Circle the wagon
I’ve had my sights set on a Subaru Levorg, but Subaru keeps delaying an announcement on whether it will come to Australia. What do you think Subaru is up to? Ray Mills, email Your inquiry couldn’t have been better timed, Ray. Subaru has just announced that the Levorg is coming to Australia, with the first deliveries expected in the middle of next year. And if you can’t wait that long, the company has three sports-focused limited editions between now and the end of the year.
I ordered and paid a deposit on a Mustang last October so I’d be among the first to order. My Ford dealer says it will arrive in January 2016. I know it is a few months away yet, but could you contact Ford and obtain an accurate delivery date? Alan Lane, email We cannot give an exact date for your car but Ford Australian maintains that the first Mustangs will be with their owners in November.
DATE FOR DURANGO
You made mention a while back that the Dodge Durango may be released here in Oz later in the year, so is there any more news in regard this eventuating? Noel Watts, email
We’ve been hearing Durango rumours for more than five years, but that’s all. The only firm plans are for large-scale imports of Ram pick-ups from the US, with conversion by Walkinshaw Performance in Melbourne.
WHICH MAZDA FOR ME?
I will trade in my 2008 Mazda3 at the end of the year. I had my mind set on the Mazda3 but now I like the Mazda CX-3 as well. I don’t do much travelling so which model do you think is better? Which one would be a good choice for me? And if I were to buy the Mazda3 again should I wait for 2016 model instead of the 2015 run out models? Mary P, email The most important thing to remember is that the CX-3 is based on the Mazda2, which means it is considerably smaller than the Mazda3. If it has enough space for your needs then go ahead, as it’s best of the new baby SUVs, gets The Tick, and leads the class on value.
What’s your opinion of the 2015 Renault Clio? Maria Sallas, email It’s a nice little car and gets The Tick from me, although there are plenty of cheaper choices in the baby car class.
The Volvo XC90 is about 12 years old and to my knowledge has never featured in your Carsguide liftout. We get a model of BMW or Mercedes almost every week, so now that the all-new benchmark XC90 model is about to hit our shores could we have a comprehensive report on this standout quality and safety of the 2015 model? It’d be of interest to many. Vern Verhagen, email We have been reporting the long-overdue new XC90 since Volvo first began the trickle feed of information, including a double-page spread on the car in our February 20 edition. We also highlighted it as a potential Car of the Year contender in last week’s edition. As for words like “benchmark”, “standout” and “quality”, we are waiting for a verdict when we drive it locally in early August. Watch out for our review.
A GOOD CHOICE
I am considering buying a second-hand Volvo S40 from 2007 with 95,000km on the clock. Have any major mechanical problems arisen with these types of
vehicles? Also, what should I specifically look for in its service history? It has been serviced every 10,000km.
Dianne, email It sounds like a good choice and I’ve no bad news. Always check that the services have been done correctly and it’s worth getting a full report from a motoring club before committing to a car.
COMPARE CARS FIRST
I’m thinking of updating my 2002 Honda CR-V to the latest CRV-L. Your thoughts? I'm a sales rep and like the high seating position.
Jim Trentos, email The CR-V is a good car, and gets The Tick, but it’s still beaten in its class by the Mazda CX-5 so take a comparative drive before you commit.
A WAG IN THE TAIL
I enjoy the Roadside Assist column and I appreciate The Tick. I want to replace my 2002 Kia Sportage and I’m thinking of a new Mazda CX-9 or Ford Mondeo Titanium wagon as I need to carry kit for cricket. Are these vehicles a good choice or is there something you would suggest? I like the Titanium for the boot space. Noel, email For me, the CX-9 is getting old and it’s thirsty. The Mondeo is very roomy and has plenty to like, and would be my choice.
WHERE’S THE SUPPORT?
I went to look at the Subaru Forester and Outback a week or so ago, because I like the look of both and they interest me, but found out that neither has lumbar support in the driver`s seat, and I was looking at the top of the range in both models. Why would a company make a top-of-the-range model with no lumbar support? Many people have bad backs, and back support on long trips helps with sore backs in grey nomads. The Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V have no problems with lumbar support.
Subaru’s Levorg concept: A production version is due
in Australia in 2016
Eclipsed Tick: Honda’s Tick winning CR-V is beaten in its class by the Maxda CX-5