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I’M interested in your opinion of the 2013 Audi Q5 2.0 litre diesel automatic compared to the equivalent Range Rover Evoque. I would like to option up so it includes GPS, electric seats, electric tailgate, keyless entry, heated seats and tinted windows. Which would you recommend? I only drive in the city, about 12,000km a year and usually buy a new car every three years.
Colleen Hanan, email The Evoque is a landmark vehicle and our choice. It has looks to love, drives well and is classy quality. Just don’t expect a discount. STARWATCH I’m inquiring about the safety ratings of the new Fiat 500 in comparison to the new Volkswagen Polo.
Elissa Fusco, email Have a look online at www.howsafeisyourcar.com.au, which will give you ANCAP ratings for the 500, Polo etc. BRAKING BAD I have had an incident with my Volkswagen Polo. Coming up an incline, I put my foot on the brake. When it was safe to go I accelerated — but there was no power and the car was rolling back into traffic behind me. My wife had to get out and asked cars to roll back for us. I spoke to the dealership but it could not find anything wrong with it. I reported it toVWAustralia. The car was taken back to the dealership which did a diagnostic check. All seemed OK. The dealer told me that on an incline I had to do a handbrake start. They explained the DSG transmission to me and I have to change my way of driving. I am76 and feel that I ambeing fobbed off. This car purrs and I amextremely happy but for this new problem. My wife is now uneasy driving it. We both need to feel safe with our car.
Kelvin Rollinson, email We’ve heard many complaints about DSG gearboxes, including the inability to hold on a hill, and experienced some of them. You either need to adjust your driving or move on. Sorry. X-CELLENT CHOICE What are your thoughts regarding the 2010 Volvo XC60 T6 geartronic all-wheel-drive? We have a young family and the car will be used by my wife to drive kids to and from school and activities. My wife is keen on a SUV.
Nigel Phillips, email The XC60 is vastly underrated. It’s hugely safe, well built and drives well. We’d be happy to put the family into one. THUMBSUP I just want to know your thoughts on the new Volvo V40 T5 R-design?
AndrewBrown, email Two straight ticks for Volvo here. We’ve just driven the T5 R and really like it, especially the driving feel, apart from a crimped cabin. A1-OK I have seen the Audi A1 driving around and I just love the look of it. What is your opinion of it? I amnot a car person at all, but I am sorely tempted to buy one.
Tricia Culliney, email The A1 is aVWPolo in a party frock but there’s no reason, value apart, not to buy one. GOOD SPORT My wife is keen on a secondhand Range Rover Sport diesel. She would really love a BMWX6, same sort of deal but I think it will be too expensive. She ideally also wants five seats. But what about a secondhand Porsche Cayenne?
Laurie Serafini, email Another two ticks, this time for Range Rover. The X6 has styling only a mother could love and is vastly impractical. A Cayenne will still cost too much. The Sport is a really good car— and who really takes a Range Rover off-road?