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In 2013 I had a car ac­ci­dent sw­erv­ing to avoid child chas­ing dog. ended up in tree, with mul­ti­ple neck, back and mus­cle in­juries. I bought a new Subaru Out­back, as the seat height made ac­cess easy. But af­ter nig­gling prob­lems

sus­pen­sion that was too stiff for my back, it’s time for a

car. I need car that’s easy to get in and out, with not much strain on back has com­fort­able bumpy roads. have found the Toy­ota Prado 4WD Kluger SUV too high sedans like the Camry low. I pre­fer an with a flat boot. The Benz GLC was nar­row and I found lum­bar sup­port com­pli­cated. Re­mon Eskan­dar, via email Your com­plaint about stiff sus­pen­sion is valid for cars but unusual on most SUVs, as their tyres cus­tom­ar­ily have more cush­ion­ing. Find­ing a car with a driver’s seat height be­tween sedan and large SUV puts you in the mar­ket for com­pact SUV. Here are our picks.


Mit­subishi ASX, $25,990 drive-away The has had a re­cent facelift (iden­ti­fied by large chrome nose) but it pre­vi­ously re­ceived changes un­der the skin to im­prove quiet­ness and re­fine­ment. It has com­fort­able sus­pen­sion

a roomy cargo hold can be found for $25,000 neat drive-away most months (the price of $25,990 can be re­duced to $24,990 by us­ing the $1000 gift card as a dis­count).

Holden Trax, $24,990 drive-away I keep rec­om­mend­ing this car but, look­ing at the sales charts, no one seems to be lis­ten­ing to me. But Trax just got a facelift ear­lier year and new turbo 1.4-litre petrol en­gine in the base model. Its styling is not to ev­ery­one’s taste but it’s per­fect size for the city, has seat height you want plus a de­cent cargo hold. This month the Trax LS is $24,990 drive-away with auto and three years’ free ser­vic­ing. A bar­gain.

Honda HR-V, $26,990 drive-away The HR-V just got built-in nav­i­ga­tion as stan­dard across the range, in ad­di­tion to its Ap­ple Car Play/An­droid Auto.

Honda starts from $26,990 drive-away with auto (metal­lic paint adds $575). A good driv­ing po­si­tion clear in­stru­ment graph­ics and a mas­sive cargo floor should suit your needs.


Subaru XV, from $27,990 Even if you weren’t happy with your pre­vi­ous Out­back, it’s worth a test drive in the next gen­er­a­tion XV — it ar­rives in cou­ple of weeks. It’s

high-rid­ing ver­sion Im­preza hatch, which has among the most sup­ple sus­pen­sion in its class. Given

XV will have off-road tyres, it ought to be even more com­fort­able.


Wait to try the Subaru XV or pur­chase Mit­subishi ASX — not only for com­fort and the way that it drives but also be­cause of five-year war­ranty.

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