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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.

LUXURY LIGHTS

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

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