Thursday 13 December 2018

I'd like to buy an SUV with a budget of €30k-€45k. Any recommendations?


Audi A5 Coupe rear
Audi A5 Coupe rear

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 drive a 2010 Audi A5 S line coupe (60k). Love the car but with a toddler and a baby it is becoming difficult to manage. I'd like an SUV; I intend to keep it for 5-10 years but don't know what to get. Ideally it should have a big boot for buggies, sports gear; 7 seats not a deal-breaker, and a little bit of a luxury feel. Mileage well under 15k/year. The Volvo XC 90 ticks many boxes but I can't bring myself to spend that type of money. The Hyundai Santa Fe has great looks but the interior is lacking. I would consider a budget of €30k-€45k and PCP as a cheaper finance option.

Aidan: Try the Peugeot 5008-SUV or Skoda Kodiaq. You can get petrol versions of both. The Peugeot's interior is impressive and perhaps more futureproofed owing to its all-digital display. The Kodiaq has space, height, looks and refinement.

If you plan on keeping the car longer than 3 years, consider a longer-term personal loan.

Eddie: Also try the KIA Sorento top spec 7-seater. I disagree with you on the Santa Fé. Higher spec interior looks well.

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