1st baby due Jan. Estate car or get a 4x4..? How much space do babies use???

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octanegirl Tue 04-Sep-12 18:59:00

i currently have an extremely fast S4 Estate and there actually isn't that much room in the boot and it's drinking me out of house and home. However I've not had a baby before and don't know how much room they and their accoutrements take up!
My DP and I do a lot of driving as he lives in London and I live in the country, and we often go and visit our respective families. In other words the car gets used A LOT, locally every day and longer journeys several times per week.
I'm thinking about an A6 Allroad diesel as I need 4 wheel drive, or will that still be too small?

EMS23 Tue 04-Sep-12 19:02:55

We're about to have DC3 & have just upgraded to an A6 allroad. It's great, boot space is just about enough so as you're on DC1 I'd say go for it. It would be more than enough space if we only had one DC.

We've also found the fuel consumption to be much better than our previous A6 estate (ie not the Allroader).

noblegiraffe Tue 04-Sep-12 19:04:08

I found a Honda Civic had enough room for one baby and enough stuff for a week's stay at grandparents. We've now got a Ford Focus and I'm pretty sure it'll be big enough for a baby and toddler, although a bit of a squeeze.

So, no idea about 4x4s, but anything that sort of size or bigger will be fine.

nancerama Tue 04-Sep-12 19:04:42

Babies take up as much or as little space as you have. We can easily fit 2 adults, a 1 year old, his buggy and enough clothes, other stuff and toiletries for a week away in a Mini.

The bigger the car the more stuff you're likely to fling in "just in case"

Wigglewoo Tue 04-Sep-12 19:09:22

This made me laugh! I used to have a fiat seicento (smaller than the inbetweeners car) 3 door and got me dd aged 9, ds and his car seat, dh and ds's silver cross linear freeway pram (minus the carry cot) in the boot bit!!!! smile. (Well us in seats, the pram in the bOot!!)

You really don't need a big car, unless you WANT one smile

octanegirl Tue 04-Sep-12 19:10:59

And on a purely lazy note, how much of a difference does the height make? Ie bending down for car seats in a car and not bending down for a 4x4?

Startailoforangeandgold Tue 04-Sep-12 19:11:23

One DC fitted fine in my ancient Citron BX.

Two to go away didn't if we wanted the travel cot, but that is because my old style mountain buggy was so long.

I'm now on my second Focus estate. Then a baby and a toddler fitted just fine. Now two secondary age DDs do too!

Only problem is that 3 car seats won't, so I had to stick the oldest DC in the front if they had a friend to tea.

I have 3 dc and dog who likes a trip in the car.

We cope just fine in a Renault megane, 3 door!

We have been known to drive to Scotland for a week long stay and have plenty of room.

Startailoforangeandgold Tue 04-Sep-12 19:13:28

Should say two DDs fit perfectly well in a Corsa, it's wanting to go away with the pram and something to wear that is the problem.

octanegirl Tue 04-Sep-12 19:13:40

Wigglewoo I'm obsessively tidy (OCD level!) so although I don't NEED a huge car I do want one, so it always feels ordered and tidy even if full of stuff. There. Now you all know that I'm mental!

LackingNameChangeInspiration Tue 04-Sep-12 19:13:59

how many children are you planning? we're expecting no 2 and looking a VW golf sized cars (which are bigger than what we have with no1)

moonbells Tue 04-Sep-12 19:21:45

We had a Polo. Boot was filled by the stroller but with some imaginative packing, we could go away for a few days. We only upgraded to a Golf when we realised that DH (6'2) and small boy were going to be legroom challenged sooner rather than later if they were sitting in line.

gallicgirl Tue 04-Sep-12 19:26:38

We fit toddler and all accessories including large pram and travel cot into my fuel efficient Honda jazz just nicely.

jenrendo Tue 04-Sep-12 19:28:47

We got a Nissan x-trail when DS was born and that fitted loads of stuff in plus a medium dog crate too. Now we have moved countries and are back to a normal height car and I find it much more difficult to get him in his car seat at the lower level. However, my mum constantly reminds me about how we, a family of 5, managed just fine with our Polo all those years ago!

CakeBump Tue 04-Sep-12 19:29:09

I don't know anything about cars I admit, but we've got DC1 due December.

We've also got a dog and needed tonnes of boot space to fit in both dog and buggy.

We've gone for a Dacia Duster 4x4. Its new in the UK (we're in Germany and they're very popular here) and its a very good price with absolutely loads of room.

Link [http://www.autoevolution.com/testdrive/dacia-duster-16-4x4-16v-2010.html here]

CakeBump Tue 04-Sep-12 19:29:53

balls, let me try again

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CakeBump Tue 04-Sep-12 19:45:24

Personally I can't see why you would spend more for less room but <shrugs>

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CakeBump Tue 04-Sep-12 20:29:07

I think it ticks all those boxes too actually.

It probably doesn't tick the "showing off" box but so what?

WMittens Tue 04-Sep-12 20:29:45

And interior.

Dacia Dusters look fantastic for the price point, but it's a very different proposition to a hot Audi.

I was going to suggest an A6 Avant, either that or look at a BMW 5 series Touring.

WMittens Tue 04-Sep-12 20:35:02

Cakebump

"I think it ticks all those boxes too actually."

I highly doubt it as Dacia is Renault's 'budget' brand, and Renault aren't know for their reliability themselves.

An S4 is in a completely different world in terms of performance - older versions had a 4.2 litre engine, the current one has a 3 litre supercharged engine. The Duster's largest engine (2.0) is low powered by the standards of other manufacturers' 1.6 engines.

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octanegirl Tue 04-Sep-12 21:49:13

Mmm I've got used to nice interiors etc so will be sticking to nice cars with leather and other such toys! My S4 is 8 years old now and has the 4.2 litre V8 but is still incredibly rewarding to drive and very nice to be in. Cars have always been more about just getting from a to b for me, I enjoy the journey too much.

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WMittens Tue 04-Sep-12 22:41:29

No, sell it. To me.

airedailleurs Tue 04-Sep-12 22:42:30

renault megane - very comfy and the extra height is very useful - they are also quite cheap

My MIL has an all-the-trimmings Nissan Xtrail and I think it's fab! All that space, all the toys, really quite fast. Only problem is it really is quite high, and being a shortarse myself, I find doing DD's straps up in her car seat really awkward.

I think an A6 would be just right. DH wants to swap his A3 for one.

For the record, for the first 10 months of DD's life, his car was off the road (budgetary reasons) so we nipped around in my Fiat Punto. We even drove to halfway down France in it when she was 8 weeks old, and all the crap we thought we needed fitted - quite snugly, but it fitted grin

PatriciaHolm Thu 06-Sep-12 22:11:49

We managed with 2 children (18 months apart) with DH's Subaru Impreza no problem. My Peugeot 307CC was fine too! No need for a monster truck if you don't want one!

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