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      06-29-2010, 10:13 AM   #1
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Car recommendations with 2 kids?

My 335d went today (sniff) as my GT-R should be arriving next week

My missus is now getting itchy feet and wants to trade the Disco 3 in as she finds it just to big for every day use such as parking etc (She used the 335d often). I've tried to talk her out of it but what can i say when i've been trading mine in for others and she can't use the 335d now.

Don't want nothing fancy but it must have a decent boot but not be a big car. Ideally a hatchback/small estate and four doors and something with a good safety record/airbags cause of the kids.

She looked a Mini Clubman today and while its a funky car the boot was just to small. The Countryman comes out later in the year but to long to wait.
With 2 kids, one 6 months and a 3 year old it means a double buggy now plus all the shopping. We also need to get 2 dogs in the car occasionaly as well.

What cars can you guys and girls suggest?
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Citroen DS3 too small? It's a very funky little "in" car of the moment.
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I saw a lady driving around in a rather nice looking A6 Avant this morning and was wondering myself at what cost these were. It was only the 2.0d one I think but was dressed up like something much more powerful (all show but no go as they say but good enough for 'er indoors - whether she'll be happy going from a 35d to a 2.0d is another question).
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Citroen DS3 too small? It's a very funky little "in" car of the moment.
My brother in law works for Peugot/Citroen and he said about DS3 but its only 3 door
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The Mrs has a Rav4 XTR diesel

Got a big boot but she's comfortable driving it.

Don't like hatchbacks myself and i quite like driving it. Pretty robust and will go everywhere so she feels secure in it.

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C5 estate? Again pretty nice looking and assume you can get a discount?

Liking Citroen's current range a lot.
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C5 estate? Again pretty nice looking and assume you can get a discount?

Liking Citroen's current range a lot.
I agree they have turned a corner, i think they are the underdog now. A mate went a long way to collect a white DS3??... for his Mrs. It was fairly loaded in white and had those DLR's. Look pretty smart. Always thought the new C5's looked good too.
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I still have doubts about French cars for some reason?!

Anyone know what Golf boots are like? Even the Ford Focus is attracting me.
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Golf boot is pretty decent and the seats split/fold- I've had many of them! Only the AWD versions have the shallow boots. Thoroughly decent motors as are the Fords. Golf had that classier edge though and anything from a 170bhp diesel up is pretty nippy.

The quick Focus models are just too chavvy IMO.

Is the 4WD ability of the Disco not needed?
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Golf boot is pretty decent and the seats split/fold- I've had many of them! Only the AWD versions have the shallow boots. Thoroughly decent motors as are the Fords. Golf had that classier edge though and anything from a 170bhp diesel up is pretty nippy.

The quick Focus models are just too chavvy IMO.

Is the 4WD ability of the Disco not needed?
Cheers and no, 4wd not needed (although was damn handy in the snow). Disco was bought for 7 seats although there so rarely used its another reason why its going. Just need the boot space and 4 doors and all those pratical things for the tiny terrors!

Personly i love the Disco but its a bit too big for daily life and tight car parking spaces for the missus who drives it 80% of the time.
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Skoda Octavia VRS has a huge boot.
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Skoda Octavia VRS has a huge boot.
Good choice, can vouch for the fact that the boot is HUGE. Great car for bargain price too.
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Just seen a used Golf R32 from our local dealer for a decent price but it states its an import. Would there be any probs being an import?
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Just seen a used Golf R32 from our local dealer for a decent price but it states its an import. Would there be any probs being an import?
No problems but it should be up for sale at a lower price than a UK spec car.
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How much do you plan on spending?
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How much do you plan on spending?
Ideally a budget of 15k or so.
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My wife has a merc B class - she really likes it and ticks all of the boxes mentioned above.
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Golf GTi is generally regarded as being a better all rounder than an r32, they would make a great family car as fast enough, good size, classy, good image and well built. Having said that she might miss a jeep type vehicle as they work so well for kids and all the stuff they need to carry around. X3 maybe ?
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I had a mk4 R32 and loved it - lovely sound, amazing grip, brilliant interior and felt really special for it's price. No it's not mega quick but still rapid enough - but the power delivery is awesome. It's a huge step up from any other mk4.

The mk5 has a fundamentally better chassis (mk4 "fixed" the flaws of the standard chassis, mk5 is right in the first place), is quicker and slightly better on fuel - not as keen on the look though.

Just note that you get a shallower boot in both due to the space taken up by the AWD kit.
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2 year warranty on an import.

Don't buy a Citroen, you WILL regret it.

Mkv golf is an awesome car, and the R32 is great allrounder, plenty of space although slightly shallower boot. I've had 3 mkv s with 2/3 kids no probes
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