Eyes on an i

Herald Sun - Motoring - - ROADSIDE ASSIST - PAUL GOVER CHIEF RE­PORTER paul.gover@news.com.au

I’m just in­ter­ested to hear your thoughts on my wife’s Hyundai i30 diesel. This is a 2008 car and has now clocked up 260,000km on her daily com­mute from Bris­bane to the Gold Coast and we are plan­ning on keep­ing it un­til our son starts driv­ing and reckon it will make an ideal first car. To this end, we are now in­tend­ing to save for the re­place­ment which will be bought sec­ond­hand in a cou­ple of years. She would like some­thing more “fun” but with the same re­li­a­bil­ity and safety and sim­i­lar econ­omy — hatch­back and five seats are es­sen­tial.

Phil Kef­ford, email How about stick­ing with the brand and go­ing for a Hyundai i30 SR (pic­tured)? It’s sporty but not too ex­treme, and has all the strengths of the car you al­ready have. It gets The Tick.

SOFT OP­TION

I’ve been a sedan lover all my life and still am. How­ever, due to the shock­ing state of our roads I am look­ing for a soft-rid­ing SUV to drive to work as I do about 800km a week. I have been look­ing at a Mazda CX-5 Maxx, Hyundai ix35, Jeep Chero­kee Sport or a Nis­san X-Trail. Which of th­ese would be the soft­est rid­ing over the rough pot­holed bi­tu­men sur­faces that our Gipp­s­land high­ways have be­come?

Mark Petersen, email For your main re­quire­ments, I’d avoid all four of your short­listed mod­els and go for a Subaru Forester (pic­tured above) or Out­back. They are more car-like but will still han­dle the rough roads.

SINO LAN­GUAGE

When a reader re­cently asked about Korean lux­ury cars you men­tioned the Hyundai Gen­e­sis as mar­keted in Korea. But there seems to be a Ro­hens, which is the name un­der which Gen­e­sis is mar­keted in China. I may be picky but it seems to be ba­si­cally the same car — fast, lux­u­ri­ous and mar­keted as a com­peti­tor to the BMW 5 Se­ries, Lexus, Mercedes EClass and In­finiti.

Lau­rie Curtin, email The Gen­e­sis was de­vel­oped by Hyundai and is built in Korea, although you are right that it is sold in China with Ro­hens badges.

KOREAN AN­SWER

Reader Rod Hall asked if the Kore­ans would make a $50,000 car to com­pete with Audi, BMW and Lexus. Not that long ago the same ques­tion was asked about Lexus as the Ja­panese be­gan com­pet­ing with the Euro­peans in the lux­ury seg­ment and we know the an­swer to that. For the Kore­ans it is just a ques­tion of when — or has it started al­ready? No one is safe.

Tony, email Per­haps not but more buy­ers will be happy.

BOOK OF GEN­E­SIS

Do you know when the Hyundai Gen­e­sis will hit Aus­tralian shores. Also what do you think of the car?

Anita, email I’m driv­ing it lo­cally next week just be­fore it goes on sale and we’ll rush a re­port into print. It looks promis­ing and great value with a start­ing price be­low $61,000 and the best score yet in ANCAP safety tests, although the fuel econ­omy is poor.

WEAR’S THE PROOF?

Re the most en­gine wear oc­cur­ring in the first few min­utes of driv­ing. I rem­i­nisce about the 1970s and even ‘80s when the rule of thumb was to warm an en­gine up be­fore driv­ing. In those days the start­ing sys­tems them­selves were a ma­jor wear and tear item with many a ring gear fail­ing. Do you have any data on the wear and tear in­curred by the stop-start sys­tems of to­day? Surely they are go­ing to give trou­ble in years to come and I usu­ally switch mine off when I start the car.

Hans Lent­fert, email Stop-start is such a new de­vel­op­ment there is no long-term in­for­ma­tion on its re­li­a­bil­ity. Brands that fit the tech­nol­ogy say there is no im­pact on en­gine wear and mod­ern starter mo­tors are fine with the ex­tra work­load.

TOW THE LINE

Last week’s re­view on the Mazda BT-50 in­cor­rectly stated the ve­hi­cle’s tow­ing ca­pac­ity. The 3350kg limit is for the 4x2 vari­ant; the 4WD model can tow 3500kg.

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