A dif­fer­ent class of lux­ury


Watch­ing the Aus­tralian Open Golf Cham­pi­onship, I no­ticed the Hyundai Ge­n­e­sis was the hole-in-one prize. It was the first time I had seen one and I thought, what a mag­nif­i­cent look­ing ve­hi­cle. I am sur­prised Hyundai does not ad­ver­tise this ve­hi­cle more of­ten and I have not seen any write-ups ei­ther. I am sure there are other read­ers out there that think the same and I feel this car is wor­thy of com­ment and more in-depth anal­y­sis from your ex­pert mo­tor­ing writ­ers Kevin Dud­man, email

The Ge­n­e­sis had ex­ten­sive cov­er­age last year when it was launched and won The Tick from me. It’s still a good car and great value but un­der-ap­pre­ci­ated be­cause it’s an ex­pen­sive Hyundai in a lux­ury class.


I’ve just had a con­ver­sa­tion with an ex­cited pri­vate hire car driver who fol­lowed me home. We both drive a Ge­n­e­sis and he says a V8 ver­sion is ap­par­ently be­ing re­leased for sale in Aus­tralia. Have you heard any­thing? I thought we were get­ting the 3.3T V6. Also, he says the only thing he’d change in the Ge­n­e­sis for his in­dus­try is more legroom. Ross Finoc­chiaro, email

Sorry, but Hyundai spokesman Guido Schenken has bad news: “Ge­n­e­sis will con­tinue with the 3.8-litre V6 for the next up­dated model, which will be launched in about April next year. There are cur­rently no plans to in­tro­duce ei­ther the 3.3 V6 twin-turbo or the V8, nei­ther of which are built in right­hand drive.”


You reg­u­larly re­port on elec­tric cars that can ac­cel­er­ate quickly. Is anyone else, other than me, wor­ried about quiet cars that can ac­cel­er­ate to 100km/h in less than, say, five sec­onds? Wouldn’t they be a safety risk in cities? David He­witt, email

They won’t all be sprint­ing all the time but if you’re wor­ried about a lack of sound reg­u­la­tions are be­ing drafted to re­quire such ve­hi­cles to gen­er­ate an ar­ti­fi­cial sound when trav­el­ling at less than 60km/h. Jaguar de­sign boss Ian Cal­lum says his favourite choice is the “pod racer” sound from the orig­i­nal Star Wars movie.


My daugh­ter needs a new or se­cond-hand ve­hi­cle for her cater­ing business on Kan­ga­roo Is­land. The is­land roads are pretty rough on cars with many of them un­sealed and jobs all over the place, some­times re­quir­ing her to tow a small trailer. What can you sug­gest that won’t cost a bomb, will have some longevity and can han­dle

the Is­land con­di­tions? Phil Sum­ner

I would go for a Subaru Forester, ei­ther new or used, as it gets The Tick, has all-wheel drive and a bit of ex­tra road clear­ance, as well as a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing bul­let­proof.


I, too, have a sticky dash­board prob­lem with my 2006-build Toy­ota Camry, which I have owned since new. Can you please add my name to the list of ve­hi­cles with the same is­sue when you con­tact Toy­ota? Are fur­ther de­tails re­quired? Wayne Lud­ing­ton, email

You need to con­tact Toy­ota Aus­tralia and your dealer per­son­ally to lodge a com­plaint. But there is cur­rently a 10-year limit on claims — so you need to get mov­ing.


I’ve been told if I am only do­ing low kilo­me­tres I should not con­sider a diesel. Is this the case? I av­er­age 12,000km a year, mainly ur­ban short trips, and I’m prob­a­bly look­ing to up­grade from my 2012 Subaru Out­back in about two years. John Stir­ling, email

The in­dus­try says it takes about 30,000km a year to off­set the ex­tra cost of the engine and fuel with the econ­omy boost from diesel, even with­out the lat­est in­crease in the pump price of diesel. So I’d def­i­nitely ad­vise you to stick with petrol power.


My wife has a 2008 MX-5 which is still be­low 40,000km but it is now due for tyres. As a pas­sen­ger in the car, the road noise from the tyres is prob­a­bly the most dis­ap­point­ing at­tribute of the ve­hi­cle. So, be­fore buy­ing new tyres, it would be good to ob­tain ad­vice as to the best tyre for a quiet ride and rea­son­able han­dling. As the car is not given a hard life be­cause we are both in our 60s, han­dling and longevity are not as para­mount as they would be for the more en­thu­si­as­tic driver, but quiet is good. Mike and Jinny Fuss, email

Miche­lin spokesman An­gus Thomp­son says the Pi­lot Sport 4 is a high-per­for­mance tyre that “doesn’t com­pro­mise on road noise”.


I bought a 2016 Com­modore SS Redline a cou­ple of months ago and it’s a great car. It has glossy black mags, which are dif­fi­cult to clean. I would like to clean them with a mag-wheel spray but I am led to be­lieve that a dif­fer­ent prod­uct is re­quired if the wheels are painted or pow­der coated. Holden cus­tomer ser­vice did not have a clue, the dealer had no clue and the af­ter­mar­ket area had no idea what I was talk­ing about. I be­lieve us­ing the in­cor­rect prod­uct could dam­age the fin­ish. Gary Voyer, email

Dan Bow­den of Bow­den’s Own car care in Queens­land says: “We make a safe, pH bal­anced acid-free wheel cleaner called Wheely Clean. It works great and won’t dam­age any wheels, whether they be painted, pol­ished or pow­der coated. It has a chem­i­cal re­ac­tion with the iron in the brake dust that turns it into a red to pur­ple colour, emul­si­fy­ing the metal and safely turn­ing it into a wa­ter sol­u­ble com­plex so you can wash it off with a pres­sure washer with min­i­mal scrub­bing re­quired.”


My grand­daugh­ter and her hus­band are re­turn­ing after work­ing in the US and were con­sid­er­ing buy­ing a Toy­ota RAV4. I don’t like the fin­ish on the RAV4. They are ex­pect­ing their first child in March and I was think­ing of a Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento or Mazda CX-5. Les Ra­m­age, email

I would def­i­nitely not rec­om­mend a RAV4, which was great in the past but now trails the class-lead­ing Volk­swa­gen Tiguan and Mazda CX-5, as well as the Kia Sportage on value.

Mazda MX-5: Quiet tyres

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