Monday 21 October 2019

What car would you recommend for my €10,000 budget?


Hyundai i30N
Hyundai i30N

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.

I find myself without a car after my old one packed up. I have €10,000 of a budget (old car no value). I do 12,000km to 15,000km a year, mostly short journeys. I'm single but have a boyfriend and we socialise a good deal. He hasn't a car. What would you recommend?

Gillian: Will he be driving your car, so do I have to stay away from 'girlie' cars? Will he be a spouse soon, so do I have to go with Isofix options?

Here are three under €10,00 I hope suit you. A 2013 Seat Leon 1.2 Style, first of the new shape and most come with added spec. The 2012/2013 Hyundai i30 1.4, definitely sold better in diesel but the petrol is making a comeback. Spec is basic, but the look suits male and female drivers. Or a 2012/2013 Nissan Juke 1.6 SV.

Eddie: Great suggestions, Gillian. I'd buy a Mazda3 hatch or saloon petrol. Simple as that.

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