SA’s top ‘mommy cars’

2015-06-11 06:01

WHEN you’re expecting a child it quickly becomes clear that those sporty two-door cars perfect for the DINKy (double income no kids) life are no longer practical

Some key questions you should be asking when considering a new family car include safety rating, whether its seats are easy to clean, and whether the boot can accommodate a pram, shopping and a huge bag of toys.

Imperial Auto has compiled its top family vehicles in SA.

Volkswagen Jetta

“The new Jetta is more stylish and dynamic than its predecessors, and combines responsive steering with refined handling for maximum driving enjoyment – no matter who is in the car with you.”

“Technology add-ons include satnav and parking sensors, helping with those awkward moments when one needs a little extra assistance getting into a bay.”

Its available with cloth or leather seats and the sedan can be painted in a choice of eight colours.

The new Jetta achieved a five-star Euro NCAP security rating and is sold with a five year or 90 000km service plan.

Prices start from R259 900

Power: 77kW at 5 000 rpm

Torque: 175Nm at 1 500 – 4 000 rpm

Carbon emissions: 134g/km

Fuel tank: 55 litres

Mummy rating: Solid, sensible and a boot that’s big enough to fit the whole nursery.

Mazda CX-5

Mazda’s CX-5 has been revised in 2015 sporting new engines and exterior tweaks including 19” alloy rims. The CX5’s four cylinder 2.0 litre petrol has a claimed fuel consumption of 6.4 litres/100km.

“The crossover is powerful and athletic in appearance, with elegant lines and graceful details, setting it apart from other vehicles within the SUV class. Smart systems save fuel, while technology inside the cabin keeps you in touch with the world through concert quality Bose speakers.

“Don’t think you’re going to forget to secure your seat belts (and those of your children) because it simply won’t let you.”

The CX-5 has a multi-load path structure to redirect crash energy away from the cabin and is equipped with six air bags. It has dynamic stability control, traction control, anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution and electronic brake assist.

It’s sold with three-year roadside assistance, a three year service plan and five-year corrosion warranty.

Prices start from R319 500

Power: from 121kW at 6 000 rpm

Torque: from 210Nm at 4 000 rpm

Emissions: 149 g/km

Fuel tank: 56 litres

Mummy rating: Super sexy and fun – the power of an SUV with the handling of a sports car

Toyota Avanza

“The Toyota Avanza is available in 1.3 litre and 1.5 models, including the 1.5 SX auto. Roomy and sleek, the Toyota Avanza can seat up to seven people comfortably, meaning that granny and grandpa can come along on weekend trips too.”

All units are equipped with power steering, power windows and air con. The Avanza is sold with a four-year or 60 000km service plan with an option to extend.

From R196 800

Power: 67kW at 6 000 r/min

Torque: 117Nm at 4 400 r/min

Carbon emissions: 172 g/km

Fuel tank: 45 litres

Mummy rating: Perfectly practical for a big family.

Ford Tourneo Custom

“The Ford Tourneo Custom elevates family travel to a new level of luxury. Seating eight passengers in comfort and style, with the longwheel-base model offering super luggage capacity, the Tourneo Custom has been engineered for durability and tested for toughness.

“Its eight-way adjustable driver’s seat makes sure that the most important person – the mom behind the wheel – is as comfortable as can be.”

The Tourneo Custom’s seats can be moved in several configurations. Its interior materials can minimise the risk of an allergic reaction.

Able to tow up to 1 600kg, the Tourneo Custom is the great for holiday trips, while Ford’s SYNC system allows voice-commands for the vehicles audio and telephone connectivity.

Prices from R437 900

Power: from 74kW at 3 500 rpm

Torque: from 310Nm at 1 300 rpm

Carbon emissions: 172g/km

Fuel tank: 80 litres

Mummy rating: Big, bold, and ready to move the whole family. - Sourced

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