Motoring Advice: Should I buy the Honda H-RV1.5 petrol or the Mazda CX3 2.0 petrol?
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'
My mum reads your column all the time and has told me to contact you about buying a new car. I have a 1.6-litre diesel Honda Civic. It is a 151-reg and my approx mileage is 10k-11k/year. It is a tad low to the ground getting into and out of. I am not getting any younger and neither is my mum, who I carry in my vehicle quite often. I am looking to spend, including trade-in, €25k-€28k. I have been looking at the Honda H-RV1.5 petrol and the Mazda CX3 2.0 petrol. I like the extras — ie executive class. Size-wise, it’s only me now and of course my mum on occasion.
Aidan: Mothers always know best. I think you have nailed it with the Honda HR-V and, furthermore, I think it will really suit you and your mam. The upper end of your budget should buy you a brand-new ES model, but you can thrash that out with your dealer. Just be certain that the dimensions are spot-on before doing the deal. Also, you are moving from diesel to petrol. Make sure you are making that jump for legitimate reasons.
If you are not covering enough mileage to justify having a diesel (roughly upwards of 20,000km) and the nature of your driving is short journeys, then petrol is the way to go.
Eddie: For the second time today, I’m suggesting someone gets a Honda HR-V. It’s made for you. Say hello to mum.
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