Saturday 23 November 2019

Is the Skoda Fabia estate a sensible choice for my family?


Spacious... the new Fabia estate has loads more headroom
Spacious... the new Fabia estate has loads more headroom

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'.

My 11-year-old Ford S-Max with 260,000 kms overheated recently. I have decided to maybe buy something new for the first time in my life. My wife passed away late last year, and we have two small children. We bought the S-Max because we sometimes bring wider family members on trips. My strategy would be to buy a new, smaller family car with as much space and spec as possible for my budget of €20 to 25k. I only do about 10,000 miles a year, so it would be a petrol or hybrid engine.

Skoda are offering 0% PCP on the Fabia estate. Would this be a sensible choice, and what other options might I consider? I would also be interested in resale value in three years' time, because I would probably stick with new cars from now on.

Aidan and Eddie: Our sincere condolences on your loss. Being a supermini estate, the Skoda Fabia Combi is quite a peculiar class of vehicle, but it's an entirely sensible choice for you. We can't poke a hole in the theory that it will suit you, either.

Other choices include the Toyota Auris Tourer Hybrid and the Skoda Octavia Combi, so if you find the Fabia Combi requires you to sacrifice more space than you are comfortable with, certainly explore those options. They will be a bit more expensive, but seeing as you are considering the PCP route, your budget is somewhat flexible, depending on APR and GMFVs (guaranteed minimum future values).

Being a hybrid, the Toyota Auris Tourer gives you an automatic transmission, and it is suited to your annual mileage. Even with a petrol engine, the Octavia Combi is in rude health, and Dublin dealers especially are seeing an increase in demand for this vehicle.

On paper and in money terms, the Fabia Combi ticks a lot of your boxes, so start there and work upwards if you feel the need.

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