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Opinions on MPVs for a friend

Discussion in 'Motoring' started by Mr.D, Aug 8, 2005.

  1. Mr.D

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    Have a friend and he's got two kids and another in the oven. So he's looking to get an MPV but doesn't know what he should buy.

    He's after one for between 6-8k ( second hand obviously).
    I told him Id ask in here as you lot are bound to know.

    Any recommendations?

    What are generally regarded as the best ones?

    My brother in law had a mercedes one for a bit and says it was the worst car he's ever owned.
     
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    I still reckon people would be better off with a large 5 seater saloon than an MPV, you get lots more boot room.
     
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    Series 2 Land Rover Discovery is tried and tested although the bodywork is expensive to repair. Probably cheaper than the trendier MPVs though. :)
     
  4. Mr.D

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    He can't fit 3 child car seats in a row.

    ( I can believe this as we have two in an astra estate and the only person that can fit between them is me sitting on one buttock...a handy trick if you can manage it)

    They need to be 3 point seat belts also.
     
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    What about one of those Zafira thingys?
     
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    Is he only going to be driving his family, or will he need the extra couple of seats of a proper 7 seat MPV?

    How many of the kids need their own child seats?

    We found that a Zafira was too small to get three child seats in the second row.

    However a Multipla was wide enough to do this easily, had a reasonable boot for the double buggy (had to take the parcel shelf out though) and was generally a very family friendly car. Large windows, nice high seating (handy for putting kids in the chairs), etc.

    Should be plenty available in your price range. The diesel is a better buy than the petrol - not just more economical, but better to drive too.

    Otherwise you'll probably be looking at a full-size MPV like a Ford Galaxy.
     
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    We have a Fiat Multipla, 3 child seats in a row no problem, all the kids in tissue reach, not sitting 2 rows back in the boot.

    Middle front seat folds down as the perfect McDonald's table... until we had the 4th... :suicide:

    We got ours when it first came out hence all the incredulous looks were a bit distracting, but it's commonplace now...PJ :)
     
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    What about a 5 seater tandem?

    Anyhting is better than a flippin chelsea tractor!
     
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    Picasso HDI, should be big enough, cheap as chips, great fuel economy and quite nice to drive.
     
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    Friend of mine in a similar position found that a Mondeo was the only saloon car that would fit the three seats.

    I looked into MPVs briefly a couple of years ago and seem to recall that the Seat one offered good value for money.
     
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    We had a Renault Scenic (old model) for 18 months and my wife thought it was a great car - if it's only 5 people you are looking to seat. The diesel engine was pretty frugal and reasonably nippy. The seats had the advantage that you could move them individually, so the middle seat could be moved slightly forward if you need to get 3 child seats in.

    If it's for carrying more than 3 kids I'd say the Zafira would be a sound buy and probably available in your price range. The folding seats are way more useful than the removeable ones in the larger MPVs which only give the options of either people or luggage before you leave the house. And the removeable seats in these are bloody heavy as well.
     
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    We looked closely at the Zafira but were worried about the logistics of having to remove child seats, toys etc off the folding/sliding seat every time you needed access to the rear seats. Also the door access looked ripe for banged heads...PJ :)
     
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    What seats were those then? I had to sell our (latest model) Mondeo Estate when we had twins as we couldn't get three child seats in together. Plus even if you could, the access to the middle one is going to be very poor....

    Same problem with the Zafira when we were looking around for a car that could take 3 child seats. We ended up getting a Multipla and a Galaxy.

    I can't say that having the removable seats was ever a problem for us with the Galaxy. In fact we had the integrated child seats which were absolutely fantastic (for older kids).

    And don't underestimate the benefit of having a higher car. It makes it MUCH easier to put kids into their seats.
     
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    Any of the VW Sharan, Seat Alhambra or Ford Galaxy are worth a look (all the same vehicle), the former two are especially good as diesels; the VAG TDI PD engines are brilliant :)
     
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    The Galaxy is also available with the VAG diesel engine... I used to have one! Very good too, even as an automatic.
     
  16. Mr.D

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    He's looking at the Seat Alhambra (mainly because its a Galaxy) and also another Hyundai one. .. :eek:

    Many thanks for the suggestions
     
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    Interesting... although presumably Ford are now using their own TDCi?
     
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    I'm not sure. Looking at their website, they all still seem to be TDIs from VAG.

    Great engine, especially with the 5 speed auto.
     
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    Can anyone tell me what exactly is "multi-purpose" about a Scenic or a Picasso, given that they still only have 5 seats each?

    Surely they're just very tall (and ugly) hatchbacks?
     
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    Same as above! We love the multi. Thinking about how to put a bike rack on the back now but would have loved it back in the pram / highchair days.
     
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    "although presumably Ford are now using their own TDCi?"

    No, ford are using the VW diesel in this model.
     

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