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I need to up­date my 2002 Peu­geot 308 on a bud­get of $30,000-$35,000 — ide­ally closer to the lower fig­ure — with a new car or one with low kilo­me­tres. I like the look of the Nis­san Qashqai but know noth­ing about Nis­sans. Or, al­ter­na­tively, an­other Peu­geot — ei­ther the 2008 or 308. Luana, email If you’re head­ing down the SUV road then the Qashqai is fine but the new 308 is a rip­per car that gets The Tick from me. I would go for ei­ther Peu­geot op­tion. I drive my 2004 Toy­ota HiLux dual-cab ute about 40,000km-plus a year. As a 50-year-old, I want a more com­fort­able ve­hi­cle that’s able to do some light work. I don’t need 4WD. Based on your rec­om­men­da­tions, and the look of it, I’ve had my heart set on up­grad­ing to a Ford Ranger for the past six months. My prob­lem is com­par­ing the 4x2 dual cab MY15 Holden Colorado LTZ against the cur­rent Ranger XLT. I’ve test driven the LTZ and the Ranger and the drive-away deals from Holden are about $8500 less than from Ford. The LTZ has bet­ter en­ter­tain­ment, rear cam­era, bet­ter econ­omy, up­graded in­te­rior and lower cabin noise than the MY14, and same power and safety as the Ranger. Lou D, email The Holden is cheaper be­cause more peo­ple are choos­ing the Ford. If it’s close enough on fea­tures, and ahead on value, then park the dream for some re­al­ity. But per­haps also cross-shop the Mazda BT50, which is a clone of the Ranger. You wrote re­cently that you favoured nei­ther the VW Tiguan nor the Nis­san Qashqai in the seg­ment. What are your favourites? Ross Hop­kins, email The Mazda CX-5 is my top pick and I also like the Hyundai ix35 for value, the Honda CR-V as a city run­about, and the base-model Subaru Forester as a fam­ily car. We are mak­ing our first foray into the SUV mar­ket af­ter driv­ing a Honda Ac­cord and sim­i­lar cars for many years. We are a re­tired cou­ple in our late six­ties and en­joy golf and travel. We have looked at the Honda CR-V and also the Nis­san Qashqai, which is an in­ter­est­ing name choice for a car! The Honda does not have blind-spot mon­i­tor­ing on the right­hand side, which is a con­cern for us. We would ap­pre­ci­ate some guid­ance. John and Julie Neale, email There is a lot more to car choice than one safety as­pect. If you’re not happy about one miss­ing fea­ture then you should look fur­ther into the class at some­thing like the Mazda CX-5 which I give The Tick. What do you rec­om­mend for a used fam­ily diesel auto 4WD up to $25,000? We will be use it for beach driv­ing and for tow­ing a car­a­van or tinny. Gary and Leesa, email You need a proper four-wheel drive and, with that bud­get, I’d sug­gest a Mit­subishi Pa­jero. Mike Lyons, email The Mazda6 is very good and great for the price but the Mercedes C-Class wagon is a cou­ple of steps fur­ther up the lad­der and an ex­cel­lent car if you have the money. I have a 3.0-litre Fiat motorhome and my ques­tion is whether I must have it ser­viced at a Fiat dealer. I got the first ser­vice done at a Fiat dealer at New­cas­tle and it cost me $550 as they changed the oil fil­ter and oil. I had only

Peu­geot 2008: With its 308 hatch coun­ter­part, the lit­tle SUV is a sen­si­ble city car

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