Life Motoring

Wednesday 19 December 2018

'We’ve just had a baby and need something more practical with four doors'

Kia cee'd GT line
Kia cee'd GT line

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.

We’ve just had a baby and need to upgrade our 2013 2dr Opel Astra GTC to something more practical with four doors. It needs to also have a decent-sized boot but can’t be too long as our driveway is small. While practicality is important so is style and something nice to drive with a bit of punch. I don’t want a typical ‘soccer mom’ car. Our budget is €15k including trade-in. Annual mileage is approx 15,000km.

Gillian: I love the Astra GTC and anything that has a coupé look. You sound like me when I had my first child – when I went from a Toyota Celica to a Seat Leon. I have two kids now and still fancy the same style of motor; something with punch, sporty looks but has doors at the back and a good size boot. So here are my favourites:

* New model Kia cee’d. Your budget will just about get you a 2016 1.4 diesel but if you could stretch a little more, try the 1.0 GT Line.

* Honda Civic 1.4 Sport in a 151/152 sounds good for you and boot space is excellent for carrying supplies for a new baby. Hard not to suggest and Audi A3 saloon too. You would be looking at a 2014 so not coming up a lot from your current model, but certainly not a mom car and might be just what you deserve.

Eddie: Buy an Astra with four passenger doors. It’s one of the most underrated cars on the market. Not the roomiest, but nice and handy sized and every bit as punchy as the ones Gillian espouses (excellent choices all). One reason I suggest Astra is you should get a better deal on yours at an Opel garage than at a rival outlet. Makes sense.

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