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foodaholic Thu 26-Sep-13 23:30:17

I'm pregnant with DC3 and plan to have another within the next couple of years. We currently have a Renault scenic but I'll need a 7/8 seater to accommodate everyone going forward. Want something reliable & not too pricey. We'll probably buy second hand. I'm concerned about boot space as we have a double buggy. Any recommendations would be appreciated

Fisharefriendsnotfood Thu 26-Sep-13 23:36:34

Volvo xc90. Amazing smile

foodaholic Thu 26-Sep-13 23:43:35

Thanks Fish smile

foodaholic Sat 28-Sep-13 22:45:54

Anyone else?

littlepeas Mon 30-Sep-13 10:14:18

I have the newer sharan with sliding doors - also awesome! We only have 3, so only use the back row in and out, but they are full size seats - I can see it working well with 4 or 5 dc!

alwaysneedaholiday Mon 30-Sep-13 10:23:04

FORD SMax is great. Huge boot and still plenty of space if rear seats are used. The rear seats can be put up and down with one finger virtually . It's a great drive too, apparently....I'm not a car expert! Plus it's relatively economical to run.

OodAlpha Mon 30-Sep-13 10:47:30

We have a Bongo. Looks big but we were parked next to a galaxy the other day and are similar length.
Surprisingly easy to manoeuvre too.
No fancy gadgets though.

EntWife Mon 30-Sep-13 21:55:10

we have a Kia Sedona. it is a 7 seater with boot space. I love ours.

Captainbarnacles1101 Mon 30-Sep-13 21:57:06

Ford Galaxy. i have DC4. plenty of space and ultr reliable

Moxiegirl Mon 30-Sep-13 22:02:02

We have an smax and do like it but thinking of going back to the zafira as rarely have all 7 of us in the car together these days.

foodaholic Mon 30-Sep-13 22:20:26

Great tips thanks. I'll now get started on seeing what's available second hand. Sadly quite excited! smile

pegster Mon 30-Sep-13 22:22:05

I love my S-max, really nice to drive, (doesn't feel like a bus!)

busyboysmum Mon 30-Sep-13 22:27:21

We've just got the new Kia Sorento with 7 seats, love it, 4x4 but as we pull a caravan with it that was our main deciding factor. It drives like a car not a bus which our older Sorento did a bit despite us loving that too.

Only upgraded really cos my dad died and we wanted to be able to fit mum in and take her with us on days out. We have 3 ds.

misdee Mon 30-Sep-13 22:29:22

I have an old galaxy, and love it.

BadRoly Mon 30-Sep-13 22:32:07

We have 4dc and have a Ford Galaxy & a Renault Espace.

Galaxy is more spacious for passengers but Espace is much nicer to drive.

Galaxy has better seating storage (fold flat seats) it's a bugger to store spare Espace seat when it's not needed.

Espace has more flexibility in seat layout (we normally run 3 rows of 2) whereas you have to have middle row of 3 in Galaxy.

Ford spares and servicing much cheaper than Renault.

Both have similar luggage/boot space with 6 seats in.

Would love slidey doors though!

foodaholic Mon 30-Sep-13 22:35:43

Thanks for all the info badroly. Lots to think about

misdee Mon 30-Sep-13 23:02:24

Old galaxy has different seating cconfiguration. I can remove the seats completely, and can place just 2 in the middle. Rear can be 1 or 2.

BadRoly Tue 01-Oct-13 09:51:56

Sorry I should have said ours is a newer model (not new though) Galaxy Misdee smile

My friend with 4dc has the Seat equivalent to the older Galaxy model and her seats work more like the Espace seats.

kronenborg Tue 01-Oct-13 10:58:33

we have 4 children, 2 in booster seats, and two in forward facing child seats.

we looked at many different cars, and one of the few that fitted our specification was the galaxy.

it fits the four kids with ease, and is one of the few people carriers that still has decent boot space with both rear seats in the upright position.

we needed to be able to get all 4 kids in and still have space for a double buggy and bits of other luggage in the boot...we also have a big dog that we need to get in the boot from time to time...and really this left galaxy and very little else.

its not the most glamorous of cars, but it does what it is supposed to do very well, and is surprisingly nippy for such a large vehicle.

as an aside, i also have a 16 year old land rover defender (long wheel base) which has inward facing bench seats in the 3rd row, so when the occasion arises, we can fit 11 people plus luggage and dog in that vehicle! admittedly, not the ideal vehicle for the school run, but dirt cheap, and i love it!

misdee Tue 01-Oct-13 11:56:19

Badroly, mine is older than dd1, but is in excellent condition, the previous owners took good care of it.

Dillydollydaydream Sat 05-Oct-13 11:41:40

We have a vw touran for our 4dc. We are thinking about a bigger car though as the boot is teeny tiny, can only just squeeze a quinny zapp in and no room for shopping if all 4 dc are with us.

CrispyFB Sat 05-Oct-13 11:46:03

We have a Mazda 5 with sliding doors. Love it! It might be a people carrier but it handles like a car.

We can fit the Maclaren into the small "boot" part with all the seats in place, but it's a little more tricky for anything bigger.

Charlottehere Sat 05-Oct-13 11:51:32

Kia caren...v nice.. Big enough but not a beast

ShoeWhore Sat 05-Oct-13 11:56:17

Renault Grand Scenic here. Really roomy boot, drives like a car and lots of helpful practical features too. Has also been v reliable.

Knittingnovice Sat 05-Oct-13 12:12:53

I've got a Hyundai trajet, 7 proper seats, enough boot space for buggy with all 7 seats up, huge boot with only 2nd row, and the driver and passenger seats swivel so you can picnic with the DC

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