Advice Helpdesk: I love my Ford Galaxy but I need to downsize. What should I buy?
Aidan Timmons and Motoring Editor Eddie Cunningham team up to help readers make the right choice with their next car. Aidan visits dealers all over the country to produce a monthly guidebook on the values of used cars. He is co-editor of Motor Trade Publishers, who supply a car-valuing service to the motor trade, insurance companies and finance houses. Eddie is author of former best-seller 'Clever Car Buying'
I have an '07 Ford Galaxy that I love but I need to downsize and want to trade it in if possible. I bought it a few years ago for €13,000 and it's never given one day's trouble. It has to be the best car I've ever owned and I hate letting it go, but I no longer need a seven-seater. I want a five-seater, second-hand and I want to buy a crossover/hybrid from a reputable dealer. I don't want a Citroen, a Fiat or a Renault. I'm on the fence regarding a Nissan. My budget is approximately €15k. My main issue with my current car is the annual NCT and high road tax. I'm looking for something relatively high off the ground, economical, with low road tax and cabin space like the Ford Galaxy. What would you recommend?
Aidan: Nothing will have the cabin space of your Galaxy other than another Galaxy, but I think the Ford Kuga will come close and will certainly tick all your other boxes.
It has Ford's excellent 2.0-litre diesel engine and mostly it's sold in Zetec trim, so specification is generous.
The model changed in 2013 and your budget should just about get you the first of the newer-shape models. Buy the best one you can at this money and don't be tempted by something with a patchy service record, even if it looks okay. Stick with your Ford dealer. They won't tolerate selling iffy models at this money.
Eddie: You're not going to get a hybrid crossover for that money. So you could buy a Toyota Prius hybrid or a KIA Sportage diesel crossover (or Hyundai ix35). The Nissan Qashqai is an obvious one, but you seem to have reservations. Don't know why. Take a drive in one. Sportage/ix35 diesel for me.
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