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Pregnant and in need of a family car... what car do you have?

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mamabear7 Tue 05-Feb-19 15:20:17

Hi all,

I'm only a couple of months pregnant but trying to think ahead so I'm not trying to do stuff at 30+ weeks! I've sadly accepted that my trusty, wonderful Fiat 500 just isn't going to work easily with a baby. 3 doors, can't fit a car seat easily, tiny boot.. you get the idea.

I am wondering what well-priced cars you have that work with your children? It needs to fit a Maxi-Cosi Pebble (my friend is selling me her new unused seat and isofix for cheap!) and still have leg room for the front seat. smile

I'm hoping for something not super expensive or massive! I don't like driving big cars so I'm not after something like a Nissan Qashqai as I wouldn't feel comfortable driving something so big. My thought was a Ford Fiesta or Ford Focus - not sure how they are size wise though, in terms of boot or baby car seats?

Please share with me what cars you/your family/friends have, do they work well for a family, how is the boot size, etc etc?

Thank you so much! smile

cv01jw Thu 07-Feb-19 11:23:03

I can second the Suzuki Vitara. Size wise it is no bigger than a Focus (possibly a tad smaller) but it has plenty of space inside and a decent sized boot.

If you can find a preregistered one you can also get a bargain.

lovewatchingrainfall Thu 07-Feb-19 11:26:59

We loved our ford focus could fit loads in it.
I am however currently using my husband's fiat 500 and can easily fit my daughters nuna rebel plus car seat and I have a mamas and papas zoom which fits in the boot. I am sure the boot is bigger then you think.

BelfastSmile Thu 07-Feb-19 11:37:53

I have a Toyota Corolla, which is fine. It's a bit awkward getting the pram into the boot, but it's doable - I don't do it often, though.

I had a 3-door before, when I just had DS, and it was ok but a bit awkward - particularly in car parks, as the door on a 3-door is bigger and you have to open it pretty much fully to get a car seat in or out.

It depends how you're going to use it too... DH has a Toyota Argo which could fit 2 car seats in the back and do the job, but doesn't fit the pram - does take the buggy, though. But he can use it for the kids now that they're older (DD sometimes needs the buggy, but not usually).

Bryjam Thu 07-Feb-19 11:44:04

Skoda Octavia. Biggest interior in the world but still a normal size car for parking etc and not crazy expensive.

Second this. The Octavia should be on the 'must look' list.

BlueChampagne Fri 15-Feb-19 12:52:17

We had a Citroen C3 till the kids were about 6 and 4. Then a Skoda Fabia. You don't really need a big car, but 5 doors does help! Don't forget about roofboxes!

arkela Sat 16-Feb-19 19:31:45

Honda CRVs are terrific crossover cars. I've had many different kinds and this was by far my favorite. It was only when baby number three came along that I had to get something bigger.

sweatybettee Sat 16-Feb-19 19:36:11

I had a Ford fiesta with my first which was fine (not 3 door though!) but when expecting my second I was trying to choose between a Ford C max and Mercedes B class. If you can afford the bit extra the B Class is great, way more room inside than the cmax somehow and nice and roomy!

Scienceforthewin Sat 16-Feb-19 19:40:02

I love my c3 Picasso (and hated my Fabia Estate - engine underpowered, too low for getting kids in car seats, plus I had gear trouble). What about a fiat 500xl ? Similar to the c3 Picasso afaik.

Doyouthinktheysaurus Sun 17-Feb-19 07:52:55

We just rented a fiat 500 for 3 weeks and the boot is surprisingly big. Bigger than I recall in my ford Ka which we managed with fine until ds2 came along. I think the main issue would be getting baby in the car seat with no rear doors.

We have just bought a mini clubman which has a great boot size, 5 doors and lots of room in the back.

LoopyLu2019 Sun 17-Feb-19 10:02:11

It sounds like you need a reasonable hatch back. So depending on your budget I'd be looking at vauxhall astras, vw golf, ford focus, Volvo v40, mini clubman or countryman, Audi A3, skoda octavia, Kia Rio etc. With this size car you probably want a 1.6-2ltr turbo (smaller than a 1.6 will feel sluggish to get going with this size body). Now because you're looking at a family car, it's in your interests to consider the euro ncap safety rating of these cars. For example the fiat punto has a 0 rating which is ridiculously low and shocking. I would not touch this car with a barge pole. Now the next important thing to you is functionality. For this I would find 10 models in your price range and look at the car wow practically reviews. This will go through things like boot space, storage etc. From this, and their driving reviews you can probably short list 4-5 cars. Now go test drive and ensure you ask to take your car seat and try installing it. Now you'll know which one you'd like to drive the most. Now you can look for best deal to suit you. If you're buying 2nd hand be careful of the cars history. Try to buy from a dealer that offers warranty. 2nd hand kias are great for still being in extended manufacturers warranty.

NicksWife08 Sun 17-Feb-19 10:16:30

We had a 2013 vauxhall astra when ds was born. That model was great, surprisingly massive inside. We frequently went away with everything but the kitchen sink and it also fitted 3 across the back even with the car seat. Incredibly reliable and so cheap on fuel even though it was a 2 litre diesel.
I now drive a bus because we had more children, but I loved that car and would have another.

ashvivienne Fri 08-Mar-19 02:51:17

DD2 has a 5 door Corsa SE we can fit DGDs stokke xplory in the boot with the seat unit or carrycot and with the car seat and isofix - kiddy evo Luna I size there’s room for front passengers. She has a 16 plate so it has apple car play in it and it also has heated seats up front too which is nice

Singlenotsingle Fri 08-Mar-19 03:16:06

Citroen C3 Picasso. Big windows, high seats, big boot, and it's a good looking car

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