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Looking for a large family car...

I'm looking for a family car and have two children under three.

I've had coupes (currently in an Audi A5) all my life so ideally I'd like to switch it up and get an SUV. I'm at a loss of what to get - I'd love the Volvo XC90 and can afford it, but the pragmatic side of me is telling me not waste a huge amount of money on a depreciating asset like that, no matter how great it is.

On the other end of the scale I think the Hyundai Santa Fe is a great looking car, but I can't stand the plasticky feeling of the interior and the ugly interior layout. Do you have any recommendations that would allow me to keep the luxury feel of my Audi, but not cost the earth like the Volvo?

Or... do I just compromise and get a 3-4-year-old Audi A6 Avant estate?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Rich K (Dublin) - Thu, 08 Feb 2018 22:11

Why is the 95hp Polo so much more?

I was thinking in buying a VW Polo. Since the 1.0 65hp and 75hp petrol models are fairly sluggish, it's the next one up I am interested in, the 1.0 95hp version. But the difference in price between the 75hp and 95hp model is a whopping €2,700 (€19,295 vs €21,995).

I checked the price in the UK and, sure enough, the differential between the same two models is under £900. What's going on here? How can Volkswagen justify the huge price difference in Ireland? I suspect it's to protect sales of the Golf, but then that argument should apply in the UK as well.

At any rate I won't be buying one now.


Filed under choosing new car - Asked by KEVIN Deehan (Dublln) - Wed, 31 Jan 2018 11:51

Is the diesel auto Kia Sportage good on fuel?

I now have a 1.2-litre petrol automatic 161 Nissan Qashqai and thinking at getting a 181 Kia Sportage 1.7-litre diesel auto. Will I be spending less on fuel?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Mark Crowley (Ennis) - Sun, 21 Jan 2018 22:39

What do you think of the 1.0-litre Octavia?

I'm considering buying a 2016 1.0 petrol Skoda Octavia, but my mechanic is sceptical about a small engine pulling a big car. Any advice?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Jan Crowley (Dublin) - Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:57

Nissan Qashqai or Skoda Karoq?

Hi there

I’m trying to decide between the Nissan Qashqai and the new Skoda Karoq. Any advice for me please?


Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Patrick Hogan (Galway ) - Mon, 08 Jan 2018 20:35

Should I swap my Nissan for a Mercedes?

Hi there,

Thinking of changing my car this year from a Nissan to possibly a Mercedes GLA or B-Class. Are they similar? Can you help me narrow down my decision; should I change or stick with Nissan?

Thanks in advance

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Mary Murphy (Clare ) - Mon, 08 Jan 2018 20:42

What to replace my Renault Scenic with?

I have an ageing Renault Scenic petrol automatic. Apart from poor mpg, it is brilliant - comfortable (I've fitted cruise control) with very good options for load carrying. What do I replace it with?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by John Wiloughby (Stroud) - Fri, 05 Jan 2018 16:29

I need a tiny car with a huge boot...

Hi guys, do you have any quick tips on a small enough hatch with a big boot? I need to use split seats to lock a road bike into the car. For security it needs to be in the car for a while. I can just about do it in a Hyundai i10, but it’s a real squeeze. I fold down the bigger seat split, push the passenger seat forward and in it goes but it’s very tricky. Hoping to do the same with something slightly bigger and easier! Tiny hatch with a shiny modern cockpit and a cavern for a boot anyone?



Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Richie Daly (Waterford) - Tue, 02 Jan 2018 09:55

Which SUV to replace my Audi with?

Hi, I have a 2013 Audi 2.0 TDI S line Black Edition quattro with only 21k miles on the clock. I only purchased as an import last summer and love it. It’s my first premium car and enjoy the feeling that brings.

However, recently, I am wondering whether it’s right for me. I’m 6’4” in height and find getting in and out of it's low height a bit of chore. I also use it as main family car for two tall toddlers (three and two) for crèche runs etc.   So space is quite tight. I’ve been considering replacing it with an SUV for the ride height, space, practicality and better fuel economy. Must be good to drive also. I would love to stay premium, but probably wouldn’t afford it in that category. Was looking at the Mazda CX-5 as a compromise or alternatively the new Peugeot 3008, Kia Sportage, Renault Kadjar or Nissan Qashqai. Annual mileage is roughly 10k km and budget is what I’d get for the Audi.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by Seamus Hadrill (Dublin) - Wed, 20 Dec 2017 13:43

What's the Fiesta's 1.1-litre engine like?

Please let me know is the Ford Fiesta 1.1-litre engine an EcoBoost unit, or how does it compare with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine?

Filed under choosing new car - Asked by EAMON Mcevoy (Dublin) - Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:08

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