Motoring Advice: I want a recommendation for a larger sized vehicle for a family of five
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 want a recommendation for a larger sized vehicle for a family of five. My search options are as follows: used car, two adults, three children (6 to 11). Generally, we have bought at the higher end of the market and retained for 10 years. We have high annual mileage. Rural and inter-county driving, Kerry to Limerick. No charging stations available. Both parents working, so reliability is important. Style is important but not stand-out. Budget is €30k, plus or minus 10pc. We have our eyes on a Mercedes E-Class, but currently drive a 10yr-old BMW 520. We never wanted a people carrier and can't see an SUV big enough, stylish enough or efficient enough. Are there any market developments or releases we should research?
Aidan: Consider a Skoda Superb Combi 2-litre diesel 150bhp Ambition or Style model (depending on availability and budget) with a DSG automatic gearbox. If you are as happy with a manual transmission, then you should have better choice. You should go damn close to getting a nice 2017-plate model.
Alternatively, opt for a 2017-plate Mazda6 2.2-litre diesel Executive SE Tourer. For me, it's a simple case of choosing which of those two you prefer.
Eddie: The Skoda Superb Combi ticks most of boxes for you, except the "higher end of market" bit. I'm not sure how important that is for you, but I'd put practicality first here at this stage of your family's transport needs. You should get a really fresh Superb for your sort of money. I'm not encouraging you to overstretch but a few grand more would get you a brand new 181-reg. The Merc is a lovely car - I'm a fan - but the Skoda gives you far more scope for your family.
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