Go on, give us a brake
I thought the new absolute requirement in safety features was auto emergency braking. I don’t see that as a consideration in choosing your Car of the Year. If, as I believe, the Sorento does not have it, then that will be the number one if not the sole reason to not buy the car. Michael and Jetti Levine, email The Sorento has a five-star ANCAP safety rating. Auto safety braking is great to have but it will be some years before it is fitted to all new models.
We’re very pleased with your Car of the Year choice as I have a 2014 Kia Sorento. Geoff and Carol, email The new one is even better.
TAKE FORESTER TRAIL
We’re looking to update our Honda CR-V VTi fourcylinder which is driving country kilometres frequently. We would like a medium-size SUV, not diesel, with equivalent power as our Honda. We find the CR-V a bit dated so, other than the Mazda CX5, what about the Renault Koleos with fiveyear unlimited warranty? Richard Clevers, email For your needs, I would recommend the Subaru Forester. It is a great country drive, comfortable and safe, and gets The Tick. The Koleos is getting very dated.
Can you please start a campaign to rid Australia of hard riding cars and lowprofile tyres? Most of this is being driven by marketing. We feel the ride 100 per cent of the time but only want handling and steering response for 10 per cent of the time. I have just bought a 2010 BMW X5 with 20-inch wheels and 40-profile tyres and the ride is bone-jarring harsh. That’s great for a track day but for a woman on an inner city suburban school run the ride is ridiculously hard. Ian Gibson, email Consider the campaign officially launched, although all of the Carsguide team have been complaining about harsh riding from low-profile tyres for a long time.
GLC HAS CLASS
We are after a compact SUV and my husband has always been keen on Mercedes-Benz, as we have a C-Class, but he thinks their GLA is cheap and plastic. Now he is looking at BMW and Audi, although not new examples as they are too expensive. Freda, email You should take a test drive in the Mercedes GLC, which was runner-up in our Car of the Year judging. It’s not as big as you might think, it drives as well as your C-Class does and is sharply priced.
I’m just optioning up a Mercedes-Benz GLC to order. My wife has a back issue, so I was thinking of having the air suspension option. What are your thoughts and would it enhance the vehicle’s handling? Garry Kempster, email For me, the standard ride in the GLC is already very plush. Air suspension will be a little better but perhaps
Kia Sorento: Five safety stars but no auto braking; free fix in store
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