Go on, give us a brake

Herald Sun - Motoring - - ROADSIDE ASSIST -

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.


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.


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

for a Jeep Chero­kee, right

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