LOOKING FOR PRE-LOVED? TRY THESE AT ABOUT $20,000
THOSE who most need a seven-seater often can’t afford to buy a new one.
The used car lots are littered with secondhand people-movers as families trade-up to a new model or trade-in for a smaller vehicle as the kids grow up. With a $20,000 budget it is possible to buy some serious real estate with plenty of life left under the bonnet.
The stand-out SUV buy is the Ford Territory. They may not be making them anymore but the seven-seater remains one of the best-handling people-movers and gets over a gravel road better than most sedans. A 2010 TS variant with 100,000km on the clock can be had for about $20K. The 4.0-litre six-cylinder uses about 12L/100km with the six-speed auto.
Kia’s Grand Carnival is the big daddy of people-movers and it is possible to find 2012 Si variants with 80,000km in the $20,000 ballpark. Beyond eight seats, the Kia has the added reassurance of the balance of the seven-year warranty (assuming it’s been correctly serviced). The 3.5-litre V6 with fourspeed automatic claims 10.9L/100km.
Nissan’s compact Dualis +2, the X-Trail’s predecessor, is powered by a 2.0-litre fourcylinder matched to a continuously variable transmission. Expect to pay about $20,000 for a 2012 front-wheel drive Ti variant with less than 100,000km. Don’t bother with the all-wheel drive version unless you really plan to use it, given it will be dearer to buy and thirstier to run.