Our Top Choices:
Every family in Ireland wants a family vehicle for day to day functions and other purposes as well. However, they are limited by a budget as we all are. The good news is that there are vehicles that do not cost much but serve the purpose of being a family car just as well as any other vehicle. There are certain characteristics that are common among family vehicles such as space. The following are features of the most affordable cars to buy in Ireland in 2017:
The Dacia Duster which is a sport SUV (sports utility vehicle) comes either as a five-door wagon or a four door pick up. It is mostly available with a 1.6L petrol engine. The Dacia is a two wheel drive vehicle with a five or six-speed transmission that is either manual or automatic depending on the taste and preference of the consumer. The Duster has two front airbags for safety in case of a collision and for preventing a collision it has an electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and emergency brake assist (EBA). The average top speed on all Dacia Dusters is about 175 km/h.
The SsangYong Tivoli is another fabulous family SUV. It is a big vehicle with 18′ wheels. The interior is superb too. There is a dual zone climate control function to adjust the atmosphere in the vehicle. All the seats are made from leather, and the front seats are heated in case it gets cold. For the weather outside you have fog lights and rain sensing wipers that make driving very easy. The control panel in the car is a 7″ touch screen RDS radio with iPod & Bluetooth connectivity and also a reversing camera. In the case of a collision, there are seven airbags to be deployed for all passengers.
This leisure activity vehicle has a four-cylinder petrol and diesel engine with a wide range of 1.4L to 2.0L and 1350cc to 2000cc. It comes with a five-speed manual transmission but more recent; electric versions come with an automatic transmission. Most of the appeal comes from the fact that it is a hybrid and newer versions have lower CO2 emissions that many hybrids. It is mostly available in a four or five-door panel van.
The Nissan Note is a Japanese made hatchback with five doors. The vehicle is accessible as a two wheel drive or four wheel drive dependent on consumer choice. It has a 1.5 L petrol engine with about 100 HP. The transmissions are different depending on location. Five-speed manual transmissions are fitted into Japanese versions while four-speed hydraulic transmissions are fitted into European and American versions. You also get an exclusive HDD navigation system with incredible features such as a music stoker and a 30 GB hard drive. The wheels are 15-inch aluminium alloy. The car comes with a Super UV-blocking green glass so you can park outside without having the damage of too much heat in your car. It also has leather seats and a wide selection of colours to choose.
Skoda Octavia Estate
The Skoda Octavia Estate is an Eastern European family car with five doors and four wheel drive capacity. You have a range of choices from 1.4 L to 1.9 L engines either running on petrol or diesel. With the newest version, you get a radar sensor in the front bumper to help the driver avoid collisions. You also get front and back cameras to judge distance particularly when your vision is impeded by the weather. The transmission is five, six or seven speed with the latter for two-wheel drive versions only.
This South Korean made vehicle can be acquired as a hatchback or an estate. You have the option of acquiring it as a three door or five doors depending on your preference. You also have a 2.0 L engine with a choice of transmission between five and six-speed manual or four-speed automatic. It has incredible fuel consumption with 10 L/100 km in the city and 7.8 L/100 km on the highway. The vehicle weighs less than 1500 kg and has a top speed of about 200 kph.
Citroën C4 Cactus
The Citroen C4 Cactus is a compact SUV, but it is like no other. It has a special design known as the “Air bump panels.” The panels are meant to protect the vehicle’s sides from damage. The vehicle mostly comes as a five-door hatchback. You get the option of a 1.2 L petrol engine or a 1.6 L diesel engine. The tires have an 18′ aluminium alloy rim, and the vehicle has a choice of either four wheel drive or two wheel drive. The car’s transmission has quite some range with five and six-speed manual transmissions or four and five-speed automatic transmissions.