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”Overall Winner of 2022”

The 2022 Kia Sportage has beaten an all-electric Hyundai and Porsche, and a hybrid Toyota family SUV, to win Australia’s most coveted new car accolade, the 2022 Drive Car of the Year Overall award.

 

This is the second year in a row that Kia has taken our top prize, and stands as a testament to the incredible leaps in quality, design, driving engagement and value that Kia’s new-generation vehicles are making.

The Kia Sportage resets the benchmarks for safety, technology, refinement and affordability in Australia’s biggest-selling market segment: Medium SUVs.

With 11 affordably priced variants kicking off with the Sportage S manual at $32,445 and stretching to $52,370 (before on-road costs) for the highly equipped Sportage GT-Line diesel, there’s a Sportage to suit all Medium SUV needs and budgets.

The Sportage not only beat the incumbent Best Medium SUV winner, the Toyota RAV4, to take this year’s category prize. It beat the deeply impressive Porsche Taycan electric sports car and the reliable, practical and affordable Toyota Kluger seven-seat family SUV to claim our peak accolade: Drive Car of the Year Overall winner.

Judges lauded the Kia Sportage in a number of areas, but chief among them was the Sportage’s benchmark-setting safety features, all of which are standard from the cheapest Sportage S to the most expensive Sportage GT-Line.

The Kia Sportage’s long list of standard safety equipment includes everything its rivals have, such as autonomous emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert and lane-keeping assist, yet goes further by giving systems such as blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert the ability to not only warn the driver, but also intervene to keep you out of harm’s way.

The Kia Sportage also has a new centre front airbag that prevents front seat occupants’ heads from clashing in a crash. This feature is already familiar to some luxury car owners, but the Sportage is one of the few cars in its class with one.

The Sportage’s merits extend well beyond just class-leading safety features.

For starters, the Kia Sportage has grown in size this time around. It’s 175mm longer and rides on an 85mm longer wheelbase, which means it has more useable space inside, particularly in the back seats and cargo bay.

The cabin is a very classy affair, and technology integration and effectiveness are markedly better than before. The Sportage is best-in-class in terms of visual impressiveness and ease of use.

Sure, the flagship Sportage GT-Line has the most equipment, but even the Sportage S is generously equipped. It boasts a touchscreen entertainment system, wireless smartphone connectivity, LED headlights and tail-lights, alloy wheels and a full-size spare.

Judges tested all three of the Sportage range’s mechanical packages in the lead-up to, and during, Drive Car of the Year testing. The more potent 132kW 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol and 137kW 2.0-litre turbo diesel engines are both undeniably good, and they do take the spotlight away from the most affordable powertrain, the entry-level 115kW petrol four-cylinder, which is competent and economical.

On the road, the Sportage is a treat to drive. Variants with smaller wheel and tyre packages ride the most comfortably, but even the GT-Line diesel delivers a relatively cossetting ride while adding a touch of sportiness in the suspension tune.

The Sportage’s steering is light and well-weighted to balance higher-speed feedback with low-speed manoeuvring. Kia undertakes dedicated steering and suspension development work for the Australian market, and the stable yet comfortable ride, over some of the worst road surfaces Aussie roads have to offer, proves the effectiveness of this.

Much is made these days of hybrid powertrains and their fuel efficiency. The Sportage does not offer a hybrid option yet, but it doesn’t need to. Its suite of petrol and diesel engines are surprisingly efficient.

During testing, the Sportage GT-Line diesel (the heaviest and most powerful variant) returned a 6.5L/100km fuel average, exactly the same as a competitor’s hybrid powertrain on the same roads with the same drivers.

The Kia Sportage is the new benchmark in the biggest-selling vehicle category in Australia, and brings new levels of safety, affordability and refinement to that class.

That is why the Kia Sportage is the 2022 Drive Car of the Year Overall winner.

COL CRAWFORD APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

Col Crawford Lifestyle Cars is a family-owned and operated Automotive Dealership located on the Northern Beaches. We are offering numerous Apprenticeships for individuals that are enthusiastic, reliable and have the passion to become qualified top mechanics. We will supply all training required to successfully complete your apprenticeship and are seeking applicants who can commit to the program, Monday to Friday, Full Time.

Our apprentices are managed through MEGT – after 4 years you will be a fully qualified motor mechanic and have a fun and rewarding career ahead of you.

If you’re reliable, live reasonably local, be able to follow instructions and have a great attitude towards others with a passion for all things automotive – then apply now.

Please phone 9941 1205 or email your CV to: daniela.mills@colcrawford.com.au

 

Col Crawford’s is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing a workplace free from discrimination & we encourage applications from all people who meet the selection criteria for this position.

 

COVID-19 UPDATE

Our family is here for your family.

We have services in place to continue to cater to your motoring needs. At Col Crawford Lifestyle Cars our Sales and Service Departments are here for you, and will remains OPEN in line with AADA and NSW Government advice.

Our Online Showrooms are open 24/7, offering contactless online sales and delivery for new, demonstrator and used vehicles.

  • Browse new, demonstrator & Used Cars
  • Online finance & purchase options.
  • Virtual video walk-throughs.
  • Contactless vehicle deliveries including home delivery.*
  • Competitive trade-in valuations.

Our Service & Parts Department remains open, offering contactless servicing for repairs and maintenance Monday – Friday (7:30am -5:30pm).

  • Contactless pick-up and delivery.
  • Enhanced vehicle sanitation, before and after use.
  • All technicians will wear rubber gloves when working on vehicles.
  • All vehicles will be fitted with appropriate protective equipment.

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Please be advised that our top priority is the continued health and safety of our customers and team. That’s why our Sales and Service Departments will be following the strict safety measures laid out in our COVID-19 Safety Plan.

On behalf of the entire Col Crawford team, we hope you and your family are staying safe during this difficult time.

Mr Col Crawford, 1933-2021

It’s with great sadness that we announce the passing of Mr Col Crawford on Monday 24th May 2021.
Col was our Founder and Chairman of Col Crawford Lifestyle Cars – a business he started in Brookvale on 11th May 1967 – 54 years ago. Now a third-generation family business Col leaves behind a beautiful legacy to his son Stephen and 3 Grandsons, Harrison, Jake, and Will.
Col was an inspiration to so many people – his family and their loved ones, friends, colleagues, and staff, what he achieved in life and in the motor industry all of us will be forever proud. He was a true legend and a gentleman, always full of love, laughs, and entertainment.
I know this news will bring on a heavy heart to many in the community.
We will always love you Col.

Col Crawford Lifestyle Cars Celebrating International Women’s Day 22′

Col Crawford Lifestyle Cars would like to wish everyone a Happy International Women’s Day. 🎉

To celebrate, we hosted a lovely breakfast for all the amazing women we know & hundreds of millions we never will.

While any day makes for a great opportunity to celebrate the women in your life, International Women’s Day gives you one more reason to do exactly that. International Women’s Day on March 8th, and is a global holiday that recognizes women’s incredible achievements, raises awareness, and encourages others to advocate for gender equality.

This holiday dates back to the early 1900s when 15,000 women flooded the streets of New York City in hopes for better working conditions, pay, and voting rights. From then on, the first-ever National Women’s Day was established in 1909 and has continued to spread to several different countries around the world, eventually leading to the International Women’s Day online portal created in 2001 — a vital resource and tool for educating and empowering all women. This year’s theme is #BreakTheBias which focuses on creating a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination, and creating gender equality in workplaces, communities, schools and more.

From Cher to Maya Angelou and Eleanor Roosevelt, these inspirational Women’s Day quotes will have you ready to take on the world and keep your head held high no matter what!

Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality.

Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.

How did you celebrate?

ITS OFFICIAL- WE ARE BACK!!

IT’S OFFICIAL- WE ARE BACK!!

Our showroom is now open and ready for your return. It’s time to live and love life, as it was meant to be.

We are opened Monday- Saturday & Closed on Sundays until further notice.

Please sign in with the QR Codes on arrival and always wear a face mask while you are on the premises.

*Only double vaccinated people will be allowed to enter the Sales Departments.
🚗 Thanks for hanging in there with us.

We have put measures in place and we’re open for business.

As lockdowns have been put into place until 9th July 2021, we wanted to share with you some important information about the steps we’re taking to minimise the risk of exposure in showrooms and service centres.

Our greatest priority at this time is the health and safety of all our staff members and you, our valued customers.

We’re taking extra steps to ensure our showrooms and service centres are clean and hygienic environments for everyone. These measures include increasing the frequency of cleaning and sanitisation, including high touch point areas such as handrails, counters, customer waiting areas. All customers MUST wear a fitted face mask when entering the showrooms and service centres, as our staff will be. Please follow social distancing measures, ie 1 person per 4 metres and use the hand sanitiser provided.

All customers are required to check in with the QR code displayed upon entry and don’t forget to check out.

If you are feeling unwell, please do not visit our showrooms or service centres.

Thank you for helping us keep our showrooms or service centres safe.

Photo: Stephen Crawford Managing Director & Jayson McDonald Chief Executive Officer at The RMYC

We are proud to continue our partnership with The RMYC.

Col Crawford Lifestyle Cars have teamed up with lifelong friends at the Royal Motor Yacht Club

The Royal Motor Yacht Club has built an enviable reputation as one of Australia’s premier boating clubs. The RMYC welcome not only those who own a boat but also those who just want to socialise and enjoy the Club’s atmosphere.

Spirit of kinship and camaraderie has always been evident between these two businesses’ and we will continue to evolve.

We are a culture, we are a community, we are two businesses that get it.

Looking forward to a prosperous 2021.