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I’m looking to buy my first car and I’m confused and unsure. I have two children under seven, with about $8000 to $10,000 budgeted to buy a small get-around car to drive in the suburbs. I like Mazda2s and Mazda3s, but I don’t know much about other small cars or even the Mazdas. What would you recommend, when would be the best time to buy, and should I spend a few extra thousand on top to purchase a better or newer model? Vanessa, email You should not be obsessed by one brand, even though Mazda makes good cars, because companies such as Hyundai are excellent and have better warranty. I’d suggest you get some extra in the kitty and go for a new Hyundai i20 or i30.
So an electric car won Wheels magazine’s Car of the Year award? A car that costs over $60,000 with extremely low sales, a range of 100 kilometres, providing there are no strong head winds or steep hills. Yes I have heard ad nauseam the statistics that the average trip to work is about 40km, but what about the weekends? Until an electricpowered vehicle can obtain a range of at least 300km they will be completely impractical and mainly for the look-at-me “I am saving the planet” types. Rob Millsom, email The Carsguide COTY winner for 2014 is the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.
I have a Proton Jumbuck ute and I’m looking to buy another small ute. So who makes them now, because I like small cars? Geoffrey Page, email The short answer is no-one. Subaru was first with a halftonne ute in its Brumby, which I owned and loved. But it has no plans for a replacement and neither does Proton, as all utes are now one-tonne and bigger. Hyundai revealed a ute based on the ix35 compact SUV at Detroit, but any production version is still a couple of years away.
I drive a Holden VE SV6 sedan and like the ability to overtake vehicles safely and efficiently with the 210kW of power. I also tow and launch a boat, with a lot of difficulty, off the bank at my caravan park on Lake Eildon. I am looking at buying a 4WD vehicle to make the task easier but I am in a dilemma whether to get a petrol or diesel engine, given the difference between their power outputs. I would still like to maintain the acceleration for overtaking, when I am not towing or launching the boat. Colin Killian, email Towing is all about torque, not