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04/03/2013 at 12:07
we currently have a Y reg ford fiesta and an 07 yaris. i LOVE my fiesta but it's a 3 door and just not practical anymore with 2 kids (well, 1 and 1 on the way) so need to think of selling the fiesta and getting something more family friendly. the yaris has to stay for another year at least (political reasons - FIL gave it to us, and although i'm not that keen on it, i have to show willing and keep it for a while before we get rid....)
so i want a 5 door car, spacious boot and inside, good fuel economy, not too expensive car tax, manual. i'm quite little so would like something where i sit a little higher, but i don't like long or massively huge cars (estate cars are probably a no, as are things like people carriers or 4x4s, though i don't mind MPVs - qashqai or a kuga is about as big as i would go). we can't afford new, so needs to be a good value 2nd hand purchase. on top of all this, i'd like the moon on a stick please.
04/03/2013 at 12:11
How about a focus?i ve never had one but ticks a lot of your boxes. Our last car was a qashqai it was a great car. Economical too although the newer ones don't seem to be as economical.
04/03/2013 at 12:24
i haven't really looked at the focus', but if it's anything like a fiesta i think i would get on well with it. i'd really love a qashqai but i'm not sure we can afford one
04/03/2013 at 12:50
I have a 5 door fiesta and H used to have a Focus. As you say BW if you like the Fiesta then you would probably like the focus. The only thing I would say, we had the focus when M arrived and we realised that the rear seatbeat wasn't long enough to fit round the rear facing car seat! It fitted fine in the fiesta!! Might want to take a car seat with you to try when looking!!!
04/03/2013 at 20:42
We absolutely love our Golf. So much so that in the past we used to change cars every 2 yrs and have no had this one for coming up 6 yrs ! We can't find anything else we like as much.
It might not be big enough with 2 children though, that is our concern at the moment. It is fine for day to day but when we go camping or away at Christmas etc we normally fill the unused half of the back seat, which obviously will no longer be unused once Noodles arrives.
04/03/2013 at 20:45
Love VW's and Audis - quality that will last.
We have an audi a3 5 door, its fab! Boot is massive, fits our icandy plus shopping, and has also carried nephew and their icandy too for days out.
04/03/2013 at 20:46
I have a 3 dr Fiesta with my 2 LOs! I will admit I'd like more room really to fit all the crap in, it fits the kids in fine! but we use H's car when out for the day altogether, I use mine nipping about in the week and going to work and I love that its so cheap to run. I'd prob like a Focus size but my Fiesta was a gift and I can't afford a new car atm.
04/03/2013 at 20:49
We have a Mazda 6 and an insignia, both are great, we've not had any problems with either, H is just in the middle of exchanging his insignia for another, and he's very picky with cars as he used to be a mechanic for ford
04/03/2013 at 21:10
My friend has this car
I can't believe how big the boot is on it! It's absolutely huge and she loves it!
05/03/2013 at 11:10
My sister loved her focus and it's spacious and doesn't feel too big to drive. We have a mondeo and when we first got it I thought it was huge and said I'd never drive it but I really like it now. Its our first decent sensible car and even my h loves it and hes not into 'sensible' cars at all so that really surprised me!
05/03/2013 at 11:31
We had the focus when we had just E. TBH it wasn't big enough for us with two so close in age gaps and TBH, the seat belts aren't long enough either. We swapped to the Mondeo when S was 3 weeks old. The boot is huge, we can fit a double, and single pushchair in there, and shopping. I love it, it's comfortable, looks nice, and pretty good to run too cost wise. We got a 57 plate, we paid £5900 for it, it's done quite a few miles but it was a company car, so it had services etc regularly. We don't do many miles so eventually it will even out. It costs lest a year to tax than our focus did. It's a diesel, it costs about £80 to fill it up, but we've just done about 400 miles on that £80 and we've been down to south wales and back. It's certainly more economical than our petrol focus was.
05/03/2013 at 11:38
ETA - my car is the same as the one Dolly has linked to. The boot really is huge. We have no problems fitting everything in.
I can't imagine wanting another car, i love this one.
05/03/2013 at 12:50
Ive got a ford fusion..... 1.6 turbo diesel...cheap tax (£30) cheap to run....good space without being huge.
05/03/2013 at 14:28
We've got an astra at the moment. H is currently in need of a car for work (I'm returning to work in 3 weeks) and needs a diesel. He's looking at another astra as we both love them. Also had a focus previously but find the astra has a bit more room.
05/03/2013 at 15:27
We've got a focus and whilst it's lovely to drive, it's not really big enough for us. I can just squeeze the double buggy in the boot (out n about nipper) but there isn't much room for anything else. The seat belts are a nightmare for L's car seat, and we had to get the belted base to overcome this.
05/03/2013 at 15:41
I was going to suggest an estate! I have a peug 307 estate and I was dead against it at firs but drove a few and didn't have a problem at all with them. It's fab having the extra space. I know I'm no help at all pj xx
05/03/2013 at 21:11
I'm little help to you as I have a Qashqai, well technically a Qashqai +2.
How about C-Max? I test drove one and liked it, felt high up. I did prefer the look of the Qashqai though.
06/03/2013 at 09:07
we have a black edition A3 5 door which is really Hs car ( I still haven't driven it cos it's his baby) but it is fab for space we fitted us discobaby, the oyster wheels and carrycot, travel cot and luggage for us all for a week when we went on holiday in oct.
We also looked at the VW golf.
With my moon on a stick I want a fiat 500 which would be a completely impractical second car but I want one.
in a more realistic world whe H and I contemplate buying me a car his suggestions are as follows
the kia pseudo 4X4 thing (although only if we could afford it new to get the warrenty etc)
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