Thursday 23 May 2019

I am considering buying a Merc GLA or BMW 2-series Active Tourer. Should I instead go with a Prius?


BMW Active Tourer
BMW Active Tourer

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 have a Hyundai i30, 131-reg. It had 12,000km when I bought it in 2014 and now has 86,000km. I have a budget of €30,000 including the Hyundai, which was valued recently at €6,000. I am considering buying a Merc GLA or BMW 2-series Active Tourer. My mileage will drop to about 10,000km/year. I would expect to get seven to 10 years from such a car. But in seven to 10 years I probably won't be able to give a diesel away as most will be EV or hybrid. Should I instead go with a Prius?

Gillian: There is a lot of talk around hybrids right now but if you want to buy a GLA or 2 series, then buy a GLA or 2-series. These are desirable cars and will always have a following. Your €30k will get you into a 17-reg BMW 218d Active Tourer SE Auto or a 17 GLA 180d Urban Auto. If you want to go hybrid, the Prius will suit, but don't rule out other luxury brands like a Lexus IS 300h S-Design.

Eddie: On that mileage there is a hugely strong case for hybrid. I don't think you should bother with diesel - you won't get the benefit of its low fuel consumption. If you follow Gillian's excellent advice, stick with petrol or hybrid. Me? I'd add the Hyundai IONIQ hybrid, seeing as you are trading a Hyundai. A really smart buy too would be the Toyota C-HR hybrid crossover. Room, good residual values and great to look at.

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