18,000 budget

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18,000 budget

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Budget 18,000
Name Howard Chester
Age 66
Drives Honda Civic
Annual mileage 6000
I need space for ferrying grandchildren and their kit, but my 2002 Honda Civic is getting on a bit. Id like an auto box and love heated leather seats, and could do with better ride comfort and less motorway noise.
Skoda Octavia Estate
1.2 TSI SE DSG, 17,240
Target Price
Howard will have plenty of space for his grandchildren in the Octavia, and a little cash left over to add an option or two. Hell notice a leap in refinement, but will miss a few luxury options from his Civic.
Or try a VW Golf Estate 1.2 TSI 105 S, 17,790
Nearly new
Ford Mondeo Estate
2.0 TDCi 163 Titanium Sport X
10/60, 18,000
There are gadgets aplenty and top-notch refinement in this fully loaded Mondeo. Its semi-auto box will take the strain out of city traffic and Howard will have loads of space.
Or try a Volkswagen Passat Estate 2.0 TDI CR 170 Highline, 10/60, 17,995
Used car
BMW 3 Series Touring
318i SE auto
08/08, 14,902
This 3 Series has all the kit of Howards Civic, but adds BMWs impressive sat-nav system. The 318i SE is great to drive and has enough room for grandchildren and their stuff.
Or try a Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate C180K SE auto, 08/57, 14,995