We are looking at getting a used low mileage estate soon. This will mainly be Nicky’s car so I will still have the Panny. Most likely a 2L diesel but will consider a larger engine. Contenders are an Audi A4, BWM 3 series or a Merc C class. Budget is anywhere between £12-£20k so most likely a 2015-2018 model.
Other options considered but she doesn’t want an SUV.
Anyone have any long term experience with any of the above.
Initially I thought you were looking for a large piece of land with a country house on it.
I would at least advise to make sure it’s a Euro 6 or better Euro 6d engine.
Some cities in D are limited to 6 and higher, not sure what UK ULEV requirements are, but Euro 5 has become a thingy here.
With our 2016 Opel Astra with 1.6L diesel I can travel in D with 180 km/h in an acceptable manner, so I assume 2L is really more than sufficient.
(Have also a Euro 5 3L diesel, so limited for use in D. Acceptable for 200-220 km/h in D if there’s little traffic -quite rare-, but wouldn’t advise 3L for a daily driver. If you do, make sure it’s 4WD to apply the 500 Nm or so on all wheels.)
Best alternative imo is a Skoda Superb, always had that as rental/pool car for business trips, reliable (some had that as company car), massive space and very comfy dashing into customers in D.
I’ve had a 4x4 2L Passat estate for 12 years & 270,000 km. Not exciting as someone said, but really comfortable, reliable and loads of space in the boot behind five people. More spacious inside than the BMW/Audi/Merc too.
Quite a way outside your parameter space, but still, when I bought the Mondeo (estate) it was explained to me that there were two sources for the used market - commercial people who needed to move lots of stuff and grandparents who needed to move grandkids and dogs but rarely drove any distance, particularly if that would involve going outside the village. Cars from the former would be near-universally diesel and would not be low-mileage. Cars from the latter might well be both petrol and low-mileage but would far too often have the 1.6 engine, which meant overtaking manouevres needed to be booked in writing at least two weeks in advance. I didn’t want diesel because of the emissions issues. In the end I did find a petrol one with a large enough motor and only 38k on the clock. But I had to go to Leeds for it.
With the ulez in London,i was told many dealerships are buy up ulez unfriendly cars,and selling them around the country,might be worth doing an m25 search for cheaper quality cars,although if you drive into the m25 might not be so great.
Have you seen how much people want for these now? 145s in particular are worth a fortune. I loved the idea of putting a B8444S and a 960 auto in one but it’s roughly a bajillion hours of labour on top of the steep asking price.