mattcam94 New car ThreadWatch
8000 inc Insurance
What is going to be the main use of the car?
A lot of motorway driving
How many passenger will you usually be carrying?
How big a boot do you need?
Not too big, just enough to fit football stuff in and other bits
Specific tasks you will be doing?
Any brands you would prefer? Any brands you hate?
Not really, open to anything
What features in the car are important to you?
Would like as much tech as possible ones I'd prioritise is Cruise Control and Sat Nav
What gearbox do you want?
Are aesthetics of the car important?
Fast enough to keep up with traffic on motorway, preferably over 1.6l
What is the minimum fuel consumption you require?
This one is a 1.6 TDi. If you can, you want to get a 1.6 TDi, based on economy. It is pretty powerful for a 1.6 TDi in Britain. It has enough to overtake and whatnot. They also have those VW touch screen 6 CD changer and SD card, on all but the poverty specs, although no Sat Nav, but is available if you find the Sat Nav model. This one also has Cruise Control. Ignore the mileage, and judge on condition. Full service history. These will go to 200k and onwards if maintained, but then so will every car, if maintained. This specific one is a little scruffy inside, but could be cleaned, or you can find another one.
If this isn't good enough, I'd say a 2.0 TDi version.
2.0 version - this one is as powerful as traintracks infamous Passat, but as it's lighter, it'll be quicker, and can be remapped for better economy and power.
That leaves you £2000, or a bit more if your negotiation skills are any good, to spend on insurance. For me, insurance would be around £600 tops. Not sure on you, but as your born in 1994, it could be anything. These are excellent value for money, and will carry 4 people in comfort. Reason I know this, is because we use these at work in both Hatch & Estate guise. The estate has slightly more headroom, and ever so slightly more legroom, but the Hatch ones like these are still very roomy. In these specs, you also have a centre arm rest, which company ones don't, so that's a plus when doing long journeys. There also Volkswagen Group vehicles, so build quality is second to none.
If your really looking for value, these are probably the best choice of vehicle. However if you're a badge snob, then maybe they're not for you. Me personally, this is exactly what I'm considering to buy and I'm pretty much in the same circumstances as you.
Sooooooo, there you go.
Volvo V50 1.6D3 3-4 years old one should be within your budget. Some interesting tech to it as well and mostly Ford components so it isn't expensive to maintain.