Right, in an effort to curb some costs and make a proper effort to save up in order to move house i am considering downsizing my car.. by downsize all i really mean though is that it had to be more economic to run both in terms of fuel i put it, and servicing costs.
Like a lot of people, i get a car allowance through work. It's a use it or lose it style system that after tax comes out at approx £340 pcm, so not massive, but enough for something decent right?
In the past 5/6 years i've spent way over that, but now i need to trim up the excess few of hundred quid i spend on top and stick it into savings as well as some other aggressive 'trimming' elsewhere. Be a fun few years won't it?
So, what are the options/recommendations do we think.. i am looking at leasing the following (due to rules around the car age etc, can't just get an older one):
* BMW 1er
* Merc A-Class
* New VW Golf Mk7
* New Audi A3
* Volvo V40?!
* Alfa Guilietta??!!!
Priorities are as follows, in no particular order:
1. Fuel economy.. look at something in the 60mpg++ range [so basically diesel]
2. Service costs.. low low low low
3. Most 'bang for buck' car
4. I know whatever happens this car will be dull as ditch water, but something interesting would be nice!
I spent a good 2 or weeks working on the A-Class A180 CDI, but the numbers don't add up as i do around 15k per annum and the monthlies were like £410, shame, nice car... but reviews are so mixed i'm only prepared to go with that if it's around the £340 - £350 mark..
I'm now starting to think mk7 golf a bit, specced one up on their site andthe 1.6 TDI although only coughing up only 105bhp returns just over 70mpg.. mut be sooo dull though.
Things i really know i'm going to miss are nav, xenons, leather etc.. the golf with nav and xenons only came out at £22720 which seems ok right?
Arghh.. what are people thoughts on this? should i go even lower and spec up something like a polo to the max? or should i get an econobox golf with no nice stuff?
Any potentials i have missed off?