Tuesday 22 January 2019

What small Crossover would you recommend?


Mercedes V-Class
Mercedes V-Class

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 am going to change in July and I want a small Crossover - suits my back and my father's. I am single, 45 and have a 10-year-old Mondeo. What would you recommend on a €25,000-plus budget?

Aidan: The SEAT Arona is a particularly smart little SUV. It's keenly priced and kitted. You will have change from your budget. You can get petrol or diesel versions depending on your needs, but look at the 1-litre petrol Xcellence model in particular. The SEAT Ateca is bigger but I am not sure you need something that substantial, despite driving a Mondeo. What about hybrid? The Kia Niro is an interesting car, and it covers your brief. There is also the Toyota C-HR, which is a little more than your baseline budget, but it's tall, roomy, frugal, cheap to run and reliable.

Eddie: I get the impression you want a small hatch-like crossover, so I'd also try the Volkswagen T-Roc, the Hyundai Kona and the KIA Stonic. All have that extra bit of height but don't look tall and imposing. It's petrol all the way.

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