26 September 2023

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By Paul Gover.

Q: You have recommended the Kia Seltos in the past and I am happy with that as my choice.

But in the GT Line would you go for all-wheel drive or two-wheel drive, and turbo engine or not?

Rod H

A: You don’t need AWD unless you go to the snow or (lightly) onto sand or tracks in the bush. Turbo engine gives a bit more punch, but the best way to choose the engine it to test drive both options and go with the one you prefer.

Q: What is the on-sale date, please, for the 2020 Hyundai Sonata?

David H

A: My sources inside Hyundai Australia say it’s a fourth-quarter arrival, so it should be in showrooms in October.

Q: I have been looking at getting a model year 2020 Mitsubishi Triton GLS Premium as they have some reasonable deals at the moment.

I currently have a MN Triton and I’m happy with the Mitsy brand.

However, in my research I’ve stumbled across the last Ssangyong Musso and it appears to have everything the Triton has plus a few more comforts, such as a sunroof.

I do tow a 2.2-tonne off-road van and was concerned about the coil springs in the Musso. Do you have any thoughts on the coil springs come towing and any thoughts generally between the two?


A: The Triton is a better vehicle in general and Mitsubishi is a far better brand. Coil springs are zero problem, since many off-road vehicles used them, but I would still stick with a Triton unless the financials for the Musso are much better.

Q: Could you please advise you opinion on the Volvo XC40?

My wife currently drives a 2014 Mercedes B250 and is looking to change for the Volvo.

Jim N

A: I really really like the XC40. I have nothing bad to say about it. I voted for it as World Car of the Year – and it won.

Q: I am contemplating buying a new or near-new car as my current Subaru Impreza wagon is 25 years old.

I previously owned a Honda Civic wagon for 33 years so I am looking for good quality and safety in the car.

Nothing wrong with my Subaru. If next year has better choice, I can certainly wait.

My dilemma: my double garage has two single entries, I’m only 149 centimetres, now 72, and worried about access.

I’m happy to spend around $30,000 and, though I actually can do with a smaller car, mentally I prefer the bigger one with reasonable boot size.


A: Look first at the Hyundai Venue, which should be small enough for your garage doors but big enough to make you happy. It also suits the budget.

Q: Can I ask what you think about the Jaguar E-Pace or Range Rover Evoque compared to the Volvo XC40?

Sharon U

A: The Volvo is a great car and a World Car of the Year winner. The Jaguar and Range Rover both still suffer from traditional ‘British car’ problems on quality and reliability and the Evoque is more of a fashion statement than a practical vehicle.

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