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I was wondering what large car/ suv has also moderate running costs? Read More
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2y, 11m agoPosted 2 years, 11 months ago
I was wondering what large car/ suv has also moderate running costs?
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2y, 11m agoPosted 2 years, 11 months ago
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#1
I have a Meriva 1.4 turbo, its been brilliant on running costs. Averages 44 mpg around town, and its as quick as the 1.8 I had previously which I was lucky to get 30 mpg.
#2
You don't mention your budget, but have a look at the Skoda Yeti-you can pick up some bargains, used.
#3
Around 7K.

What about an Audi A6? I don't mind the brand as long the insurance is not extreme.
#4
Volvo S80?
#5
a quick look on autotrader suggests that that budget would get you a 2008 A6 with 100K+ miles
#6
I like the Volvo S80.
This is the problem, the high milages, not sure if this a big problem when the car has been serviced.
#7
Volvo XC90 is a 7 seater and as long as you drive average 50-55 mph - good mileage per litre of diesel!
Been driving one for 5 years, not disappointed!
#8
I can second the yeti, lovely car to drive.
#9
I like Volvos generally. How much is your insurance? Also the service?


mousey
Volvo XC90 is a 7 seater and as long as you drive average 50-55 mph - good mileage per litre of diesel!
Been driving one for 5 years, not disappointed!
#10
4711
I like the Volvo S80.
This is the problem, the high mileages, not sure if this a big problem when the car has been serviced.

High mileages on Scandinavian and German cars that have been well serviced are not a problem. Look for ones that have full service history by main dealer and then a good specialist, check that the cam belt etc has been changed as per manufacturer recommendation. Go for one or two owners - if it has had several avoid. I got an S80 (2002) with 125K on the clock and 2 owners for £850. The engine is immaculate.
#11
You said SUV, you want big, but there are a lot of suggestions of saloon cars. The Mitsubishi Shogun comes to mind if you want the SUV, plenty of kit and as tough as it gets.

The 9-5 in your budget was conceived in the early 1990s and rolled out at the end of the 1990s and stayed in production until almost the end of Saab when thought bought out a newer version. They drive like cars from the 1990s and handle like them too, the S80 will do high miles and is often a chauffeur choice for execs in the company car sector.

Dynamically the S80 isn't comparable to say a 5 series, but used its a reliable and kit loaded bargain.

I have the previous gen LS450H which was an ex demo bought right before the new came out for bargain money (relatively) loads of kit, all luxury materials, dead reliable and plenty of power! I don't know what the price of the older ones is but there well worth a look in.
#12
I do like the look of the Saab.
Its more to find an affordable big car.
I like the Shogun and Lexus.
I just need some ideas.
I'm not a fan of the Audi's, but heard they are good cost wise.

I was thinking maybe a Jaguar or an older Mercedes.
#13
4711
I do like the look of the Saab.
Its more to find an affordable big car.
I like the Shogun and Lexus.
I just need some ideas.
I'm not a fan of the Audi's, but heard they are good cost wise.

I was thinking maybe a Jaguar or an older Mercedes.
It's all about personal taste so try a few - just scour Autotrader. I loved my 9-5 - everything is just so well thought out and despite groenleader's opinions (which I respect) mine was wonderful. Size-wise it's very like the S80 both are spacious and a joy to be a passenger in on a long journey, but the 9-5 is a driver's car and IMHO well ahead of its time - they do make fighter jets as well ;) Google "luxury barge" and see what you can get for your money.

In terms of insurance & running costs - find a good specialist for servicing - avoid the main dealer but check they just do Volvo/Saab /Mercs only and by that I mean they don't do more than one of them. Insurance is down to you - your age, no claims etc - I guess they will be Category 15 and above cars so do a quote before you by. One without a turbo will be cheaper but not as much fun.

Edited By: IamMT on Jul 17, 2014 23:56
banned#14
Define affordable. To someone earning minimum wage affordable might mean £8000, however to someone earning £100,000 affordable might mean £60,000!
Define large. Some people think a ford focus is large, whilst others think a range rover is small
#15
Well , how much more do you need to spend on let's say a pickup vs a Skoda Octavia? Size wise, I would say large is Ford Mondeo and above.

damo1972
Define affordable. To someone earning minimum wage affordable might mean £8000, however to someone earning £100,000 affordable might mean £60,000!
Define large. Some people think a ford focus is large, whilst others think a range rover is small
#16
4711
I like Volvos generally. How much is your insurance? Also the service?


mousey
Volvo XC90 is a 7 seater and as long as you drive average 50-55 mph - good mileage per litre of diesel!
Been driving one for 5 years, not disappointed!

No problem, I can dig out those figures for you, but I am in Northern Ireland and our prices tend to be higher than uk mainland!
I'll check out prices later when home from work.
#17
Cannot believe no one has mentioned the Dacia Duster..!!!
#18
Dacia, might be an option.
Its not massive but it would be very new.
#19
I have a 62plate Nissan Qashqai . I can get up to 65mpg on a decent journey. I have the 1.6 dci engine. Comfortable ride and can get them pretty reasonable price these days! Tax is £30 for the year I believe. Not sure on insurance amount as it's a lease car

Edited By: alexisonfire83 on Jul 18, 2014 10:29
#20
I like the looks of the Quashai.
Maybe I should lease one as well. I don't like the risk with the older cars.


alexisonfire83
I have a 62plate Nissan Qashqai . I can get up to 65mpg on a decent journey. I have the 1.6 dci engine. Comfortable ride and can get them pretty reasonable price these days! Tax is £30 for the year I believe. Not sure on insurance amount as it's a lease car
#21
shauneco
Cannot believe no one has mentioned the Dacia Duster..!!!

And you haven't mentioned a Ford Focus either. Weird.
#22
moob
shauneco
Cannot believe no one has mentioned the Dacia Duster..!!!

And you haven't mentioned a Ford Focus either. Weird.

Now that you mention it.....

Not really a large car, Dacia is more appropriate, Everyone already knows that the Focus is the best average all round car on the road.
#23
My 1.6 C5 Picasso 7 seats and tons of space and I average 45mpg mostly around town, on motorway trips I can average 70mpg. Only problem is the French material quality, everything looks and feels cheap.
#24
I love the design of the French cars, but I'm concerned they fall apart. Maybe they are better these days?


ZaphodBeeblebrox
My 1.6 C5 Picasso 7 seats and tons of space and I average 45mpg mostly around town, on motorway trips I can average 70mpg. Only problem is the French material quality, everything looks and feels cheap.
#25
moob
shauneco
Cannot believe no one has mentioned the Dacia Duster..!!!


And you haven't mentioned a Ford Focus either. Weird.



A Focus is neither " Large " or an " SUV "...so not really " wierd ".
#26
we have a 8 seater toyota previa n I love it!
#27
4711
I love the design of the French cars, but I'm concerned they fall apart. Maybe they are better these days?


ZaphodBeeblebrox
My 1.6 C5 Picasso 7 seats and tons of space and I average 45mpg mostly around town, on motorway trips I can average 70mpg. Only problem is the French material quality, everything looks and feels cheap.

Nope
#28
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moob
shauneco
Cannot believe no one has mentioned the Dacia Duster..!!!

And you haven't mentioned a Ford Focus either. Weird.


A Focus is neither " Large " or an " SUV "...so not really " wierd ".

He's referring to me, I usually mention the Focus as a recommendation but not on this occasion.
#29
There was a period when the larger Peugeots (and there Citroen counterparts) from the X07 genre suffered heavily from electrical problems and mechanical niggles. As for them falling apart I do not believe that is an issue.

PSA now make the 4 cylinder engines for a number of BMW applications and they seem fine.

You would be wise to look at the Citroen C-Crosser and Peugeot 4007 which are just different badges and grills attached to the Mitsubishi Outlander. Any of those 3 would provide you with the decent, larger SUV you wanted.
#30
Thank you ! I will check those out!

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