#Askwhat­car Your mo­tor­ing ques­tions an­swered

What Car? - - Contents - Claire Evans Claire.evans@hay­mar­ket.com


I’m now in a house­hold of two – my­self and my long-term best friend, Mike. I am 63 and dis­abled, but an en­thu­si­as­tic driver. My last long-dis­tance trip was in the sum­mer of 2015, when I drove from my home in Dun­fermline to Istanbul and back.

I cur­rently drive a 2013 Skoda Su­perb Es­tate 2.0 TDI 170 with the DSG au­to­matic gear­box. The car is tted with a hy­draulic hoist, which lifts my mo­bil­ity scooter into the boot.

Mike is 59 and a per­son of size. He does much of my shopping and takes our house­hold rub­bish to the tip, of­ten ac­com­pa­nied by his dog. Mike’s car is a 2013 Skoda Oc­tavia Es­tate 1.6 TDI 115.

Both of our cars are nearly ve years old and both are fac­ing a cam­belt change, which will cost £400-£500. Both cars will also re­quire MOTS and servicing at the same time.

So, what two new cars would be best to re­place ours? I need a car that’s big enough for my scooter and can have a hy­draulic hoist tted to it. Mike needs a car he can sit in com­fort­ably and that has space in the back for large bags. He’d be happy with some­thing ba­sic; un­like me, he re­gards a car as a tool. Si­mon Brooke It sounds like you’ll need a rea­son­ably large car; one that’s roomy enough to ac­com­mo­date your scooter and hy­draulic hoist.

As well as a new Skoda Su­perb Es­tate, which has a very large boot, we’d rec­om­mend an MPV, be­cause these gen­er­ally have wide open­ing doors and low sills for easy ac­cess, plus rel­a­tively high seats that are eas­ier to get into.

There­fore, we’d sug­gest you also con­sider the Ford S-max, Volk­swa­gen Golf SV and Volk­swa­gen Touran. These cars are also great to drive, with sur­pris­ingly ag­ile han­dling.

For the Touran, you could go for a 1.4-litre tur­bocharged petrol en­gine in­stead of a diesel if most of your driv­ing is around town. The 1.6-litre diesel is a bet­ter op­tion if you do more mo­tor­way driv­ing, though. Both en­gines are avail­able with the DSG gear­box.

As for Mike, a new Da­cia San­dero is a roomy and af­ford­able op­tion. We’d rec­om­mend the 1.5-litre dci in Am­biance trim. It costs £9595, yet comes with a de­cent amount of stan­dard kit, in­clud­ing air con­di­tion­ing, re­mote cen­tral lock­ing, elec­tric front win­dows and Blue­tooth.

We’d say that getting these cars on PCP deals would be the best op­tion for you both.

Ac­cord­ing to Cap HPI, your Su­perb Es­tate has a trade-in value of £8725, so you’ll be look­ing at ob­tain­ing fi­nance of £10,000-£12,000 to get a mid-spec Touran or Su­perb on a PCP deal. The S-max is about £5000 more ex­pen­sive.

Mike should get £4550 in trade-in for his Oc­tavia Es­tate, leav­ing a bal­ance of £5045, which he could also put to­wards a PCP deal.

It’s worth look­ing for man­u­fac­turer deposit con­tri­bu­tions on both cars. And to en­sure you get the best deal, don’t for­get to check What Car?’s new car buyer mar­ket­place on­line.

A Ford S-max could be the prac­ti­cal, but fun, so­lu­tion for reader Si­mon Brooke

Si­mon’s Su­perb Es­tate can t a mo­bil­ity scooter in the boot

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