'I'm looking for a 2013 car with good boot space. Any suggestions?'
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 about to trade in a Toyota Corolla 2009 diesel with a dodgy gearbox. Looking for a 2013 car with good boot space. It has to be diesel because I do a lot of driving. Any suggestions?
Aidan and Eddie: There is such great value for money in saloons that we think you could capitalise upon.
Here's a round-up of key models:
The Avensis 2-litre diesel is a nice choice and it's something you will be familiar with. Look for a Luna model if possible.
The old model Skoda Superb has aged a bit now but it's still a fine car with loads of space. The 1.6-litre diesel model was most popular but the 2-litre might suit you better.
The Mondeo 2-litre diesel is a good long-distance cruiser and the bigger engine was almost always kitted in Zetec or Titanium trim so you will be treated to nice specification.
The Volkswagen Passat is an obviously sensible choice. Again, we prefer the 2-litre for your long distances. Comfortline models were most common until the new model arrived in 2015.
The Peugeot 508 is underrated, especially as an estate. The 508 SW (estate) in Allure trim is lovely.
Finally, the Opel Insignia is finding the going a little tough in the market so you will pick up a nice SC model for decent money.
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