Wednesday 29 January 2020

'I'd like to see Google maps on the dash. What car would you recommend?'


Enjoyable: Volvo XC40
Enjoyable: Volvo XC40

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 drive an Avensis diesel (320,000km) but my high-mileage driving may be changing. I need a car that's higher off the road. I prefer Google maps to built-in satnav so would like to be able to see that on dash or elsewhere. Comfort is the big thing. There is only myself and my wife with occasional other passenger(s). Budget €30,000 to €40,000. I've looked at the Volvo XC40, Audi Q3, Q5, A4, A6 and Mercedes.

Gillian: The A4 and A6 would be a similar height, so I'll leave them out. The XC40 is excellent; no concerns about its resale value. As it comes with Apple CarPlay you can use Google maps from your phone. Your top-end budget of €40k will get you into the lower end of the spec range - still pretty good: a D3 Momentum FWD. If your mileage suits a petrol, go for a T3 R-Design for similar money. If you're looking for something a bit bigger, the Q3 would be good.

Eddie: I like the XC40 and Q3 but really think you should also look at a top-end spec Toyota C-HR - really smart car and a nice height. You are spoilt for choice but if pushed I'd opt for the XC40.

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