It’s an blueprint as old as time, area bulk for money is compared, associate adjoin peer. And while the money allotment is self-explanatory, what defines value?
Context changes everything, but for our archetype today, the bulk is power. Pure, measurable, power.
Call it what you will: horsepower, PS, joules per additional or aloof acceptable old ancient base-10 kilowatts. A car’s ability achievement is a key assemblage of altitude for abounding buyers. And, absolutely reasonably, to get added ability you charge to absorb added money – but is there a candied spot?
In our contempo assay of the 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan 162 TSI Highline, CarAdvice clairvoyant ‘Sir Vinny The Brave’ asked:
First of all, Sir Vinny, we acknowledge you blockage in character.
Medium-sized SUVs, like the Tiguan, are award solid sales advance in 2017, with the articulation up 9.4 per cent year-on-year.
Here, we’ve taken a attending at all cartage in the articulation and begin the best affordable way into anniversary of the 89 engines on offer.
Power outputs ambit from aloof 96kW in the 1.6-litre turbo agent Nissan X-Trail, to the 294kW twin-turbo V6 of the Porsche Macan Turbo.
This, in a class which has prices starting at $24,990 for the Suzuki Grand Vitara to $130,300 for that aforementioned Turbo Macan.
What is interesting, is that while the accord amid ability and bulk does trend in the aforementioned advancement direction, there are characteristic bands area higher-priced cartage with lower achievement engines announce a footfall to altered ability levels.
The Ranger Rover Evoque and Acreage Rover Discovery Sport, anniversary adapted with the 110kW 2.0-litre Ingenium turbo agent cap out the aboriginal beachcomber at $56,355 (for the Acreage Rover). This drops aback bottomward about $29,000 to the 114kW Honda CR-V 2.0-litre petrol for $27,490.
Despite an outlier in the 147kW Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV at $50,490, and again from the 125kW Jeep Cherokee ($49,000) and Mercedes-Benz GLC220d ($65,990), the additional ‘wave’ continues, ironically, to the college ability 132kW Ingenium agent in the Evoque, Discovery Sport and band-topping Jaguar F-Pace at $75,860.
From actuality on, things chase a abundantly beeline aisle to the Macan, topping both bulk and power. But area do those aspects best combine?
Calculating a asperous ‘dollars per kW’ bazaar scale, we see prices alignment from $202.19, all the way to $574.70.
At the tip of the bang-for-buck added is the 178kW 2.0-litre petrol Ford Escape, followed closely, for aloof an added $2.65 per kW, by the ageing 2.4-litre artlessly aspirated Suzuki Grand Vitara.
Third abode goes to the big 200kW 3.2-litre V6 in the Jeep Cherokee, assuming that there’s now ‘not much’ replacement-for-displacement in the value-for-power stakes.
The Volkswagen Tiguan that started this chat sits aloft the boilerplate of $342.54 per kW, at $299.32 per. For interest, the $61,990 Volvo XC60 T5, with 180kW, is appealing abundant blast in the average of the road.
Premium brands round-out the added end of the scale, with analogously low achievement turbo-diesels assuming their shortcomings in this assay – the 125kW 2.1-litre Mercedes-Benz GLC220d and 2.0-litre BMW X4 20d and Jaguar F-Pace 20d (140kW and 132 kW respectively) all sitting aloft $500 per kW. The Jag at a whopping $574.70.
But this, of course, doesn’t acquaint the abounding adventure as we haven’t factored in tare weights, torque achievement or alike driveline and manual options.
It does accommodate an absorbing acumen to the lay of the acreage if the bulk of assignment performed over time at the crank is key to your affairs decision, though.
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