'I think I'm looking for a car that doesn't exist - economical with a bit of height and boot space' - Ask the experts
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 currently have an 04-reg, 1.4-litre Mk5 petrol Golf. Due to a number of issues (fuel pump, temperamental locks that even VW couldn't fix), I'm upgrading. My daily commute is roughly 90km, so I'm upgrading to a diesel because I'm currently spending about €350 a month on petrol. My budget is around €10 to €12k, and it's usually only myself in the car. At the moment, I think I'm looking for a car that doesn't exist - economical with a bit of height and boot space. My hobby means I'm often driving down roads full of potholes or through fields, and more often than not I have a muddy dog with me. I have test-driven a few - Tiguan, Kuga, Rav4 - but I can't seem to find anything that says 'buy me' except for the Volvo S40 and S60 R-design (which are lacking the height and boot space!). Any suggestions on where to look next?
Aidan: Perhaps the Tiguan, Kuga and Rav4 you drove weren't of a high enough standard. They are all excellent cars, so maybe you need to scour the market some more. They are in strong demand, so you need to be vigilant with checking online.
The Volvos are lovely but impractical. This is tough because some models are ideal in theory, but are either scarce (Subaru Forester, Mitsubishi Outlander, Volvo V60) or at this budget have astronomical mileage.
Like with so many other buyers, a Skoda Octavia Combi ticks most of your boxes.
Eddie: I'd suggest a long look at the Subaru Forester and Mitsubishi Outlander. However, it will come down to you cutting your cloth according to what you can realistically get on the market. My pick would be the Forester, but they are scarce.