In a class of its own

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Roadside Assist -

You were in­volved in the de­ci­sion to name the Mercedes C-Class as Car of the Year, so I thought I’d buy one. But there are many C-Class mod­els — C200, C250 etc. Which is the COTY — or are they all? Graeme Glass, email Our win­ner for 2014 is the C200. You re­ally don’t need to spend more, un­less you feel like an ex­tra treat. It’s more than just The Tick from me.


Be­tween Mazda CX-5 sport AWD at $38,000, Nis­san X-Trail ST-L 2WD at $38,000 and Toy­ota RAV 4 GXL AWD at $38,000, which is best SUV to buy? Sashi, email The CX-5 is the best ve­hi­cle in your line-up and gets The Tick from me.


A mate bought a Holden Cap­tiva. In a bit over two years he’d done 122,000km and it was about to run out of war­ranty. Any­way, the thing shut down, got towed and it was an $11,000 fix un­der war­ranty — thank­fully. Th­ese chuck-away cars may be good for mums pick­ing up kids and shop­ping do­ing 10-15,000km a year, but... Shaun, email I think you’re be­ing a bit harsh. I’m not a fan of the Cap­tiva, but at least the dealer fixed it out­side of the 100,000km war­ranty pe­riod.


We are look­ing at the Ford Ranger Diesel 3.2L af­ter re­search­ing a Mazda BT50, VW Amarok and Isuzu DMax. We love the look and feel of the Ranger and will use it mainly for leisure/ car­a­van tow­ing. We want to know if the re­vamped model due out this year will have an eight-speed au­to­matic like some of its com­peti­tors. None of the Ford deal­ers has any in­for­ma­tion on this. Sam and Trent Hamil­ton, email The Ranger does get a re­fresh and Ford sources sug­gest no changes to the run­ning gear but lots of new tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing driver as­sis­tance on the high-se­ries model. It will be on sale in the third quar­ter.


The driver’s seat in my 2013 Ford Ranger, over a pe­riod of a cou­ple of days, drops down so much so that I have to read­just it back to its nor­mal po­si­tion. This hap­pens all the time and I have heard that this is a prob­lem for other own­ers. Bring­ing my car back for its first ser­vice, I men­tioned this to the ser­vice ad­viser who said they were aware of it but he added: “I don’t think Ford are go­ing to do any­thing about this”. This is very frus­trat­ing as ev­ery time I get into the car I have to read­just the seat and it has done only 17,000km. Alan, email You’re not the first to re­port this and I know Ford is work­ing on a fix. It should be ready in the next cou­ple of months but I’ve passed your com­plaint on to Stephen Kruk, the right man for ac­tion at Broad­mead­ows.


Is Hyundai about to change the name of the ix35? I be­lieve it’s go­ing back to Tucson, which was the name of its fam­ily SUV in the past. An­drew Wal­ton, email Your mail is right. Hyundai made the change this week.


Your Jeep Rene­gade test makes me won­der how any self-re­spect­ing SUV man­u­fac­turer, or other ve­hi­cle maker, can mar­ket a ve­hi­cle with no spare wheel. Do man­u­fac­tur­ers re­alise the size of Australia’s Out­back where there are no ser­vice fa­cil­i­ties? Surely a spare wheel is one of the most im­por­tant considerations when buy­ing a ve­hi­cle. Sue and Mal­colm Chiv­ell, email Leav­ing the spare out of a ve­hi­cle saves money and weight, so lots of car­mak­ers are now do­ing it.

Carr off tthe Yearr:: Mer­rc­cedess--Benzz C 200

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