Is there anything on the market 2014-plus that has the option of popping up two seats in the boot?
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'
We're Dublin-based, drive mainly at weekends (although in winter we drop the children to school). Currently we have a 2008 Toyota Avensis (petrol, 1.6-litre), which is fine, but we now need to have the option of fitting an extra two people in the car (on occasion).
People carriers seem massive, plus anything recent seems to be diesel, which is not an option.
Is there anything on the market 2014-plus, petrol/hybrid, €15k/€23k (including trade in) that has the option of popping up two seats in the boot?
It sounds to me as though accommodating another two people will be an isolated occurrence over short journeys.
If that is the case, then opt for the Toyota Prius+. It's a regular Prius with two additional seats, though both are quite small and primarily for younger children.
Still, you get a hybrid and some added functionality with the rearmost seats folded flat and it would be a shame to be forced into a larger, diesel car that is only relevant on a handful of occasions.
If you discover you need something bigger, opt for a Citroen C4 Grand Picasso.
It starts out a good bit cheaper than its rivals, so your money will go a long way in a used one.
Petrols/hybrids in your price range are scarce, as Aidan's limited choices show (and if he can't find others, no one else will).
I wonder if you could set aside your 'diesel not an option' rule for a minute?
I don't think you would find the Opel Zafira Tourer seven-seat MPV to be too large. It never felt bulky or awkward any time I drove it. But it's a diesel.
It has tremendous seat flexibility and is not everyone's cup of tea, but it is overlooked so often.
There should be a 151-reg well within your reach. Still against diesel? Then follow Aidan's advice.
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