Friday 22 February 2019

I have €15,000 to spend - what SUV should I go for?


Peugeot 3008
Peugeot 3008

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'

I have a 2012 VW Tiguan diesel (50,000 miles). I'm thinking of changing to a petrol SUV with a 1.4 engine. My annual mileage is under 10,000 and I have €15,000 to spend plus trade-in value. Do a good deal of motorway travel in the summer. What would you suggest? It has to be an SUV.

Aidan: Don't be too hung up on getting a 1.4-litre engine. Some of the current crop of 1.2 turbo petrol engines are lively enough.

You might need to stretch you budget a teeny bit more to get into a brand new car, but there should be a few 2017-plate Peugeot 3008 SUVs around.

It's a Fantastic car. Brilliant interior with loads of digital displays that are customisable but not unfathomable. Loads of room and respectable fuel efficiency. I was impressed when I drove it.

Used SEAT Atecas will be a little thin on the ground, but the 1.4-litre petrol model is worth pursuing. You will most likely end up in an SE version.

Again, the engine is top class for refinement. The Qashqai is always a decent bet with its 1.2-litre engine, and SV models are handsomely shod. Good value for money.

If you don't need an SUV as big as those, then look at the Toyota's hybrid C-HR. It has brilliant fuel economy, it great looks, comes with decent kit and it will likely be fancied when you trade it back in again.

Eddie: SEAT Ateca if you can get one. Lovely petrol engine.

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