- Small estates, cash purchase, choice of three.
The ST has bulky Recaro seats which give less rear leg room than on the zetec s.Posted 4 years ago
Oh, and cash purchase or not Ford have the £1250 Deposit allowance on 2014 cars.
Borrow £2500 on HP over 24 months, 1 payment of £120.79 then pay it off. might allow you to get a few extras on the car for the same amount from your employer.NorthwindSubscriber
If loadcarrying is a major factor then it’s one of the Foci, the Focus boot is better than an A4 never mind an A3 not-really-estate. Not as tardislike as it used to be but still excellent.
(I had a mk1 estate, the boot was so big you could park another mk1 estate in it)Posted 4 years ago
Audi A3 sportback 1.4 TSI (new)
Ford Focus ST estate, 5k miles on the clock.
Ford Focus 1.6i Zetec S 182bhp Estate, new.
All are the same price, all are for me only 10k miles motorway for work/bike trips, might have the kids in the back on odd occasions. Its a work purchase over a choice of two garages with a £20k value limit.Posted 4 years agoFunkyDuncMember
I never thought I would say this but what about the Skoda Octavia estate? Much more room than Focus or A3 but still with the 1.4 VAG engine.
IMO the Focus ST is a complete chav car and nothing more. The Audi is very nice, but feels small.
But hang on, Im looking from private buyer perspective,not company. Company Audi every time out of that list, and if you want a practical car the SkodaPosted 4 years ago
I only have the option of those three cars, courtesy of a bonus offer from work with the local dealers in mind.
I do have an alternative, and that is to “wait” until April 1 2014 and see if anything better comes up – it may not be car based but possibly a pay rise to go with a promotion.Posted 4 years ago
Well, an 11yo 330i Sport saloon. Which is paid for BTW, and has all the toys so no doubt taints my jugement of going back to things like cloth seats*…
The issue is I have a car allowance the comapany isn’t happy about me not using it so to speak… whereas I’m quite happy not to use it on another car purchase. Appreciate the moral factor, I been through it on STW before so please don’t go there….Posted 4 years ago
Your current car will be nicer to drive than any of those, you’d be swapping a very nice older car for a significantly less nice newer car. Once the novelty wore off I reckon you’d miss the 330i. In your shoes I’d keep the BM and hold on to see if anything better comes up.Posted 4 years agoservoMember
I have the Focus estate Titanium X 182hp and I am chuffed to bits with it. Love the way it drives. My old Skoda Octavia 1.4 TSI was pretty dull in comparison.
The Skoda had a bit more volume inside but the Focus has a much wider boot as the wheel arches don’t intrude. Can easily fit a 29er in there with out taking the wheels off. On the Skoda it was a bit tight.Posted 4 years ago
robinlaidlaw – Member
Your current car will be nicer to drive than any of those, you’d be swapping a very nice older car for a significantly less nice newer car. Once the novelty wore off I reckon you’d miss the 330i. In your shoes I’d keep the BM and hold on to see if anything better comes up.
Even though I have to wedge a bike on the backseat or put it on the roof…. Oh, but of course I can….
Millstone/neck….. 🙁Posted 4 years agotoxicsoksMember
As it happens, I’ll be looking to down-size the Mongdeo estate in the next couple of months. Looking at the usual STW, estate, culprits –
Also considering –
Any other suggestions?
The main thing is that it’ll have to tow a c***van. 8)
(/thread-hijack)Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Thing that puts me off so much about small/midsize vag estates is the boots. Most (all?) have high lips on them which makes them much less usable, and none of them are very big- encroaching arches, etc. If you’re used to just throwing bikes into a mondeo then putting them in an octavia feels more like trying to get them into your back pocket.
Also, once you’ve sat on a flat boot under the tailgate in the rain, it’s hard to go back to non-flat boots… Ridiculous way to build an estate frankly.
Think teh Yeti is an exception to that though, haven’t actually tried one of those.Posted 4 years agoservoMember
No lip in the Focus.
Plus I have the Ford reversible fold out mat. It folds out all the way to the back of the front seats and has straps to attach to the headrests. When folded out it is rubber faced. Folded back up it has carpet. It also has a fold out bumper protector.
My Octavia was 2009 so still fairly recent. The boot carpet in that was just a piece of thin crap. The Focus standard carpet is about an inch thick. The Focus is a much quieter car. The Focus is an all round much better designed car. I din’t try the new Octavia though.Posted 4 years ago
Now, thinking about this for a bit….
The 330i is as much, if not more (RWD semi auto) fun at the ST, and more relaxed in a cruise than any of them. It has leather. It costs £800 a year to tax and insure fully comp, and whichever car I drive I get 20ppm with the allowance or 40ppm without.
The estates are more practical than my saloon, yet will cost more in cash/benefit in kind. They don’t have leather, or climate in the 1.6 Zetec. I already have roof racks for the BM, all bikes fit on the backseat. Personally, it only does 29mpg though. Tax, insurance and servicing would be paid by the company on the three new cars….
*ponders*Posted 4 years ago
I’ve got a spreadsheet that allows you to add up all the costs (fuel, insurance, maintenance, deprecation etc)for different car options so you can see the totals over a year or 3 years. I can easily e-mail it to you. I’m sure you could do your own but it might save a little time.Posted 4 years ago
robin, that would be very much appreciated! Email in profile, thanks.
However, Its seems I have six months before I get “told” to make use of my car allowance on something other than Nursery/School fees. Thing is, I could understand it if I turn up to my customer in a old banger, but the BM is fairly tidy.Posted 4 years agohammyukMember
Well just to put this on track – I have a Sportback A3 in 2.0 170 DSG format.Posted 4 years ago
The newer chassis is better road mannered, the 1.4 engine is very good as long as it is a new one – the first ones suffered terribly with snapped chains, lunched turbos, etc.
All solved now though.
The Audi version of the DSG is now called Multitronic.
A bike will go in fairly easily with the seats down.
Not across the back seat though.
Strange as it would in my 330D Touring and they are the same width.
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