Wednesday 21 August 2019

Advice helpdesk: I'd like a crossover SUV - my budget is up to €35,000'

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'

SEAT Ateca
SEAT Ateca

I am hoping to buy a car in the new year. I'm driving a 2007 Golf at the moment but won't be trading it in as it's going to my daughter. My annual mileage is 10,000kms-15,000kms. My budget is around €30,000 but could possibly push to €35,000. I would like to get a crossover SUV. I'm usually on my own but often ferry two grandchildren to and from school. My main requirements are to be able to carry a road bike (or two) and a wheelchair (not both at the same time) and heated front seats. I also love technology so would like to get as much in as possible - adaptive cruise control, Apple connect, park assist, parking sensors.

Aidan: I like the idea of a petrol Seat Ateca for you. You seem to have a regular need for space and comfort.

The 1.4-litre petrol engine in the Ateca has been quite popular thus far and the upper end of your budget will buy you a top level Xcellence model with an automatic transmission. In terms of refinement, it will be a tough cookie to beat.

The Xcellence model comes with a smattering of goodies but you might need to fully tailor it to suit all your requirements.

There is also a brand new Skoda Karoq. It is much the same story as the Seat Ateca, but it is just different enough to give you some variation.

A 1.2-litre petrol Qashqai in SV Premium guise would suit you, too. Leather comes as standard and you also get front and rear parking sensors with a reversing camera and other additional safety features.

Eddie: At €30,000 I think you'd like the Peugeot 3008 SUV. Its i-Cockpit is a joy to behold and from what you've told us it's up your street tech-wise. Go another couple of grand and your technology requirements should be well and truly met. Let us know what you think?

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