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2010 Kia Sorento R
2.2ltr turbo diesel 145KW, blue tooth, reversing
camera, 6 speed tiptronic auto, seven seater, AWD,
dual climate air.
2014 Kia Cerato SX
1.8 ltr, snow white pearl OMG, 6 speed auto, sat nav,
full leather heated/cooled seats, proximity key push
$38,500 demo $34,995
2014 Sportage Urban EX
2.0ltr GDi 2WD Space Blue, 6 speed auto, 20inch alloys,
side step, factory towbar, reversing camera, front and
rear parking sensors, demo
Normally 43,840 Now 37,995
2014 Kia Sorento Ltd
2.2Ltr, R Series diesel, 145kw - 436Nw, full leather
heated & cooled seats, reversing camera, seven
seaters, towbar, proximity key & push button start.
2014 Rio Runaway Deals
Offer ends 30 September 2014.
FROM $19,990 + ORC.
More doors: A significant change with the facelift is the dropping of a three-door version, so all the Yaris
models now have five doors. Inset: Inside view: All Yaris models now have a reversing camera paired with a
6.1-inch touchscreen audio system.
AT A GLANCE
transverse-mounted 1.3 -litre
and 1.3 -litre in-line four cylinder
DOHC engines. The 1.3 -litre
unit has choice of five-speed
manual or four-speed auto, the
1.5-litre models are all four-
Output: 1.3: 63kW at 6000rpm,
121Nm at 4400rpm,
5.7L/100km, 134g/km CO2. 1.5:
80kW at 6000rpm, 141Nm at
4200rpm, 6.3L/100 km,
audio with single CD, Bluetooth
capability, USB and audio jack
Safety: Front disc and rear
drum brakes, ABS with brake
assist and electronic brake-
force distribution, stability
control, traction control. Seven
airbags including driver’s knee
airbag. Reversing camera.
Dimensions: L 3905mm (GX
and SX), 3930mm (ZR). W
1420mm, H 1250mm, W/base
Price: GX manual $22,990, GX
auto $24,990, SX $26,990, ZR
$28,990. Satellite navigation a
$1000 option on the ZR.
Hot: Good-looking hatchback,
spacious, easy to drive.
Not: No progress made on
engines and transmissions.
Verdict: Yaris will continue to
be a popular vehicle in the small
hatch market, and deservedly
so. A pity though, that although
the car’s looks have been
modernised, the performance
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speed manual and 14.1 seconds
with the four-speed manual. By
way of comparison, the facelifted
1.2-litre Volkswagen Polo hatch
launched a fortnight takes 10.8
seconds to get to 100kmh.
The SX and the ZR have
Toyota’s 1.5-litre engine which
develops 80 kilowatts and 141
newton metres, and their time to
100kmh is 12.4 seconds with the
So none of the Yaris models are
what you would call hot hatches.
But – and this is important,
considering just who buys these
vehicles – they are good cars.
These Toyotas are very well built,
nice-looking, spacious, and easy
Last week’s media event
involved driving a selection of the
Yaris hatchbacks through
everything from stop-start traffic
in downtown Wellington, to
winding tarmac out through
Makara, a shopping centre
carpark in Lower Hutt, to along
the Hutt Valley motorway.
In each environment the
Toyotas simply did the job. The
four-speed autos got fairly
thrashy going over Haywards Hill
between Paremata and the Hutt
Valley, but other than that they
were fine. I felt the 1.3-litre
manual did especially well,
probably the result of its lightish
1025kg kerb weight.
The GX models have 15-inch
steel wheels, while the SX gets
15-inch alloys and fog lights on
the outside, and leather trim
accents, climate control air
conditioning and automatic on/
off headlights on the inside.
Toyota NZ describes the new
ZR as offering a fun factor and
exclusive sporty styling – which I
suppose it does, particularly
when painted its exclusive Vivid
Yellow hue. It also has 17-inch
alloys, LED tail lights, an exhaust
diffuser and upper rear spoiler,
and side skirts.
On the inside the ZR gets a
carbon-look instrument panel ,
sports-tyle seats, a D-shaped
steering wheel, leather trim
accents with contrasting silver
stitching, and privacy glass.
What that top model doesn’t
have though is satellite
navigation, which these days is
something even the entry Honda
Jazz has. It is an option though.
From the safety perspective,
the new Yaris impresses. The
equipment list in every model
includes ABS brakes with brake
force distribution and brake
assist, stability control, and
traction control. A first for the
2014 Yaris is that all models also
receive an emergency brake
signal function which flashes
under heavy braking to warn
following vehicles. All cars also
get seven airbags including a
driver’s knee airbag.
All-in-all then, this new Yaris is
a fine offering. You have to
wonder though whether a lack of
progress in engine and
transmission choice will have
any effect on sales growth
planned by Toyota NZ. There is
increasing competition in the
small hatch class, including
challenges from Volkswagen with
its facelifted Polo and soon
Mazda2 with its brand-new
Mazda2, and the end result of all
of this is that there is increased
choice – and that may prove the
biggest hindrance for this
essentially unchanged hatchback.
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