Can I get scrappage and Target Price discounts?
Can a reader get the scrappage allowance and What Car? Target Price discount on a new car, and which family SUVs have the loftiest rear seats?...
I'm aiming to buy a new car soon and I was interested in your recent online article on car manufacturer-backed scrappage schemes that give buyers a financial incentive to trade their older for a new, more environmentally friendly one.
Can you tell me if it is possible to get the scrappage scheme money on top of the What Car? Target Price discount? For example, if I wanted to buy a Nissan Qashqai 1.3 DiG-T Acenta Premium, could I realistically get the £915 Target Price discount as well as the £5000 scrappage?
Also can you tell me which of the following cars has the highest rear seat base: the Hyundai Tucson, Nissan Qashqai or Seat Ateca? The reason for asking this is that my wife and I have a two-year-old daughter and we’re getting sore backs lifting her in and out of her car seat in the back of our current vehicle.
However, it’s at the discretion of dealers whether or not they will give customers the Target Price saving as well as the scrappage amount. So we’d advise you to speak to salespeople about this, because these are unusual times and they might be willing to give you both discounts.
With regard to the rear seat heights of the Ateca, Qashqai and Tucson, all three have a fairly high driving position, so they should have fairly high rear seats. So, they will all be easier to fit a child car seat into than a hatchback.
We don't measure the height of the rear seat base as part of our road tests, so we can’t give you figures for that. However, we do measure the overall height of each vehicle and this can be used as an indicator of the height of the rear seats. The Tucson is the tallest of the three cars on your list, at 1650mm, followed by the Ateca at 1601mm and the Qashqai at 1590mm.
However, this doesn't necessarily guarantee that the Tucson will have the loftiest rear seats, so we'd recommend that you visit a showroom now that most have reopened and try the seats in the cars to make sure the seats are high enough to stop you getting backache.
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The best family SUVs
Deciding which car is best for transporting you and your family is one of life’s more important decisions. So, here we've gathered together our favourite family SUVs.
Stick to the lower trims and the Sportage is good value, giving you a lot of space and equipment for your money. It isn't as good at dealing with bumpy roads as the very best family SUVs, though, while the engines can be noisy and aren't especially frugal.
The Qashqai is the car that started the trend for mainstream family SUVs and, as hard as it is to believe now, it was seen as something of a gamble when it was first introduced in 2007. Fortunately for Nissan, the blend of an elevated driving position and stylish looks made the Qashqai a huge hit. And while it's been surpassed by several rivals in the past couple of years, it remains a sound proposition, particularly if you choose the quiet and efficient 1.3-litre petrol version.