ok heading off to look up kias right meow 😺
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17-01-2016 12:12 #21
17-01-2016 12:16 #22
we got a Volvo XC60 a couple of months back, diesel engine.
we test drove similar cars (Mazda cx5, Kia Sportage etc) but the Volvo won hands down. unbeatable in terms of safety features and it's a nice ride. has power too, you put your foot down and it goes. we found the Kia a bit plasticky/tinny feeling and the Mazda felt quite "heavy" on the road, like it was dragging.
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17-01-2016 12:40 #23
I've just bought a Maxda CX5 ... I'm smitten
17-01-2016 12:41 #24
Love my Jeep Grand Cherokee turbo diesel, it's great on fuel, powerful, good family car and had no issues with it....
17-01-2016 12:42 #25Senior Member
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When we bought a car we looked at reviews online, watched crash tests on you tube, and looked at what we needed and wanted out of a car...then test drove what was in our price range.
We've had our car for 5 years now and are very happy with it.
I also find Kia quite 'tinny' to drive, but I guess it's just what you get used to.
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17-01-2016 12:44 #26
I really love the look of the jeep but I have heard so much negativity around it 😁😁
17-01-2016 12:45 #27
We've got a Kia Sportage and love it. So roomy, good boot space, hasn't missed a beat!
I would've loved a Mazda anything, they're my favourite cars, but we're out of our budget.
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17-01-2016 13:44 #28
When we were looking at cars, the Jeeps all had a 4 star safety rating as opposed to 5 which almost every other car in its class has. Also you can't really compare Kia to Volvo, the Volvo is always going to be a nicer drive but you would expect a better drive feeling as the price tag increases. Really depends also on your budget, OP. I don't find the Sportage tinny at all, we have the platinum diesel model and it drives like a dream. The Rio is another kettle of fish, it feels way, way lighter and has hardly any guts but it a bottom of the range 1.4L petrol engine and is only used to get DH to and from the station. Compared to the VW we owned before it, it's a rubbish drive; the VW was beautiful to drive, but it was 3 times the price. In the end it was mechanically a piece of crap, hence my opinion to steer clear of VW. And while the Rio doesn't compare, when you look at it in its own right, its a great little car so comparing it with the VW is like comparing apples to oranges.
If you want a long waranty and a solid drive, Kia will tick the boxes. If you want a touch of luxury then it won't cut it, that's where the Volvos will give you what you want. I love the look of Mazdas but again, when it came to ticking boxes none of the SUVs gave us what we wanted. You need to literally sit down, write down what you want, and find the cars that fit the bill as closely as possible. Your budget is the best place to start.
ETA: Hyundai also have a long warranty, 5 years from memory. They're the same under the bonnet as a Kia but IMO a bit nicer looking. All models are comparable in price and features to their Kia counterparts. We were very close to buying a Hyundai ix35 which is the Sportage equivalent. The only thing that swayed us was the additional 2 year warranty. We also test drove an i40 which was just lovely to drive. Just another option in terms of brands.
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17-01-2016 13:51 #29
We have an older Ford Escape, which was good but isn't running too well these day. Soo roomy and a comfy ride though!
I have just bought a Honda Jazz- should get it next week so I'll let you know. Was good fun to test drive though!
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17-01-2016 13:55 #30
our previous car ran on premium unleaded (ouch) and we'd need to fill it up weekly.
loving the economy with this fuel type!!
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