Price is right

The Advertiser - Motoring - - ROADSIDE ASSIST -

I just wanted to get your opin­ion on a car as I can get a great deal on a 2014-15 Hyundai Ge­n­e­sis for $47,000. Is that a good buy? And is the Ge­n­e­sis any good? Vince DiGi­a­como, email The Ge­n­e­sis is big, comfy and well equipped. Con­sid­er­ing the start­ing price is $60,000 that looks like an ex­cel­lent deal.

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I am an owner of a scan­dalaf­fected, diesel-en­gined VW. It is my sec­ond diesel VW and I couldn’t care less about some “soft­ware that causes dis­crep­an­cies in the val­ues for ox­ides of ni­tro­gen (NOx) dur­ing lab­o­ra­tory test­ing”. Armed po­lice would not make me sur­ren­der it to be touched. I’ll buy a Prius if I think it makes any dif­fer­ence. And, I’d have an­other Golf in a blink. Ken Hop­kin, email Your loy­alty is ad­mirable but there is an abun­dance of ev­i­dence that ox­ides of ni­tro­gen con­trib­ute to pho­to­chem­i­cal smog and can ex­ac­er­bate res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems. Ac­cord­ing to the en­vi­ron­ment depart­ment, this can cause peo­ple with asthma to have more fre­quent and in­tense at­tacks and can re­duce im­mu­nity to lung in­fec­tions.

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I guess the left-foot brak­ing sub­mis­sions in your Road­side As­sist sec­tion can’t con­tinue to oc­cupy valu­able space for­ever, so can KI get one last sug­ges­tion pub­lished? If an au­to­mat­ic­trans­mis­sion learner driver who has never, ever driven a car be­fore and from day one — be­gin­ning with the first les­son — is taught to left-foot brake cor­rectly, will that driver ever be in­volved in a pedal con­fu­sion accident? If your ra­tio­nal an­swer is no, let’s start teach­ing this pro­ce­dure im­me­di­ately. John Maguire, email That seems like a good way to end this one.

SIX TRUMPS AN SUV

My son is look­ing for a sec­ond-hand car be­tween $10,000 and $15,000. He’s been look­ing at SUVs no older than 2010 with as low kilo­me­tres as he can find and there seem to be quite a lot of Holden Cap­ti­vas, fewer of the Ford Es­cape, Mit­subishi Out­lander and oth­ers of this size. The other op­tion could be the Mazda6 wagon. What would you rec­om­mend? Di An­wyl, email Definitely the Mazda6. It gets The Tick from me and wins over the SUVs on ev­ery­thing from fuel econ­omy to com­fort and quiet­ness.

Hyundai Ge­n­e­sis: Big, comfy and well equipped

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