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HATCH­BACK UPDATE

WE ARE look­ing to re­place our 1998 Honda Civic GLi three-door auto hatch­back which has done 80,000km. It is used for shop­ping and go­ing to golf. We have looked at the Peu­geot 207 Spor­tium, the VW Polo and the Mazda3 Neo hatch­back, all five-door auto hatch­backs of sim­i­lar size to the Civic. We would ap­pre­ci­ate your opin­ion of these three cars. Ian and Vivi­enne Roberts, email The Peu­geot rates last, for size and qual­ity, with the Polo an ex­cel­lent choice, but the Mazda is the win­ner for its size, qual­ity and value.

HYUNDAI HIC­CUP

IWOULDnot rec­om­mend Hyundai ser­vice. Two months ago I took my car, a 2006 Sonata, back for a leak­ing head gas­ket. It took two days to di­ag­nose and five days to fix. The prob­lem was very ev­i­dent — you could see the residue un­der the gas­ket and the oil could not have fallen from any­where else. Yet their ini­tial re­sponse was that the oil came from the sump gas­ket and, as I was driv­ing, it pushed its way up to the top of the mo­tor. I am not jok­ing.

Ashley Samp­son, email So that’s an­other owner un­happy with their Hyundai dealer.

WANTTO CUT COSTS

WE ARE look­ing to re­duce fuel costs. We have a three-year-old Ford Ter­ri­tory and are think­ing of get­ting some­thing like a Holden Captiva or a Kia seven-seater. We oc­ca­sion­ally tow a 4.5m car­a­van, about 1500kg, but we are not look­ing for a 4WD par­tic­u­larly. We have been told that chang­ing to diesel will re­duce our fuel costs. We spend about $140 a week on fuel for the Ter­ri­tory.

Mark An­der­son, email You have to travel about 30,000km a year be­fore diesel makes sense as a money saver. The Ter­ri­tory is bet­ter than the Captiva, but the Hyundai ix35 and Kia Sportage are ex­cel­lent choices and come with diesels.

Hatches: the Mazda3 Neo (above) of­fers the best over­all value when com­pared with the Volk­swa­gen Polo and Peu­geot 207 (be­low).

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