SUV - Family car advice

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  1. Mystery Man

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    I am in the market for a new car. I am currently driving a 12 year old Volvo s40 and think the time has come to treat myself. I like the look of some crossover SUV's, really like the mitsubishi ASX, however unsure how recommended these types of cars would be for what I need.

    I drive around 12,000 miles a year, mostly motorway driving. I want plenty of room for partner and 2 babies. Looking for plenty of room, reliable and doesn't cost the earth to run or tax, currently my road tax is £140 and I get around 48mpg. Has anyone got any views on these types of cars, maybe used in a similar situation? Grateful for views.
     
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    Your criteria could be met with a lot of cars, do you have a particular need for an SUV?
    Do you fancy the idea of the higher driving position?
    I'm guessing you don't want 4x4, as any SUV with 4x4 is considerably more expensive to buy and run than their two-wheel drive versions.
    We have a two-wheel drive Hyundai IX35 (petrol)
    We (the company) also has a diesel Hyundai IX35.
    The ASX is also a fine car, but we felt it was too small for our needs (2 kids etc.)
    The boot isn't any bigger than many normal cars.
     
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    I was looking for a similar kind of thing last year.
    It all depends on your budget really.?
     
  4. Mystery Man

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    No particular reason for picking an SUV other than liked the look of them and it was something a bit different. The running costs are the only thing I am unsure if I would be better off with something else. I thought the ASX looked like it was bigger than say something like a focus titanium for example. How did you find it for running costs? What model did you have?

    At the mo I am looking around the £11k mark for a budget. Quite hard to decide what would be best for my kind of use.
     
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    I was looking around for a few months and did a few test drives.
    Honda crv, a bit boring inside and out
    Nissan QQ, nice to drive but a bit small
    Nissan pathfinder, massive with high tax
    RR freelander 2, really nice just worried about reliability
    Grand vitara, Ok but engine seemed a bit rough and not a lot inside
    Bolton xc90, really big and nice but could only afford a older one with high miles for 11k.
    Ended up getting a x trail, so far it's been brilliant, well specced, comfy drive and switchable 4wd.
    Deffo the right choice for us.
     
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    Thanks for the advice guys, especially the detail pittsy46, curious, do you mind telling me the rough budget you spent and what you got for your cash? The x trail looks nice but very pricey.
     
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    WhatCar gives measurements, they're of very similar sizes (the focus hatchback, the estate is obviously bigger):
    Mitsubishi ASX 1 8 Did 3 2wd 5dr Specs | Mitsubishi ASX Price What Car?
    Ford Focus 1 0t 100 Ecoboost Titanium Nav 5dr Specs | Ford Focus Price What Car?

    If you like the American-style look of the ASX then I'd look at the Ford range generally as a lot of their small and medium sized models use a lot of the same styling cues so something like the Grand C-Max may appeal
     
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    Ended up with a 2009 arctix model with 40k on the clock, it cost just over £11k.
    I think it's a lovely looking car but is a bit marmite looks wise.
    I have put 6000 miles on it now, averaging 40mpg and the only problem has been the dpf light X2, a quick blast has sorted this out.
     
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    Oh I almost forgot....
    The 1st test drive was a Ford kuga, lovely drive but the centre console was too shiney and plasticy and the dealer couldn't get it on budget!
     

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