|Avioli Marin 4.5i ultimo |
The Avioli Marin is a hot new SUV from Avioli. Avioli wanted an SUV that would stand out against the crowd. They then went to the other divisions and sharing parts. However they tweaked them to make it sporty and dynamic.
The Styling is quite bold with the Marin. It's much bolder than anything else out there including the MDX. The designers wanted something different with the Marin. It does take a while to get used to the design. The 20" circle wheels enhances its look. We think it might find a small niche in the market.
Interior is excellent as with all avioli's. Ergonomics is good. We find it very nicely done. Materials are of the highest quality in it's class. The Interior was a brown upholstery which made it really nice. Our test car had a manual transmission which is unique in it's class. There is only a 2nd row seat but usually the 3rd rows in this type of SUV are cramped. The seats are very comfortable. Our 6'3 tester found both rows very comfortable. Our car had heated 2nd row seats while the first row is ventilated. There is a lot of cargo space with the seats folded down.
The Sound System in our car is the optional Pioneer Carrozzeria audio system. The system is rated at 480W. The Sound system is topped off with a new and improved voice activated HDD Navigation System. The system has a 30 GB HDD which a portion is used for navi data. The rest of it can be used as a media server for audio, pictures and more. The interface can be clumsy at times but we got used to it. There were rumors of Avioli switching to Denso or pioneer touch screen systems but so far this has not been true. The navi system has XM Traffic data although XM is included with all models. Our car has a nice bluetooth system that works very well. All marins with this audio system contain an 8" rear seat DVD player.
Performance is excellent with the 4.5L v8. Even with it not having the most hp, we never felt it being under powered. The 3.5L model had plenty of power though a little on the slow side. 0-60 should be in 7.5 seconds for the v8 which is respectable. The handling felt very good in the twisties. Steering is a nice linear feel.
Suspension is nice and firm but smooth. This car has the latest suspension that is tuned for optimal performance. Avioli said that a 5.0L v8 is eventually coming. The Pirelli tires had great grip while driving on our test track. Braking is great. Off-roading will dissapoint people but it can be capable as a soft roader, but who is going to go off road this thing anyways. The marin can tow up to 5000 LBS through a tow package will be needed. The performance is aided with Light weight materials.
This is a great attempt for an Italian automaker. We think it competes very well with the competition. The build quality is great and the performance is great. Interior has lots of nice gadgets. We feel that this vehicle could really compete wtih the others.
Pros: Great acceleration, Handling, Fuel Economy, Bluetooth, Features, Great interior quality.
Cons: Styling might offend people, Navigation interface not quite as good but that might not be an issue, Price
might be too expensive in it's class. Offroad performance isn't good. No 3rd row seat.
Verdict: A sleek, hot, and, sexy italian alternative to the standard SUV