One of the most popular models in the small class is the Daewoo Matiz. It is very successfully assembled in Uzbekistan and sold at our price from $ 7000. But readers of “Behind the Wheel” have already met on its pages with a Chinese counterpart named “Chery QQ” (aka “Chery S11” - ЗР, 2005, No. 8), as well as the “next-generation Matiz”. The latter crossed the GM flag and is sold as the Chevrolet Spark (ZR, 2005, No. 5).
Following the logic, “Cherie” should be a little cheaper, and “Spark” - more expensive than the “Uzbek Korean”. In the meantime, the announced price of a Chinese novelty makes many people smile - according to various sources, from $ 6, 500 to 8, 000, however, in the latter case, with air conditioning. From the same eight thousand “Spark” starts, without air conditioning in the base, but a little more modern.
By the way, in the same class on the Russian market, Hyundai has already introduced a new Goetz, including a 1.1 liter engine (see the material in this issue) at a rather attractive price. However, he has yet to win the hearts of customers, and the international Matiz has already done this.
Another bright newcomer is probably at the most remarkable point of his career. This is also a Chevrolet and also relatively inexpensive. Friskily started and gaining momentum, “Aveo” in versions of the hatchback and sedan. We believe that he will play the first game in his class.
COMPACT - MEANS MORE
Next - the most intense competition. With a minimum price margin from the Russian "ten" is unfading "Nexia". Over the years, she is the most affordable foreign car in the class, besides with a very inexpensive service. Well, the one who sleeps and sees a car with an “automatic” looks first of all at the Hyundai Accent.
The price shift from these bestsellers to more expensive Japanese and European models is smoothed out. Our foreign cars Renault Logan and Ford Focus took care of this. Here, the new Rio and Izhevsk Spectra are looking for happiness.
In order not to make a rash decision in such a crush, the closest attention when choosing is to complete. And be sure to be interested in the sellers queue length. Some popular models have to wait up to six months.
In the range of $ 15 to 20 thousand, a potential buyer faces another danger - the cost of branded maintenance and spare parts. It’s unlikely that you will scare the sum of $ 300 today, but if a small, in your opinion, non-warranty repair will cost $ 1000, you will probably think how much it would cost for Nexia or Accent.
In the coming year, Logan promises to play one of the main roles in the "about $ 10 thousand" segment, and "Focus" in the "slightly less than $ 15 thousand" segment.
STABILITY OR TANKS?
In the section of large, but not very expensive ($ 20–35 thousand) family cars, where European D- and E-classes can be attributed, few significant players appeared on the market. The Chevrolet Evanda came from below, the Hyundai NF from above. They are not yet crowding traditional leaders. Our "Sonata" and "Magentis" (of those that are cheaper), Japanese "Toyota" and "Nissan" (more expensive) are still popular. The positions of Mazda-6 are getting stronger. So far, the potential of the new Passat looks vaguely against the general background.
Those who pay attention to their extraordinary appearance again look in the direction of the "French", first of all, the fresh Peugeot 407 and the recently updated Citroen-C5. True, judging by sales, beauty is not the worst force.
In classes C, D and E, you can watch a car with a diesel engine. Unfortunately, not all manufacturers provide this opportunity, not to mention the fact that these machines, as a rule, are not in cheap trim levels. It's about KIA, Volkswagen, Skoda, Ford … And the language doesn’t turn to call family Audi or Mercedes. Let me remind you at the same time that mini-vans can be family ones, among which there are inexpensive ones, for example, KIA Carnival. And there is all-wheel drive technology, which is increasingly difficult to classify.
Together, one of the most interesting proposals in the class, in the opinion of the author, can be considered "Hyundai NF". In addition to the attractive price and the corporate level of quality, there is also a new name in the piggy bank of advantages: after all, someone wants to be among the first, without overpaying for this …
BECOME A GROWTH!
If it’s difficult to come up with a criterion in order to rank everyone according to their degree of importance, try the tried and tested - refer to the size. In most cases, it is said to matter.
So, a class of small SUVs (Sport Utility Vehicle) or cars for outdoor activities (literally: sports-utility). In terms of size and price, Chevrolet Niva, the new KIA-Sporting and his brother Hyundai Tussan, as well as the new Grand Vitara, Ford Maverick, Honda CR-V, Nissan X-Trail "And others. Yes, there is, uh …" UAZ Hunter. " Although it is tall, it is only 5 cm longer than the Chevrolet Niva. However, I agree: when you say a small SUV, you can imagine anything but Hunter.
For Chevrolet Niva, it is worthwhile for a potential buyer to know that the price of a standard hour for its maintenance is more than $ 30, and an option with an Opel engine is not yet in sight. About the "Sporting" - that it is not only full, but also front-wheel drive. About “Vitara” - that it is completely new and few people saw it on the roads (ZR, 2005, No. 9), although the situation is changing rapidly. Most likely, one of the most unexpected new products of the year is capable of significantly spoiling the sales of competitors … About X-Trail - that since March they have been selling a modernized car that does not differ in appearance from the previous modification. About the "Hunter" - that in the new year it will be possible to buy it with the Korean gearbox "Daymos".
Translated, this is “full size” - an expression that is often used to emphasize someone's usefulness, such as all-wheel drive. Who can this be attributed to?
There are several new products, including formal ones. About the price of $ 15 thousand - UAZ Patriot, whose premiere took place at the end of summer. At the beginning of next year, the project will gain momentum, and we expect further updates to the machine. A novelty can be considered the Chinese "Hover", which, however, is much more expensive than the "Patriot" (from $ 24 thousand). This is an all-terrain vehicle with a full body and, consequently, price. In addition, all-wheel drive, which is not the norm for formidable-looking cars from the Middle Kingdom.
In the price group of “$ 30 thousand”, “Sanyon-Rekston” entered the market - large and, for the money, well-packed. This year's novelty for $ 45, 000 and up (are you still interested?) - Nissan Passfinder, which already has a 4.0-liter gasoline engine (from $ 58 thousand). By the way, at about the same time and for about the same money, the company began official sales of a large "SUV" Nissan Murano. It has long been imported to us by "gray" dealers, but, as they say, the "white" cars have more than 300 changes, including an adapted suspension and a stiffer body!
In the photo and in the tables, the interests of the class are represented by the Patriot. On his example, many compatriots will probably make forecasts regarding the entire Russian automobile industry.
Representatives of the next segment for most motorists use only idle interest. Few people are capable of such a purchase … but it only kindles curiosity. One of the last debuts of the outgoing year is Daimler Super 8 (it will be sold next to the Jaguars). It is curious to look at his photo, especially since readers probably already know about the new S-class (ЗР, 2005, No. 10-12).
Another recent novelty from Mercedes is the new M-class, which is gradually overgrown with modifications and so-called packages (on-road, off-road, etc.). By the way, the Jaguar mentioned recently showed the XJ model.
Small changes were made to the Audi A8 - the radiator grill, brakes, and a 326 hp diesel engine appeared! They say the most powerful among cars (ЗР, 2005, No. 8). BMW's new products have been around for about a year, but the updated 7th series and the range of engines for it are still worrying the hearts of brand followers. Well, if you are a fan of cars in general - we advise you to monitor the state of the market, the appearance of new products … and, of course, our publications.
Basic equipment: driver airbag, steering wheel height adjustment, radio with CD, immobilizer, "dokatka" (from the 2006 model year).
Basic equipment: driver airbag, audio wiring, immobilizer, full-size spare wheel.
Basic equipment: climate control, leather steering wheel and gearbox control lever, power steering, ABS, 6 airbags, alloy wheels, driver’s seat height adjustment, steering wheel height and tilt adjustment, fog lights, radio, electric windows for all doors, power mirrors, heated front seats and mirrors, electric windshield, central locking, immobilizer, full-size spare wheel.
Suzuki Grand Vitara
Basic equipment: climate control, power steering, ABS, 2 airbags, steering wheel height adjustment, roof rails, audio training, power windows for all doors, power mirrors, heated front seats, heated mirrors, central locking, immobilizer, luggage rack, full-size spare wheel.