WHAT TO GO ON A JOURNEY? TOURIST CAR OVERVIEW
Travel cars are a separate caste, belonging to which is not limited to body type, engine power and drive type. The main thing in such vehicles is the ability to deliver you to the desired point quickly and with maximum comfort. In our hit parade there are five "travelers" corresponding to the above parameters. It remains only to choose the option to suit your taste and wallet.
The Japanese all-wheel drive wagon has the talent to transport a crew of five over long distances on roads of varying quality. The long wheelbase and the assembled chassis predetermine high directional stability, while the ground clearance of 213 and the branded symmetrical all-wheel drive characterize the Outback as a strong “rogue", which, unlike most SUVs, does not give up even before serious off-road conditions. A number of exterior details characterize the Outback as a professional traveler. For example, roof rails are standard equipment here, which means you can take a capacious case on the road and increase the loading area, which is already decent by default – the 560-liter trunk has a well-thought-out configuration and a small loading height. A 17-inch stowaway is hidden in the underground, and this, albeit small,
Russian dealers of Subaru offer a restyled version of the fifth-generation station wagon, which is distinguished by optimized exterior mirrors, bumpers and lighting equipment. Dimensions 4820 × 1840 × 1675 mm and center distance 2745 mm – this is already in an adult way, the five-door is in the European D-class. The interior decoration has reached a new quality level: soft plastic, aluminum and wood decor, solid eco-leather on the chairs and door cards. Multimedia comes with 6.5 or 8 inch touch screens. Armchairs are not just with a successful profile. A wide range of adjustments allows you to get comfortable travelers of any build. Also, the rear sofa is adjustable in angle – an added bonus. But there is also a drawback – a high transmission tunnel interferes with the average passenger of the "gallery".
recently, the "Japanese" is offered with a line of two gasoline "aspirated" – a 2.5-liter unit with a return of 175 liters. with. and a 3.6-liter 260-horsepower engine. Both motors work in conjunction with a Lineatronic stepless variator, capable of simulating the operation of a 6-band automatic. Already the younger engine gives the “Japanese” decent dynamics (it takes 10.2 s to accelerate to a hundred at a maximum speed of 198 km / h. The top-end unit provides the station wagon with sports habits. The acceleration time to a hundred is reduced to 7.6 s, and the high-speed ceiling extends to 235 hp Prices for a 2.5-liter traveler start at 2,799,000 conventional units, while 3,649,900 conventional units will be asked for a car with an older engine.
RANGE ROVER LWB
The long-wheelbase performance of Land Rover’s flagship crossover combines the qualities of a full-size SUV and a limousine. Since October 2017, a restyled version of the fourth generation SUV has recently been sold, which differs from the version with a standard center distance by an increase of 20 cm to the wheelbase, a special color of the exterior mirrors and L nameplates on the front door moldings. With dimensions of 5200×2073×1869 mm and a wheelbase of 3120 mm, the Range Rover LWB resembles an ocean yacht, and its ground clearance varies from 228 to 330 mm, depending on the position of the air suspension.
How can the British "Gulliver" attract travelers? First of all – increased space on the second row of seats. And by the way, there is an alternative to the regular sofa in the form of two separate seats with 18 electric adjustments and backs with an angle of inclination of 17 degrees versus 9 degrees for the classic Range Rover. Massage for the driver and passengers? You are welcome! But there are even more exotic "chips" – for example, an electric drive for window blinds and folding tables! Of course, the rear right VIP passenger will feel most at ease during the journey. If only because he has a control panel for adjusting the front right seat. The latter can be shifted forward to the maximum, and then we get just the same huge free space in front of our feet.
Gasoline engines with a volume of 3 and 5 liters give out 360 and 525 liters. with. respectively. The diesel range includes units of 3 and 4.4 liters with a capacity of 249 and 339 liters. with. All power units are equally productive and economical – the status obliges. The transmission in all cases is an 8-band automatic and all-wheel drive with a symmetrical center differential and a demultiplier.
What else can be recorded in the asset of a British traveler? Amazing ride, excellent sound insulation and solid off-road potential. For example, a giant can force a ford 90 cm deep! And he also distinguishes road signs and displays warnings on the “tidy”, has a well-trained adaptive “cruise” and a row control system. Or, say, its pixelated laser headlights are five times brighter than standard LED headlights. Finally, thanks to the 89-liter fuel tank, you will not have to visit the gas station often. As you can see, the potential for travel in the big "British" is huge. Prices are also impressive – they start at 7,358,000 conventional units.
The 2020 Japanese mid-size crossover offers travelers even more comfort in a premium format. Namely, you can count on improved sound insulation, adaptive light, improved multimedia and a suspension reoriented for greater smoothness without sacrificing handling.
In utilitarian terms, the QX80 is, figuratively speaking, a huge suitcase with dimensions of 4990 × 1960 × 1742 mm and a wheelbase of 2900 mm. Even in the third row seats, adults can travel here, albeit not of the highest stature. But truly comfortable, of course, will be on the first two rows of seats.
The interior looks presentable and stylish, even if it is a little outdated by the standards of modern design. The 8-inch touchscreen is in the driver’s field of vision, and overall ergonomics are top notch. Finishing polymers and leather are of the highest quality. In older trim levels, monitors are implanted in the headrests – you can watch movies on the road. Another item of equipment designed to please tourists is an effective three-zone “climate”. And an informative rear-view camera allows you to park to the trailer without any problems.
Many adjustments of the front seats make it easy to find a comfortable position. The second row shifts longitudinally in the range of 140 mm, which is difficult to overestimate when traveling – thanks to this feature, the interior becomes “gutta-percha”. Wide doorways make it easy to get on and off. The wide, servo-assisted fifth door is another bastion of convenience. The trunk volume varies from 447 to 1155 and 2166 liters, depending on the position of the seat backs of the two rear rows. There is a stowaway under the raised floor, but travelers would probably prefer a spare tire. This is a minus.
The power unit has no alternative – a 3.5-liter 283-horsepower gasoline V6 works in conjunction with a variator with seven virtual gears, and All-Mode 4WD all-wheel drive, although it does not have a forced clutch lock, is an excellent help on loose and slippery surfaces. In other words, we are dealing with an asphalt crossover that allows light off-road and will definitely please the family traveler. The car with a curb weight of more than 2 tons pleasantly surprises with dynamism – it takes 8.2 seconds to accelerate to a hundred, and moderate fuel consumption on the highway (8.4 liters in the extra-urban cycle). Prices start at 3,490,000 conventional units, which is less than the competition – Lexus RX L, Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90.
Strictly speaking, the German LCV is a commercial vehicle, but Volkswagen engineers and linkers managed to create a miracle – on the road, this minivan feels like a driver’s car. Thanks to the most precise steering and dense suspension, which can be adaptive for an extra charge, the big “German” confidently registers turns and rolls much less than colleagues from competing brands. At the same time, the new generation LCV T6.1 is simply beautiful. The retro spirit of the ancestor of the Volkswagen Bulli from the 1950s still lives in it, but the optics are LED, the bumpers are aggressive, the interior is decorated with emphatically premium notes, and the driver’s assistants have become the most advanced after the modernization of the steering (adaptive cruise, warning systems). collision, blind spot monitoring, lane keeping, valet parking,
Even with a standard wheelbase of 3000 mm (there is also an option extended by 400 mm) and dimensions of 5006 × 1904 × 1970 mm, the minibus pleases with its spaciousness and wide possibilities for transforming the interior. Let’s say, in the top-end version of Multivan Business, we have a three-row layout with separate seats. The second row seats are fully adjustable and rotate 360 degrees. On the “gallery” there are two chair-thrones with electrical settings, heating and ventilation. In simpler versions, the rear sofa is displaced longitudinally and, if necessary, dismantled. And if desired, the interior space is quickly transformed into a bedroom!
The design of the driver’s area is decided in the style of Volkswagen cars. The redesigned front panel flaunts 8 and 9.2-inch monitors; an optional digital tidy can display a large image of the navigator. Multimedia offers convenient Internet access, voice control and advanced smartphone integration.
A wide range of diesel 2-liter Euro5 engines is presented in the power ranges of 110-199 hp. with. At the same time, the best option for traveling will be a 199-horsepower turbodiesel unit, presented in conjunction with a DSG preselection and all-wheel drive. Such a Multivan has a top speed of 197 km/h, consumes only 7.2 l/100 km of diesel fuel in the combined cycle, has solid traction capabilities (it is quite possible to tow a trailer or a boat) and off-road potential (193 mm ground clearance and plug-in all-wheel drive). Prices for T6.1 generation machines start at 3,255,700 conventional units.
The large Czech wagon after the 2019 update offers even more comfort, cargo-passenger skills and electronic services. Judge for yourself: the bowels of the luggage compartment are able to take 660 liters of luggage, and with the rear seats folded down – even 1950 liters. What is called – I do not want to load! At the same time, when folding the seats, a perfectly flat platform is formed.
The modular MQB-B platform with multi-link design gives the Czech driver talents. This car holds the road tenaciously and handles nicely in turns, and its suspension is by no means stiff, and an adaptive chassis with the ability to vary damper settings is available for order. Ground clearance has recently been increased from 149 to 164 mm – another plus when traveling around the country.
The trim of the spacious interior is presentable, and in the top-end configuration of Laurin & Klement it is completely chic. An informative electronic instrument panel and premium acoustics are optionally available. Multimedia in higher trim levels is highlighted by a 9-inch central display.
All chairs are very comfortable, with developed lateral support. The front seats come in older trim levels with a lot of electric adjustments. The fifth door is supplied with a servo drive for an extra charge. There are plenty of sockets and USB slots, as well as “smart” Simply Clever branded solutions – a removable LED flashlight in the trunk, side umbrellas, luggage partitions with Velcro.
Until recently, the updated Superb was offered with a non-alternative 2-liter 190-horsepower petrol turbo engine in conjunction with a 7-speed DSG preselection. However, in early June, the model also received a base 1.4-liter 150-horsepower petrol turbo engine, paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch robot.
Accordingly, the flagship five-door has become more affordable – prices start at 2,240,000 conventional units, and we are talking about a car with generous equipment by default. Later, the family will be replenished with modifications with a top-end 2-liter 280-horsepower gasoline engine and all-wheel drive. But even front-wheel drive and not so thoroughly “charged” versions do an excellent job of transporting a large family with luggage. Their forte is a combination of high dynamics, efficiency and spaciousness. The electronic filling also corresponds to the context of long-distance travel – matrix adaptive optics, lane change assistant, lane control system, adaptive cruise control and much more. AG