What 7-seater would you recommend?
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 would like to change our car soon. Budget (including trade-in) €20k, annual mileage 12k-15k. Ideally need a seven-seater. With the two children we are using the seven seats a bit now with their friends, and even our family, when they visit. Present car is a Peugeot 5008 with 100,000km on the clock. I would love either a VW Touran (seven-seater) or the new Peugeot 5008. Which is better? Is it best to try and sell my own car and then maybe look at importing from the UK? What about PCP?
Aidan: The PCP route opens more avenues, but ensure you learn as much as possible about the dynamic between your trade-in today, the amount of deposit it represents, the GMFV, and, as accurately as possible, the likely outcomes if recycling the deal for a new PCP at the end of the loan agreement. VW dealers and VW Bank are well-practised in this regard, so glean as much as you can from them.
The Touran is a great choice because the seating arrangement is very flexible, the ride is excellent and it has loads of intelligent storage spaces. It will be functional for your needs.
As for the 5008, you won't buy a brand new one with €20,000, so you need the same finance consideration. It's a brilliant machine and well-priced for what it offers. I won't bother pointing you in any other direction. Each of those is a great buy.
Eddie: I agree on choice, but I would not be inclined to sell privately and buy from the UK. I think that with a family car you need to be extra careful about previous ownership. I would definitely try Volkswagen and Peugeot dealers here to find the best deal. I'd just feel a bit more secure with one nearer home.