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We have a 142 Dacia Duster 1.5 dCi (40,000kms) and an 04 Renault Megane 1.5 dCi (180,000 miles). Obviously the Megane is now worthless. Unsure whether to trade in Duster and Megane or maybe just Megane if I got a scrappage scheme. Both cars do low mileage: approx 40km daily.

We have three young children. We were thinking of getting a seven-seater and then maybe a small one-litre car for second, for low tax/insurance etc. Would think the Duster now is worth around €10k and then max budget of another €20k for family car such as the Skoda Kodiaq, but unsure I can afford it. What year?

If I hold on to the Duster now, I will lose nearly all its trade-in value over next couple of years. I usually hold a new car for five years. But this year, I need to change the second car, too, as have it for 13 years and is starting to cause some trouble. What ideas/suggestions would you have?

Gillian: The Skoda Kodiaq seven-seater is only out since January 2017, so a 171 is out of budget; currently selling for €30k-plus. A more affordable model would be a 172 Peugeot 5008 1.2 petrol. These go for around €25k, so will have to eat into whatever you get for the Dacia, which would encroach on your small-car budget. But for €5k or so, you can pick up something suitable for a family of five like a 12-reg Nissan Note 1.4 or 11 Kia Rio 1.4. You are better off keeping the Duster if still happy with it as it starts so cheap when new it loses little year on year. I'd trade up the Megane for a €20k seven-seater, such as the Nissan X-Trail 1.6 dsl, where you will get into a 151 SV spec for the money. Another option is the Kia Sorento, but it has a 2.2 engine. You could also opt for an MPV with the SEAT Alhambra or Ford Galaxy, but I'd prefer the X-Trail styling.

Eddie: Hold the Duster; it won't lose that much value and it really has small mileage. Get rid of the Megane and buy a Ford S-Max people carrier. I think it's smart, compact and will do the business for you, especially as there are a few around and people carriers are not popular any more.


Please help me with a decision for a new SUV. I have shortlisted the XC40 and RAV4, but am open to options. Also, between the two of them, will there be a huge difference in the resale value after three years? Budget of around €45,000. Annual mileage 12,000km. Present car is a Skoda Fabia 161 petrol with 26,000kms.

Gillian: The XC40 is nice to look at and drive. There will always be Volvo followers so, if you mind it well, there will be no concerns over resale value. The one to buy is the T3 R-Design at €42,300 or the lower spec T4 Momentum, which comes with higher bhp and automatic as standard (€44,550).

The RAV4 Hybrid is a good choice and priced a fair bit lower than the Volvo (€35,900 for the Aura). You will save on running costs and I would have no concerns on this either about selling on in a few years time. Most families look for hybrid SUVs these days and they are getting more and more popular.

There is a good deal of difference in the body shapes of these cars. The XC40 is a small SUV; other options here are the BMW X1 or Audi Q2, but I prefer the XC40. The RAV is larger and competes with the likes of the Honda CR-V, and on this one, I am 50/50. I really like both so maybe take them both for a spin.

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