Tuesday 23 October 2018

Motoring Advice: What do you think of the Toyota or Hyundai crossovers?


Toyota C-HR
Toyota C-HR

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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