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    So I'm looking at getting my first UK car (grew up in Dubai where I drove a Mistubishi Pajero [shogun]), but obviously don't need an SUV here (and also conscious of the fuel prices!)

    Would be interested in suggestions for:

    > Good MPG
    > Automatic Transmission
    > Below £9000
    > 2007 or later
    > 1.6 or under
    > Presentable for business events
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    Depends on what kind of cars you like?
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    (Original post by Alfissti)
    Depends on what kind of cars you like?
    Looks-wise, I do like the Mistubishi Evo/Mazda 6 kind of Sporty Sedan look. Handling and performance, as I say, I'm still a student so I have to take insurance into account so not the best bet to get a high-power. As long as it runs nice and smooth, has a nice interior and can have good features for the price - CD/USB, Cruise Control - all the standard "nice" features you'd expect.
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    BMW 320D?
    http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi.../bmw?logcode=p

    (I'm a bit biased owning a 3 series)

    Audi A4? http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...atic?logcode=p

    Merc C class? http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...atic?logcode=p
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    (Original post by XMaramena)
    Looks-wise, I do like the Mistubishi Evo/Mazda 6 kind of Sporty Sedan look. Handling and performance, as I say, I'm still a student so I have to take insurance into account so not the best bet to get a high-power. As long as it runs nice and smooth, has a nice interior and can have good features for the price - CD/USB, Cruise Control - all the standard "nice" features you'd expect.
    Maybe a Honda Civic or a Toyota Auris. Should be able to get one that is under 3 years of age and direct from a main dealer.

    Best to avoid any RWD cars if you have never lived in a country that has wintry weather.
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    I'd say Audi A5 myself, though might be a bit on insurance/tax

    http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...?atmobcid=soc4

    Or Mercedes C Class? Bit boring this particular one but

    http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...?atmobcid=soc3




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    (Original post by Camoxide)
    BMW 320D?
    http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi.../bmw?logcode=p

    (I'm a bit biased owning a 3 series)
    Actually I don't like the 320s much - we have one already, and while they're wonderfully quiet and relatively economical, I find them quite uncomfortable.


    Alas, I would prefer an automatic. But good suggestions though, this will probably be the eventual path.


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    I'd say Audi A5 myself, though might be a bit on insurance/tax

    http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...?atmobcid=soc4

    Or Mercedes C Class? Bit boring this particular one but

    http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...?atmobcid=soc3
    Again, would prefer an auto, and 1.6 or lower for insurance.
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    http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...?atmobcid=soc4

    http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...?atmobcid=soc3

    Is Saloon/Auto a necessity? Narrows down yours options a bit


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    (Original post by XMaramena)
    Actually I don't like the 320s much - we have one already, and while they're wonderfully quiet and relatively economical, I find them quite uncomfortable.




    Alas, I would prefer an automatic. But good suggestions though, this will probably be the eventual path.




    Again, would prefer an auto, and 1.6 or lower for insurance.

    Probably the low profile run flat tyres. I've got an e46 330i and it's a really smooth ride. Can barely feel the pot holes or speed bumps. It hasn't got run flat tyres.
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    (Original post by Camoxide)
    Probably the low profile run flat tyres. I've got an e46 330i and it's a really smooth ride. Can barely feel the pot holes or speed bumps. It hasn't got run flat tyres.
    Oh no - it's a very smooth ride - it's the actual seats and their low position that are uncomfortable for me - I'm quite tall and I hate being low down (to be fair, I'm used to a Pajero).
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    (Original post by XMaramena)
    Oh no - it's a very smooth ride - it's the actual seats and their low position that are uncomfortable for me - I'm quite tall and I hate being low down (to be fair, I'm used to a Pajero).
    Can't you just raise the seat? They go higher and lower in mine. My problem with the seats is that they don't feel very supportive. Like if you're going round a bend at speed you feel like you're falling out of your seat.
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    (Original post by XMaramena)
    Oh no - it's a very smooth ride - it's the actual seats and their low position that are uncomfortable for me - I'm quite tall and I hate being low down (to be fair, I'm used to a Pajero).
    Maybe a Toyota RAV4 would suit you?
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    http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...?atmobcid=soc3
    Or http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...?atmobcid=soc3

    Seems like a pretty good deal on either if saloon isn't a must


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    The Astra does look nice.

    [QUOTE=Alfissti;]

    And this RAV4 does look tasty, great price too. Just not as economical, but I might enquire about this one, looks lovely

    http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...1404093192443/

    Good suggestion!
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    [QUOTE=XMaramena;48513682]The Astra does look nice.

    (Original post by Alfissti;)

    And this RAV4 does look tasty, great price too. Just not as economical, but I might enquire about this one, looks lovely

    http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...1404093192443/

    Good suggestion!
    Big car for a petrol. Would definitely get a diesel for something like. I don't reckon the economy figures are realistic for the petrol.
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    You probably wouldn't want to buy a VW with a DSG especially that particular one as it is a dry-clutch and does become problematic. Won't be cheap to fix when it goes wrong.
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    (Original post by Camoxide)
    Big car for a petrol. Would definitely get a diesel for something like. I don't reckon the economy figures are realistic for the petrol.
    All RAV4 autos are petrol only.
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    (Original post by XMaramena)
    The Astra does look nice.

    And this RAV4 does look tasty, great price too. Just not as economical, but I might enquire about this one, looks lovely

    http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...1404093192443/

    Good suggestion!
    Its fuel consumption can be on the high side.

    The Nissan X-Trail is another one you could look at which has a diesel and automatic option, the same vehicle is also sold as a Renault Koleos. I personally prefer the looks and styling of the Renault rather than X-trail.
 
 
 
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