S” logo with chrome surround.

The launch of the new MINI sees a change of generation in the area of engines. For the first time ever, both three-cylinder and four-cylinder engines are used, all featuring MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology. In all petrol engines this includes turbocharging, direct fuel injection and variable camshaft control on the intake and exhaust side (double VANOS).

The petrol engines of the new MINI models feature fully variable valve control in the form of VALVETRONIC, as patented by the BMW Group. The diesel engine of the new MINI Cooper D has a turbocharging system with variable turbine geometry and the latest generation of common rail direct injection.

Compared to the predecessor, the fuel injection pressure of the new engine is increased to achieve high-precision fuel metering and clean combustion.

All model variants of the new MINI have improved engine and driving performance figures while their fuel consumption and emission levels have been reduced by as much as nineteen per cent when compared to the previous model.

MINI Cooper:

  • Three-cylinder petrol engine with MINI TwinPower turbo technology
  • 1,499 cc, 100 kW, 220 Nm at 1,250 – 4,000 rpm (230 Nm with overboost)
  • 0-100 km/h: 7.9 seconds
  • EU fuel consumption 4.7 l/100 km’s, CO2 110 grams per km.

MINI Cooper D:

  • 3-cylinder diesel with MINI TwinPower turbo technology
  • 1,496 cc, 85 kW, 270 Nm at 1,750 rpm
  • 0-100 km/h: 9.2 seconds
  • EU fuel consumption 3.7 l/100 km’s, CO2 97 grams per km.

MINI Cooper S:

  • 4-cylinder petrol with MINI TwinPower turbo technology
  • 1,998 cc, 141 kW, 280 Nm at 1,250 – 4,750 rpm (300 Nm with overboost)
  • 0-100 km/h: 6.8 seconds
  • EU fuel consumption 5.9 l/100 km’s, CO2 138 grams per km.

These incredibly efficient new generation engines are mated as standard to a new six-speed manual transmission which features carbon friction liners in the synchroniser rings for reduced weight and improved shift comfort.  The optional six-speed automatic transmission also offers improved efficiency, enhanced shift comfort and shift dynamics via a more efficient transmission control system, a more direct connection and an improved hydraulics system. The new MINI combines automatic start/stop function with the automatic transmission for the first time.

The chassis and suspension systems underwent a full scale revision with the results all aimed at intensifying the experience of the agile MINI handling properties. Extensive work was applied the areas of materials with increased use of aluminium and targeted use of high strength steels to reduce weight and increase rigidity. Further development was also carried out in the area of geometry such as increased track width for both front and rear axles with the result being improved axle kinematics.

Improvements have also been made to the electromechanical power steering which includes torque steer compensation to prevent self-steering tendencies caused by differing degrees of torque at the drive wheels. The steering has been optimised for increased precision in highly dynamic and spirited driving situations and standard features include the speed-related steering assistance system, Servotronic.

Once inside the new MINI, occupants are greeted with the familiar MINI ambience, although with more sophistication and functionality.

A new display and operating concept combines the typical brand-style look and feel of the cockpit with improved functionality. Road speed and engine speed, along with other key driving-related information, is shown in the newly designed instrument cluster directly in front of the driver on the steering column.

The characteristic central instrument display now includes either a four-line TFT display, a 6.5 inch or 8.8 inch colour display depending on model and options fitted. In each case, the display provides feedback on vehicle functions, infotainment and communication as well as navigation maps and route directions in the case of the larger displays. The selection and control of these functions is facilitated by controls in the instrument display or via a new controller in the centre console which comes in conjunction with the Radio MINI Visual Boost or either of the optional navigation systems. Also new is the functional LED light ring (Optional for MINI Cooper) surrounding the display which changes colour depending on the function selected.

Starting and stopping the engine now uses a keyless function.  To operate, the driver just depresses the brake pedal and presses the red toggle switch in the centre console to start or stop the engine.

Given the host of new features and functions available on the new MINI, the standard equipment and options list for all models has undergone a complete review.

The purchase price of $26,650 – a reduction of $5,000 versus the outgoing model – will get you into the new MINI Cooper complete with the full suite of safety systems such as Dynamic Stability Control with electronic diff lock, ABS, dynamic brake lights and a crash sensor which automatically unlocks the vehicle, switches on the hazard lights and interior lights and disengages the battery in case of an accident.

The well being of the occupants is also protected with front and side airbags fitted as standard, including curtain airbags covering front and rear seats. The new MINI also features a partially active bonnet which rises up to minimise the risk of injury should a pedestrian accident occur.

Open road driving and parking manoeuvres are made easier with the standard inclusion of cruise control with braking function, park distance control and  Servotronic speed sensitive power steering assistance.

The exterior of the new MINI Cooper model is defined by the standard 15”Heli spoke light alloy wheels, white aluminium trim for the tailgate handle and vertical slats of the radiator grille which, like the door handles, is surrounded in chrome.

The appointment of the interior includes trim finishers in hazy grey, colour line in carbon black and cloth firework upholstery for the four seats.  The front seats feature manual adjustments, including height. The sports leather steering wheel, which is also adjustable for height and length, features multi-function controls for the operation of the cruise control and audio/telephone system.

Entertainment is provided by the four-speaker audio system which includes USB input and an auxiliary jack for external music devices, as well as the standard Bluetooth hands free interface to enhance connectivity.

Stepping up into the MINI Cooper D at $31,800 (a saving of $3,000 versus the predecessor) not only delivers the benefits of diesel performance but also a host of additional features. The premium over the MINI Cooper is well justified by the inclusion of features such as 16” Victory spoke alloy wheels, front fog lights and white turn indicators to differentiate the model on the exterior.

Once inside the MINI Cooper D the additional appointments are just as obvious with radio MINI visual boost as standard which includes a 6.5” display for the central information unit and a centre console mounted controller. A new functional LED light ring around the centre information display and the MINI excitement package which includes switchable mood lighting combine to further enhance the visual appeal and functionality of the MINI Cooper D.

Enhancements to the specification also include the addition of a centre arm rest which is included with the optimised Bluetooth preparation, as well as dual-zone automatic climate control.

At $36,950 the range topping MINI Cooper S comes in $3,750 less than the outgoing model yet boasts a range of new innovative features and options. In standard guise the 141 kW machine gains 17” tentacle spoke alloy wheels, sports seats upholstered in a cloth/leather combination, as well as the MINI navigation system and MINI driving modes over the MINI Cooper D.

The MINI Cooper S also includes the performance control system which helps to maximise steering accuracy and agility in cornering which further enhances the dynamic credentials of this sporty hatch.

The range of optional driver assistance systems has been significantly expanded. For the first time, MINI offers the availability of an extendible Head-Up Display above the steering column, a Driving Assistant system including camera-based active cruise control, collision and pedestrian warning, high beam assistant and also a parking assistant and a rear view camera.

Another addition to the MINI equipment program is Dynamic Damper Control. Two settings are available for damper set-up, allowing activation of either a more comfort-oriented response or a direct, sporty response to road bumps, depending on the given situation. The compression and rebound stage are adjusted by means of electrical control of the EDC valves.

The new MINI Driving Modes (standard on MINI Cooper S) allow an individual set-up via a rotary switch at the base of the gear shift or selector level. The modes SPORT and GREEN can be activated in addition to the standard MID mode. Depending on vehicle specification, changing the setting affects not just the characteristic curve of the accelerator and steering but also the ambient lighting, the displays in the central instrument cluster, the shift times of the automatic transmission and the characteristics of Dynamic Damper Control.

Also available for the first time in a MINI – and unique in the segment – are optional LED headlights and adaptive light distribution with LED turning lights. The bright white LED units provide the light source for both low and high beam and enhanced visibility in night time driving. The additional option of the adaptive light distribution ensures optimum illumination of the road surface and roadside by manipulating the throw and width of the light beam produced by the LED headlights.

“With its updated styling, more sophisticated technology and, last but not least, the more affordable pricing there is even more reason to love the new MINI,” said Bruszewitz.

Australian MRLP*
MINI Cooper – $26,650
MINI Cooper D – $31,800
MINI Cooper S – $36,950

2015 Kia Carnival Global Debut

2015 Kia Carnival

2015 Kia Carnival

Over night Kia took the wraps off the new 2015 Carnival at the New York International Auto Show, going by the pics it’s real looker check out the info and pics below from Kia.
All-New 2015 Kia Carnival Makes Global Debut in Conjunction with the New York International Auto Show
Completely Redesigned Midsize Multi-purpose Vehicle Raises the Bar in the Segment with Innovative Technology, Style and Added Safety Features

  • With its modern appearance and CUV-like cab-forward design, the all-new Carnival completes the restyling of Kia’s entire lineup under the direction of Peter Schreyer
  • Available in seven- and eight-passenger configurations, the 2015 Carnival advances value to new levels of sophistication with advanced safety features and available driving-aid technologies, premium materials and amenities

NEW YORK, April 14, 2014– Set against the backdrop of one of the world’s premier urban playgrounds, Kia Motors America (KMA) today took the wraps off the all-new 2015 Carnival midsize multi-purpose vehicle in New York City.

As the final chapter in Kia’s design-led transformation story – which began in 2009 and has seen a comprehensive makeover of Kia’s entire model line under the direction of chief design officer Peter Schreyer – the all-new Carnival’s CUV-like styling and proportions offer all of the functional convenience of the segment while defying its design limitations.
In addition to innovative European-inspired design, the 2015 Carnival also delivers the exceptional interior volume buyers expect in the segment with ample passenger and cargo room and a quiet and comfortable cabin.  Following the philosophy that has guided Kia’s recent succession of highly successful redesigns, the Carnival advances value to new levels of sophistication with a host of segment-leading new technology and upscale features, all of which will be offered in a new premium trim level – SXL – which will be available when US sales are scheduled to begin in the late third quarter or early fourth quarter of this year.  Pricing will be announced closer to the Carnival’s launch date.
“Throughout the development process, our engineers in the US and Korea focused on adding the element of desire to the all-new Carnival with improved driving dynamics and power and the incorporation of modern styling cues, premium materials and technology,” said Orth Hedrick, vice-president, product planning, KMA. “Combined with a host of active and passive safety features and technology, the completely redesigned Carnival retains the functionality the nameplate has always been known for, while rising to meet the diverse needs – and tastes – of today’s consumers.”

Modern, Confident Exterior
Transcending mundane functionality, the Carnival’s wide stance exudes a modern, CUV-like exterior appearance highlighted by a front fascia and cab-forward design that project confidence and strength.  The Carnival’s muscular face and clean, smooth look is highlighted by a fully integrated version of Kia’s signature grille and headlamps with LED positioning lights.
The wheelbase is 40.6mm longer than its predecessor, and the side profile, with its reduced front and rear overhangs, combines with the deeply swept windshield and available 19-inch alloy wheels to create a distinctive look.  Meanwhile, the rear design layout, with LED taillights, integrated bumper guard and standard roof spoiler, presents a broad, stable bearing.

Open, Relaxed, Configurable Interior
Despite its overall width and height remaining virtually unchanged, the all-new Carnival provides more front shoulder room, greater leg room in the front, second and third rows, as well as a slightly higher hip-point, improving outward visibility for the driver.  The horizontal design cues across the instrument panel create a greater sense of width, and the generous use of soft-touch materials adds to the all-new Carnival’s premium ambiance.  The Carnival’s proportions provide flexible seating in both seven- and eight-passenger configurations and a multitude of storage options.
The front centre console is unique to the segment and allows for generous and cleverly convenient storage space between the front seats.  Second row Slide-n-Stow tracked seating slides and folds upright to allow for “on-the-go” cargo hauling while eliminating the hassle that comes with removing heavy and cumbersome middle seats.
The all-new Carnival also offers the choice of second row “First Class” lounge seating that can be positioned rearward for astonishing legroom and provides retractable lower leg rests.  And while some configurations feature segment-unique second-row seat cushion heaters for added comfort, all 2015 Carnival models offer a third-row that provides the convenience of a split folding 60/40 in-floor retractable design.
The Carnival also is the only vehicle in the segment outfitted with standard YES Essentials™ fabric technology to provide anti-microbial protection from spills, anti-static protection from irritating electrical shocks as well as stain-repelling and stain-releasing fabric characteristics appreciated by anyone who leads an active lifestyle.
The Carnival’s sophisticated interior design theme is brought to life with a modern color palette featuring solid or two-tone color options in beige, gray and burgundy for a warm and inviting atmosphere.  The top-line SXL trim features standard ultra-soft Nappa leather seating surfaces throughout the cabin, the same Chromium-free leather found in the K900 luxury sedan.

Next-Generation UVO
Building on the next-generation UVO Infotainment & Telematics system, the all-new Carnival will be the first Kia vehicle to offer four new eServices features: Geo-fencing, Speed Alert, Curfew Alert and Driving Score.  Additionally, with the introduction of the Kia App store, select apps can be downloaded for free from iTunes® or Google Play.
The Kia app connector is now available for partnership with the content community, including Pandora®, iHeart Radio and Yelp®.
Many more new technologies for comfort and convenience are featured in the new UVO system, including Siri “Eyes Free” and Local Search – powered by Google – for finding locations, addresses and points of interest.  Sirius XM Travel Link, offering access to traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports scores, stock information and movie times, makes the Carnival the perfect companion for those who live their lives on the road with family and friends.

Driving Dynamics and Safety
The 2015 Carnival is built on an all-new chassis with static torsional stiffness that is 36 percent greater than its closest segment competitor.  The body is 76 percent Ultra High Strength Steel (press hardened) or High Strength Steel, which provides exceptional rigidity, durability and collision protection in a lightweight design.
For enhanced roof strength, the Carnival has been engineered with reinforced pillars that distribute impact loads with ultra-high-strength steel tubes that run inside the A-pillars. Extensive use of adhesives and large diameter welds also add to Carnival’s overall structural integrity and strength.  Together with Kia’s patented technology, the 2015 Carnival is targeted to earn the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) 5-Star overall vehicle safety rating.
The rigid and durable chassis provides a solid base for road-trip readiness.  The 2015 Carnival utilizes Amplitude Selected Dampers (ASD) to strike an optimal balance of ride comfort and handling.  The platform also has revised rear cross-member bushings, an isolated rear sub-frame with longer trailing arms and added rear strut reinforcement, all of which combine for improved dynamic ride characteristics.
Additionally, the 2015 Carnival is expected to be among the quietest in the segment thanks to wheel-house padding, double seal sliding doors and an expanded use of sound-deadening foam in the engine compartment, reducing noise and perceived harshness over rough pavement.
Under the hood, a new Lambda Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) 3.3-litre V6 engine replaces the 3.5-liter V6 found in the previous generation Carnival.  The 3.3-liter engine, which is also found in the Sorento CUV and Cadenza premium sedan, delivers more power than its predecessor, boasting 205kW at 6,000 rpm, and it has been tuned for enhanced mid-range torque, offering 336Nm at 5,200 rpm.
A three-step Variable Induction System (VIS) improves engine “breathing,” automatically adjusting the volume of the air pulled into the combustion chamber to create the optimal air-to-fuel mix under different engine load conditions.  Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) combined with a piston-cooling oil jet improves engine cooling efficiency, while engine components, including piston rings, piston skirts, valve tappets, timing chain guide and valve springs are all of a low-friction design.
Finally, the new 3.3-litre V6 engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission tuned for balanced control, power and efficiency.

Abundant Safety Features and Driver Technology
Throughout the design and development process a high priority was placed on active and passive safety features as well as technology, resulting in one of the most technologically advanced vehicles in the segment.
All Carnival models come standard with active safety features such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC)8, Traction Control System (TCS)8, Brake Assist System (BAS)8, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)8, Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)8 and Antilock Braking System (ABS).  Additional technologies such as Roll Over Mitigation (ROM)8 and Cornering Brake Control (CBC)8 also were added as standard equipment for improved dynamic control and safety.
New optional driver technology, including Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)8, Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS), Smart Cruise Control (SCC)9, Blind Spot Detection (BSD)9 and Rear Cross Traffic Alert9, help provide Carnival drivers with a more convenient and secure daily driving experience.

Comfort & Convenience Features
From front to back the Carnival offers numerous convenience features, including Kia’s first application of the newest high-power (2.1 AMP) USB charging port and a 115-volt AC outlet to charge small electronics as well as a dual glove box that offers a cooled lower storage area.
For easier parking and vehicle maneuvering, the Surround View Monitor9 provides real-time images from cameras placed around the vehicle.  Smart Welcome, automatically illuminates the door handles and unfolds the power retractable side mirrors when a vehicle key fob is detected.
A hands-free “Smart Tailgate” opens the rear lift gate automatically when the key fob is sensed for three seconds, and its programmable function can be tailored to the user’s height preference.

Mitsubishi Pajero Exceed Review


The Pajero name has been around for donkeys years and has been recognised for it’s off road prowess I was very keen to try this out when given the opportunity for an extended 2 week test drive.
While the front end has changed slightly over the years but the outside shape hasn’t, which is not a bad thing as you can tell this is a Pajero for any angle.
What it also means  is that the Pajero has maintained it’s rugged looks sure there’s more chrome work around the front end and the shape of the headlights has been modernised but the Pajero says to me I’m ready to go off road.

Now while I a lot of 4wd’s see the embarrassing task of being used solely for driving around the suburbs and doing the school run and while the Pajero was going to be spending some time doing the same thing during the 2 weeks I had it I was also determined that I was going to see how good the Pajero is off road as well.

The Exceed sits on top of the Pajero range and priced around the $70,000 mark it has a lot of competition.
Being the top of the range model you would expect the Exceed to well equip and it is, the leather seats which have a heating function for winter are comfortable and supportive and have a decent amount of cushion for driving off road.
The wood and leather bound steering contains buttons for the voice recognition, phone and cruise control, the wheel is comfortable to hold even on a long trip although I thought it was a touch small in diameter.
The instrument panel is well lit and easy to read both day and night time, the centre stack contains a small LCD screen at the top which can display information such as the fuel economy, distance to empty and several others, although to me the graphics look like the graphic equaliser display on a 80’s stereo system.
Below that is the 7 inch touch screen for the Mitsubishi Multi Communication System (MMCS), this system is a bit hit and miss for me, while it’s relatively easy to use it’s not as smooth and easy as other system on the market.
The two days after I picked it up the system seemed to have a mind of it’s own as would change the volume up and down but after I reset the system it’s stopped doing that.
Also I had the problem that I’ve had in every other Mitsubishi with this system finished where it would it disconnect my USB stick quite often in the middle of songs much to my and my passengers annoyance.
But like I said it must be system thing and not just this particular vehicle as every Mitsubishi I’ve driven with this system does the same thing even though I’ve tried 6 different USB sticks that work without issue in every other car I’ve reviewed.
Its shame that it does this as the Rockford Fosgate premium audio system offers great sound thanks to it’s 12  speakers and 10 inch subwoofer powered by a 860 watt amp.
The sat nav system works great and the turn by turn directions are easy to follow although once again I found it not quite as good as others, it did however find a small logging road I was on at the back Lithgow while we were offroading so it got extra points for that. The Climate control aircon works great and cools the car down easily.

Rear seat passengers are well catered for with comfortable seating, plenty of leg room and their own aircon controls. The 9” full-colour screen DVD playing which is game console compatible means the kids will be kept amused even on the longest of trips, it also comes with two pairs of infrared cordless headphones which means no distractions for the driver.
This particular Exceed has a 7 seat capability with the 3 row seats folding into the floor to maximise rear space, the big problem however is that the seat backs are short which means massive head rests which means the seats aren’t really that comfortable. My youngest Samantha who is a connoisseur of 3 row seating was not impressed, she also complained about lack of leg room and said that our Captiva 7 has more room in the back.
One thing I did notice was that the noise levels inside the car were relatively high specially when on the freeway which meant that you had to talk about louder then normal specially when you had passengers in the back seat so the Pajero could use so more sound proofing.

Under the bonnet the Exceed is powered by a 3.2 litre Common Rail Direct Injection Diesel (DiD) engine pushing out 147Kw and a massive 441nM of torque. The engine is a touch noisey at idle and you do know your driving diesel on the road but it does offer impressive performance and had no issues at all even with the Pajero’s 2300kg kerb weight. The torque is developed low in the rev range so the Pajero had no issues keeping up with traffic and given it’s chance could be a little spritely off the mark. The low down torque also means that you will have have plenty of power down low when off roading.
Fuel economy wise because of the way the trip computer works out your fuel economy it was hard to get a good idea on trips to school I saw it go as high 27l/100km in bumper to traffic only to have come down to 16L/100km by the time I’d got back home.
On the freeway the Pajero returns some impressive figures and I saw it dip into the 9L/100km mark and after a 140km drive and 2 hours of 4 wheel driving and crawling up down logging tracks the economy was an impressive 10.1L/100km.
During the 2 weeks I had the Pajero I did 600km which included bumper to bumper go nowhere Sydney Traffic, Freeway driving and going up and down muddy logging tracks off road and the Pajero still had a ¼ of tank left when I returned it and the fuel economy was sitting on 12.7L/100km.
While a lot of it’s competitors are using 6+ speed autos the Pajero has 5 speed automatic with sports mode which however is mated well to the engine and the shifts were smooth.

On the road the Pajero offers a somewhat smooth ride, you do feel some bumps but everybody that rode in it said they liked how it road. Having a high centre of gravity it suffer from a bit of body roll and couple times bends on the freeway had me leaning more then I really liked to do in corners.
Offroad is where the Pajero really excels, it’s independent multi link suspension make sure the Pajero has impressive suspension travel, while I didn’t go extreme off roading I found the Pajero lapping up the rough stuff and asking for more.
We spent a couple of hours driving around some logging roads and going through a couple of muddy stretches as well and I never had the feeling that the Pajero was going to struggle although I did avoid several of the big puddles, my nephew who was tagging along in his 92 Pajero decided he was going to drive through the first big one I drove around and he got bogged so I got to test out how good the Pajero’s pulling power was it fished the other Pajero out without an issue.
Mitsubishi’s super select 4wd system is superb and features 4 different modes and allows you switch between the Pajero to allows you to switch between 2WD High Range for driving around town and on the highway for m economy. To 4H Full-Time 4WD which gives you the added traction in the wet and splits the torque from 33:67 and 50:50.
Take the Pajero off road and the 4HLC 4WD High Range with Locked Centre Differential distributes power equally to all four wheels to keep on the straight narrow while offroad and then when going really gets tough then you can slip it into 4LLC 4WD Low Range with Locked Centre Differential.
The 4LLC when you need all the tractor-like crawling power your Mitsubishi 4WD is capable of. Maximised lowend torque pulls you through even the roughest terrain to get to that isolated spot that only a truly capable 4WD can take you.

Safety wise the Pajero is very well equipped as you would expect from a vehicle with a 5 Star ANCAP safety rating and the list of it’s safety features is as long as your arm including.
Driver and passenger SRS airbags, Side and curtain SRS airbags, Active Stability Control (ASC), Active Traction Control (ATC), Multi-mode Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Smart Brake, Engine Brake Assist Control (EBAC), rear parking sensors and it receives bonus points for having a rear view camera as well.

After 2 weeks with the Pajero I really liked it, it’s comfortable to drive, it’s well equipped, has a bucket load of safety features, it’s fantastic offroad and the 3.2L Turbo diesel engine has plenty of power and will return decent economy figures. The only things that were a bit of let down to me was the audio system kept disconnecting my USB stick with all my music on it and the noise levels inside the cabin were a bit loud specially when on the freeway. While I did like the 5 speed auto transmission and thought the shifts were smooth I think that being left behind by some of it’s competitors which are now boasting 6 and 8 speed transmissions and can return better economy figures which is helped by the additional gears.
This of course is off set by just how good of an offroad package this vehicle is and it does works well driving around the suburbs as well.
The Pajero is perfect for any family wanting a car that will perform the family duties during the week but also take you just about anywhere from the forest to the beech on weekends.
For more info on the Pajero range check out Mitsubishi’s website

Mitsubishi Triton GLX-R Review


The Mitsubishi Triton has been essentially been on the market since 2006, having reviewed the new Holden Colorado and Isuzu D-Max last year I was very keen to see how the Mitsubishi Triton measured up against them when I was unexpectedly given the chance to drive one recently.
From the outside I like the look of the Triton it’s muscular looks give it the I mean business look, I’m testing the GlxR model so it features a few up grades like attractive 17in alloys, fog lights, side steps and chrome sports bar.
The cab features the iconic rounded backed which makes the Triton stand out from all the other trucks in the class.
Climb inside the GLXR receives leather seats which are somewhat comfortable and do offer some lateral support but I did find them a touch snug fitting.
The steering wheel features buttons for the cruise control, phone and audio system, I did however feel the rim of the wheel was touch to thin for my liking, A touch more thickness would of made it more comfortable to hold onto specially when off roading. The steering wheel also has height adjustment but just like others in the class offers no adjustment for reach.
The instrument panel is well set out the and instruments easy to read at a glance, in the upper part of centre stack is an info screen that can display things such fuel economy, outside temp, audio info, while it’s easy to read it does remind me of the equaliser graphics I had on a stereo in the 80’s.
Below that is the audio system and while the sound it offered was ok I found it a pain in the backside to use and when I first got in it I had to whip the manual out to see how I could connect my phone.
One thing I will give it plus for I have all my music is stored on USB sticks which it easy for me to move in between cars I review the Triton is the first Mitsubishi vehicle I’ve had that didn’t want to all of a sudden disconnect my USB drive in the middle of songs.
The back seat could of offered more leg room though I had 3 people in there and all complained about the lack of leg room and none of them are what you call tall.
Like all trucks in its class the Triton offers a huge amount of room in the tray at the rear which is a fraction little longer then some in it’s class but not quite as wide.
Under the bonnet the Triton is powered by 2.5L 4 cyl turbo diesel developing 120kw, I’m driving the auto version so it only gets 350nM of torque as opposed to the manual version which gets 400nM.
The is enough grunt to keep up with traffic and it will happily cruise on the highway speed limit with 5 on board, I did find at times I had to give it more accelerator then other trucks I’ve driven.
Fuel economy is not what I would call class leading, while the way the trip works out fuel economy makes it hard to get a good average for the week I got just over 500km out of the tank and that was with 300 odd km of highway driving, best figures I could get on the highway 9.3L/100km.
Part of it’s problem is the 5speed auto while a lot of its competitors are using 6 or more gears, fuel economy I say would be improved if it had another gear to drop the rev’s down that little but more at highway speeds.
The 5 speed auto however does perform well and shifts seem to be smooth enough, it does also have a sport shift function which handy specially when off road. Like all 4 wheel drives it did chew through the petrol off road specially when being driven through soft sand. But I found the Triton pretty took all the sand I could throw at it and performed great even with 5 adults and bunch of stuff in the tray.
Like all trucks the Triton is strung fairly stiff so when it’s empty it you feel every bump, I did find with 5 on board it did settle down a bit because of the extra weight but it was still bit of a bumpy ride although it wasn’t something I didn’t expect.
The steering wasn’t exactly perfect either and particular truck had an issue where I think the wheel alignment was out as when you held the straight the car start to veer left and you had to have the steering slightly left hand down to keep it in a straight line.
The steering was also very slow taking several turns of the wheel to negotiate some corners which was really pain specially when parking it.
The brakes while they performed well had a slight dead spot of the pedal when you would have to push the down a little bit before you feel the brakes start to bite.
Off road is where the Triton really belongs, it has plenty of ground clearance and 4WD system faultless, the Triton has separate lever to change between 2wd, 4wd high range, 4wd low range and a lower range gear. This Triton also had the optional rear diff lock fitted which meant The Triton went anywhere I wanted, while I spent most of time off road driving up and down the beach while we were fishing, I did find a few bush tracks to take it down as well and I couldn’t fault it.
Safety wide the Triton only has 4 star ANCAP safety rating and it’s fitted with the following safety features:
· Driver & front passenger side SRS airbags
· Curtain SRS airbags
· Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
· Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
· Active Stability Control (ASC)
· Active Traction Control (ATC)
· Side door impact beams
· 3 point Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) seatbelts (all seating positions)
· Front seatbelt pretensioners & force limiters
· Front seatbelt height adjustable shoulder anchorages
· Seatbelt warning lamp – driver
· Child restraint anchorage points
· Shift lock with key interlock ( Automatic )
· Anti-theft encrypted engine immobiliser
It did lose points for having no reverse sensors or rear view camera things that I think should be standard fit for vehicles of this type because the high back end reduces your vision.

So after a week in the Triton I had mixed feelings while it off road prowess it’s exceptional I found it’s on road performance a little lacking.
The Triton is suffering from being old this model has been since 2006 and at the time would have been one of class leading trucks but unfortunately it’s main competitors have been upgraded since then and therefore leap frogged the Triton.

What the Triton does however still offer a is decent enough package specially in the GLX-R model I tested,  it looks great, is well equipped and has fantastic offroad capabilities and certainly if somebody was after a truck to mainly use for going off road the Triton would work perfect, but I do think at the moment though that other trucks on the market offer a more attractive package and really can’t wait til the new model arrives at the end of this or beginning of next year.
For more info on the Triton or the rest of Mitsubishi’s range of vehicles check out their website

Mitsubishi Ralliart Lancer Review


To say Ralliart Lancer is far from perfect would be an unusual way to start a review but on the other hand while it wasn’t perfect the Ralliart Lancer was one of the most rewarding cars to drive that I have ever had the pleasure of reviewing.
The Ralliart model sits in middle of the Lancer range and breaches the gap in the line up between the regular naturally aspirated models and the range topping psycho EVO model.
From the outside you can tell the Ralliart does mean business the aggressive front styling coupled with the vented bonnet, foglights, body kit, charcoal grey alloys, twin exhaust and rear wing combine well to make sure the Ralliart stands out from your normal Lancer. Of course the whole package was really set off nicely on this particular car by the beautiful metallic red paint work.

In the inside is the Ralliart does seem a touch under done, while the fit and finish was great this model Lancer has been on the market since 2008 so it does look a touch out dated when put next to the newer models in its class and really there’s not much on the inside to differentiate it from normal Lancers.
The cloth seats while comfortable could of used a touch more lateral support when cornering which was also a touch disappointing, rear seating is comfortable and offers decent enough leg room.
The leather bound steering wheel which it shares with the Evo was comfortable to hold and had buttons for the cruise, audio system and phone as well paddle shifters for the transmission.
The dash is a mass of hard plastics really and really there’s much to set it apart from lower model Lancers in the range. The instrument panel is well set up and the dials are easy to read in the between them is a lcd screen which displays info such fuel economy, distance to empty etc.
The centre stack contains the 6.0inch touch screen of the Mitsubishi Entertainment System, and while the system offers great sounds thanks to the myriad of speakers and the big sub woofer in the boot. The system is not as easy to use as others on the market. What seems to be a problem I’ve found with this system in just about every Mitsubishi I’ve driven with it. The system doesn’t like USB sticks, because I’m in and out of review car all the time the easiest way for me to take my music with me is to have it on a USB stick. The system will quite regularly disconnect my USB stick quite often in the middle of a song, It comes up a message USB not connected then go through the process of reconnecting the USB stick while doing this though any play list I’ve set up gets lost.
I found the bluetooth connectivity very easy to use and the voice recognition worked a treat but the constant disconnections of my USB was extremely frustrating and meant the system which promises a lot was a big let down.

Under the bonnet the Ralliart is fitted was same 2.0L Turbo 4 cyl engine the Evo gets but in a detuned form (it has a single scroll turbo instead of the Evo’s twin scroll) pushing out 177kW and 343nM of torque and really that was part of reason this car was so rewarding to drive.
The engine is a little pearler while there is a small amount of lag of the line the engine really starts to haul in a big way as the revs build, yet it’s tractable enough to tool around in traffic day to day.
Fuel economy is real mixed the trip computer works out average economy per trip so it’s really hard to good ave at times on the school sitting there in bumper traffic the fuel economy read out would go up to 27 or 28l/100km however it also did say the ave speed for the trip was 9km/h. On the freeway though it was a different story and the Ralliart returns reasonable figures and just really lopes along in 6th gear.
For the week I did manage 400 odd km from the tank which of course could be bettered if you drove it with economy in mind but you have such sweet turbo engine under the bonnet its extremely hard to do that.

The engine is backed by Mitsubishi s excellent SST’ twin-clutch transmission, which like all dual clutch transmissions can be a touch jerky in bumper to bumper traffic when you are on and off the accelerator pedal (I  will add though that the Mitsubishi’s transmission is better then a lot of the other twin clutch transmissions on the market).
But it well and truly makes up for it the shifts crisp and lightning fast, it has 2 modes normal and sport when driven in normal the Ralliart is very sedate and not really what you’d expect from a car of this nature.
Flick to switch to sport and that really wakes the Ralliart right up and transforms the Ralliart not only does it feel more responsive but it will also hold the longer before changing gears, the transmission will also blimp the throttle on down changes which adds to the driving experience.
Helping get the power to the ground is Mitsubishi’s awesome all wheel drive system which is one of the best on the market, the Ralliart also gets the Evo active centre diff which has 3 selectable modes for tarmac, gravel and snow.

On the road is another bit that’s a bit of a let down while it has massive levels of grip the Ralliart receives basically the same suspension as the VRX Lancer and while it handles the bumps rather well in normal everyday driving, should you want to explore the power and grip levels a bit more then you find that the suspension can’t quite cope with it so you get a bit of body roll coming into the corner and a bit of understeer on exit the rear end also doesn’t feel as planted when your pushing it.
The steering while not to bad lacks feel and sharpness , while this car was one of the most rewarding cars to drive mainly because of the driveline and the AWD grip I expected the steering to be sharper which did put a bit of a downer on the drive for me.

Safety wise and the Ralliart has bags of safety features including driver and front passenger airbags, side and curtain airbags, driver knee airbag, ASC, Active Traction Control (ATC), ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Brake Override System, rear parking sensors and it gets bonus points for having a rear view camera.

Over all I really liked the Ralliart Lancer actually I liked it a lot like I said in the beginning there were some things that made it far from perfect, but in saying that the drivetrain is so good I kept forgetting about the the bits I didn’t like.
I absolutely loved the Ralliart, it has a perfect mix of power, safety its reasonably comfortable and it’s extremely fun to drive.
Simply put there is no automatic AWD drive cars under $40,000 that offer this amount of performance for the price,  the Ralliart would be perfect for somebody wanting a sedan which has enough room to drive the family around during the week and can be a play toy on the weekend.
If your looking for a great AWD turbo sedan then really you should take a Ralliart Lancer for a test drive.
For more info on the Ralliart Lancer or more vehicles in Mitsubishi’s range check out their website


Mitsubishi ASX Review

Mitsubishi ASX

Mitsubishi ASX

The small SUV market in this country is growing the ASX is Mitsubishi’s entry into the segment.
With more and more people turning to the small SUV as a family car I was interested to see how the ASX would shape up as a family during the week I had it.
I’m driving the base model driven by a 2.0L petrol engine and backed by CVT auto.
On the outside the ASX wears the Mitsubishi family face and does resemble it’s Lancer stable mate with it’s squared off wide mouth grille.
Step inside and you are greeted with an interior that seems very familiar and once again reminds me of the Lancer and while is not exactly exciting it is very functional and all the switches are in good position and very easy to find and to use.
The dash is an abundance of hard plastics which may not be to some peoples liking (doesn’t worry me as much), the fit and finish looked to be very good.
The steering wheel is somewhat comfortable to hold but a little too thin for my liking, it does however have buttons for the cruise control, audio system and phone so it does mean not having to take your hands off the wheel while driving.
The instrument panel features a tacho and speedo which are both easy to read and LCD in between that can display various functions like fuel economy via a button on the dash.
The centre stack contains the 6.1in touch screen for the audio system which I found not as easy to use as others there are on the market. The Bluetooth and hands free calling was the exception and didn’t take me long to have my phone paired.
The cloth seats are comfortable enough and were a welcome change hopping into the car and not burning yourself on leather, rear seats offered decent enough leg room and I didn’t get any complaints from my kids as far as comfort wise.
The boot offers reasonable storage of 416L and you can get a decent sized shopping trip in there for those bigger items the back seats does fold flat to give you an 1193L capacity.

On the road the ASX handles not bad for the type vehicle it is, on smooth roads its rides smooth and rides rather well on the bumpy sections as well. There is a bit of lean when pushing through corners but really the car doesn’t entice you enough to try anything remotely spirited so you don’t really notice it that much.
The steering is little boring as in the fact it doesn’t offer a lot of feel it is however light which makes wheeling it around tight car parks a dream which is really where I can it spending a bit of time.
Under the bonnet is powered by a 2.0L 4cyl pushing out Kw and nM of torque and while if does offer decent economy, it does struggle like most cars I review when in bumper to bumper go nowhere traffic. But once the traffic starts to move the economy is quiet good and saw figures around the L/100km mark, On the freeway I can return decent figures and I saw the economy get down to the low 8’s.
Although if you are looking for any sort of performance I would look in other places, quite frankly I found the performance rather boring indeed. The family joke during the week was you could put your put down and fall asleep before you reach 60km/h.
The CVT auto or (Constant Variable Transmission) is a real downer, instead of having gears like a normal transmission it basically adjusts itself between 2 ratios depending upon throttle position, so when a normal transmission may kick down a gear when you put your foot down all the CVT does as increase the revs and it absolutely sounds terrible. I had to put my foot a couple of times and all it basically seemed to do was make the engine rev harder without actually going a lot quicker, give me a proper auto or dual clutch transmission any day.

Safety wise the ASX has received a 5 star ANCAP safety rating and as you would expect is full of safety features such as Driver & front passenger side SRS airbags, Curtain SRS airbags, Driver knee airbag, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Power brake booster with emergency brake assist system, Active Stability Control (ASC), Active Traction Control (ATC), Hill Start Control (HSC), Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body, Intrusion minimising brake pedal, Reverse parking sensors, 3 point Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR), Seatbelt warning lamp for driver & front passenger, ISO-Fix child seat mountings, Shift lock with key interlock (CVT Automatic).
The ASX also gets bonus points for having a rear view camera as well that still isn’t standard fit on some cars in this segment.

After a week in the ASX I was somewhat confused it’s decent enough vehicle to use as a second family car during the week and does return decent economy figures, its light steering makes it easy to wheel around those tight shopping centre car parks.
But the big let down for me was the drivetrain the engine was lack less for my liking and the CVT transmission was just plain annoying.
Some people may be able to live with that drivetrain but I couldn’t, the ASX however is available with a diesel engine backed by a proper auto transmission that I’ve been told drive better and returns better economy so there is some hope. But I haven’t driven one so I can’t say for sure.

To me the ASX doesn’t do anything exceptionally good but in saying that it doesn’t do anything exceptionally bad either.
The Base model tested here is well equipped so it does offer some value for money and can be reasonable on fuel but for me the driveline makes it fall a bit short of some other cars on the market.
For more information on the ASX range check out the Mitsubishi website