I have a 08 BMW 318i with low mileage. We do around 12,000km a year. Two small children later and we need more room. I have a €20k budget plus trade in. I'm looking for a good all rounder (both city and motorway driving) with a petrol engine and large boot. Would appreciate your views and advice. Gillian: The first one popping into my head is the Nissan Qashqai, mainly because it is popular as a petrol so you will find one. A 1.2 one-year-old might just about squeeze into budget for the nice spec SV but for a few extra goodies, you might be better off going for a 171/172 SVE or SV Premium model. I am conscious you are coming out of a BMW 3-series and I have been there. Actually it was when I was expecting my first child and I wanted something with a bigger boot also. I did eventually get into a Nissan but it wasn't my first choice after owning a Beemer. The issue is finding a petrol model to suit. The likes of Audi, BMW, Mercedes and other German brands are still predominantly … [Read more...] about All-rounder; buying used; petrol only; €8,000 for small car; is PCP worth it?
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A growing body of research shows that ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft increase rather than reduce congestion. These services, however, account for such a small share of urban travel that focusing on them as a source of trouble is probably wrong, if easing congestion is the goal. If they’re not the solution, they’re not really the problem, either.Last week, transportation consultant Bruce Schaller released a report pointing out that 70 percent of Uber and Lyft trips occur in nine large U.S. metropolitan areas, where they account for 90 percent of taxi rides (New York, where traditional taxis are still popular, is the one exception). In these areas, according to Schaller, the transportation network companies (the generic name industry professionals use for the ride-hailing firms) have added 5.7 billion miles of driving annually – and added to congestion because 60 percent of their customers would have used … [Read more...] about Don’t Blame Uber for Your City’s Congestion
BMW drivers get an awful lot of stick from other divers, but could it just be jealousy? The car we drive can reveal an awful lot about a person's social position and whether they’ve got much cash leftover to spend, according to a new survey Owners and drivers of BMWs, Citroens, Land Rovers, Minis and Hondas all are in the top bracket for monthly spare money, with over £1000 available. Other financial stats revealed, gathered by leasecar.uk, revealed: 19.8% of BMW owners had upwards of a grand free every month, which is almost three times the UK average of 7.8%. BMW owners are likely to have a good income level, as a new basic model of the 1 Series will set you back £20,480. The lowest disposable income is seen with Nissan owners, with 33.4% of them having less than £125 to spend on non-essentials each month. Peugeot, Vauxhall, Ford and Toyota drivers all enjoy a more middling amount of free income, largely sitting between £125 and £999. The research … [Read more...] about What your car says about you (BMW haters should look away now)
THEIR countries are out and that means some of the greatest names in football will have to watch the rest of the World Cup from the sidelines. It proves that it takes more than one man to make a winning team. But if you had to choose one great team from all the players in this year’s World Cup, who would they be and, more importantly, which cars would you pair them up with? We’ve had a think and asked our petrolhead and footballing friends and here’s what they’ve come up with. It’s a three-four-three formation and, while it would have been easy to select supercars across the board, the choice of vehicles is limited to ones you might see in the street – to make it more interesting. GOALKEEPER: Manuel Neuer, Germany: This guy is 6ft 6in tall and commands the goal and the area in front of it. He is described as the best keeper in the world, with fast reflexes, excellent shot stopping and an instinctive ability to read the game. Neuer is a strong and … [Read more...] about World Cup footballers and cars in winning combinations
I CONFESS I’ve always loved driving small cars – hence the original Mini and MG Midget remain among my favourites. But even I was surprised by just how much fun the latest Kia Picanto was when I had it on test in the Korean marque’s high-spec “3” trim. Never mind city car, I had a blast throwing it around the hilly, winding, country lanes near my home, enjoying its go-kart-like handling. It stuck to the black stuff like glue thanks to its low centre of gravity and the fact the wheels are placed at its four corners. I actually felt more confident at the steering wheel of the Picanto tackling the twists and turns than I have done in some large 4x4s. Adding to the fun was the willing 1.25-litre petrol engine mated to a very satisfying five-speed manual gearbox. The 83bhp on tap was more than enough to propel this lightweight Kia along, especially when making engaging use of the gearbox. The figures testify to its capability, with 60mph coming up in 11.6 … [Read more...] about The Kia Picanto city car’s great for town and country