Herald Sun - Motoring - - ROADSIDE ASSIST -

My son is look­ing to buy an SUV to take on dirt tracks for bike rid­ing and surf­ing, with a bud­get of $30-35,000. He is happy to look at new or near-new. Does he need diesel rather than petrol due to the re­duced risk of fire from long grass on the middle of dirt tracks, or is this not a big con­cern with modern ve­hi­cles? He likes Subaru and has looked at Mit­subishi ASX, Mazda CX-5, Nis­san X-Trail, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tuc­son, while RAV4s seem too ex­pen­sive. He has also seen the Mit­subishi Tri­ton GLX 4x4 diesel at $35,990 driveaway but is con­cerned about the long-dis­tance high­way drive­abil­ity of a ute. Phil Teni­son, email

If he likes Subaru then a Forester should be ideal and gets The Tick from me. I have yet to hear of a car ex­haust start­ing a fire on a bush track, so petrol power will be fine.

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