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1 Aug 2003

POWERED by a lively 1.6-litre, fuel-injected, 16-valve engine, the Feroza is a good performer with precise steering and reasonable handling, although the ride is choppy. Well equipped, it has good underbody protection for off-road work but the seating is cramped in both front and rear. Available in soft top and wagon.

THE Vitara’s plain-Jane relation, the Sierra, is basic but good value. Powered by a 1.3-litre engine, it has good ground clearance and wheel travel. A soft top version is available. Ride and handling suffer from the basic leaf spring suspension.

A RELATIVE newcomer to the market, the two-door soft top Rocsta has 1940s Jeep styling and is more at home off-road than in town. Powered by a Mazda 1.8-litre petrol or 2.2-litre diesel with five-speed gearbox, the low speed torque is good. Leaf springs give a harsh ride and steering is heavy.

DEVELOPED from the Navara, the Pathfinder has an outdated 2.4-litre petrol engine driving through a five-speed manual gearbox - no auto was available. The interior is comfortable and the ride very good due to coil springing all round. A sluggish performer, lacking power in some off-road situations.

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