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Hybrid SUV? Update estate? Tucson change; Bigger car; Merc hybrid import?

I am looking for recommendation on that automobile to buy next. we have a 2008 Nissan Qashqai diesel that has some-more than 250,000km. we am penetrating to hang to an SUV though am wondering if we should pierce towards hybrid with all a speak of CO taxes entrance down a line. All a hybrid SUVs seem new and so are expensive. We could substantially compensate €25k between savings, financial and trade-in. we unequivocally like a Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson, though they are diesel. At a impulse we am not commuting, though we design to be travelling to Dublin in a entrance months about 3 times a week (300km a week), so we need something with low mileage.

Gillian: Your new mileage will be glorious for a hybrid though would still lay fine into a diesel territory. There is a lot of speak around hybrid now, though there is also a bit of hype around a lapse of petrol sales. You are propitious to tumble into all categories, so here are my suggestions for one of any to cruise with your budget

Hybrid: 2017 Toyota CH-R 1.8 Hybrid Luna. The Luna Sport spec would be nicer, though it will put we over-budget. It looks well, drives good and won’t see we wrong when we go to resell. It’s a tip seller for Toyota, and righteously so.

Diesel: Kia Sportage 1.7 Dsl. A 2017 is probable in budget, though it will be a simple EX spec. I’d advise going for a 161/162 GSE spec. The Hyundai Tucson 1.7 Dsl is flattering most a same story here (look for Executive). It’s only down to personal welfare of a expostulate and a seven-year guaranty is tough to spin down.

Petrol: Nissan Qashqai 1.2. Why not keep some of those assets or revoke your financial and hang with what we know and we am certain loved? The 1.2 SV or an even improved specced SV Premium won’t vanquish your slot and is doing good in a marketplace right now.

Eddie: Spot on, Gillian. we totally determine with your choices. I’d substantially supplement holding a demeanour during a one-year-old SEAT Ateca (diesel or petrol) – for value – and a Peugeot 3008 (one-year-old) for perfect difficulty in a cabin.

I expostulate a 00 Focus estate, that we bought from new. It has 250,000 miles (yes miles) on a clock. It has never let me down and recently upheld a NCT. It even includes a operative cassette player. we expostulate 12,000 miles/year (round outing for work is all motorway). Family are reared, so it’s fundamentally my car. The estate has matched me over a years (DIY, bikes, gardening) etc and it still suits my lifestyle. we have a bill (if required) of €15,000. we tend to keep cars for a prolonged haul, so as new as possible. I’d conclude any suggestions.

Gillian: Why not hang with a Focus estate and opt for a 1.6 diesel though in a Titanium spec? It’s a whole new figure to your stream indication and, well, it’s a Ford. You can keep it for as prolonged as we like, and we shouldn’t have any issues.

Your bill should get we into a 2015 plate, though we competence find it formidable to find one, so we competence need to go behind to a 141/142 model. As we are looking to keep your new engine for another good stint, a change competence be nice.

Alternatively, given not take a expostulate in a Skoda Octavia 1.6 Dsl Ambition estate? Your bill will get we into a 14 and maybe even into an Elegance/Style indication that would give we additional pushing pleasure for your time spent on a road.

A Kia cee’d 1.6 Dsl EX estate would be good too and will move we adult to 2015. This indication sole good in a estate physique and I’ve no doubt we will find one to suit.

Eddie: I’d go along with all those. Sticking with Ford is a apparent thing to do. I’m wakeful of your enterprise for arguable longevity so also demeanour for a (scarce) Toyota Auris estate (132-reg possible). I’m not certain we need diesel though there aren’t many petrols that would fit your lifestyle and budget.

I have a two-year-old Hyundai Tucson that we love. However, we am apropos some-more meddlesome in a e-motor side of things. we can't move myself to demeanour during a Nissan Leaf or Toyota Prius, given they are not what we like. If we could advise on a SUV identical sized automobile with e-capabilities, we would conclude it. Willing to spend €20k subsequent year (with trade-in). Anything accessible in this difficulty in that cost range? Current automobile 1.6 petrol, 161, Hyundai Tucson. Annual mileage 15k-20k max.

Gillian: If we are looking for a entirely electric SUV within that budget, there is 0 accessible nonetheless that we can consider of.

It is still early days for electric vehicles, though a new Nissan Leaf and Toyota Prius are both glorious buys.

We all have a preferences and we do wish we have left to see a New Leaf and aren’t basing your dislike of it on a comparison model. The new indication has a lot some-more character and a improvements are massive.

This unequivocally leaves us with a center ground, happy place of a plug-in hybrid. I’d advise we demeanour during a Kia Niro. While not utterly a same distance SUV as a Tucson, it is a compress crossover that looks well. When VRT and SEAI grants are deducted it works out during €30,995.

Eddie: Definitely hybrid/plug-in domain on your bill and mileage. The Niro plug-in is a good choice, so is a Toyota C-HR hybrid. But saying as we are not shopping until subsequent year, how about watchful to demeanour during a new Honda CR-V hybrid after this year? It’s bigger than a others mentioned and promises a lot.

Finally, one ‘pure’ electric that gets ignored is a Volkswagen e-Golf, which, during around €33,000, is unequivocally value considering. Lovely expostulate and it’s only about picturesque for your mileage. Worth meditative about it.

I’m on a demeanour out for a bigger car. we have a 161 Opel Astra Sri diesel primer with scarcely 45,000km. It’s in good condition and I’ve had it given new. we went to a BMW garage (I’m meditative of an X1). we was repelled to be offering €11,500 for my car. Am we being ripped off? The X1 was entrance it during €42k for a 182 petrol manual. we haven’t looked anywhere else given a startle of €11,500. Any recommendation most appreciated

Gillian: If we are looking to buy a X1 new, I’d advise offered your stream automobile secretly to revoke a detriment from what we paid only dual years ago. It wouldn’t have been a dealer’s meditative to slice we off, though we advise you’d get a improved lapse offered secretly and anticipating to get somewhere around a €13,000-€13,500 mark.

There will be a customer for it and we can afterwards do a improved understanding we am certain on a X1 with 0 to trade in.

If a Astra does take a small time to shift, we competence need to set your sights on a 191, though certain that’s not unequivocally something to protest about.

Eddie: The X1 isn’t most bigger/roomier than your Astra. It competence demeanour taller and all that, though it’s not going to give we most additional space. Be wakeful of that.

If we don’t wish to sell privately, try an Opel dealer. They are some-more expected to give we a few euro additional for your Astra. You can representation it opposite a Mokka X or Grandland X crossover (great room). Also – if we are vigilant on shopping posh, demeanour during a glorious Audi Q2 or a incomparable Q3.

My bill is about €25k and whatever we get for my 3008 (85,000 miles, 2010). we would like a Mercedes and a hybrid so have been looking during a 3 to four-year-old e250 or e300 hybrid in a UK. we have been surfing a net and regulating a VRT online calculator and it seems achievable. Any pitfalls we need to consider about? Are those Mercedes models reliable?

Gillian: we would customarily bashful divided from suggesting importing secretly as a lot of a dealers are happy to do a tough work and source a best ones for their home dirt customers. However, a E250 and E300 were never sole in large numbers in Ireland so sourcing in a UK is substantially a approach to go. It’s a Mercedes, it’s an E-Class, it’s reliable. I’d have 0 concerns and, in fact, we enviousness you. A pleasing automobile and a large step adult from your stream model. Best of luck.

Eddie: we don’t like possibly of those Merc versions, to be frank. They feel old, clunky and are not a patch on newer generations of hybrids. I’d advise we not to buy one here (scarce anyway) or in a UK. we advise a sincerely uninformed Mitsubishi PHEV, from here or abroad.

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