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Drive Life : February 11th 2011
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It's not turbo-quick but its performance is more than strong enough for most needs and its economy won't dip as much when you plumb its reserves. All up, it's an eminently capable package and, if its predecessor is any guide, it's likely to remain trouble-free and affordable to maintain during its lifespan. If, however, you're happy to forgo just a little economy for a chunkier supply of grunt, then the Mondeo and Jetta come into the frame. In many ways, the Ford is the pick of the two: it's bigger, better equipped and its turbo five has the edge for performance. If you're willing to shift your own gears, you'll get a superbly sorted executive express. Many buyers, though, are going to struggle with this aspect of the XR5T and, if this is an issue, then the VW takes the win. The Jetta is not without flaws. The cabin can't quite match the others for sheer real estate, its reliability prospects aren't entirely bulletproof and servicing costs are higher than average. However, if you're prepared to sift out a pampered one (they're out there) and invest in its upkeep, you'll be driving away in a classy, sophisticated, well- rounded and --- most importantly, in this case --- satisfyingly punchy package. The dilemma Richard is looking to buy a used mid-sized sedan or hatchback. He lives in a hilly area and wants something with plenty of power, so long as he doesn't have to sacrifice too much in the way of fuel efficiency. The budget is $25,000 to $30,000. The shortlist The good news for Richard is there's plenty of power to be had in the mid-sized segment. It just depends how much he wants and what kind of fuel economy he's prepared to accept. Going for something a little peppier than normal, too, doesn't mean settling for mediocrity elsewhere. While Mazda's excellent 6 misses the boat in this case because the performance of its 2.5-litre engine is merely satisfactory, all three contenders here reside comfortably in the upper reaches of the mid-sized talent pool. 2007-10 Ford Mondeo XR5 Turbo The XR5 Turbo is no longer a part of the Mondeo line-up but its discontinuation shouldn't be levelled at a lack of talent. Like all current-gen Mondeos, it had loads of space, enviable safety prospects and excellent road manners. It was also quite quick thanks to a gutsy 162kW 2.5-litre turbo five-cylinder and had loads of kit. What the Ford didn't deliver was truly searing performance, which might have confused keener punters enticed by the ''turbo'' badge. More relaxed types had the lack of an auto gearbox to get over. 2008-onwards Honda Accord Euro The Euro's 148kW 2.4-litre four is a cut above most naturally aspirated mid-sizers, with sparkling performance and great refinement. Mind you, the Honda's power reserves aren't as robust as its force-fed rivals here, especially at low revs. The flip side is, it won't drink as much as your average turbo when worked hard. Elsewhere, the Accord impresses with its classy cabin, composed road manners, generous specification (especially in top-line Luxury form) and standout quality and reliability prospects. Great resale, though, means it's not the cheapest mid-sizer to buy, while the back seat is just OK for space. 2005-09 Volkswagen Jetta Turbo FSI The Jetta might, in essence, just be a Golf small car with a boot but the quality of the underlying package is worth seeking out. For sheer go, the pick is the spirited Turbo FSI; it gets VW's brilliant 147kW 2.0-litre turbo four, slick double-clutch DSG auto and better- than-average economy. The Jetta rates highly in many key areas, from its classy, refined manners and strong safety to its upmarket cabin and big boot. That DSG, though, can be indecisive at low speeds and during hill starts, while the Golf origins mean it has the tightest back seat here. The occasional reliability niggle isn't unknown, either. Cameron McGavin For more buying advice, go to drive.com.au/what-car.
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