Family Car Challenge

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  1. Guadagnia

    Guadagnia Well-Known Member

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    Hi,
    Im interested in all families with 3 plus children, what car do you drive and why. Does it have enough space, and pros/cons of the car. What car do you aspire to given you had the money ?

    Im thinking about a new car but need something that ticks all the boxes, so to speak, so I thought maybe the best way to gather info is to get advise from others with larger families.

    Thanks for your comments good or bad

    Rgds
    Guadagnia
     
  2. Craig

    Craig Well-Known Member

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    you could realistically use any large saloon or estate car, aswell as the obvious MPV's...

    i dont have 3 children but i do often carry 3 or 4!

    I currently have a vauxhall omega saloon, really comfy car, tons of boot space for prams and whatever, aswell as loads of space inside (my neice looks lost sittin in the back when i pick her up from school lol), and its quite a safe car. downside of mine is running costs if you're only doing short journeys (2.5 V6 petrol), and tax etc, and parking if you arent used to bigger cars.

    my sister drives a renault megane scenic... im not a fan personally (mostly because its french! lol), but it does have plenty of room for the kids, and the amount of stuff she seems to carry in it is quite surprising lol not sure what its like for running, but i do know its only a 1.6, which in a big heavy car usually means crap fuel consumption too (as you're always having to accelerate). pro's are the space and also the felxibility of being a 7 seater (though you're compromising boot space then). seems to tick most of the boxes. though i do find it a complete pain to drive with its automatic handbrake and crappy clutch.

    My brother and his fiancé have 5 kids between them, he currently has a ford focus C-max, which jus isnt big enough if they have all the kids (in which case he uses the transit mini-bus! lol). hes currently looking at an S-max, 7 seats, tons of space, decent spec'd car with a few engines to choose from based on what you're after... though i havent driven one yet, so cant comment on that.

    Dad's got an audi a6 estate, 1.9tdi so econimical enough, nice comfy car to drive, plenty safe, and loads of space being the estate version. can fit the 3+ kids in the back no problem (though its not quite as big as my car). downside would be any work needing done - audi arent cheap!... but there is less work to be done, so proves cheaper in the long run that a crappier car lol

    erm.... all of them i drive regularly with the kids in, though i dont have to "live" with them, so thats all based on my personal experiance and whatevers came up in conversation with the owner of whichever car.

    :)
     
  3. Guadagnia

    Guadagnia Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Craig, thats very helpful :wave:

    I currently have a Skodia Fabia VRS & Suburu Impreza Wagon, neither are big enough..

    Like the sound of the Audi :wink:
     
  4. mrs_tommo22

    mrs_tommo22 Well-Known Member

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    I only have two children but in my mondeo theres enough room for 3 carseats at the back :D and I can get a travel system in the boot and a umbrella folding pram and my shopping.
     
  5. Slinky Sarah

    Slinky Sarah Well-Known Member

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    what is it with guys and french cars?! lol my OH says the exact same about my clio lol

    anyway back on topic....
    My brother has a citreon xara picasso thingy...has 3 kids (who are all teenagers) and is a mobile DJ so plenty of space for everything.
     
  6. Urchin

    Urchin Well-Known Member

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    We will have 3 kids and already have one of these

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    I love it the boot is massive and all the seats can come out so if you're moving stuff it basically turns into a van.
    There's so much room inside we won't need to upsize unless we ever got more kids.
     
  7. kellie80

    kellie80 Well-Known Member

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    We have a Citroen xsara picasso too and my 3 are still in car seats. there's plenty of room cos they have 3 separate seats in. Plus the boots massive, we have a massive tandem pram in it and can still squeeze a weeks shopping in :D
     
  8. Xena

    Xena Well-Known Member

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    what?
     
  9. mary70

    mary70 Well-Known Member

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    hi hun i have had 3 car seats in the back of my citreon picasso with no problems, loads of room to get to each child and loads of storage space
     
  10. Sarah&Braydon

    Sarah&Braydon Well-Known Member

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    my parents have a VW touran and there is loads of space as there is 3 seperate seats
     
  11. Craig

    Craig Well-Known Member

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    generally speaking, the french arent known for build quality - hers has had to go into garage a few times from being brand new.

    Ive owned/driven/worked on a range of french cars (306, 307, 106, 207, 406, 407, megane, saxo, AX etc) and generally speaking theyre not the best put together cars lol but dont get me wrong, their cheap enough and usually do the job at hand! :) i dont mind the smaller ones, i make money off them cos theyre so easy work on :lol:
     
  12. jue

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    I have a Nissan Note. Loads of space for the kids, and loads of boot space for shopping etc.

    Also has a false floor in boot so you take out 2 sections and get extra boot space.

    Very economical too :wink:
     
  13. PinkPunch

    PinkPunch Well-Known Member

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    Oh, I like that! Would be plenty of space for my doggy too..
     
  14. samandbump

    samandbump Well-Known Member

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    i want one of these!!!!!!!!!!!!


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  15. mrs_tommo22

    mrs_tommo22 Well-Known Member

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    I like that persoanlly, and love the colour!
     

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