New Family Car Choice - Automatic

Cintrapark Posts: 92 Forumite
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Morning all!

I'm having difficulty choosing which vehicle I want to transport me, my partner and one child (no plans for any more).

My wishes are: automatic, reliability, fuel efficient, nice interior and not too boring to drive. So far my short list includes: Mazda CX 5 (2020/2021 model), Peugeot 2008 (2024) and Skoda Kamiq (2024).

Would love to have your feedback and if you can think of anything else, I would love to hear!



  • Stubod
    Stubod Posts: 2,163 Forumite
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    .."It's everybody's fault but mine...."
  • Mercedes.......
  • skycatcher
    skycatcher Posts: 330 Forumite
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    My wife got a Captur GT line. Auto diesel , 53  mpg on mostly mixed driving, leather interior... lovely car to drive.
  • facade
    facade Posts: 7,014 Forumite
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    NOT the Peugeot. They use a wet belt........
    I want to go back to The Olden Days, when every single thing that I can think of was better.....

    (except air quality and Medical Science ;))
  • Arunmor
    Arunmor Posts: 106 Forumite
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    My OH has the Kamiq and I was very pleasantly surprised at how will it drives on its punchy little engine.
  • If the Mazda is diesel, avoid. Petrols are fine.  The DSG units in the Skoda (and other VWAG groups vehicles) can be problematic if not serviced properly. So keep that in mind if you’re going to keep it for a while.

    i wouldn’t have said the CX-5 would be an alternative to the Skoda or Peugeot. It’s much bigger. The CX-3 or CX-30 are more compatible in size and budget.  I guess that’s why the CX-5 is older in this case?
  • Neil49
    Neil49 Posts: 3,074 Forumite
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    I don't know it you mean New by saying 2024 but depreciation on a new car is horrendous. If anything I would be looking for a 6 month old car that was possibly a low mileage demonstration model as this would have absorbed a chunk of depreciation while still having a warranty.

    The CX5 is a nice car (in petrol form) but you are looking at a 3-4 year old car compared with nearly new. It has plenty of space (ideal with a child and all their clutter) compared with the others you mention.

    I'm looking for a change of car (with 2 grandchildren to consider) and looked at the 2008. It was quite impressive inside but the rear seats were quite low (may not suit a child) and boot space is limited. I'd also looked at the Skoda Karoq which is very well designed and quite spacious front, rear and boot. I don't know what your budget is but I'd go for a nearly new Karoq over a new Kamiq.

    My favourite at the moment is the Karoq. 
  • henry24
    henry24 Posts: 322 Forumite
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    What's wrong the Mazda cx5 diesel?
  • knightstyle
    knightstyle Posts: 6,988 Forumite
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    I hope the later CX5 diesel is better than the one my DD bought new 8 years ago, 3 new turbos in the first year and now off the road as engine needs replacing. Has had 9 new turbos in 8 years and has cost her a fortune.
  • henry24
    henry24 Posts: 322 Forumite
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    How many miles has it done in 8 years 
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