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Did you get used to or regret buying a car that initially felt too big?

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zumo Thu 27-Jun-13 12:58:53

VW or Ford, that's easy
VW wins.
If you are really concerned ask the dealer if you can hire one for a day, they will possibly just lend it to you, go shopping or for a day out etc, that will help you decide.
We have a very old tatty Peugeot 406 estate its like driving a barge as its so long but it very handy as it holds all the crap we need, we also have a Bongo and a Bora and the bigger vehicles are no different to drive now.

sheeplikessleep Tue 25-Jun-13 11:17:10

Thanks all, appreciated.

CommanderShepard Tue 25-Jun-13 10:28:55

Think about it this way: vans don't usually have rear windows. If your wing mirrors are good you shouldn't have a problem.

I'm your height and drive a Skoda Superb estate. I find it fine, and love having the capacity.

RobotBananas Tue 25-Jun-13 10:27:57

Height 1635 mm
Length 4407 mm
Wheelbase 2675 mm
Width 1794 mm

Height 1610 mm
Length 4768 mm
Wheelbase 2850 mm
Width 1884 mm

Both 2010 models.

HTH smile

Drive a couple more Tourans before you make your decision- I love ours, it's great, but the first two I drove felt bouncy and crap. Ours is great though (just feels like a big Golf). We found we could get newer and lower mileage by getting a Touran too - we couldn't have got an S-max of the same spec for £10k.

EleanorHandbasket Tue 25-Jun-13 10:23:00

Mines an 09 titanium and was <gulp> 13k. I haven't regretted it for a second, I absolutely love it.

sheeplikessleep Tue 25-Jun-13 10:17:29

Thanks both for posting.

The Smax is slightly longer, but the space difference isn't massive.

I think I need to go and drive another Touran. I love being a passenger in the Smax, but as the driver, I just can't work out if I'll get used to the size or if I will regret it.

We are looking at 08 models. They are still around the £10k for the Titanium models, so still such a lot of money to spend.

EleanorHandbasket Tue 25-Jun-13 10:12:25

Oh I LOVE my Smax.

Next door have a Touran and it looks huge compared to mine, does it really have a smaller footprint?

I have front and rear parking sensors, which help. I can even parallel park it with ease, which was almost impossible in my old 7 seater (hyundai Trajet).

I'm 5'3, if that helps.

RobotBananas Tue 25-Jun-13 10:10:25

The Touran is much much easier to park,IMO - it does have a smaller footprint. Have you looked at the actual specs? Find them out and compare with your current car.

sheeplikessleep Tue 25-Jun-13 10:02:21

So we are looking at the SMaxs and Tourans, we are expecting DS3 in 7 weeks.

We prefer the shape of the Smaxs and that they look a bit more spacious.

However, I took one for a test drive and I'm a bit concerned the back window just felt so small and didn't feel like I had much visibility? DH says it is less important, as it has parking sensors.

I am only 5ft1 and drive a knackered old Mondeo at the moment. My head is saying Smax, but my heart is saying Touran, just because it feels a bit smaller.

I just wondered if anyone had any similar initial thoughts and then went on to buy, whether they did get used to it or not?


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