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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?

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