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Monday 20 May 2019

'I'm a mother of two girls and I would like to buy a SUV'


Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai Tucson

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'm a mother of two girls (aged 10, 13). I would like to buy a SUV similar to a RAV4, Tucson or Qashqai. I cover around 15,000km a year and believe hybrid is the way to go. I currently drive an automatic 2010 Jetta and would like to trade in for a 161-reg automatic. I have a budget of €18,000 in addition to the trade-in. Any ideas of what I could afford?

Gillian and Eddie: If you want a hybrid, then Tucson and Qashqai are out (only available as petrol or diesel). RAV4 hybrid (Jan 2016) and 161 Luna Sport model is sitting around €26,000, which won't fit your budget. We're not sure of your total budget, so we reckon you'd do well to go for a petrol Qashqai 1.2. A 171 SV or 161/162 SV Premium would fit with your mileage.

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