Wednesday 23 October 2019

Any tips for a five-seater for my family?


Skoda Octavia
Skoda Octavia

Car-value expert Gillian Keogh teams up with Motoring Editor Eddie Cunningham to help you make the right choice with your next purchase. Gillian is Editor of a monthly guidebook on the values of used cars produced by the Motor Trade Publishers team. The team supplies a car-valuing service to the motor trade, insurance companies and finance houses.

Currently have 2004 VW Bora 1.9 Tdi: 225,000 miles. Due a timing belt, service and has electrical problems. And 2008 VW Golf 1.9 Tdi: 240,000 miles. Also due timing belt at next service but driving well. This is the main family car so also has higher mileage. We need to change one car and hope to buy new or relatively new family car to keep for a number of years.

Can you advise if buying 182 with one of current scrappage deals (scrapping Bora and keeping Golf as second car) would offer enough value to offset the new car premium versus trading it in against a 2016 or 2017 reg? Also any thoughts on diesel versus hybrid if we go with new for 25,000km a year mixed driving? Finally any tips on models to consider either new or one to two-year-old which would offer us five seats for either the family or when kids have friends in car?

Gillian: Your budget is great and I'd be looking for a one to two-year-old rather than new. I'd stick with diesel. You clearly like your VWs so you could stay with it, but I suggest you go larger than a hatch if you travel with two additional adults and two kids. A 171 Passat 1.6 Dsl Comfortline will just sneak in budget but family saloons are suffering with growing interest in SUVs, so I am a little reluctant to recommend it to you. The T-Roc would be super, but it only launched recently, so you would have to wait until the new year to get one in budget. Sticking with the VW Group, the Seat Ateca 1.6 Dsl would be a sweet motor and if you could haggle on an Xcellence spec over an SE, you'd be doing great.

Eddie: I'd buy a new Skoda Octavia diesel in the current market because you'll have a new car for the winter and no worries about repairs (I hope). Bargain as hard as you can. It's a competitive 182-reg time.

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