Can you recommend a comfortable estate car which won't suffer any DPF problems?

We have two large dogs and moved from a 2007 1.9 auto diesel Golf estate to a 2010 Passat, but find the seats uncomfortable and are unhappy with the DPF. I note your diesel recommendations and wonder which model might be suitable. Annual mileage is about 10,000, so would a petrol CVT be better? Either auto estate or SUV would do.

Asked on 6 July 2013 by JS, Beaminster

Answered by Honest John
I suggest a Toyota Avensis 1.8i Valvematic Multidrive S.
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