Wheels Small Car Mega Test

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    Wheels Small Car Mega Test

    In the December edition of Wheel Magazine they've tested 13 cars in the small car category. They rightly mention that with car sales as they are today this is the most important category in the Australian market today. I'll summarise the results below:

    13th: Kia Cerato SLi 5/10 $24,040
    Pros - Good interior room, nice (if basic) interior presentation, fast acceleration
    Cons - Poor dynamics, little torque, lifeless steering, feeling its age, poor ESC (later identified as a fault with the test car)

    12th: Mitsubishi Lancer LX (man) 5.5/10 $23,990
    Pros - Roomy, decent equipment, cheap base model, perky engine
    Cons - Mismatched dash, cheap materials, noisy, ride beaten by all except the Cerato, Old

    11th: Suzuki SX4 S (man) 5.5/10 $24,490
    Pros - Strong (fast) engine, entertaining (if firm) dynamics, AWD capability, decent equipment, airy interior
    Cons - A pillars, cheap plastics, small rear leg room and boot (the car is smaller than all competitors), unsettled ride

    10th: Renault Megane Dynamique (man) 5.5/10 $22,990
    Pros - Big boot, decent engine (if uninspiring), comfy seats, full sized spare.
    Cons - poorly packaged, passenger space tight, unsettled (if smooth) ride, fuel consumption 2nd worst

    9th: Subaru Impreza 2.0i (man) 6.5/10 $23,990
    Pros - Strong ride characteristics, AWD
    Cons - One of the "least convincing steering systems" of the group, sluggish engine, gritty transmission, no longer the quiet car it once was, value questionable, fuel economy

    8th: Holden Cruze CD 1.4T (auto) *sedan 7/10 $25,040
    Pros - Strong engine and ride characteristics, boot space, quiet, steering
    Cons - lack of value (for price), manual no longer available (unless you move to SRi), poor fit and finish inside, questionable plastics, rear headroom, fuel economy

    7th: Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport (man) 7/10 $20,990
    Pros - Reasonable performance, strong transmission, looks better externally, equipment, comfortable seats, 2nd best fuel efficiency, reasonable ride
    Cons - inconsistent ESC, rear seat leg, foot and head room, small boot, axle tramp on drag strip

    6th: Hyundai i30 Elite (man) 7.5/10 $24,590
    Pros - Interior quality second only to the Golf, best packaging on test, willing engine if lacking torque, equipment
    Cons - Dynamics still not up to speed, steering, ninth in fuel efficiency

    5th: Honda Civic VTi-S hatch (man) 7.5/10 $22,650
    Pros - Economy, biggest boot on test, interesting interior (may not age well), slick shift, engine performance, ride (except on country roads), packaging
    Cons - no cruise control, low down torque lacking, steering connection feel, on limit body control

    4th: Opel Astra 1.4 Turbo (man) 8/10 $23,990
    Pros - Depending on priorities it could be second to Golf, Strong engine and transmission, ride (while not as good as Golf, Focus or Mazda 3) is an excellent middle ground, passenger space, boot space, exterior design
    Cons - Interior quality not up to Golf standards, Fuel economy worst on test (only car over 10L/100klms) lacks equipment

    3rd: Mazda 3 Maxx Sport (man) 8/10 $24,490
    Pros - Entertaining drive, strong engine, equipment levels, reliable,
    Cons - rear seat tight, noise, could use more soft touch plastics around the interior

    2nd: Ford Focus Trend (man) 8/10 $22,290
    Pros - Steering, ride and handling fantastic, strong engine, now cheaper with switch to Thailand production
    Cons - if focused (pun not intended) on an A-B driver could be rated 4th, equipment levels aren't the best, cheaper materials with new manufacture location, noise partly better than Mazda.

    1st: VW Golf 90TSI (man) 8.5/10 $24,990
    Pros - All round the best car, interior quality, fit and finish, refinement, ride and handling, performance and economy (noted they say it's not the best at everything i.e. Focus a better handler, Civic more efficient but it's the best all rounder)
    Cons - servicing costs,
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    Re: Wheels Small Car Mega Test

    They mention servicing costs, yet it doesn't cost points ? (or half points)?
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    Re: Wheels Small Car Mega Test

    when I read the title, I thought it was about this 'car':

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    Re: Wheels Small Car Mega Test

    I think the Cruzes weight is killing it as far as fuel economy from the 1.4T I mean some of these cars tested here are nearly 200kg lighter.
    The Cruze weight's just over 1400kg and golf weighs 1270kg, mind you the Astra weighs a couple kg's less as well..
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