New baby due in August and I need a car to fit three baby seats in
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 need a bit of help. New baby due in August and need to change cars as we need something to fit three baby seats in. Plan on having the car for five years before we can afford to invest properly. We have €10k to spend with whatever trade-in we would get for our 09 Toyota Avensis. I think 92,000 km is low and the car is in really good condition but it obviously can't fit all the kids in. What do you suggest and where should I start looking? Our budget €10k plus €4k possible trade-in and we do 10,000km a year.
Aidan: There is a new Peugeot 5008 out, so expect to see stock of the old model freeing up. The 5008 started out quite a bit cheaper than many other MPVs and it represents value for money on the used market, too. Favour a low mileage, spotless Active model over run-of-the-mill Allure or Family versions. If you can get a clean Allure model then snap it up. Space is intelligently arranged in the Opel Zafira and equipment levels tend to be quite generous. You sound stretched but a reader recently recommended a Honda CR-V for carrying three children across the back row. If you can find another few quid, you will have a very attractive SUV with Honda's CR-V.
Eddie: You need to think big now, not five years down the road. Those children, bless them, will grow quickly and so will all the stuff you need to carry with them. The Peugeot 5008 is a good option. I would also say to take a look at the Citroen C4 Picasso with its three seats across the back. It's popular and there are plenty of them out there. The Opel Zafira Tourer is a real option.
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