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Rear seat accommodation, suspension, no rear or curtain instrument design

By TERRY 12/09/2001

BORA was meant to a wind of change for Volkswagen Under when it blew these parts about two ago.

It had smart looks, a of equipment and proven Golf in its favour.

But the small sedan after a fresh breeze blows along the Adriatic failed to stir up much

Less than 700 sales realised in its first 12 months of and while the new factory-backed Volkswagen Australia pushed things from January 2001, the for Bora remained cool and — with a light sou-westerly

Then the answer, my friends, Bora V6 4Motion.

Billed as the production car Volkswagen has ever here, this all-wheel gale-force four-door is powered by a narrow-angle (15-degree) 2.8-litre V6 that develops 150kW at 270Nm at 3200rpm and is claimed to 100km/h from standstill in 7.4

They’re figures that put it ahead of its obvious European in BMW’s 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz’s and Audi’s A4, and in among Japanese warriors such as the Subaru B4 and Nissan 200SX.

Though the car feel as quick as the numbers it does feel mighty from a standing start.

The is smooth, strong throughout the rev and well supported by a light, six-speed manual gearbox.

The action takes getting to but the gear spacing suits the down to a tee, keeping the active when acceleration is for but not requiring a flick back top gear when a gradient itself at cruising speeds. At in sixth, for example, the engine is at 2500rpm and does not need a into fifth gear a quick overtaking opportunity itself.

Fuel consumption is economical nor excessive, official pointing to an average of 9.1L/100km and our test conditions returning over a litre per 100km The engine does, however, a point of using premium petrol.

With the Haldex clutch-operated drive system apportioning to the front wheels unless a loss of traction at the rear, the feels and behaves like most of the time.

The predominate trait is understeer when into corners with the ESP off — the electronic device does its best to stamp out such (from car and driver) — but exiting can also induce a bit of interesting wag as torque is sent to the rear

Fundamentally, the 4Motion’s handling are predictable and kind. Grip the Michelin Pilots is good, the are clearly up to the task and the steering is accurate and shows no trace of when bumps and a bend are at the same time.

But there’s no to be found here, either. The compliant suspension tuning not suit the character of the car, some body lean directional changes and proving to deal effectively with surfaces.

Though its interior is than most offerings in segment — a factor that heavily against it — the 4Motion of quality. The overall fit and finish is and leather upholstery, walnut and subtle metallic highlights on the console and doors make a impression.

The (heated) front pews do with more support the ribcage but finding a comfortable position is never in doubt good seat travel, a three-spoke steering wheel adjusts for both reach and and a useful pump-action lever for seat height. A rotary is provided for lumbar adjustment as

Attention to detail such as is found wherever the driver there are rain-sensing wipers, an rearview mirror, heated mirrors, illuminated vanity effective door grabhandles, storage solutions and simple for the stereo and climate system, the latter, stuck behind the deserves a higher place on the pole.

It comes as a disappointment, that design has taken over functionality in the all-important cluster.

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We can accept that increments, for example, are matched to and not Australian road laws. But a that has microscopic numbers, well past the vehicle’s top and uses a thick silver that makes it not only to read at the best of times but in direct sunlight sends up a that can pose real for the driver? At least the instruments blue and not red at night.

Besides the lack of rear airbags and a head-protection curtain along the front and rear the 4Motion has the upper hand in the stakes compared to its major

Two-stage remote unlocking, climate control and electric adjustment — 4Motion omissions as these can be easily overlooked a sunroof, alarm and a host of features are factored in.

Yet there is a problem with Bora could not be fixed with a realignment. Space.

Where five-seat sedans in this have ensured appropriate is made for at least four adults, the Bora has not.

We are with provision in the rear of three lap-sash seatbelts, adjustable head restraints if they do impede rear three anchorage points for a seat tether strap, two pockets, maplights and cup holders.

But in terms of sufficient room for the legs and shoulders, the Bora Kids, except those to a dedicated restraint, can bask in the space. Most adults, we would prefer to get the bus.

The on the other hand, is right up with its rivals in terms of and well ahead in cleverness. A low height, electric bootlid handle, protective stainless cover on the loading lip, gas struts, 12-volt power luggage tie-down hooks, storage holes and a warning stowed under the bootlid are of this.

Moreover, the rear is split 60/40 and, both the seatback and base creates a relatively flat (it leaves a step) and a barrier cargo and cockpit. When the seat can also be locked to unauthorised access to either the or cabin.

Alas, there are two with the Bora boot: of a temporary spare tyre and a CD mounted in a position where from luggage is a constant

Two words have made a of difference for Bora: V6 and 4Motion. engine performance and better

The grim reality for Volkswagen, is that Bora — even in much improved state and at value-for-money price — still little influence as a nameplate, has no interior space than it first arrived and continues to a hard edge.

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Volkswagen Bora sedan
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