Help me choose a car
Long story short…I’ve got an opportunity to buy a car as come into some inheritance money and the second car is ready for retirement (17 year old Mazda 323).Posted 3 years ago
Our ‘good’ car is a safe (dull but nice) ’59 Kia Ceed (still under warranty) which I use for daily 55 mile round trip on the M1 – even then it’s not good on fuel. The Mazda is just a fuel-guzzling local runaround. No kids – rarely more than 2 in any car.
I’ve always had smallish, dull and underpowered cars – Polo, Clio (even the Ceed).
As I’m doing 250 motorway miles a week I thought I’d go for something small and very fuel-efficient – we’ve got use of a Suzuki Swift this weekend (1.2) which is good on fuel but ploddy and a bit dull TBH – it doesn’t make me grin put it that way. It would be an ok, ‘that’ll do’ type car.
As I said, through the worst possible circumstances, I now have a potential (if I want it to be) decent budget to buy a far more desirable car than I’ve had before – bigger engine etc. I don’t want to be stupid and buy a TT for example…I’ve always liked Golfs (not very exciting I know but depends on which one). I like the Gulietta too but a sportier one, and a Volvo T30 believe it or not (which is a big car)
So in a nutshell I want a NICE car thats good on fuel, low tax, has a bit of poke and could get bikes in the back if need be (Use Thule 591s on the Ceed), and low mileage (not more than 20k on the clock).
This is probably the one time I buy a WANT car instead of a NEED car.
Any pointers welcome!
PS The mother-in-law bought a Chrysler Crossfire in the same scenario 7 years ago and she was 63 at the time!
Not long back.
The Volvo is a real looker – never thought I’d like a red car or even a Volvo for that matter (would possibly get in white if it comes down to it though).
Really nice drive – stunning condition in and out – feels and looks like a real premium car.
Every gizmo and gadget known to man.
The glass-half-empty aspect of me thinks of the cost of servicing (though its a Ford engine apparently), tyres, when gizmos go wrong ie the mirrors have cameras on them so there are no blind spots.
Not much longer than the Golf but still an estate at the end of the day.
The Golf was surprisingly lively – not as tricked-up as the V60. Feels a bit more ‘me’ – the Volvo almost seems like too much car for me though I love it. Golfs are everywhere and common in comparison but then there’s a good reason for that.
I would shop around for the ACTUAL car as I’m sure they can be had for better prices but like them both.
The Ceed might have to go just after the Mazda in order to get one of these plus the wife’s Swift.
Hmmm….need to crunch MPG stats etc in order to make the right decisions…who’d have thunk getting a new car could pose so many questions!
PS Anyone got either of these 2 cars?Posted 3 years agounovoloMember
On a side note if the engine in the Volvo is the ‘Ford’ 1.6Diesel , is this the same one that is actually sourced from Citroen/Peugeot which is reputedly the work of the devil?
Besides that I really like the Volvo its just that little bit different than the golf.Posted 3 years ago
Others to consider:-
New shape Merc A-class
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