Eyes on an i
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.
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.
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.
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.