Hyundi pair are i open­ers

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Roadside Assist -

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.

DRAIN­ING AR­GU­MENT

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.

SMALL PROB­LEM

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.

TALK­ING TORQUE

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

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