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Toyota Avensis or Mazda CX-5?

I am driving approx 52k yearly in a 1.6-litre diesel 161 VW Passat with 125,000km on the clock. Thinking of changing to a 171 Mazda CX-5 2.2 with 62,000km or a 161 Toyota Avensis 2.0-litre with 98,000km. Which is the better option or is there another I should be looking at?


Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Mags Smith (CARRICK-ON-SHANNON) - Sat, 27 Jun 2020 21:17

What to buy with up to €12,000 to spend?

Looking for model recommendations for a used car. My requirements: automatic, cruise control, air conditioning, 1.6-2.0-litre, €10,000-12,000 available.

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by David Murphy (Dundalk) - Wed, 03 Jun 2020 13:15

Looking for used electric or hybrid SUV...


I am in the market for second hand car and would like to buy a small hybrid or electric SUV; what would you suggest? I am very confused as there are so many different cars out there now. I have been looking at the CH-R and Kona Electric, but think they are overpriced. Do you think now is a good time to buy or should I wait?

Catherine, Dublin

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by CATHERINE OCONNOR (DALKEY) - Sat, 06 Jun 2020 15:10

Used Avensis or Passat for 25k a year?

I do on average 25,000km a year. Live in the country. I have a choice between 142 1.6 Volkswagen Passat (246,000km, €8,800), 142 1.6 VW Passat (180,000km, €9,500), 131 2.0 Toyota Avensis (198,000km €8,950) or 2012 2.0 Avensis (146,000km €8,000).

Advice welcome

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by James McDonagh (Curry) - Sat, 06 Jun 2020 23:16

Should I change my Kia Ceed?

I have a 2007 Kia Ceed 1.4 petrol with 250,000km on clock. It has been great and reliable. Thinking about time to change. Daily mileage to and from work 60km. Thinking of Kia Rio diesel or petrol, new or second hand 2016-18. Any thoughts or advice or maybe hold on to Ceed until the end of its life?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Laurie Healy (Dublin) - Sun, 17 May 2020 17:36

What is the 2013 Honda Civic diesel like?

What is the 2013 Honda Civic i-DTEC like?

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by FRANCIS GANNON (COUNTY MEATH) - Tue, 19 May 2020 18:47

Used Passat or Skoda Octavia diesel?

I'm debating between a 152 VW Passat Trendline BlueMotion Technology with 133,000km and a 2016 Skoda Octavia 1.6 TDI Ambition DSG model with 80,000km on the clock. Any feeback would be great.



Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Shane Egan (Galway) - Tue, 12 Mar 2019 23:31

Would you buy 2015 Audi A6 or BMW 5 Series?

Which would you buy an Audi A6 S line or BMW 520d? Cars are both 2015 models.

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Robert Turner (Dublin) - Thu, 23 May 2019 13:06

Where to buy a used Nissan Qashqai?

I'm looking to buy a used Nissan Qashqai automatic car in the next year (three or four years old). I've been looking on Carzone, etc. and I can't find many stock from the dealers. Are there any auto dealers in Dublin or the Leinster area that would definitely be worth a visit? Also, is it worth importing from Northern Ireland and saving the money? If yes, please provide any dealers in NI too. I've very poor knowledge in searching for cars.


Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Striker10 Striker10 (Castleknock) - Mon, 25 Nov 2019 11:38

Diesel Avensis or petrol Corolla?

Hi there,

I’ve had a 1.4 petrol, three-door 2000 Toyota Corolla for years, but I need to change it and I’m looking at a 1.4 petrol five-door 2010 Toyota Corolla or a 2.0 diesel five-door 2011 Toyota Avensis. They're similar mileage with the Avensis slightly more expensive, but the tax is more on the Corolla. I don’t do a lot of mileage but my husband commutes and could take my car occasionally.

Filed under choosing used car - Asked by Denise Murphy (Rhode) - Sat, 14 Mar 2020 09:04

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