What should I replace my Nissan Note with?

Our 2010 Nissan Note has been a faithful servant but it is time to move on. I am looking for something more refined, quiet and confident feeling on Motorway and A roads and with a bit more space and more up to date. I also like the idea of more safety and other modern kit like parking sensors and cameras. The Note also lacks a bit of oomph for overtaking and Welsh hills.

My budget is under £15,000 for a 2017 or, ideally, newer car, with good reliability (I'm used to Japanese cars) and decent fuel economy.

A good all-rounder that can cope with holidays, camping and visiting relatives as well as everyday use would suit.

Your advice would be welcome as we tend to buy a car and keep it for a good while and so I don't want to mess up.

Asked on 19 April 2022 by Robert Lee

Answered by Russell Campbell
By the sounds of it, you probably need more space than a family hatchback can offer but don't want a car that feels too big to drive.

If that's the case, I would have a look at an SUV. There are no bad choices of the cars you mention above and you can read reviews of the lot on Honest John but the model I would go for is the Kia Sportage.

Why? The Kia Sportage is well equipped and nice to drive, and you can choose from petrol, diesel and hybrids – avoid the entry-level versions and you'll find they all have plenty of power for overtaking and dealing with hills. The Sportage has loads of room inside – loads of space on the back seat and a boot that'll swallow pretty much anything you throw at it. It's also well designed with plenty of smaller storage spaces and boot that has handy features like shopping hooks and a 12V socket.

All models are well equipped with an infotainment screen that has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, so you can mirror the display of your phone.

The best part of the Sportage is that you'll have no problem finding a car that has the balance of its manufacturer's warranty.
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