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MDHI rate the Colorado ahead of the Isuzu but, if you can make do with some­thing that will tow 2500kg rather than 3000kg, also look at a Hyundai Santa Fe (pic­tured) as I give it The Tick.

THE TICK OF SIX

What are your thoughts on a new Mazda6 Atenza? I’m look­ing at the qual­ity of the car and value for money, de­pre­ci­a­tion com­pared to sim­i­lar cars, and time be­fore the cur­rent body shape changes. Ray Peck, email The Mazda6 is cur­rently best in class and ticks all your boxes, as well as get­ting The Tick from me.

PLENTY OF CHOICE

We are a re­tired cou­ple who drive a 2008 Fal­con and a Toy­ota HiLux. I don’t drive a lot but I’d like to down­size to some­thing smaller and sit­ting higher for bet­ter vi­sion, so am think­ing about a small­ish SUV. The only one I have driven so far is the Subaru XV but I no­tice the new Mazda CX-3 has had a lot of good re­ports. Dawn Bruce, email I have just driven the CX-3, Honda HR-V and Re­nault Cap­tur and rate the Mazda as clearly best of the bunch, as well as bet­ter than the XV. It gets The Tick but be care­ful that you don’t spend too much — there are 14 mod­els in the line-up.

COM­FORT OR SPORT

I’ve had a Porsche Boxster and Mercedes-Benz C63 in the past and now I’m con­tem­plat­ing a cabri­o­let — I’d be in­ter­ested in your as­sess­ment of the Mercedes E400. It would prob­a­bly be a demon­stra­tor or sim­i­lar model. Ian Jen­nings, email I have yet to drive the E400 but, in gen­eral, mid-sized Mercedes drop-tops have lots of space and com­fort but are not re­motely sporty. If that’s what you crave, it should do the job. Kathryn Sim­coe, email Toy­ota spokesman Stephen Cough­lan says: “There is no plan at the mo­ment (to bring back a Corolla wagon). There is a two-wheel drive RAV4 and Rukus as sub­sti­tutes.” So that’s a no from Toy­ota. Look at a Hyundai i30 wagon, which gets The Tick and is the clos­est thing now to your Corolla wagon.

DIESEL CAU­TION

I am in­ter­ested in buy­ing a diesel sedan but I’m hear­ing a range of things about sev­eral of the con­tenders.

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