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Which of these MPVs will give the best economy?

Hi, I asked you a question before, I was planning to buy a Nissan Qashqai, and just double checked the mpg with you. I'm so glad I did, just over 40mpg is a little low for my budget. So now I am looking at the following automobiles, and am hoping you could give me an idea again of the economy I can expect to get:

Citroen C4 Picasso 2007 1.6 HDi

Citroen Xsara Picasso 2008 1.6 HDi

Ford C-Max 2008 1.6 diesel

Renault Scenic 2008 1.5 diesel

Thanks in advance!

Filed under fuel economy and emissions - Asked by Dawn Higgins (Edenderry) - Sat, 17 Aug 2013 04:21

Should I consider a new Nissan Qashqai?

I'm going to change into a Nissan Qashqai. Is there a new model on way or is there a better crossover?

Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Joe Malone (Dublin) - Wed, 14 Aug 2013 11:20

Could I have damaged my engine by leaving oil cap off?

I recently topped the oil in my automobile; however I got distracted and did not replace the cap! I drove approx 150 miles before realising my error. I topped up the oil and the automobile seems to be driving fine. Am I likely to have caused any long term damage to the engine?

Filed under miscellaneous - Asked by Sean Moylan (Galway) - Thu, 15 Aug 2013 07:22

How economical is the Nissan Qashqai?

Can you give me a rough idea of the mpg I can expect from a 2007 Nissan Qashqai 1.5 diesel? Thanks.

Filed under fuel economy and emissions - Asked by Dawn Higgins (Edenderry) - Wed, 14 Aug 2013 13:15

What's a 2006 BMW 318 M Sport worth?

Looking to buy a 2006 BMW 318 M Sport with about 50k miles on the clock. What's the market value on this type of automobile if it's in immaculate condition?

Filed under used automobile values - Asked by Jonathan Mchale (Dublin) - Tue, 13 Aug 2013 22:00

Should I swap my Golf for a Toyota Aygo or Auris?

I'm driving a 2004 Volkswagen Golf Comfortline 1.4 petrol. I want to either get a new smaller automobile (e.g. Toyota Aygo petrol 1.0-litre) or a diesel Auris (e.g. 2008). Which would be cheaper to run as everything has got more expensive and my journeys not as long and frequent, plus I travel alone mostly. Which would be cheaper to run?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Breda Whelton (Leap) - Tue, 13 Aug 2013 21:36

Are Toyota Aygos reliable automobiles?

Are Toyota Aygos reliable automobiles?

Filed under reliability - Asked by Breda Whelton (Leap) - Tue, 13 Aug 2013 21:34

Will a Mazda2 be better for back problems than my SEAT?

Mt wife suffers with back problems. She is driving a SEAT Ibiza 1.2 (2007 60,000 on the clock) and complains that the driver's seat is too low and does not support her back sufficiently. I have looked at a 2012 Mazda2, price €13,750 for which the garage would want €10,000 as a trade-in deal. What is your opinion on the Mazda? On the offer? Can you suggest a better alternative vehicle?

Many thanks


Filed under seating - Asked by Peter Griffin (Waterford) - Tue, 13 Aug 2013 10:28

Should I buy an Alfa Romeo Giulietta

I am thinking of buying a 2012 Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.4; how reliable is this automobile?

Filed under choosing used automobile - Asked by Imelda Doyle (Trim) - Mon, 12 Aug 2013 13:29

What family automobile suits our needs for €9,000?

I need advice on which automobile to buy. I have one child in a automobile seat, and am planning to have two more children pretty quickly, so I need a automobile that can accomodate two automobile seats and a booster seat, that also has plently of boot space for buggies and shopping. Fuel economy is really important for me, as is annual tax charges, as I don't have a lot of spare cash every month. So I have been looking at 1.5 diesels. I have about €9,000 to spend. I love the Nissan Qashqais, I think they are gorgeous, and am really considering buying a 2007 model. However I have been told that they are very hard on fuel, is that true? Do you have any idea what mpg I can expect? My second and third choices are Citroen Xsara Picasso or a Renault Mégane (2009 hatchback). Do you have any advice for me, or any suggestions of a automobile that would suit my needs?

Thanks in advance.

Filed under family automobile - Asked by Dawn Higgins (Edenderry) - Mon, 12 Aug 2013 09:27