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Should I buy a 2021 Hyundai Kona or 2021 VW T-Roc?

Asked by Chloe

I am in the market to buy my second car - a small to mid-sized SUV - and my requirements are a car small enough for inner-city driving (fuel efficiency) but comfortable enough to drive Sydney to Brisbane regularly (all the safety features and latest tech). I’ve narrowed the search to a Hyundai Kona (2021 Elite or above) or a VW T-Roc (Style with luxury package). I can’t stand the look of the Kona’s ‘wagon’ shape but advice from mechanics tells me to stay clear of a European car and in particular VW due to reliability, warranty issues and scarcity of parts should something happen. Obviously it just comes down to personal preference but I’m keen to hear what someone in the car industry thinks. Any advice on which to pick would be greatly appreciated?

Answered by CarsGuide

21 Apr 2021 David Morley

Volkswagen’s latest cars are lovely to drive but it’s true; many mechanics (and plenty of owners) are wary of the brand’s recent reputation for reliability. But if you’re buying a brand-new or nearly new example, then the factory warranty will be some peace of mind. The safest bet right now, is something Japanese or South Korean, and that includes the Hyundai you’re looking at as well as the equivalent offerings from Kia. Both these brands have enviable reputations for durability and both come with terrific factory warranties.

Volkswagen’s current high-tech turbocharged engines are very entertaining to drive as well as being frugal in all situations, but, in reality, any current model mid-sized SUV is more than capable of delivering you interstate in comfort and safety as well as offering low running costs. Bear in mind you may have to pay extra for the top-shelf model if you want all the latest safety and convenience technology.

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