Helpdesk: What hybrid 2017 model would you recommend for around €30k?
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 the former best-seller 'Clever Car Buying'
I am looking at changing my 2014 Qashqai, which is worth around €18,000. Only do 6,000km/year. I am looking at a hybrid 2017 model. My budget is around €30k. What would you recommend?
Aidan: I do not think your 2014-plate Qashqai is worth €18,000. That could modify your budget. I am not sure you'll see the full benefit of a hybrid over a regular petrol either. Either way, look at the Toyota C-HR. You get the choice of 1.2-litre petrol or 1.8-litre hybrid. Opt for a Luna Sport. There is also a Kia Niro hybrid. Maybe a tad underrated, so test drive and see how it fits. Lastly, if you reckon you can make do with a regular petrol car, give the SEAT Arona a glance. There are automatic versions.
Eddie: A 2017 hybrid has to be the Toyota C-HR. I don't see you benefiting much from it on your mileage but you'll love the car, so best of luck.