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    Default Suggestions for new car

    Hi all, I have bub 1 due in early August and need to sell my lovely 2 door car and buy something more family friendly.

    I want something that will comfortably fit a rear facing carseat without having to have the front seat all the way forward! I really want a medium
    SUV for no more than $40k. I'm happy to go second hand, as long as its less than 2 years old.

    I'm looking at a Mazda CX7 and a Holden Captiva. I have been warned off the Nissan Dualis and Subaru forester as they are too small. Does anyone have the cars i like or any other suggestions?

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    You don't need a medium suv for one baby i don't think but IMO:
    Subaru foresters are fantastic.
    My father is a mechanic and my whole family has Subaru's.
    They hold a high safety rating.
    Cheap to run, Cheap to fix and there values hold up well for resale.

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    If all goes to plan number 2 will follow pretty quick and I don't want to
    upgrade again - thought I would go bigger straight away.

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    I have a hyundai i30 that is 2 years old and I love it. It's the sportswagon, so it's nice & flexible. It's small enough to drive around the shops/etc with ease, but big enough (as a station wagon) to carry bigger things when needed. A good compromise. It's been super reliable and it can fit 3 car seats across the back seat (at a pinch, but few cars fit 3 seats easily). I love it!

    My dh has a hyundai ix35 and he's very happy with it. It's a compact SUV, but it's got a nice high driving position with good visibility and is pretty spacious inside too. The boot isn't huge (compared with say a Prado) but it's quite big.

    We've got our dd rearfacing in both our cars and the front seats can't be fully back, but neither do they need to be anywhere near fully forward either. I'm quite comfy sitting the passenger seat of both cars (and I'm tall). I do have the SnS Compaq in my i30 (which i recommend), but we have the Meridian in the ix35.

    You could buy an i30 or an ix35 new for under $40k ... a lot less than that actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nazgul View Post
    You don't need a medium suv for one baby i don't think but IMO:
    Subaru foresters are fantastic.
    My father is a mechanic and my whole family has Subaru's.
    They hold a high safety rating.
    Cheap to run, Cheap to fix and there values hold up well for resale.
    This. Full safety ratings! If your after luxury and safety go the forester.

    I like most of the SUVs on the market at the moment so Id pick purely by safety ratings. The vosklwagons have some beautiful SUVs too!!

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    We just got the new Subaru XV and we love it! It will be the top of your budget though. Boot space isn't huge but we will only have one bub and the pram and bassinet fits no worries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nazgul View Post
    You don't need a medium suv for one baby i don't think but IMO:
    Subaru foresters are fantastic.
    My father is a mechanic and my whole family has Subaru's.
    They hold a high safety rating.
    Cheap to run, Cheap to fix and there values hold up well for resale.
    This!
    I have a 2009 forester but a new one is only $32k
    They have a 5 star safety rating and heaps of room in the car and the boot.
    They do 9.0 L/100k's which is excellent and have bluetooth, usb and iPod connectivity.
    My parents are on their second one, their first got 300k on the clock.
    We are on our second one too, we traded out turbo for a new one.

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    Just to add... The XV has a reversing camera which for me and my reverse parking is a god send!

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    We bought a 2012 demo model Ford Territory for $32k. I knew I'd like it but I didn't think I'd love it!

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    i just bought a Jeep Patriot and i ADORE it! And, my dad went out and bought a Compass straight after i bought mine, they are both fantastic roomy cars.

    We tested the 2 car seats in both and there is quite a decent amount of room, even with one put in rear facing, the seats dont need to go forward at the front.

    They are relatively cheap, mine was 27k driveaway and the company was 28.5k driveaway.

    i Also liked the look of the Ford Escape, maybe next time lol


 

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