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kz
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23rd Mar 17 at 21:56   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Need something bigger to cart my wee fella round in, at the moment we only have a KA & MINI between me and the missus! Not ideal.

Basically I just want under 10 seconds from a 0-60 time. Don't care much about the rest... she wants 5 doors obviously, and not too big or powerful (been driving less than 2 years so insurance and in some respects experience doesn't warrant it)

So far come up with things like:

A3 S-Line
Golf GT
Leon FR
A200 Turbo
Astra SRi
Civic VTEC 1.8

Any other ideas or opinions on the above?
VegasPhil
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23rd Mar 17 at 22:01   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I have an octavia vrs for all that - huge boot for pushchairs and shit too


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Out of all of them the Merc drives the nicest the 7 speed box is immense
kz
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That's good to know, they're bloody rare though! Only a couple for sale in the country at the moment (should have mentioned we only have a few thousand to through at this really)

I like the Octavia, even the estate! Too big for the missus though, she won't touch it if it's not a 'traditional' hatch
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kia sportage
nissan Quashqai
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although not a hatch all the ones you mention have very little boot space so defeats the objective
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quote:
Originally posted by kz
That's good to know, they're bloody rare though! Only a couple for sale in the country at the moment (should have mentioned we only have a few thousand to through at this really)

I like the Octavia, even the estate! Too big for the missus though, she won't touch it if it's not a 'traditional' hatch


The Octavia is a foot longer than a golf. Get one with sensors easy peasy to park!


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24th Mar 17 at 19:57   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Fabia vrs? Think it will tick a lot off boxes.
kz
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I really like the Fabia too but actually it has a surprisingly small boot! 260 liters I think.

The KA & MINI are even less... all the cars I've mentioned are 300 to 350 or more. A definite upgrade, plus the extra doors of course.
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27th Mar 17 at 21:45   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

We went for an Astra Estate and replaced the 3 door 207.
It's been a great car. Don't think we will be replacing it for a while.

Used Skoda's are pretty cheap. When the Astra is replaced wouldn't mind another Skoda. Mine has been a great car, granted it's only done 16k.
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28th Mar 17 at 11:55   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

that well known sports hatch the astra estate
VrsTurbo
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quote:
Originally posted by Andrew
We went for an Astra Estate and replaced the 3 door 207.
It's been a great car. Don't think we will be replacing it for a while.

Used Skoda's are pretty cheap. When the Astra is replaced wouldn't mind another Skoda. Mine has been a great car, granted it's only done 16k.


You really are a chode
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28th Mar 17 at 19:53   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

If you go for a civic the boot is huge. Engine wise I would be tempted by the 2.2 desiel.

I quite like the sporty s-max as a family wagon. Might be a bit big and thirsty though





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Engine wise I would be tempted by the 2.2 desiel.







I had the 1.8 Civic for about three months, painfully slow. The diesel was the one to have.


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kz
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The Civic boot is mental yeah, bigger than some estates I was looking at!

Talking of Astras actually, I saw a 5 door SRi with the exterior pack the other day and thought it looked really good in white. Bloody rare though, 95% of them seem to be in silver which is horrible. I'm aware this guy as added an extra exhaust pipe but

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Looks like a photo shop, looks too off-white and cream coloured
kz
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Yeah maybe, can't find another picture though they're that rare! Still... apart from the exhaust as mentioned, and removal of badges, that's basically how they come as standard anyway.
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Mazda 3 Sport - 2.2d 185



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quote:
Originally posted by kz
Yeah maybe, can't find another picture though they're that rare! Still... apart from the exhaust as mentioned, and removal of badges, that's basically how they come as standard anyway.


I think a white astra of that shape looks a bit ex-police car though
kz
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quote:
Originally posted by djgritt
Mazda 3 Sport - 2.2d 185



Don't want a dirty diesel. Shame the MPS is a bit overkill...
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quote:
Originally posted by VrsTurbo
Out of all of them the Merc drives the nicest the 7 speed box is immense


Would dispute that (not sure if anything has changed since a 2014 model) but worse auto gearbox I've ever had the pleasure of driving on an A220d.

The new 9 speed is amazing though.

The merc in general was shite for what retails at circa 35k.
kz
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I'm talking 2006ish for the Merc btw
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Don't get an old a class they're shocking
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Why have you not bought an astra estate 1.3 cdti yet?
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Focus st170. I've Got a nice one for sale

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