What car for a new mother
We have had a number of cars between me and mrs since our sons were born heres a few and what we thought of themPosted 5 years ago
54 Astra – ok ish would not get another one
05 Mini Cooper – great car crap for very yound kids as no room in boot
56 VW Golf – loved it but the mrs didnt too big ????
57 VW Jetta – excellent perfect for all the kids junk in the massive boot
55 – Mini Cooper – great once little one was older
58 – BMW 320d msport – great car crap for kids the boot doesnt allow large items in very well preferred the jetta
59 – Mini Clubman – excellent and big enough for when junior no 2 came along o need to change as has a slightly larger boot
56 – BMW 120d – great car smallish boot great handling when dry but dont go out in the snow
59 – VW Passat – excellent and boot is massive and your bike can fit in too !!!
Hope this helpsthisisnotaspoonMember
Old Cmax is just a taller Focus IMO.
That’s exactly what it is, the original one was even called the Focus C-max and used the mechanicals/suspension from the Mk2 focus. My parents had a focus estate and it’s pretty similar in terms of space in the back, just much more headroom (can’t sit in the back of a focus hatchback if youre over 6ft, there’s a good 6-8″ above me in the c-max) and the seats are higher which makes getting in and out easy.Posted 5 years agoyunkiMember
Wow. My last car (for 10,000miles) was a Ford Puma with hora junior sat in the back. I never had any issues. Mrshora used to stand in the rear footwell to strap him in or any issues lifting him in there and shes a size8 so not a powerfully built AngloSaxon woman
ignore this pseudo-macho bolleaux..
hora either had naff all to do with the raising of that kid or else has a super athletic structure and a very well developed core and back..
if you’re not a power lifter then get a five door at least to avoid hurting your back.. back injuries are the last thing you need with a growing baby to cart around everywhere.. with a value car seat and a 25lb kid that’s a lot of weight to be moving in a poor lifting position.. especially with the twisting involved maneuvering in and out of a low 3 door hatch..Posted 5 years ago
3doors tend to have longer front doors than their 5door (same model) equvilient.
They tend to have a low roofline, too. I’ve tried putting Ransos jr in the back of a small three door. It’s perfectly possible, but much less convenient than a tallish 5 door. And I’m not mean enough to leave it all to my wife.Posted 5 years ago
I don’t see any issue but then when mrshora was expecting I didn’t think we needed a big car asap. I don’t go for upscaling but then our buggy has always been cleverly packaged/designed (as are many small cars). The buggy that hes had since 0-2yrs fits in the boot of a C1 perfectly.
The only downside of having a smaller car is that some drivers (Vauxhalls 99.9% of the time) assume you must be bullied.Posted 5 years agoMike_DSubscriber
We had a Peugeot Partner when our eldest was born. She’s now seven and has a brother, we still have the Partner. Sliding doors + tall = win for kids in child seats. But I can’t see there’s much wrong with a Jazz — I’d always go for “not buying another car” as my favourite option 😉Posted 5 years agojambalayaSubscriber
New cars are safer than olders ones. Bigger cars are generally safer than small ones. So an older big car versus a newer smaller one is a valid comparison safety wise.
I suppose the middle ground would be something like a 5 door Golf / … (FWIW I really like he Jazz and it’s super practical with the flat folding seats)
Once we got to 3 kids we needed a bigger car and went the 7 seat 4×4 route (2 Shoguns, over 200,000 miles and 13 years but that was before the penal road tax). But for 1 or 2 kids getting a bigger estate type car only really counts for holidays (or the not to be discounted biking holidays). Once we were down to 2 kids (eldest off to Uni) we went to an A6 Estate, which now we are close to being kidless is only useful for trips to/from Uni and bike holidays! When we started the family we had 5dr Golf’s.Posted 5 years ago
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