Sunday 25 March 2018

Motoring Advice: I want a more accessible automatic car


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'

For health reasons I need to change to a vehicle that is easier for me to get in and out of without having to lift myself up into. It must also be an automatic. I'm 37. Here are my details: Budget is €30-€35, trade-in worth €15k; annual mileage 21,000km; need similar to current car. Currently driving 141 1.6 TDI DSG Golf with 87,000km on it.

Aidan: Most cars are growing in height to cater for the increased demand for SUVs. However, you require something which means you do not have to lift yourself to sit into it. You might have to shop around to find the right fit. Maybe you are faced with going a little lower than the Golf and that means buying a supermini. Your mileage and needs might go against you when you trade the smaller diesel, so before you consider such a change, look at the Volvo V40 D2 Momentum Edition automatic. Its height is lower than some rivals. The same might be true of the Mercedes A-Class. If you ultimately must go smaller, then go for a Skoda Fabia 1.4 TDi Style DSG, but try to stick to the bigger car if you can.

Eddie: I think you need to feel and fit our prospective buys to be absolutely sure they suit you. They might appeal to you on paper but that doesn't always translate. Watch for distance between seat height/driving position and roof line. My two suggestions would be the Toyota Auris hybrid and Volvo V40 automatic.

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