Sunday 19 January 2020

'I am a disabled driver and need a 7-seater SUV. What would you recommend?'


Peugeot 5008
Peugeot 5008

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.

I am a disabled driver and with an automatic diesel 131 Hyundai i40 (I don't require any modifications apart from the automatic). I have three children and put up serious mileage. While we love the Hyundai, it doesn't allow us take any additional passengers. And with my kids getting older, we need a 7-seater. I detest the standard 7-seater stereotype so have been looking at models like the Tucson, Peugeot 3008 and Mitsubishi. I reckon our Hyundai would fetch about €16k because it's business class. All in, by the time I trade in and take account of the VRT I get back, I usually end up having to put around €10k towards a new car but I'm open to secondhand as well. On another point, can anyone explain why car garages only open a half day on a Saturday?

Gillian: I think you are overestimating your i40's value. I will work with a total budget of around €20k to €25k. So here's a few: Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 dsl Executive Auto: you'll have to stick with the same year but you'll have plenty of space. Nissan X-Trail 1.6 Dsl SV Auto: these came into the market mid-14 so you could find a 142 for around €22k; a 15-reg would be a great buy for another €3k. A 2017, last of the old model, Peugeot 5008 would also suit, but if I have underestimated your budget, I would recommend looking at the new 5008. On the garages question, work-life balance I think is the reason for Saturday afternoon closure. And I hope it stays. People browse during the week and physically shop until Saturday lunchtime or thereabouts.

Eddie: I suggest you buy as fresh a KIA Sorento 7-seater as you can. Totally underrated proper 7-seater SUV. It's well up to serious mileage and value for money.

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