Motoring Advice: What do you think of the Toyota or Hyundai crossovers?
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 drive a Qashqai 1.6 SV (161-reg) with 30,000kms. From day one, I have disliked the gearshift. It feels like I'm constantly changing gears, going right down through them when cornering or slowing down at roundabouts. I drove Mondeos for years and just loved their gear shift. I'm in my early sixties and it's usually just myself and possibly one passenger. I like a high driving position, quick pick-up in speed, nippy, powerful, with safety pack, sensors, cruise control etc. I was considering a hybrid crossover, but as my driving is mainly suburban or motorway, I wonder if hybrid would be suitable. What do you think of the Toyota or Hyundai crossovers? I have €10k along with my trade-in.
Aidan: You cover 15,000km a year but the bulk of that is open-road stretches and motorway. You can go for diesel again but I think hybrids are worth a look. Look at the Toyota C-HR hybrid (you get automatic transmission). It's good to drive, too. Kia has its Niro hybrid which is under-rated. Both the C-HR and Niro will be a little smaller than your Qashqai but not by enough to concern you. You might just be able to stretch into a new Peugeot 3008 SUV 1.6-litre diesel Active auto.
Eddie: I'd keep it simple: buy the Toyota C-HR hybrid. You get frugal, automatic and smooth.
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