Toyota avensis 2007 model: Are you buying a new or second-hand car? Ask our experts

Gillian: The Skoda Kodiaq seven-seater is only out since January 2017, so a 171 is out of budget; currently selling for €30k-plus. A more affordable model would be a 172 Peugeot 5008 1.2 petrol. These go for around €25k, so will have to eat into whatever you get for the Dacia, which would encroach on your small-car budget. But for €5k or so, you can pick up something suitable for a family of five like a 12-reg Nissan Note 1.4 or 11 Kia Rio 1.4. You are better off keeping the Duster if still happy with it as it starts so cheap when new it loses little year on year. I’d trade up the Megane for a €20k seven-seater, such as the Nissan X-Trail 1.6 dsl, where you will get into a 151 SV spec for the money. Another option is the Kia Sorento, but it has a 2.2 engine. You could also opt for an MPV with the SEAT Alhambra or Ford Galaxy, but I’d prefer the X-Trail styling.

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