Mob on the move
WHAT do you recommend for a six-plus seater for about $10,000-$15,000? We’ll have four kids and we’ll need space for luggage. It’d be great if the third row has a split-fold seat or the seventh or eighth seat could come out completely. Not sure whether to go for a people-mover like a Honda Odyssey or Mazda MPV, a van converted to a peoplemover like a Mercedes, Hyundai iMax, or an SUV such as a Toyota Kluger or Volvo XC90. Matt Grocott, email The Kia Carnival gets The Tick, every time, in that price range. And with four kids you will find that a proper people-mover gives far more flexibility than an SUV or even a converted van.
NEW AND ROOMY
My sister and her husband are looking to replace their 2001 Toyota Avalon with a safer, newer car for themselves and their (for now) two kids. They love the reliability and quality of the Toyota, and the cheap servicing, and want something with similar cabin and boot space. In particular, they want the option of being able to fit three child seats across the back seat. They’re happy with a sedan but they’re Francophiles and seem to want a Peugeot or Citroen. Myles Tooher, email We’ve recently reviewed the mid-sized frontrunners, which is where they should be looking, and the Toyota Camry wins on quality, driving and value. But if they need more space, then point them to the Skoda Superb, which lives up to its name and gets The Tick.
LOOKING FOR COMFORT
I am writing in regard to a comment published in Carsguide which was, “we do not recommend the Golf after the factory warranty”. I recently bought a new Golf Comfortline. I had read various reviews, from Carsguide and others, who had recommended the Golf. Should I be concerned? Is the car only going to be good for three years? Lyn Larson, email There have been big problems with the earlier Golf models, especially with the DSG gearbox and some electronics. Without a long-term record, it’s impossible to judge the reliability of the current car and so we say it’s best to keep it only through the warranty safety net.
GOLF UNDER PAR
We bought a new VW Golf Comfortline in September with driver assist and the navigation package. The GPS is totally unacceptable, it is not up to date and the enunciation is terrible. VW Australia is aware of this and said “not our problem”, but they are working on a fix. The navigation system has a traffic function module but we were told during the delivery orientation it’s not available on Australian cars. Further in the handbook it shows two types of an electric mirror folding function — we were told this is not fitted in locally delivered cars. Why don’t sales people highlight these shortcomings or omissions in local examples and let buyers decide if they want to proceed? Jim Murdoch, email We’re passing your message to Lyn and other Golf people.
I’m planning on getting a Golf 110 TDI Highline with the R-Line package and also wanted to option the bixenon headlamps as they were available on the model year 2014 examples, but I cannot seem to find the
VW Golf: Warranty period is the safety net