A bunch of fives

The Advertiser - Motoring - - ROADSIDE ASSIST - Cayce Lewis, email Peter Head­ing, email Car­rin Rol­ley, email Jack, email

I am seek­ing your opin­ion on the best car for our fam­ily of five. I am look­ing to buy a seven-seater with great fuel econ­omy and I’m think­ing diesel is the bet­ter op­tion to achieve this, for about $30,000. I’m happy for this to be sec­ond-hand and I’m con­sid­er­ing a Mit­subishi Out­lander or Kia Rondo and would love to know your thoughts on th­ese two and if there are any oth­ers we should con­sider? Most of my driv­ing is ur­ban. The Rondo is way bet­ter than the Out­lander and gets The Tick from me, but per­haps also look at the lat­est Nis­san Qashqai.

SEAT­ING FOR SEVEN

I’m look­ing at an oc­ca­sional seven-seat SUV for our fam­ily of four. I like the size and rep­u­ta­tion of the Hyundai Santa Fe but as we’ll only do about 15,000km a year I’m not sure diesel is the way to go. Is there any­thing in the petrol range of seven-seater SUVs to com­pare to the Santa Fe? There is also a petrol-en­gined Santa Fe. The crossover point for get­ting the money back on diesel power is about 30,000km a year.

TROPHY A WIN­NER

We are look­ing at buy­ing a Hyundai Elantra Trophy that I will drive un­til our 17-yearold daugh­ter gets her li­cence. What do you think about the ve­hi­cle? I re­cently drove an Elantra and was pleas­antly sur­prised, be­cause the orig­i­nal drove quite badly. The value is good on the Trophy, too.

THE PECK­ING OR­DER

I am look­ing to buy a du­al­cab ute soon and am not sure which way to look. I will be us­ing it for work for the next five years and on week­ends for plea­sure. I like the Toy­ota HiLux, which is old and soon to be re­placed but a proven per­former, against Ford Ranger and Mazda BT50, both newer mod­els. Mit­subishi’s Tri­ton has only a four-star safety rat­ing but due to its price is it still worth look­ing at. I got the im­pres­sion the new Nis­san Navara is not as im­pres­sive as it could have been. Is it worth wait­ing for other new mod­els to come on to the mar­ket?

The new HiLux and Tri­ton will ar­rive in the first half of next year. If you’re plan­ning a five-year run for your new ute it would be worth wait­ing to see how the peck­ing or­der changes once they’re in place.

DISH­ING IT TO DEAL­ERS

I have been to three Ford deal­ers to find out about or­der­ing a Mus­tang com­ing out, I think, in the mid­dle of 2015. They all tell me they know noth­ing about it but can take my $1000 de­posit, although all have said all cars al­lo­cated will al­ready be sold. I have had vary­ing prices for a con­vert­ible from $60,000-$85,000. I am

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