I'm looking for an SUV or crossover and have a budget of €24,000
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'm looking for an SUV or crossover. I drive a Nissan Micra (2011, 170,000km), which is spacious apart from the boot - I cannot fit my child's buggy in it without removing the wheels. I currently have a rear-facing car seat that doesn't seem to impact on the front passenger leg room at all. However, I am due another baby so will need another car seat which will also be rear facing and I can't afford to lose any space on the driver's side as I have fairly long legs. I also would like the option of fitting a third car seat down the line. I have been looking at the Audi Q5 and Honda CR-V, but they are way over budget for me. I would make a guess that the likes of the Hyundai Kona and Seat Arona would be too small. I really would also like a reversing camera and multimedia system with Bluetooth, but I know that might be asking a bit much. I am prepared to go back a few years but preferably something newer than 2011. Budget €20-€24k, 30,000km/year. Five seats, preferably SUV for extra height but also would like boot space.
Gillian: You have lots of choice with your budget including an Audi Q5 and Honda CR-V. A reversing camera and Bluetooth system is totally do-able, it will just require a little more shopping around, but most new buyers opt for high spec these days. Sticking with larger SUVs, here are my suggestions. Audi Q5: You will pick up an 11 or 12 SE 143bhp within budget, maybe even a S-Line if your lucky. Honda CR-V 1.6 dsl ES models are scarce but within budget for a 14/15 plate. Hyundai Santa Fe: 2.2 Dsl Comfort would be suitable. Look for well minded 14/15. Mazda CX-5: Spec should be good, an Executive SE 2015/16 should fit in budget and if you stick with a 15-reg you could find a nice Platinum with leather.
Eddie: On your mileage I'm thinking as fresh a diesel KIA Sportage as you can find (bit of seven-year warranty left) or Hyundai Tucson/ix35 (five years unlimited). These are roomy and easy to drive but your priority has to be finding one with low mileage. Otherwise you'll be into serious figures in no time.
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