We have a 132 Galaxy 2-ltr diesel (Titanium) with 75,000km on the clock. We have three children, aged three to eight, and live in Dublin. We travel to the west coast once every six weeks with more regular trips in the summer. We need the Galaxy for those trips as we are all active and have five bikes and outdoor equipment. I also have an 11 Golf 1.6 TDi (90,000km) which only does 50km some weeks. We are considering avoiding upgrading to another diesel as the Galaxy is mostly used for small trips but might keep it for country runs/summer holidays. We are considering trading the Golf for something like the new Honda CR-V hybrid although the petrol comes in a-7 seater and that would be advantageous at the weekend. The Mitsubishi PHEV Outlander also interested us but it is only in a 5-seater. We need the Galaxy's space in one car but are concerned the majority of driving is short trips in traffic and if we change to another we might be penalised by extra taxes on diesels in future. … [Read more...] about Another Galaxy? €30,000 to spend? 7-seater? Importing? €10,000 budget?
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We are a family of five in rural Donegal. We have a 2009 Ford Galaxy diesel and a 2009 Ford Focus diesel, which we only use from time to time. We want to do the right thing, and we'd like to go with a more eco-friendly option by trading in both diesels for an electric or a hybrid. The thing is, we drive on rural roads, so we're wondering if going green is even an option for us, in that we are never stuck in traffic. I'd say we'd do 10-12,000km a year on one car, with the second car doing very, very little. We're definitely offloading that in the new year whatever happens. Gillian: A rural Donegal family of five is not exactly screaming electric to me, but hybrid, yes. An electric can do the job, but there just isn't a lot of choice. There is a middle ground option with a PHEV (plug-in hybrid), which this might suit. Kia has the Niro SUV plug-in and Toyota has the Prius PHEV, both under €40k. I'm just concerned they might feel tight on space coming out of a Galaxy. If you are … [Read more...] about Family-of-five car; Rapid switch; Diesel commute; Two options; Small SUV