Botany and Ormiston Times
Howick and Pakuranga Times : Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thurs, Oct 18
26 --- Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thursday, October 18, 2012 www.times.co.nz 119201-v2 NZ’S LEADING UNDERCAR Next to VTNZ, The Hub, Botany Ph: 271 3882 Exhausts Brakes Shocks Services Repairs WOFs We specialise in brake, suspension & exhaust repairs. FREE SAFETY CHECKS FOR YOUR VEHICLE Quality Workmanship & Comprehensive Pit Stop guarantees 119784 CAMBELT REPLACEMENT 274 5122 0800 CAMBELT (226 235) 9c Lady Ruby Drive, East Tamaki RING THE EXPERTS FOR A QUOTE DON'T TAKE THE RISK WITH YOUR CAMBELT SERVICES116967 FREE LOAN CARS By ALISTAIR DAVIDSON SUVs are what car enthusiasts love to hate. It’s like saying ‘hey, my life is over, I have a mortgage and kids and pets and responsibilities. Forget having fun, it’s time to get sensible’. So what do you buy? A big sucker in case more kids arrive? A small two-wheel drive that looks like a four-wheel drive because who really needs four-wheel drive? Or a mid-size ﬁve- door that does a lot of things, but none par- ticularly well? Thankfully, fellow driving enthusiasts, all is not lost. There’s a pair of daytime run- ning lights at the end of the tun- nel that’s called mid-life gloom and doom, and they’re attached to the front of a Mazda CX-5. All-new CX-5 with ‘Skyactiv’ technology is a revelation. Here’s a SUV that’s enjoyable to drive; its suspension is taut, the steer- ing actually has feel and provides feedback, and the ride is ﬁrm without being uncomfy. The good news continues under the bonnet. Times Motoring spent a week with the most excellent range- topping Limited all-wheel drive diesel. This technologically advanced diesel (you couldn’t use those three words in the same sentence a few years ago) has a ridiculously low compres- sion ratio. Without going into all the bor- ing details, this enabled Mazda’s bofﬁns to use a lighter engine block; the engine’s internals are a lot less stressed, and it improves fuel consumption and emissions. Smooth and responsive (and pretty darn quiet), the oil burner pops out 129kW, and more importantly a hefty 420Nm of torque at 2000rpm. Put your foot down and the thing takes off, and in-gear accel- eration (when overtaking etcet- era) is impressive. The transmission is a six- speed automatic with manual shift mode. Mazda quietly dropped its CX-7 (smaller brother to the big- ger CX-9) and I can understand why. CX-5 is virtually the same size inside as the 9, and its styl- ing is better. Understated and classy, the surprisingly roomy interior lacks garish and gimmicky brightwork. Everything’s where it’s meant to be, the controls are intuitive and the touchy-feely test suggests quality as well as quantity. Quantity? Yes indeedy, CX-5 Limited has all the creature com- forts and safety features you’d ﬁnd in a high-spec Euro, and they’re not extra-cost options. Sure, at ﬁve bucks shy of $60k the CX-5 is right up there as far as mid-size SUVs go, yet it repre- sents real value for money. Sensible? Well, yes and no ONE GOOD TURN: Stylish 19- inch alloy wheels with grippy 225/55 tyres are standard fare.
Howick and Pakuranga Times, Mon, October 15
Howick and Pakuranga Times, Mon, Oct 22