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The Advertiser - Motoring - - ROADSIDE ASSIST - Ex­tremely handy on long coun­try trips. Michael Mur­ray, email John An­der­son, email

I’m look­ing to buy a sports hatch, ei­ther a Toy­ota Corolla or Kia Cer­ato. I’m lean­ing more to­wards the Kia but the prices are very sim­i­lar. I do about 400km a week of metro driv­ing. Which one would you rec­om­mend?

That’s def­i­nitely a re­sult.

A TEST­ING TIME

A quick thank you for help­ing with my Volk­swa­gen Pas­sat diesel, which is now go­ing to be tested for in­for­ma­tion to send back to VW Aus­tralia Bill Anas­ta­sopou­los, email The Corolla has a bul­let­proof rep­u­ta­tion but the Cer­ato is classy with smooth rid­ing, lo­cally tuned sus­pen­sion and the long­est war­ranty in the busi­ness. I’d go for the Kia. tech­ni­cians. I have owned it since 2010 and love the car. It’s pow­er­ful enough, com­fort­able and a good rid­ing drive. In­cred­i­bly eco­nom­i­cal, too, un­til VW de­cided to up­date the en­gine soft­ware be­cause of Diesel­gate and the en­gine is now noisy, drinks 15-20 per cent more fuel on the high­way and does the par­tic­u­late burn-off ev­ery cou­ple of days. That’s when it blows co­pi­ous quan­ti­ties of light grey smoke, which it has never done be­fore. I never asked for the soft­ware up­grade to be done but the dealer did it at the last ser­vice. Make sure you give us the fi­nal re­sult.

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