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.
WAIT, NO EIGHT
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.
PUMP FOR PETROL
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.”
BABY MAKES THREE
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