Saturday 25 May 2019

We'd like one crossover/SUV and one saloon, what would you advise?


Toyota Prius+
Toyota Prius+

Car-value expert Gillian Keogh teams up with Motoring Editor Eddie Cunningham to help you make the right choice with your next purchase. Gillian is Editor of a monthly guidebook on the values of used cars produced by the Motor Trade Publishers team. The team supplies a car-valuing service to the motor trade, insurance companies and finance houses.

My family and I are returning to Ireland in August and we need two cars. With kids (aged two and five) we need to pay attention to boot storage and fitting two car seats. Ideally we'd like one crossover/SUV and one saloon, compact or mid-size. We had thought about getting one new or one or two years old, and one around five years old to spread out the replacement cycle and change one car every five years or so. We expect mileage to be about 15km a year for the crossover/SUV and 12km a year for the smaller car. We have a 2011 Honda CR-V and 2011 Toyota Prius which we'll be selling before we move. A similar budget or quality of car would be good.

Gillian: I'm going to go with a five-year-old mid-size and three-year-old crossover first because this works best. A 131 Prius and 161 Kia Sportage will make the most of a family budget. Spec options on Prius are few but search for the Luxury at around €13k/14k here. Then look for an EX model Sportage, with a sunroof would be nice. This will set you back around €22k or €23k with still some of its seven-year warranty remaining. If you wanted to switch these to 161 Prius and 131 Sportage, the overall cost increases slightly but gets you into the newer Prius at a similar cost to the 161 Sportage. The 131 Sportage is the older model and will set you back €14k roughly, which is the top end of what you would expect to pay for the same year Prius.

Eddie: Why not go parallel with what you already have and buy a nearly new Honda CR-V and a four or five-year-old Prius? You know what you are dealing with, they are excellent cars and it minimises change for you.

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