What do you recommend as a very comfortable, roomy, economical, safe and reliable car?

We’re thinking of changing our 2012 Honda Accord Diesel Tourer for something with as much or more room - we need the space for sailing gear - but with a softer ride, more directional stability on motorways, brighter headlights, automatic transmission, predictable handling and similar reliability and economy. Like the Accord the new car would be mostly used for regular 100+ mile trips on motorways to the coast and back.

I love the Accord’s diesel, the best engine I’ve ever had, so something like a diesel estate VW Passat or Skoda Superb could suit, but are the engines reliable, is the DSG box reliable and critically is it wet or dry clutch - wet clutches seem to be a better bet?

The budget as little as possible (we see our cars as costly tools) but realistically it will have to be mid/high £k teens, perhaps a little more. Is there anything else I should consider?

Asked on 18 December 2023 by Michael Perrin

Answered by Andrew Brady
A Skoda Superb or Volkswagen Passat sounds ideal. You won't go wrong with the 2.0 TDI engine, provided you cover enough motorway miles to keep the diesel particular filter (DPF) clear (it sounds like you do). The DSG gearbox is reliable these days, too. As an alternative, take a look at the Volvo V90 - it's a very comfortable premium estate car.
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