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    DavidB – Member
    …So I’ve done something really silly and handed the whole problem over to wife…

    My father made that mistake. Gave my mother a budget figure, enough to buy a new decent spec Mini (back in the 60s).

    She came home with a very nice slightly used Jag Mk8. 🙂

    Renault Scenic, girls for some reason love that car for some reason.

    Premier Icon tom200
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    It will be a Vauxhall zafira and you will die in a fire. Bad move.

    CountZero
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    Vauxhall Zafira. Good luck.

    Nothing wrong with the Zafira, other than the heater issue that causes spontaneous immolation, but I think those are the ones built by Samsung, so best avoided.
    Otherwise, the newer models are fine, there’s a 63-plate one sat outside at the moment, one of at least a dozen, probably nearer twenty I’ve driven over the last ten-eleven months, and the more recent ones are comfy, well-equipped, the one I’ve got at the mo’ has DAB, but no satnav, goes like the clappers, it’s a 2.0 diesel, six-speed ‘box, and just does its job well.
    I’d suggest a Qashqai as well, loads about, as they’re popular with the Motability crowd, as are Zafiras, are also pretty well equipped, one I drove this afternoon had a heated screen, first I’ve seen on a Nissan.
    The Ford B-Max, C-Max and S-Max are also great cars, especially the B-Max, being Fiesta-based they’re really nimble little cars, but the sliding rear doors make a huge difference to rear access, with the hatch up, doors slid back and front doors open, getting stuff into the back is a piece of piss.
    Plus all Fords get heated screens, good seats, great engines, and are just terrific family cars, I haven’t driven a duff one yet.
    The C-Max gets conventional rear doors, unless you go for the Grand C-Max 7-seater, which is basically Ford’s answer to the Zafira.
    Got to be high up the list to be looked at.
    https://www.carwow.co.uk/blog/ford-b-max-vs-c-max-0414

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    Place your bets now on what will be on my drive next week.

    Something you hate.

    What do I win?

    stevedoc
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    3rd shout for a Jazz or Civic , or spend the money on a VW EGR DMF EML MAF or other Vag variant

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    In seriousness, this:

    -car must fit 3 people and 2 bikes with wheels off

    and this:

    my daughter is learning

    Are mutually exclusive. I expect that anything that meets your criteria will cost you them more than the cost of the vehicle on insurance.

    I know you’re not being involved, but I’d strongly suggest you recommend they get insurance quotes before buying anything. I think if it were me I’d budget £500-1000 on something with about 50PS for the daughter and the rest on the family car.

    Premier Icon nixie
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    Not mutually exclusive. You can get 3+3 bikes in a 1l polo which would be fine for a learner.

    wilburt
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    Sons 1.6 focus was £800 fully comp @19 newly passed test.
    It’s not so much about the car(within reason).

    Premier Icon DavidB
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    They have come home with a red Mazda 2. 2012 30k on the clock and got £2.2k for our shagged out X-Trail

    It could have been worse

    CountZero
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    It could have been worse

    Could have been a Berlingo or a Partner… 😉

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    DavidB – Member

    They have come home with a red Mazda 2. 2012 30k on the clock and got £2.2k for our shagged out X-Trail

    It could have been worse

    Could have been a lot worse

    From Honest John

    +Enjoyable and fun to drive. Economical engines. Sensibly priced. Feels well built. Ride harshness over bumps improved for 2011.

    -Interior plastics aren’t soft to touch. Side bump strips a dealer-fit option. rear seats don’t fold flat.

    mightymule
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    Something with those stupid eyelashes stuck over the headlights….

    trail_rat
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    You best buy a bike rack then.

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