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Things to Look Out for When Buying a Left Hand Drive SUV

This entry was posted on 14th December 2018 by Tass G.

Sport Utility Vehicles or SUVs for short have replaced the estate car and MPV as the go-to choice for families. With their wide opening doors, high driving position and versatile seating options, it’s easy to see why the SUV now rules the roost. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the things to look out for when buying a left hand drive SUV to help make the right choice.

Check rear seat access

For families with young children, a car that offers good rear seat access and secure child seat fittings will definitely be high on the priority list. Consider how you will be using the car and check that it meets your requirements. Those with older children will want to make sure that there are plenty of storage compartments and power sockets for keeping things like tablets charged while on the go.

Additional seating

A lot of modern SUVs now come with the option of 7 seats for added convenience. The general seating layout has the standard 5 seats and a further 2 seats located in the boot. These vehicles can be extremely handy as the seats fold flat when not in use to provide a large boot space and still offer the versatility of extra seating when you need it.

Parking sensors and reversing camera

These may sound like accessories that you could live without but the reality is parking sensors and a reversing camera will help to make your life so much easier. As most SUVs are much larger than a standard car it can take some time to get used to the extra size, parking sensors help to make sure you don’t accidentally hit something while trying to park.

Two wheel or four wheel drive?

While most SUVs have rugged styling it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are any good off-road. A lot of smaller SUVs and crossovers are only available in two wheel drive. The obvious benefits of two wheel drive are cheaper running costs, while four wheel drive versions offer better performance in slippery conditions and some off-road driving potential.

Keyless boot opening

Another feature that you may have first dismissed is keyless boot opening systems. These are incredibly useful when you have your hands full of shopping and can unlock and open the boot with a wave of your foot under the bumper.

Car upholstery

One thing is certain if you have young children there will definitely be spillages of food and drink on your car seats. Look for fabrics that are hard-wearing and easy to clean for added peace of mind when buying a left hand drive SUV.

Boot load height

Does the boot have a flat floor, and is there a high boot lip? Most SUVs have relatively flat boot floors and no boot lip to make loading and unloading much easier. Trust us you’ll appreciate the difference that this can make.

Are you ready to buy a left hand drive SUV? Get in touch with the team at Transeuropean today on 0207 435 7009 and see how we can help.