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'm am looking to change from our four-seater 2010 Ford Galaxy. We have four children (aged three to seven). The Galaxy has been fantastic in terms of space, practicality and reliability, but now we are past the baby stage my wife would like something a bit more stylish. Our budget is €18k to €23k with annual mileage greater than 15,000km. We are not looking to buy brand new so are happy to concede the age of the car to accommodate our budget. Or if you felt pushing the budget would help, there is wriggle room. I know there are not many options that will match what my wife would like, but it would be nice to surprise her.
Aidan and Eddie: The worst thing you can do is change for change's sake. If you think having a big MPV is a pain, can you imagine having something that looks nice but isn't at all functional?
Stick with the big, practical MPVs for your next purchase and let the market release and sell more of the stuff like Skoda Kodiaqs and Peugeot 5008 SUVs. In a few years you will be able to buy a nice used one without stretching your budget.
So, it's another Galaxy for us. Your children aren't going to get any smaller and with space it is always better to be looking at it rather than for it.
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