Saturday 19 January 2019

Ask Aidan: 'My husband won't drive a family wagon. Help!'


VW Touran
VW Touran

Aidan Timmons and Motoring Editor Eddie Cunningham team up to help readers make the right choice with their next car. Aidan visits dealers all over the country to produce a monthly guidebook on the values of used cars. He is co-editor of Motor Trade Publishers, who supply a car-valuing service to the motor trade, insurance companies and finance houses. Eddie is author of former best-seller 'Clever Car Buying'

We've three small people (two in the maxi cosi rodi Isofix seats, one in the maxi cosi rodi. They all fit in the rear seat of my 2009 Honda FRV, which I hope to drive until they're out of car seats.

We need to change my husband's car (09 diesel Subaru Legacy) to something that will accommodate us all, with decent storage for all that comes with having smallies.

He won't drive a family wagon, if you know what I mean. He wants something with good BHP and low tax. I think he'd try a hybrid if we could find a suitable one.

I thought the Mitsubishi Outlander might be an option, but the three car seats won't fit across. The hybrid model doesn't come as a seven-seater.

Ideally, I want something around 2014. But if there was a good scrappage offer available, I could convince him to consider a new vehicle. My brain is fried trying to find something that suits.

Aidan: This causes headaches every time it comes up because the perfect car for you is something like a Citroen Picasso (or Grand Picasso) or VW Touran (with five Isofix points).

But, like lots of others, you don't want an MPV. Do yourself a favour though and try a few out. My go-to recommendation for anyone needing space is the Skoda Superb Combi. It's impressively spacious, comfortable, well-built, cheap to run and great to drive.

If you can't buy a new one, try and get as fresh a model as you can. The new version was launched for the 152-plate, and a 1.6-litre diesel Ambition model will be ideal.

If you want something new and more SUV-like, then look at the Peugeot 5008. Peugeot tends to have good scrappage offers too.

Finally, look at the Hyundai Santa Fe or Kia Sorento. Price-wise, I think used ones will be your only option, but either should cater for your needs.

Eddie: Is he totally immovable on the family wagon? Really, it's the one that makes sense. I'd push him to drive the VW Touran and see how he feels. It's well worth a try. Otherwise you are into Aidan's suggestions and I don't think you need to stretch that far.

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