Monday 14 October 2019

'I'm driving a Mercedes coupe but need to change it for more space. What do you recommend?'


Convivial: the Mazda CX-5
Convivial: the Mazda CX-5

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 am driving a Mercedes C220d Coupe AMG spec automatic. I do love it but need an extra bit of space. I now need four doors. My yearly mileage is about 40,000km. I have had a change of car up to this point about every 18 months. My husband is advising an SUV because it's national roads I travel and he feels it will handle both the weather conditions and terrain better. I sat into the Volvo XC60 the other day with the intention of taking it overnight, but I hated it so turned around on forecourt and dropped the keys back. My car is a 172 reg. Please advise.

Aidan: I think you should reconsider the cost/benefit of working an extra shift to pay for a car. You have a lovely motor, but it's a bit fresh as used cars go. It's probably got more mileage than average, so you might end up taking a bit of pain with depreciation if you drop back into a mass-market brand. Is there a lot of outstanding finance on the car? It's almost impossible to advise you if you can't clear the finance easily. If you can, then I suggest you do so and opt for something like a Mazda CX-5 or Honda CR-V. Premium brands will require a bigger budget and that means more work. Tough decisions for you, but for me it's easy. Buy a more financially manageable car and enjoy some spare time.

Eddie: I'm surprised by your reaction to the Volvo XC60. I like the Mazda CX-5 and I think the KIA Sportage might fit you well, as would a well-specced Hyundai Tucson and any one of many compact SUVs out there. However, I think you should consider a saloon too because I sense a lot of driving will be with just you on board. So, I'd look at a well-equipped Volkswagen Passat or Mazda6. Much nicer drives.

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