A bunch of fives
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
Kia Rondo: The Korean peoplemover takes five easily — and seven occasionally