We've had the "grown up" chat about cars…
1) £9k budget
2) 7 seats for occasional freighting of old people
3) Comparable economy to The Mighty Vectra if possible (high 40s mpg)
4) Has to last for an additional 8 years / 100,000 miles
2.0l S-Max is in the lead. Is there anything else that I should be looking at?Posted 4 years agochris36860Member
We brought a 2007 (57) Smax 2.0 D Titanium on the bay last week for £8500 it’s covered 56k with full history. Even came with a Thule bar system that the guy though in. It’s doing well over 40 mpg and although I’m missing my Audi A6 V6, it’s a very good car. Ample room inside although you need to be pretty small to use the pop up rear seats. For 130bhp is reasonably lively when you’re on your own.Posted 4 years agoepicycloSubscriber
I made much the same sort of sensible list last year when I went to Oz for several months.
Needed van like space etc etc, had big mileage to cover.
Went through all the ads and eBay, made a shortlist. The top choices ended up a Corvette, Monaro, and a Falcon Ute with a stonking V8.
Looked at all the options and did the sensible thing and bought a motorbike.
10,000 miles later I was still happy with my choice.
Moral of the story, logic doesn’t really come into it…Posted 4 years agomaccruiskeenSubscriber
Buy what you want and hire something with 7 seats for the ‘occasional’ use?
That’s what I do. An Astra van is suitable for 90% of the miles I do. When the extended family elders need to travel (they’re in their 80s and not in great health- I take them from scotland to London twice a year) I hire. Then there’s no need to compromise and they travel in a v6 merc v-class.
It’s dependent on you having a good, well stocked hire co locally though.Posted 4 years agoMoreCashThanDashSubscriber
I’ve looked at the “hire a 7 seater when you need it option” – Enterprise were quoting me £800 for a weekend!
Not much room in the far back seats of an S-Max, might be less of an option if you need it to last while small people grow?
I’d look at Galaxy/Alhambra and take any hit on mpg. (Will be having the grown up chat about cars later this year…. 😥 )Posted 4 years agosheepsSubscriber
Our Touran (2.0l, 140boy variant) does high 40’s mpg when being sensible, low 40’s when not being tutted at from the passenger seat. 6&7th seats needs small people with sshort legs… Definitely not for 6ft adults if you want to use your legs againPosted 4 years ago
Expensive to fix, but holds value well and telescope solidly built than the s-maxcrispyMember
Something like this:
This particular one is mine, but I’ve decided I’m not going to sell it, coz it’s just too damned good to get rid of for that money.
37mpg, 7.1 sec 0-60, 7 seats, lovely.
For something a little more economical (and cheaper to buy), the 220 cdi is a good bet, or the e280 for a detuned version of the 320.
Seats in the boot are definitely for kiddies only, but they love being in them!Posted 4 years ago
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