Shane is looking for a roomy vehicle under $40,000.
I’m going to be trading in my Skoda Octavia next year for a new car and I’m looking for some assistance in finding some cars that I should test drive.
Could you please advise me of the vehicles that best suit my requirements:
I intend to purchase a new vehicle/SUV up to $40,000
- The vehicle to be no longer than 4800mm (garage restrictions)
- I travel a lot of highway miles and want low road/tyre noise and a quiet cabin
- Comfortable ride
- Reasonably good handling (not sporty handling) & good brakes
- Automatic transmission but no DSG’s (rules out Volkswagen & Skoda)
- Reasonable Cabin & luggage room (380 litres plus)
Hi Shane, I reckon that a diesel is the way to go here, especially given the need for a vehicle to comfortably cover country trips.
Unfortunately, though, especially given the budget and the desire to have a vehicle that doesn’t have a DSG, that rules out models like the Ford Kuga (DSG), Nissan QASHQAI (CVT) and Honda CR-V (price).
The Mitsubishi ASX diesel is under your budget and will fit in the garage, it also only comes with a traditional automatic transmission. The 2.2 litre diesel engine offers 110kW/360Nm. Diesel ASX prices start just under $36,000.
The Suzuki Vitara is an option, though an 86kW/156Nm 1.6 litre petrol is the only engine choice (although it is quite frugal). To be honest, I haven’t driven it but a couple of my colleagues have and they were quite impressed. A top-spec model will set you back from just $32,990.
The two models that I’d be test driving though are the Mazda CX-5 and Toyota RAV4. The 129kW/420Nm 2.2 litre diesel CX-5 Maxx will just squeeze in under $40,000 and you get a ‘normal’ auto transmission. Same goes with the Toyota, also a 2.2, offering 110kW/340Nm, an auto version with the diesel could be yours for under $36,500.
I’m sure all four models will offer reasonable ride and handling and they all boast plenty of storage space.
I hope that helps, please let us know which way you end up going.