Please recommend cars to me!

(27 Posts)
IdentifyingCreamCake Tue 12-Jan-21 06:48:24

Due DC2 in the spring. Looking for a family car that fits the following criteria:

- can be bought second hand with reasonable mileage (up to maybe 50k?) perhaps 3-5 years old for no more than £10k
- eco friendly, gets good mpg. Not Diesel.
- decent size. Need boot storage for double buggy plus various paraphernalia. DC1 has some additional needs and may need buggy or walking assistance up until 5+
- me and DH are tall with long legs. Need something where the interior space is also large, so we can have two 360 car seats in the back without losing all our leg room. Family cars now seem to be very tall in head height but lacking in length eg Nissan Quashqai (can’t spell it).
- good safety rating.
- would quite like some mod cons like sat nav but not essential. Don’t care about parking sensors etc.

Thanks in advance!

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wineymummy Tue 12-Jan-21 07:03:16

Honda CRV

LudaMusser187 Tue 12-Jan-21 07:15:06

SUV's have awful boot space as the cabin area is so big. Look at estates, some great Kia's with very long warranty, free road tax and mega mpg plus huge boots

Howzaboutye Tue 12-Jan-21 07:20:14

Ford bmax

TheDukeAndI Tue 12-Jan-21 07:21:30

Honda Civic Tourer. Boot is immense. Crap on fuel though (can’t have it all ha)

wineymummy Tue 12-Jan-21 07:39:41

Agree that SUVs in general have crap boot space, but we bought the CRV because it has a huge boot and a spacious interior. For us it ticked all the boxes (and was the only affordable SUV that did.) Should definitely be available in the OPs budget for that mileage.

Kayjay2018 Tue 12-Jan-21 07:44:30

Just bought a second Honda CRV for our family. I love it, plenty of space, reliable and safe.


BarbaraofSeville Tue 12-Jan-21 07:45:52

CRV is likely to be awful on fuel economy though. And I don't rate hybrids for this. I drove some petrol hybrid smallish 4x4 type thing (Hyundai?) as a hire car and it used an enormous amount of fuel.

I'd look at a Skoda Octavia either hatchback or Estate.

Examples from the dealer in my area.

Swingometer Tue 12-Jan-21 07:49:11

Following because I have similar criteria for a car

Y67b Tue 12-Jan-21 07:55:17

Can you get an electric one through a work scheme? The tax breaks are really good. I fancy the kia e niro

CherryRoulade Tue 12-Jan-21 07:58:30

Skoda estate. Fabulous cars. Good space. Reliable. Very driveable.

ivykaty44 Tue 12-Jan-21 07:59:20

Look for electric - you get your economy
Then seat space - for legs not sure how long you consider 36” fits in UP but obviously doesn’t have boot space
Then boot space

Kia Soul
Ugly looking car but fits your criteria on many tick boxes

Second hand

Good range in miles - over 250

ivykaty44 Tue 12-Jan-21 08:00:44

Actually there is one on autotrader at under £15k

timtam23 Tue 12-Jan-21 08:01:44

I have a 2nd hand Ford C max which would meet all your criteria except mine is the diesel version. DH is tall and there seems to be enough room in front & back (although we didn't need to fit large car seats). Not sure what the petrol models are like to drive.
Several people I know, who are tall and have families, have a Skoda, either the Octavia or the Superb and they are very happy with their cars (we looked at those also but I'm not very tall and I found they felt too big for me when trying to manoeuvre them in small spaces)

Lonelycrab Tue 12-Jan-21 08:04:44

Civic tourer would be my choice. Got the non tourer mk9 and it’s great. No turbo, so less to go wrong, arguably more reliable than anything VW. I get 41mpg which I think is pretty good for 1.8 petrol, and that’s driving it quite hard. The tourer must be huuuge.

BarbaraofSeville Tue 12-Jan-21 08:06:28

would quite like some mod cons like sat nav but not essential. Don’t care about parking sensors

I'd pick parking sensors over sat nav any day. In car sat navs are usually not very user friendly, date quickly and are expensive or impossible to update. You can just use your phone instead.

Whereas parking sensors are very useful, especially with a bigger car and warn you of pedestrians and other traffic as well as help with parking in tight spaces.

Northernbeachbum Tue 12-Jan-21 08:07:57

Skoda superb! Or a Passat estate

glasshalfsomething Tue 12-Jan-21 08:12:42

Honda Civic or civic tourer

Longdistance Tue 12-Jan-21 08:22:07

I used to have an Vauxhall Insignia tourer. The boot was massive. I’m 5’10” and it was pretty roomy for me. It was actually a really reliable car for a Vauxhall. Maybe look at tourers as well as SUV’s. As pp said, some SUV’s have rubbish boot space and you really need to do your research on them. I thought the Qashqui didn’t have that a great boot. I did try my double buggy in the back.
Dh has a Toyota RAV4, that’s got a huge boot.
Nissan X-Trail has a huge boot, I owned one and could fit a double buggy and my shopping in that. Very sluggish to drive though, no zip in it.

Seeline Tue 12-Jan-21 08:41:02

Do not get a Qashqai. They are very cramped inside, boot space is next to useless, poor visibility, and horrible to drive.

You can tell I love mine 😆

Happycow Tue 12-Jan-21 08:41:20

Either a skoda Octavia, or golf/passat estate

Hazelnutlatteplease Tue 12-Jan-21 08:45:09

Yy to the CRV fitting all your criteria except fuel economy. Diabolical fuel economy

Yy to a skoda. If you can find a Roomster they really are perfect, space of a much larger car fuel economy of a much smaller.

I'd actually go for a yeti over an Octavia

Bromeliad Tue 12-Jan-21 08:45:48

We love our VW Touran, very roomy even for my long legged husband with a rear facing child seat behind him and so much boot space!

Wtfdidwedo Tue 12-Jan-21 08:49:10

Skoda Octavia Estate is massive. The Hyundai i40 Tourer is also great but I think the petrol version is more expensive than the diesel.

Wtfdidwedo Tue 12-Jan-21 08:50:23

Yetis and Roomsters have decent boots but they remind me of a hearse...

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