On January 29, 2020, a dozen finalists of the action Car of the Year 2020 took part in the final journalistic test drive, which took place in the colorful suburban Gintama-Breeze complex near the Kiev Sea. Representatives of KAZhU – Club of Automobile Journalists of Ukraine gathered at it. They had to finally decide on their favorites among those cars that managed to enter the top ten. And only two were to take the main positions – the applicant for the title Passenger Car 2020 and Crossover / SUV 2020.
Recall that in each category, five cars fought. Mazda 3, Ford Focus, Toyota Corolla, Peugeot 508 and Citroen Berlingo competed for the right to be called a Passenger Car 2020. But the crossovers, and indeed the true SUVs, were the Opel Grandland X, Citroen C5 Aircross, Toyota RAV4, Suzuki Jimny, as well as the Ford Ranger.
All journalists were limited by the time that they could devote to each machine – no more than 15 minutes. Therefore, both passenger cars and SUVs traveled in boundary modes, and from some cars, after passing the test section, the smell of an overheated clutch or brakes could be heard.
Let’s start with passenger representatives at the final rally. And the first will be the most beautiful and elegant Mazda 3, which this time was provided in a sedan. And for good reason. Indeed, in a number of modifications of this car there is also a hatchback, which is positioned as a more youthful alternative. The sedan is more versatile. And only he has the richest Premium equipment, which is available exclusively with the new 1.8-liter diesel engine at 116 hp. In turn, less equipped modifications are also offered with a 1.5-liter gasoline engine with 120 hp. There is no choice gearbox – only a 6-speed automatic. The minimum cost of the Mazda 3 as of 01/30/2020 is 590 300 UAH. That is how much a gas hatchback will cost. The price of the car presented on the test is 738 900 UAH.
The Ford Focus also looked very promising. Unlike the previous two races, where Focus also participated, it was presented in the third version for the final test – a hot hatchback in the configuration of the ST-line with a 1.5 liter gasoline engine. 150 hp and an automatic 8-speed gearbox. Such a machine costs 692 557 UAH. At the same time, the model range is also represented by sedan versions. The range of engines includes exclusively gasoline units. This is, for example, a 1.5-liter at 120 hp. and 6-speed manual, but for the sedan it is available only in the mid-range Trend Edition, and for the hatchback also in the base Trend. The same engine, but with a 6-speed automatic, is offered at almost all levels of equipment and with both bodies, except for the hatchback in the top-end Business. And all because only such a body and only in such equipment comes with the most powerful 1.0-liter Ecoboost at 125 hp. and an 8-speed automatic, like on the ST-line. The base cost of the Ford Focus with a 120-horsepower 1.5-liter engine, mechanics and a hatchback is 420 314 UAH.
A promising new product – Toyota Corolla – was presented on a test in a hybrid version, where the electric motor worked together with a 1.8-liter gasoline unit. The total power of such an installation is 122 hp, and the torque is transmitted through an electronically controlled e-CVT variator. The big bet is on the Corolla with a classic 1.6-liter gasoline engine. 132 hp The car is offered in four trim levels: City, Live, Active and Style. The first three can be taken with a mechanical 6-speed gearbox or with a CVT variator. And only the top-end Style is available exclusively with a CVT. The initial cost of Corolla with a 1.6 liter engine. and mechanics – 441 496 UAH.
The aggressive and luxury Peugeot 508 impressed Ukrainian sharks with a car pen. Which is understandable, because the top version of the GT-line with a 2.0-liter 180 hp diesel engine came to the test and an 8-speed automatic. Such a road lion costs 922 100 UAH. But if there is no other gearbox for the car, then the basic Active package and the average Allure can also be taken with a 1.5-liter diesel engine for 130 hp, while a 2.0-liter unit is available only on average and the richest equipped. A base car with a 1.5-liter diesel engine costs 729,700 UAH.
The number of finalists for the title of Passenger Car 2020 also included Citroen Berlingo, a non-standard cargo-passenger family van. Its main feature is that the machine is offered in two lengths – 4403 and 4753 mm. Equipment options are only two, and if the base diesel engine is 1.6 liters. and 92 hp with a mechanical 5-speed manual gearbox is offered in both, the top-end 1.5-liter 130-horsepower with a 5-speed automatic is only available at maximum Shine. The cost of the car in the basic equipment with a short body – 460 900 UAH.
Opel Grandlan X
A beautiful blue crossover, which managed to reach the final of the campaign of Auto of the Year 2020 – Opel Grandland X. The car does not differ in a variegated variety of modifications. So, for our market, as the most optimal solution, only a 1.5-liter diesel engine for 130 hp was left, however, either a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic can be aggregated with it. There are two equipment options, but if the basic Enjoy is available with both mechanics and a gun, then the top-end Innovation is only with a gun. It is the latest version, which costs 689 500 UAH. and was presented on the test. At the same time, the price of the basic version with mechanics is 566 000 UAH.
Citroen C5 Aircross
The top model range of Citroen crossovers – C5 Aircross – in Ukraine is available in three trim levels and with three engine options. Moreover, the range of diesel units absolutely corresponds to the related Peugeot 508, only a 1.5-liter engine can be taken exclusively in the basic equipment Live or Feel average, while the 2.0-liter engine on average and the top Shine. A list of possible trim levels for a 165-liter gasoline engine with 165 hp with 6-speed manual corresponds to a 1.5-liter diesel engine. Such a gasoline in the database costs 652,400 UAH., While for the tests they provided a 2.0-liter version in the top for 823,800 UAH.
But Toyota RAV4 offers the largest variety of modifications, which is achieved not least due to the presence of four trim levels for the 2.0 liter petrol variant. and 173 hp, and for a hybrid equipped with an electric motor and a 2.5 liter gasoline. and 178 hp The traditional crossover with ICE can be taken with a 6-speed manual, but exclusively in the basic equipment Live and front-wheel drive. At the same time, for the other trim levels, as well as for Live, a CVT variator is also offered. Four-wheel drive can be selected in the second level of Active, and in the top Lounge and Premium it comes by default. The names of the trim levels for the hybrid are slightly different, and the base one will already be Active, and between the top Lounge and Premium there is an additional Style. It is impossible to order a mechanic for the hybrid, but in the initial three trim levels there is a choice of drive type. By default, it is full only for the top-end Premium. The power of the hybrid powerplant for different versions is also slightly different. For example, the front-wheel drive in the Style equipment will already have 218 hp, while the all-wheel drive in Style and Premium will have 222. It is the 222 hp version. brought to the final run. Such a car can cost from 984 840 UAH. up to 1 010 128 UAH. Basic RAV4 with ICE can be taken for 592 992 UAH.
One of the most evil, but at the same time the smallest SUVs is the Suzuki Jimny. The car is available exclusively with a 1.5-liter 102-hp gasoline engine. and all-wheel drive. But there are two gearboxes to choose from. 5-speed manual comes in two basic equipment levels – GA and GL. But the 4-speed automatic – in the middle GL and the top GLX. It is the latter option worth 687,000 UAH. tested by journalists at the final rally. The basic version of Jimny costs 499 000 UAH.
It was hard not to admire the brutal post-styling pickup truck Ford Ranger. On the Ukrainian market, it is available in four equipment levels with a 2.0-liter diesel engine for 170 hp, all-wheel drive and a 6-speed manual transmission. A 10-speed automatic can be ordered exclusively from the latest Limited. It is also worth mentioning that for commercial buyers, not only a double cabin is available, but also simply elongated, however, exclusively in the basic XL version. Journalists tested the most brutal version of Ranger – the Wildtrak version with a 2.0-liter diesel engine already at 213 hp. and a 10-speed automatic. Such a machine costs 1,082,444 UAH. The basic pickup with a one and a half cab has a cost of 739 365 UAH.
After passing the tests of all cars, reporters rated each of them. This assessment will be included in the final assessment of applicants for the title of Car of the Year 2020.
Follow our next publications, because very soon we will find out which cars will win the titles Passenger Car 2020 and Crossover / SUV 2020 this year.