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02/08/2014 at 08:09
Hope no-one minds me posting this here, it's sort of OT, but...
We have known for ages that we would need to buy a new car eventually as S's pushchair barely fits in the boot but now we're also looking at ERF car seats and they are pretty big, our Mazda2 just isn't going to cut it ( I bloody love that car!)
So...what car do you drive? We don't do any long distance driving to speak of so ideally I'd like something quite light and nippy but obviously bigger. I'm probably being a bit superficial here but I don't see me or H in an Espace or anything like that (sorry, no offence intended if that's what you drive!) but I like the look of Audi A3s etc.
02/08/2014 at 08:25
We have a Megane. We used to have a grande punto but the boot wasn't big enough for the pram, let alone anything else! I love our car. It's still a nippy car without being tiny, it shifts when I need it to. but the boot space is much better! And with road tax at £20 a year, and brilliant mpg, it's kind on the pocket too! A0 least it would be if we'd stop getting punctures! But that's not the cars fault! :-)
02/08/2014 at 08:40
I drive a Renault Scenic which is probably bigger than you are thinking but ideal for fitting in three children and heaps of stuff.
02/08/2014 at 08:44
I've got a ford focus. It's a really high spec one but I just don't like it as much as the golf I had. I also find the back doors don't open very wide on the focus so I imagine that would make life difficult trying to get a child in and out.
I would definitely go for a golf every time
02/08/2014 at 08:53
Iwe've got an A3 sportback popcorn and it's the best car I've ever had, I love it! We can fit O's pram in the boot which takes up about 2/3rds of the space and still have plenty of room (we can even comfortably fit our beagle doggy in if needed!) performance wise it's great too, the only downside is they're not the cheapest of cars.
My H had an A4 estate but we just never used it for its purpose so we sold it and bought an A1 which is also fab and so so much more roomy that I thought it would be! We've just put a maxicosi 2 way pearl in it and there still a reasonable amount of room. I'm not the tallest but the passengers seat is still further back that I need the drivers seat when I'm driving! I
We have a rear facing seat in the a3 and you wouldn't even know it was in, there's zero impact on the space for the passenger.
Both great cars but as a main 'family car' the a3 is definitely better with the extra space.
02/08/2014 at 08:58
Mazda cx-5. Loads of space and you can get all sort of lovely trims and sports bits to pimp the model up!
02/08/2014 at 09:07
I drive a BMW 3 series. Quite a bit of space in the boot, although not loads. It's a nice car and feels really big to me as prior to S I drove a fiat 500!
02/08/2014 at 09:10
We sold our Ford Focus and bought a citroen Picasso grande. We travel a lot though and take the dogs with us!
02/08/2014 at 09:12
Not a Renault fan myself so I avoid those at all costs.
Volkswagen build great cars, my polo is 10yrs old & hasn't cost much to maintain.
oH shifts changed so we needed a second car (before we fell pregnant but good timing none the less!) & we went for a new Nissan juke - apparently Japanese cars are well built too & don't give much grief. Its bigger without scaring me & a good sized boot.
Basically when I buy a car I run it into the ground, I'm not into changing every few years.
02/08/2014 at 09:15
02/08/2014 at 09:32
We have a Toyota corolla, which can fit the buggy in the boot but nothing else really. H has an A3 quattro but it's only 2 door so we never venture out as a family in it and I've told him he has to sell it and get a family car. It's a turbo and the amount we spend in petrol is ridiculous. It was his little toy that he told me we needed for when it snows. We've owned it nearly a year and no snow so it's going. Will be keeping an eye on this post to see what family cars get recommended for his replacement.
02/08/2014 at 09:37
We've just bought a Kia Ceed 3 sportsback. Not as big as you would expect as estate to be - we actually went in there to look at the hatchback. So much room and basically the same build as a Hyundai but with 7 year warranty so well protected. The 3 has some fancy toys like rear camera which now we've got, I'm not sure I could ever do without again! Hubby is starting back work next month and is getting a company car as is probably looking between the Sportage or either Mazda 5 or 6 fastback. Had so many people say good things about Golf's but I just don't like the look of them - I've always been a Ford girl!
02/08/2014 at 09:50
I drive a Vauxhall Vivaro campervan. OH has a Honda Jazz at the moment. We can put a baby seat in the front of the camper, but once baby outgrows a Moses basket there won't be anywhere it can sleep in the camper, so we'll need a bigger one. When that happens I'll have the Jazz for general running about and getting to work, OH will get a bigger car since the Jazz was only ever meant as a stopgap for him (so he's looking at Volvos, Audis etc now) and when we have the money, we'll replace the camper.
02/08/2014 at 09:58
Qashqai here! We have a bugaboo buffalo and it fits in the boot, incl carrycot, but we originally got it because of Wispa, we needed a big boot for her. It's a crossover, so not as big as an SUV, but roomy and very comfortable, and very easy to drive.
02/08/2014 at 10:16
SaSasi + Wispa - I love the look of the Juke, good to hear about the boot space, I might have to investigate further. I'd always thought they looked like it might not be roomy enough though so we started looking at the Qashqai too. They're everywhere which speaks volumes.
Good to hear some good things about Audis as well. I know they can be expensive to buy though so I might investigate the nissans first and then look at the Audis 2nd. Thanks everyone!
Very speedy replies too...nice to see so much activity on here on a Saturday morning!
02/08/2014 at 10:30
We originally went to look at qashqai but the size scared us haha! The jump from polo to juke was enough for both of us but I am sure we would have adjusted easily enough. Good luck!
02/08/2014 at 20:26
We have a BMW 320d. Massive boot, I like it. I did prefer our Mazda though...
We can't fit all 4 kids in at the same time, unless I stay at home, but plenty of room in the back.
02/08/2014 at 20:39
Mine's a Peugeot 307 estate, and I love it. H's Citreon is a banger so we want a new car. £10k budget and need an estate but that's not enough for a decent age/mileage Audi or VW or Volvo. So we're shopping around but we'll need to do it soon because we've an MOT failure imminent :)
02/08/2014 at 20:47
I drive a totally impractical but lots of fun, boy racer, Renaultsport Clio. I love it, but it's not exactly a family car. It fits my pram, car seat and general shopping fine but it woyldvg be great for lots of luggage too
My H drives a 3 series, it's massive really and is our practical car.
02/08/2014 at 21:02
I have a Golf - we bought an ERF seat today and it fits nicely with room to spare
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