Theoretically, the same can be said about all-terrain vehicles. Confirm or refute, we proposed to readers. The place was chosen appropriate - a demonstration exhibition center of the Nizhny Tagil Institute of Metal Testing. Simply put - the very training ground where international exhibitions of military equipment and weapons are held. As a reference, the test was attended not by any, but by the most modern T-90 tank, which, of course, was out of competition. Only the participants on wheels were included in the classification.
“Mitsubishi Outlander” is a typical representative of the so-called crossovers (referred to as “SUVs”). The car assembled by the Japanese is equipped with a 2.4-liter gasoline engine with a capacity of 160 liters. with. with variable valve timing and adaptive (adapts to the driving style) four-speed automatic transmission, which has manual shift. Transmission - permanent all-wheel drive with a viscous coupling in the center differential. Such a scheme, according to the creators, allowed to abandon the nowadays stabilization and traction control systems - only ABS and an electronic brake force distributor were left to help the driver. Meantime safety measures are scarce by today's standards - four pillows and protective bars in the doors. However, this time the dealer did not put out the richest version of the car, which was confirmed by the moderate (in this class!) Price - $ 32, 540.
Toyota RAV4, on the contrary, was stuffed with options to the eyeballs. This included nine airbags (including an 18-liter to protect the driver’s knees), ABS, brake force distribution, emergency braking, directional stability and traction control. An interesting novelty - a device for maintaining constant speed on the ascent and descent - is also available. To move this economy on and off roads, a two-liter gasoline engine was needed, aggregated (in our case) with an automatic transmission. The third generation car was made front-wheel drive, with an automatically (via an electromagnetic clutch) connected rear axle. When necessary, this same coupling can be locked forcibly by pressing a button on the instrument panel. The price of the submitted copy is $ 37, 800.
Chevrolet Niva, as expected, did not shine with delights. The 2006 improvements mainly affected the injection control program and the quality of the finish and the interior color scheme. Otherwise, the 1.7-liter engine of 80 liters, already familiar to the Russians. with., permanent all-wheel drive, manual gearbox … and not a single airbag (however, the car fully meets domestic requirements). But before the competitors "Shniva" boasts excellent cross-country ability and a ridiculous price against them - about $ 12 thousand.
“Hyundai-Tusan”, although it was born not so long ago, tried not to yield to famous rivals in anything. The same two-liter gasoline engine (142 hp), the same automatic transmission with manual control function. The drive circuit is similar to RAV4 - front with a rear axle connected via an electromagnetic clutch. This usually happens automatically, but at speeds up to 30 km / h you can use the button on the dashboard. To protect riders and help the driver in a difficult situation, six airbags, ABS and traction control are designed. At a price ($ 31 thousand), Tusan does not fall out of the general series. True, for this money there is much more than a car - the size of the "Korean" is clearly larger than colleagues.
It was not possible to get the tactical and technical data from the owner (state secret!), They found out only the price - about $ 2.5 million.
The high level (to compete with the tank is not a joke!) Did not bother the tasters. Having studied the material part and overcame many obstacles (some almost surpassed the armored monster by the results of long jumps), readers presented their findings.
Yes, all-terrain vehicles this time had a hard time, because they competed not only among themselves. By all accounts, Toyota has shown itself to be the best, which, in general, is not surprising. After all, this is the third generation of RAV4 - it was time to fix the mistakes. In addition, the ratio of all-terrain qualities is the most balanced car. “Outlander” knows no equal, but only as an all-wheel drive station wagon. In short, he is farther than the others before the tank. "Tusan" made a double impression. Appearance and basic habits are jeep, but still something is missing. It seems that the car - power, and the creators - experience. However, this is a profitable business. The only thing the designers of the Chevy Niva did not compromise on was cross-country ability. For other benefits you have to pay, which many Russians are not yet ready for.
Readers also got it - in addition to the tasting itself, they had to answer competition questions that required knowledge of the theory, control practice and car history. They did just fine, because they are our readers! And as compensation for the work, the tankers staged demonstrations. T-90 won in all categories, except for the maximum speed on the highway (he was able to give out only 90 km / h). I wonder what awaits the tasters next time? Come and find out!
35 years old, Yekaterinburg, entrepreneur. Drove on cars VAZ 2104, 2106, 2110, Moskvich. Driving experience - 18 years. The most experienced tasting pilot.
The best of all. Excellent dynamics, adequate KP. Successful suspension - the car is stable in bends, it does not roll and does not shake on impassable roads. A comfortable fit, the largest trunk and … an abundance of buttons on the panel - you can’t figure it out in a week! Externally - the most attractive car.
The shape is memorable, but rustic. The trunk is small - it would be better to take out the spare tire on the fifth door. On the side of the road is not very good, better on the pavement. The leather interior is impractical - you can still clean the fabric from childhood surprises, and leather is unlikely. The rest is almost a copy of RAV4.
Faceless in appearance and on the go. Annoying pensive KP. Mediocre sound insulation. The interior is comfortable, but a lot of shelves - it’s also extra garbage - a big trunk is better. The plastic body kit is unlikely to withstand serious off-road, and the “kengurin” is a completely decorative thing.
For money and a car. As lined along the dirt road, it strives to leave the trajectory. Due to the weak motor, it is difficult to climb the mountain. Not so hot and rides on the asphalt - worse than the "tens." The only luck is the fifth door that opens in the right direction. I don’t like lifting, it was a matter of falling.
30 years old, Nizhny Tagil, head of sales. Drove in cars VAZ, "Renault Symbol", "Daewoo Matiz." Driving experience - 12 years. Took second place in the contest ZR.
You don’t feel the relief at the country side - the car literally soars. AKP is out of place here - the “automatic machine” strangles the capabilities of an all-terrain vehicle. Ideal for traveling with your family - spacious front, rear, in the trunk. Nine airbags made an impression (to see from the side how it works).
It is rather a big wagon than an all-terrain vehicle. Very comfortable, but for such a price there are few bells and whistles. The lack of electronic assistants did not upset me - I drive carefully. I appreciated the stepwise adjustment of the backs of the rear seats - conveniently. And the Outlander is well balanced - it jumps far and is stable in flight.
It looks bulky and heavy. All this is actually the case - the roll machine is heavily inclined in corners. Looking at the huge wheels, I thought that I would not turn the steering wheel. Wrong - thanks to a good amplifier. Plastic outside will protect the body on impassable roads and tight parking lots. The device is solid, but not a fighter (neither on the ground, nor on the asphalt).
The design is rustic, without frills, but an all-terrain vehicle should look monumental! Seats - greetings from the seventies. He sat down and failed - exactly like in the Six! The rest of the interior is cheap, but bearable. Heels strongly - in order not to topple over, one has to slow down all the time. The lack of airbags is alarming.
29 years old, Nizhny Tagil, car mechanic. He drives a VAZ 2106 1. His driving experience is 11 years. The soul of the team and the winner of the competition.
Qualitatively assembled, but expressionless car. Well suited for maintenance and repair. I liked the complete electrification of the cabin. The tempostat helped a lot in overcoming the hill. Very much to the place of the automatic transmission, of the remaining options I would pay extra only for ABS - before and without it I could do. In vain they hung the spare tire from the outside - they’ll sop!
A bright car, and an unusual “face” just attracts the eye. Powerful engine, the fastest in the automatic transmission test, a sporty tuned suspension. This is not even a SUV, but a highway car. It’s impractical in the mud - a low rise and a threshold far from the chair guarantee dirty trousers. I did not like that the database does not have the necessary trifles.
A well-made, richly equipped all-terrain vehicle with a slurred ideology. On all types of coating, some kind of amorphous. Perhaps he needs a more powerful engine - the good thing is enough space under the hood. But in the cabin, on the contrary, closely, the steering wheel height adjustment is small. The car is a little better than the Shnivy. One joy is the practical, unpainted body kit.
From Chevrolet, only the emblem and price. However, this is the only real all-terrain vehicle, besides well assembled (at least a test copy). Very noisy and strangely stocked - everything is electric, but there is no "music"! The rear doors open at a small angle, which, coupled with a narrow opening, prevents landing.
28 years old, Yekaterinburg, electrical installer. I went to VAZ 2106, 2107, 2111. Driving experience - 6 years. Prize winner, author of the most restrained comments.
Outwardly, it is a classic all-terrain vehicle, which adds masculinity to the owner. High landing provides excellent visibility, which is especially important on the roads. It is great that the automatic transmission gives the choice of type of control. But the rest of the electronics work constantly - it's a pity, sometimes I want to turn off something.
This is not an all-terrain vehicle! Just a station wagon on high wheels - I would not have slipped into the mud. I could not get a job at the workplace - the steering wheel is not regulated by departure! But, in fairness, I note the design - of all the most interesting.
The best is big, beautiful. And the brand is now famous. Small overhangs facilitate cross-country ability. Everything is thought out and convenient: one word - East!
Much better than the old Niva. Although the design is not impressive, everything is quite modern. Extremely comfortable ergonomics. There are technical problems - the handbrake was held together on a slide, because of insensitive grip there it only moved off with a lowering one. Noisy, but for the money he’s ready to tolerate.
30 years old, Verkhnyaya Salda, VSMPO engineer. I went to the Moskvich-2141, Toyota Duet. Driving experience - 13 years. Expert in technology, one of the winners of the competition.
The freshest test car, the most structurally advanced. Live looks much better than in the photo. A mischievous motor with a sports cut-off starts the driver, but the chassis shakes noticeably on the lane. I liked the electronics (it worked for me!) And the drive circuit. Security systems at the forefront!
The most powerful and dynamic. The quietest. The most manageable (like a car). The most beautiful. The most shaking (on the verge of comfort). Technically backward - viscous coupling and permanent drive are long outdated. Off-road is not designed - under the bottom there are many vulnerabilities.
A lot of cars plus a tall but tight fit give a sense of permissiveness. Reality corresponds - "Tusan" is the most "jeep" car. Pleasantly surprised by a modest 2-liter engine and an honest "automatic". Noisy for a foreign car, but I would have taken it myself.
I expected the worst, but I can’t put it on a par with foreign cars. Sluggish dynamics, mediocre ride. Rumbles, creaks, buzzes. They are collected from us, and the price is foreign-made (in the complete absence of options). The emphasis is shifted towards off-road qualities to the detriment of highway - for me bust. Surprised by the clear work of the CP - they can, if they want!
31 years old, Nizhny Tagil, head of department of a metallurgical plant. I went to the Oka, Mitsubishi Galant. Driving experience - 3 years. The most serious tasting expert.
Good, no matter how you look. Modern design, stylish lighting. Inside, everything is perfect. It’s a little late during acceleration, but the pickup is like a courier train. Great cross. But there is not enough solidity - it suits only young people and women.
Crossover is not a jeep. And the appearance only emphasizes this (a silhouette too swift for an all-terrain vehicle). A mixture of styles reigns inside - sports elements do not correspond to the overall design. The character is even and reliable. The potential owner is a 40-year-old family man who constantly goes to work, and sometimes out of town for a picnic.
It looks puffy. A lot of linings and chrome pipes - this is unnecessary. The motor is weak, the steering wheel is cotton. It is unclear why they are taking the money. The only joy is the high quality of materials and workmanship. Suitable for people over 50 for the garden. Maybe for the tasting it was worth putting "Tusan" in a different version …