I'm starting to think about changing my car, but haven't got a clue what to look at so I'm asking for some ideas please.
Current car is a mondeo petrol 2 litre hatchback. Like the drive but for the next car I want something a litle bit smaller, although still hatch or estate so a couple of bikes can be loaded easily, or enough space to get weekend camping gear for 3 to 4 peole in, probably something Focus size ish. Although the mondeo is fine for what it costs, I would prefer something slightly better biult, a 'prestige' brand would be fun but doesn't have to be, jsut something biult well. Audi, VW or Skoda, merc, lexus, honda are makes I've thought about, but not exclusively.
Having had a look at a few in passing (just glancing at ones I've seen in the street) or looking at parkers guide reviews, everything seems either huge, or too small in the boot, or a saloon which is no good. For example, golf and A3 are quite a lot smaller than the focus on boot space, A4 avant is pretty huge and seems mondeo sized again. Skoda superb is big, fabia seems smaller than the focus. Lexus are saloons, honda civic....now it appears small to my eyes but maybe not? Parkers seems to suggest it is pretty huge inside...actually I've started to doubt all the parkers guide boot space stats...they seem a bit random.
Price and spec wise I'd be variable. I'd look at something abut 3 years old, give or take, and say, 12k, but could go newer or older for a good car/deal.
So, anybody got an idea, or real world experience of something, perhaps something to prove to me that Parker's boot sizes are misleading me? thanks