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