Right to be impressed
I am looking at a car to tide me over for quite a few years. I am impressed with the Subaru Impreza’s features. It seems to have all the attributes for a 70year-old with a wife who needs a car that will ride comfortably and can take a wheelchair. Annual driving is only about 6000km because my wife is largely housebound but I need transport to medical appointments. I have always had Corollas but I’m looking for something different — the Corolla is no longer exciting in the cabin. Brian Leone, email The new Impreza is a classy car that gets The Tick from me. It’s just hitting showrooms and will definitely do the job for you.
WATCH THIS SPACE
I’m impressed by the styling and US reviews of Volkswagen’s flagship sedan, the CC. I can’t recall any comments relating to this vehicle in Carsguide and note that VW Australia doesn’t include the vehicle in the local homepage. Is this car available in Australia and if so how do you rate it in its class? Brian Patterson, email The CC, originally the Passat CC, was discontinued late last year. You might still be able to find one in a VW dealership. The CC definitely gets The Tick and its replacement, called the Arteon, comes to Australia in October.
MEASURED ON THE FLY
When you do the car tests and comparisons, are the quoted power outputs measured at the flywheel or at the driving wheels? Will there be a new WRX in the near future or an upgrade? Brian Gairn, email We quote manufacturer numbers and they are measured at the flywheel. On the WRX front, there will be a major “midlife” update midyear but the next new model won’t be until late 2018.
Re Mazda infotainment. My CX-3 has been back to the dealership three times. They reckon they haven’t had another case like mine and it’s very frustrating — you never know if it will work or not. They do the reset and it works for a while then I have nothing but trouble. Belinda Freeman, email Mazda spokeswoman Karla Leach replies: “We have contacted Ms Freeman and she still has some minor intermittent issues with the right-hand speakers in her CX-3. We are working with our colleagues in Japan to resolve this issue and have committed to keep contact with Ms Freeman to resolve as soon as possible.”
AS GOOD AS IT GETS
Re Mazda3 navigation issues. Our SP25 GT has been returned to the dealer on three occasions formally, plus on two occasions informally. The dealer has provided updates and factory restarts but the problem has never been resolved. We are about to return our car to the dealer formally for the fourth time. I wrote to Mazda and received a call which, in summary, indicated that the system was as good as it would get. I am convinced Mazda is going through the motions until the car is no longer under warranty. Then they can charge me for trying to fix a fault that is no longer covered. J & M Turner, email Mazda says it is doing everything possible for unhappy owners and this is the latest from Karla Leach: “Regular updates to vehicle software are undertaken for a few reasons. They include improving the interaction of third-party devices, which is required to keep the vehicle and device ‘talking the same language’ and to update the vehicle software to provide new features and updates.”
Very senior Mazda executives at the LA motor show last month dropped very strong hints about a rotary-powered sports car based on the Vision concept. I’m thinking it will be in showrooms in 2018. They also will use the rotary as part of a future hybrid...