Buying a small crossover/4x4 to replace a C30...

I'm looking to replace our 58 plate diesel C30 R Design [55k miles] with something that's a little more capable in winter conditions. We don't go off road or tow so don't need a big thirsty 4x4; the car is used for a regular daily round trip of 40 miles which includes 30 miles of motorway and a mixture of A-roads and country lanes, which are breaking up and flood every time it rains.

Reasonable economy, good comfort, durability and the ability to deal with standing water are the main requirements. We'll keep the car for 5 years or so and my budget is about £15k plus the Volvo. I don't mind a low mileage ex demo but don't really want to buy second hand - I'd like a proper warranty and no hassles with selling on the Volvo. My wife is the main driver and she likes the size of the C30.

My short list includes the Suzuki/Fiat SX4, BMW X1, Hyundai i35, Nissan Qashqai and the Mazda CX5.

Asked on 11 January 2013 by peter reilly

Answered by Honest John
In addition to your list, the Vauxhall Mokka is about to arrive, followed by the Peugeot 2008 and the Renault Captur.

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You could also consider a much cheaper Dacia Duster or even a Dacia Sandero Stepway.
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