Looking for an SUV/Crossover for my parents
By - kamrulh96
Mazda CX-30? It's around the size of the Lexus UX and for your budget, you can get one that's almost new (well it's only been out for 2 years). It fits all the must haves and very reliable.
Wasn't sure if the CX-30 was a CX-3 typo but no it's a different car! No idea this existed, thank you for the suggestion, it's definitely on the shortlist now 😊
How are the automatic gearboxes? Smooth/jerky?
that i am not sure of, but it should feel the same as mazda 3. 6 speed traditional automatic instead of a cvt so for some of us it is a plus.
Brill. Thanks for your help 😊
I really like how Mazdas drive and their infotainment screens: they are not touchscreens. They are controlled by a knob and buttons. The AC is controlled by dedicated buttons. I'm also in my 50s.
I can't speak to the 5-7 year range. One of mine is 14 years old; the other, 2 months.
I like Mazda's too, don't see enought of them. How are they in terms of reliability?
I've had a 2008 CX-7 I bought in 2009. No major issues. That's becoming my daughter's, and I just bought a new 3 for myself.
Not necessarily conservative looking but maybe a Subaru Crosstrek? Or if it’s not too big, Forester.
Had to look both of these up as Subaru's are a very rare sight in the UK, I think I've only seen 3 in my lifetime and they were all old pre 2000s cars. A search found 3 used ones in a 50 miles radius.
Will definitely keep an eye out for them however! Thanks for the suggestion
50 miles is 80.47 km
The Forester is a great car for older folks. The Crosstrek is a bit tight inside. I believe the 2013-2018? still have climate control knobs and a radio with knobs.
How about something like the Audi Q5? (maybe even Q3 if they want something a bit smaller).
The controls are all more or less analog, as they can be controlled from the MMI wheel in the middle console (touchpad optional to use). Not sure if the model linked below has the parking camera, as the search options on autotrader seems limited.
The volvo XC60 is very nice - and should also be very reliable. The older models of the Tucson are fine, but they really increased the interior quality on the new model (but everything is more or less touchscreen controlled)
The Audi Q5/Q3 fit the bill actually, but I think we dismissed them quickly because we currently have a VW Tiguan, and with Audi being part of VAG, it means it's just a flashier variant of the Tiguan no? Much like how the Seat Ateca and Skoda Karoq and less premium versions of the Tiguan too. Will definitely give the Audi a second look however.
Volvo seems more and more like the way to go. But I'll have a look at the new Tucson, and see if the touchscreen is manageable. Thank you!
Yes they are part of the VAG group, but there are differences within the group on components and how they use them.
I drive an Audi A3 and we have a Golf with the same transmission in the family, and mine is a lot more smooth in the changes.
Interior quality is also vastly different and the feel of the materials are better.
But yes, Volvo is completely different, and they build nice cars.
We'll give Audi another look in that case, I'm presuming the gap is wider based on what you said. For context, I've driven a VW Polo and a Seat Ibiza and the difference in driving felt negligible, the aesthetics were the biggest differentiating factor personally, which didn't matter as they both felt nice for the price.