Top five slow cars

24 Dec 2015 Car Style

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Top five slow cars

Some cars are fast and others are just better suited to taking in the scenery. These five respectable automobiles are sure to get you where you're going... eventually...

LAND ROVER DEFENDER 130 CREW CAB
0-100km/h: 17.0 secondsLand Rover Defender SideThe expression “going nowhere fast” could've been spawned for this crew-friendly Landie. With just 90kW and almost 2000kg to haul, even a sub-20sec 0-100km/h is a big ask.

FIAT PANDA POP
0-100km/h: 14.2 secondsFiat Panda Pop

It's called Pop probably because that’s what your aneurism will do as you attempt to overtake a B-double on a country road. Its atmo 1.2 delivers just 51kW – about the same as a high-end motor scooter.

FORD ECOSPORT 1.5 AUTO
0-100km/h: 14.1 seconds

Ford EcoBoost Side

When you add 150kg of faux muscle to create a baby-SUV, it's probably a good idea to find an engine to match. Instead, the Ecosport relies on sprint gearing to disguise its weakness.

PEUGEOT 208 ACTIVE
0-100km/h: 13.9 seconds

Peugeot 208 Rear

What the smallest Peugeot on sale lacks in cylinder count, it makes up in determination. The cheeky 60kW 1.2-litre triple is full of character, but little in the way of straight-line acceleration.

PEUGEOT 2008 ACTIVE
0-100km/h: 13.5 seconds 

Peugeot 2008 Front

The same charming triple is slotted into this 208-based SUV with similar effect. Its extra bulk (47kg) means 6km/h less speed (169km/h) and a bit more thirst, but she's quicker off the mark.

This article was originally published in Wheels August 2014.