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What is the smallest(most economical to run) car that you can fit 2 car seats and an adult passenger in the back of?

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EachPeachPearMum Thu 28-Aug-08 13:53:12

Am expecting DC2 in Jan. Most family outings consist of 2 parents, DC and 1GP- how do other people manage this?

Am I going to have to get a mahoosive car? sad
I don't really want to for environmental reasons, and once I'm back at work (after a year), 90% of journeys will be just me, or me and DCs commuting.

Don't think 2 cars is the answer- DH doesn't drive.

My current car is very small, and very economical (one of the cheapest to run), but would only fit DH, myself and DCs in maximum.

EachPeachPearMum Thu 28-Aug-08 15:28:32


caspercat Thu 28-Aug-08 15:52:26

Can't help, but watching with interest as in same position as you (except GP only occasionally!). Expecting DC2 in Feb. Current car 3 door, & as bump gets bigger am gonna have real trouble getting DD in & out!
I want a SEAT ALTEA (scrummy), but too expensive. Will prob have to have Citroen Xsara Picasso (don't feel old enough for such a sensible car [sad[), cos 2nd hand ones quite reasonable.

MrsMattie Thu 28-Aug-08 15:53:40

Will also watch with interest. We're looking to get a new car that needs to meet the same criteria..

caykon Thu 28-Aug-08 16:58:56

we have to fit that many in ours me and dh, 2 dc's in carseats and dss who is 13 so pratically the size of an adult.
We have a mitsubishi shogun at the moment but want something a little greener but still the space for everyone. We have tried quite a few (we didnt want an mpv) and the only thing we were happy with was an E class mercedes estate.

It isnt easy to find anything that fits 2 carseats and an adult in the back sad

LazyLinePainterJane Thu 28-Aug-08 17:01:41

A Focus or an Astra hatch?

allthatglitters Thu 28-Aug-08 17:07:27

What do you drive at the moment?

EachPeachPearMum Thu 28-Aug-08 17:11:56

A skoda Fabia- its very small, but nice and cheap, and low emissions smile

Won't fit 2 car seats and adult into a focus- have looked at my friends.
Nor a golf...

Anyone got a Multipla? I know they'd go in there, but they're a bit fugly unusual

allthatglitters Thu 28-Aug-08 17:17:36

CaptainDippy has a multipla and also says it is ugly unusual looking wink but really likes it.

Failing that, buy a roofbox for the GP? wink

Milliways Thu 28-Aug-08 18:25:02

I reckon you could do this with a focus - and a diesel focus is very economical. I average over 50mpg with mine (regular commuter) but on a long journey can be over 60mpg!

We got our here, so website may give you an idea of prices.

EachPeachPearMum Fri 29-Aug-08 19:02:00

Umm- Milliways- do you mean the focus S Max?
I have tried in my friend's normal focus- its a no go.
The SMax looks so huge though- size of a people carrier almost.

Yorkiegirl Fri 29-Aug-08 19:12:05

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MrsDougRoss Fri 29-Aug-08 19:17:22

i have a scenic. which works fine.

Weegle Fri 29-Aug-08 19:20:46

If you like the Fabia have you tried an Octavia. We can fit two car seats and a slim adult - once it is a booster it will be less of a squash. We have the estate. Love it.

Kbear Fri 29-Aug-08 19:24:30

Another vote of the Scenic - back seats recline for kids to sleep on long journeys, back seats go forward to create bigger boot, or back to create more leg room, come out altogether to create a mini-van. Economical (mine's a diesel). Three independent seats with proper seat belts - you can take out the middle one altogether if you want, move the outer two in slightly away from the doors.

EachPeachPearMum Fri 29-Aug-08 19:37:50

Octavia is really big! And we won't be using booster seats for about another 5 years...

Scenic seems huge to me- My friend helped me move a double bed in his once.

CarGirl Fri 29-Aug-08 19:40:11

If you put the stage 1 car seat in the middle of the car then there is more room next to it for the adult IYSWIM

EachPeachPearMum Fri 29-Aug-08 19:41:01

Think I will be buying 'What Car' magazine tomorrow! [boring over-analyser emoticon]

herbietea Fri 29-Aug-08 19:46:23

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nannynick Fri 29-Aug-08 20:06:06

I would second the suggestion of looking at the Citroen Picasso, as that is a little bigger than my Citroen C3.
My Citroen C3 1.4 HDi is often configured with 2 car seats in the rear, with middle seat space remaining. However, space is rather limited to say the least... a 9 year old child fits... not sure an adult would be very comfortable. I'm currently getting around 500 miles per 40 litres of diesel.
So I would say, look at something a bit wider the C3, thus the Citron C4/Picasso.

EachPeachPearMum Fri 29-Aug-08 20:10:23

Do you know what the difference is between Xsara Picasso and C4 Picasso??

nannynick Fri 29-Aug-08 20:25:41

Alas no. Looking at the Citroen UK website technical specs, it seems as though the following are different:

There are more engine choices on the C4, and the engines are a little bit bigger.

Comparing the same engine sizes... the C4 is physically heavier.

The Xara has more boot space.

There must be other differences as well... so a great question to ask a Citroen Dealer.

EachPeachPearMum Fri 29-Aug-08 20:29:03

grin Yes- I have a feeling I'm going to be trawling around forecourts- bliss! (not)

nannynick Fri 29-Aug-08 20:48:24

I hate car buying... and maintenance, etc. So I am dreading needing to shop for my next car (current C3 is coming up for 100,000 miles, the dealer sends me regular mailings suggesting new cars!).

Going local can be a good option - if you won't be servicing it yourself. My mum choose her car based on which dealer was the closest (choose the one a 3 min walk from her home) and then whatever car they had that she liked the look of, and within budget. Hmm... not sure that's a great way of choosing a car.

elmoandella Fri 29-Aug-08 21:03:16

207 hdi,

i have one. it costs me £30 to tax for whole year (i think, not entirely 100%, i know it's somewhere inn that region)

and it runs on fresh air instead of diesel. ok . . so it's not that economical. but it does do ALOT of miles to gallon.

in the back i can fit comfortably 3 car seat or 2car seat & 1 adult
or 2 adults & 1 car seat.

do it all the time. but i must admit, the trick is to pick you car seats correctly also.some have really huge bases that take up too much room.

i have in the back of mine either concorde/maxi priori/ferrari high back booster & infant carrier, in any combination.

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