Ive come close(ish) before and for the last 2 years I have been running a Mk3 Golf Estate TDi.
90bhp doesnt sound much but the turbo keeps me happy enough. I get a genuine 55mpg and if im really gentle with it I can touch 600 miles to a full tank.
The boot is plenty big enough to fit the pram and other kiddie bits in or can easily fit a whole bike in with the front wheel removed, plus tons of kit.
Add a roof rack and you've got something very capable. Plus I dont have to be too precious as its pretty much a banger now being nearly 12 years old.
But it might be time to upgrade soon, the wife will be keeping a small super eco car for her longer commute so mine has to be big enough for weekend duties (holidays/in-law visits/riding weekends).
I want pretty much all of the above still, so cant really see past an estate car for my needs but would welcome any other suggestions.
My thoughts so far:
Mk 4 Golf estate Tdi (110bhp or 130bhp?)
Skoda Octavia estate
one of those Seat MPV types (cant remember the name but neighbour has one)
Funky old school Jeep Cherokee with LPG conversion?
I should probably mention im a VW fan, but am open to any other genuine contenders.
The boxier the better, im a sucker for square cars! I even like those weird imported Japanese boxes, the ones that look like they were made by Tonka.. Nissan Cube etc..