Sunday 17 December 2017

Motoring Advice: We want a car big enough for three kids in the back - but don't want an SUV/ people carrier

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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 are looking to change our 2011 Passat. I was thinking of a 2015 A4 but will this be big enough for three kids in the back (2, 6, 14)? The A4 looks small in comparison with the Passat. Would the A6 be a better alternative? Don't want another Passat or a SUV/people carrier.

Aidan: Margins are fine when it comes to the perception of there being enough space in the rear passenger compartment so I strongly advise you get some real-world experience of fitting your children across the back of an A4 before committing to it one way or another. I think it will be fine but you are the only one who can make that call. Certainly, the A6 will be bigger but you will either need to spend more money or settle for an older model than with an A4.

What about a Skoda Superb? It's a no-brainer if you need more space for rear passengers and boot.

If you can squeeze into a new model on a 152 or 161-plate then I would encourage you to do so. A regular 1.6 TDi Ambition is probably ample for you. The older model Superb is a fine car but it would be great if you could get into a current one.

Eddie: Take the children, child seat, booster seat etc and try them out on a Skoda Superb. It's the car with the sort of space that you need.

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