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Help buying an SUV

Discussion in 'Motors' started by JaseUK, 18 Oct 2021.

  1. JaseUK

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 10 Jun 2006

    Posts: 1,990

    Location: W. Yorks

    Hi,
    I'm looking to purchase an SUV but as I've never owned one before I'm after a little advice :).
    A few that spring to mind that I like the look of are Toyota RAV 4, Nissan X-trail/Quasqai, Mitsubishi Outlander. I'm not particularly interested in - Audi, BMW, Volvo, Mercedes simply because I want to keep the price down.
    I'd prefer the vehicle to be no older than 3 and to be either petrol or hybrid. 4x4 would be nice but not essential and it needs to have an automatic gearbox.
    I see Mitsubishi are no longer selling new Outlanders to the EU market (at least that's what I've read). I also had a quick look on Nissans' website and see their used cars have an APR of 9.9% which seems a bit steep to me.
    I'll be trading in my current vehicle and more than likely go down the PCP route.
    Would you recommend car supermarkets? Are there any other makes/models I should look at?
    Any advice would be great.
    Ta.
     
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  2. Rilot

    Don

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 21,115

    Location: Wargrave, UK

    I don't have much advice on the actual cars themselves but I'd seriously consider financing via your bank or some other method than PCP.
    PCP on used cars is usually very expensive.
     
  3. JaseUK

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 10 Jun 2006

    Posts: 1,990

    Location: W. Yorks

    Yeah never thought of that. Will definitely consider it, thank you.
     
  4. alexakasloth

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 13 Aug 2004

    Posts: 7,951

    Location: Newhaven, Sussex.

    I went through my bank and got 2.9% instead of the dealerships 6.9%, saves nearly £2k of interest over the term of the loan.
    We went for a Dacia Duster (crossover SUV), they have a model with an automatic gearbox if you choose the 1.3 tce 150ps option for £18.5k, which was the one we test drove. It's was quite nice to drive.
     
  5. ICDP

    Mobster

    Joined: 30 Dec 2011

    Posts: 3,456

    Location: Belfast

    Avoid Nissan, utterly terrible build quality and customer support.

    How about KIA Sportage/Sorento, or Hyundai Tucson/Sante Fe, or Mazda CX5?
     
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  6. Maundie

    Mobster

    Joined: 20 Oct 2010

    Posts: 3,676

    Avoid both the Nissans, father in law had both a Qashqai and X-Trail and the Kuga he had after was way better than both of those, definitely look at the Kias or maybe Skodas
     
  7. Lyla77

    Associate

    Joined: 31 Jul 2021

    Posts: 28

    Location: Dublin

    Honda CRV
     
  8. gailjon

    Hitman

    Joined: 10 Nov 2015

    Posts: 947

    What about Skoda Kodiaq/Karoq? Wife's Karoq was great with auto, etc and well equipped, quiet and comfortable. Really versatile rear seats that slid and could be changed to two individual seats by removing the centre section and sliding them slightly closer together. Seemed very well built and servicing costs were reasonable.
     
  9. JaseUK

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 10 Jun 2006

    Posts: 1,990

    Location: W. Yorks

    Thanks for all the replies. The wife and I are off to look at a Toyota RAV4 (newer shape) but will definitely consider the other options people have mentioned. :)
     
  10. Flippy

    Associate

    Joined: 21 Feb 2017

    Posts: 77

    Location: South West London

    A friend recently bought a Seat Ateca which is a really good car.

    For financing, I got my car from a Seat dealership (got a seat leon) and got financing from them as they added a few extras if I got it from them. I then got a loan from my bank at a much lower interest rate and paid off the full amount to seat after a month
     
  11. JaseUK

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 10 Jun 2006

    Posts: 1,990

    Location: W. Yorks

    That's an option, thank you.
     
  12. Firestar_3x

    Caporegime

    Joined: 11 Mar 2005

    Posts: 30,708

    Location: Leafy Cheshire

    Skoda Karoq, gets fantastic reviews.

     
  13. Greebo

    Caporegime

    Joined: 20 Jan 2005

    Posts: 42,095

    Location: Co Durham

    The Karoqs are ace and amazing bang for buck.