- next car ideas
A4 Avants are not that big, I’ve had all of them the latest one has a really bad sloping back end so you loose lots of height in the boot.
You can get a Lexus estatePosted 6 years ago
oh okay, a4 avant back on the list then perhaps…quite fancy it for looks and a bit of prestige….if I won the lottery there are the quattro or rs versions…but in the real world I know I’d be very happy with the drive of a ‘normal’ one with a 2 litre ish engine.
sportsback? is that the avant or something else?
br – yeah I agree, the mondeo is mahoosive and it only just swallows camping and rock climbing gear for 4 and a weekend away, which is why I don’t want to go too much smaller. Happy to go down a bit and have less comfy rear seat passengers though 🙂 or get a roof box. Mondeo is just ….too huge.Posted 6 years ago
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? thanksPosted 6 years ago
Having had a good peak inside a mates Octi estate that is definately a possibilty. Also saw in a super market a SEAT I didn’t recognise so went and checked it then looked it up….the Exeo. It came out in 09 and is (says Honest John) the last model of A4 but snazzied up, so for several grand less than an A4 B8 avant I’m loking at the SEAT Exeo ST (sports tourer?), aka the A4 B7 Avant with lots of wistles and bells but not many engine choices.
Also I’m interested in the Vauxhall Insignia. It looks a little bit smaller than the Vectra it replaced and oooh so pretty 🙂 Anyone got one and want to share views?
Oh and the V40 looks a posibilty from the reviews too, so any comments from owners of those?Posted 6 years ago
Unless the design has changed somewhat, the A4 Avant doesn’t have a lot of room in it – more than a BMW 3-series Tourer but not a huge amount of space.
Mondeo is a big car in all guises, so anything ‘smaller’ is going to be much smaller in comparison. I’d suggest an estate as you can then get good with the packing to get all the kit in, suspect a hatch of smaller size will still do the job but the packing will be very tight indeed (assuming you are also carrying the 3 people).Posted 6 years ago
yep the Exeo is definatly looking promising….suspect I may be hunting for a good while to find a Petrol one as so many of them went to the fleet market they seem to be virtually all oil burners, but it looks a mighty fine car for the money….similar clearly to the Octavia (that is the same A4 floorpan I think….baically a stretched Golf/A3) but lots of whistles as standard and rear seats go flat without the need to fight the squab out by the looks of it.
PMSL – ‘Lubricated Weasel shit’ love it! 😆
civic was something I thought of, but they look small to me…is it bigger than it looks?
VW Touran? isn’t that the Ford Galaxy? Oh..no…that’s the Sharan…right off to look up the TouranPosted 6 years agostevemtbMember
Bit smaller than the Galaxy from Ford and gets good reviews, S-Max.
From your criteria I’d say the Volvo V50 would fit the bill perfectly. Focus sized estate but a bit more ‘premium’ while still pretty much being a Focus.
Other one I’d have a look at is the Alfa 159. There’s a huge amount of different reports online whether the reliability problems are sorted or not but they’re soooo damn pretty!! Extended warranty should give you a bit of piece of mind too.
BMW 3 series, possibly the touring variant for you, is still the market leader.Posted 6 years ago
S-Max is a Mondeo with a larger passenger compartment. C-Max is the Focus-sized equivalent. V50 is a Focus with a Volvo badge. S-Max is a great vehicle but when you fold the seats down, you loose some height in the compartment – they fold flat but they don’t fold into the floot space, so you end up loosing about 3 inches of height – fine for the vast majority of things, but if I want to pack my bike in the car I need to remove wheels AND seatpost (assuming I want it upright as the other seats are in use).
I’d say Focus-sized car…I’d be happy with a Ford, but my dad would pay the extra and have the Volvo badge – for the same vehicle.
Get to a few garages and see what you can get in them as a test, probably the best way to judge which would be best…I think it would be really hard to find a real lemon of a car these days (even looking back over the last 5 years)…Posted 6 years agosurferMember
I do loads of miles with work and have two kids. I cant see anything to rival the new Mondeo. The new 1.6 Diesel gives great economy I havent driven one yet and given the size I need it to not feel like a slug! however my 1.6Hdi Peugeot has been fine for 4 years so hopefully it will be OK.Posted 6 years ago
Many others such as the Skoda seem incredibly bland and under specced IMO.
The Titanium X comes in around £20k online !
FWIW, I love my Octy vRS estate to bits. Much more than my old Mondeo ST TDCI. Boot space looks a little smaller than the Mondeo did but is actualy really good – got a double mattress in there last weekend and a 4×4 flat packed shed in there yesterday. A car that can carry a shed and keep pace with a Golf GTi etc and is very reasonably priced – brilliant!Posted 6 years ago
Some people say that about spending >£3k on a bike…
I’m one of those as well…but have no issues with looking at a £2.5k bike…
It isn’t the cost…it’s the Mondeo…in my mind it just isn’t worth that kind of cash…looking online you can probably get an S-Max for less than that – but it’s probably down to popularity. I’m aware that the Mondeo is a very good car, just seems ridiculous to spend that amount of cash on one (again, in my opinion), but then I wouldn’t ever consider spending that amount of cash on a car anyway so my perception is going to be different to those who would spend that on a car.Posted 6 years agoConquerorMember
spending lots on a car…
I think it depends on the situation… If you are spending a lot and getting a rock solid car – something that is cheap to run and will last a long time it might make sense
over 5 years you could sink a grand on road tax just running a Fuel Guzzla.. some cars are 0 tax
Petrol/Diesel will only go up over time too
If you rely on a car for work.. you might finding yourself spending to get something that will not give you any grief maintenance wise
If the 20k mondeo was kept for 10 years and didn’t do anything bonkers it may well have proved a good purchasePosted 6 years agotimberMember
If the space is still pretty important, the only thing that comes close to the size of a mondeo or vectra estate without being as big I found was the Saab 9-3 estate – in terms of fitting a harp in anyway as it needs 6’x 4′ with no wheel arch intrusion. A4/octavia/golf were all too short with massive wheel arch intrusion.
In the end, Saab was out of budget, Mondeo was a better drive than the Vectra and not badly built to be fair.Posted 6 years agosurferMember
20k…on a car??? Christ man, find better things to spend money on…20k on a Mondeo…mental.
I need a car for work and do about 25k work miles a year. I get an allowance for it plus mileage. I am not a badge snob and the Mondeo is the biggest, cheapest and best specced for that price with the lowest running costs. I also keep my car for 4+ years so not so “mental” after all.Posted 6 years agocoolhandlukeSubscriber
Liking my Octavia Vrs here.
Although not super car fast it is well quick enough to raise a smile. The boot is big enough for 1 bike (large) to be fully covered, rear seats up, it returns 50mpg (diesel) it pulls my caravan, takes us on holidays but can still rip along A roads sticking to the road like glue.
After 2 years owning it and 40,000 miles covered in it, its proved to be comfier than we expected, reliable, cheap to service, fun, practical and well equipped.Posted 6 years agoFunkyDuncMember
Personally I’m not convinced VW build quality any better than Ford.
Having said that Mrs FD has a Seat Altea XL. But different but good for what it is. We like it so far after a year and although slightly smaller than our Mondeo the useable space is very practical.
Seat Exeos are the last generation A4 so ok but not the best to drive.Posted 6 years ago
A4 Avant here. IMO go with a diesel purely for torque and economy. 1.9/2.0 are perfectly sound – no need to go for a 2.5 or bigger in the real world.
Have just bought a Saab 93 sportwagon too (missus can’t drive my manual A4). Surprisingly good car – plenty of VFM. However, it doesn’t have the sure-footedness of the Germanic brands (all IMHO of course) but it’s quick, torquey, fairly roomy, full of good kit, and all in all better than expected.Posted 6 years ago
Have just bought a Saab 93 sportwagon too (missus can’t drive my manual A4). Surprisingly good car – plenty of VFM
I’ve just got rid of mine 🙁
Lovely car but servicing is expensive. The 72k service was looming, with a cambelt change & 4 new tyres it was going to cost me over £1000 to keep it on the road. Make sure you budget for servicing as they are not cheap. The Saab dealer offered me a £1000 servicing pack on 0% finance, which would have covered the 54, 72 & 90k services. Couldn’t afford to take it at the time, I wish I had donePosted 6 years ago
JD: service costs are invariably not good whatever you do (other than use indie specialists etc). Saab, however, admit some of their 93’s can go 2 years or 18000m, even though they pretty much don’t make this public. I only found out by asking around – so I told the dealer and he admitted that if you (the customer) are aware of this then they have to stick to it. Certainly saves a few £hundred/year.Posted 6 years ago
mine had an 18k service interval, but for me that’s less than 1 year’s driving; this one would have been the 72k, which also requires a cambelt change – at £600+ that was going to be a big hit (and that’s at an independant garage).
Add to that the fact that all 4 tyres were close to the limit & you’ve got a £1k service bill before you even think about replacement brake pads & discs, which would have been quite likely, and the bills soon mount up. Frankly I couldn’t afford that kind of bill.
My next car will have a cam chain, like the BMW I had before the Saab, but in the meantime I’m using Mrs_d’s car which she never uses.Posted 6 years ago
Buy a car purely for the amount of torque? Thats a new one on me.
Exactly when did I say that? If you read my statement correctly, you would note I recommended (IMO) choosing a diesel for the amount of torque and economy. Maybe this isn’t something you think about about when selecting a car, but I do. Having driven something like 400,000 miles in 20 years I’d say I’m qualified to argue the benefits of a torquey ride vs ragging the arse off an ‘underpowered’ petrol engine.
MG knows the score.Posted 6 years ago
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