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    Subaru outback! Huge boot space, maximum ancap safety rating, fuel efficient.

    Ours is 2009 model, all leather interior, fits 2 seats easily and a massive boot. So reliable. I love outbacks, this is our second one. Bought it for under 30k 12 months ago.

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    We looked at most of the cars in this range.
    Dualis and Subaru, too small
    Captiva, bad reviews
    i35, sooo sloow and expensive for what it was
    Mazda cx7, i really liked this one, but it was a bit pricey for us.
    Rav4, hate the boot.
    I loooved the Kia Sportage but DP said no way

    We ended up getting a Toyota Rukus, i LOVE it. Its awesome. It may look funny but meh. It has contact unlock, push button start, you step into it, not up or down. Its just great, i love my car The boot is a bit small, but its big enough for my pram with groceries on top. Lots of leg and head room even with a FF and RF car seat.
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    We upgraded for the same reason (except at the time we were only ttc). I often get back probs and wanted something where I didn't have to bend down to get the baby out of. We loved the look of the Hyundai ix35, and it was in our price range. Had all the bells and whistles that we would have had to pay a lot more for in any other car in the range. It's GREAT! DH and I love it. Plenty of room in the back (both seats and boot) and the Highlander (which we have) has a reversing camera. The only thing I don't like is that rearward visibility isn't great, but having the camera makes up for that. Obviously still check blind spots etc! We had a Forester when we drove around Tassie on our honeymoon, and frankly I didn't like how low I was as a passenger. The window pretty much started at my neck! Cheap to run, cheap to service, and great value. Plus great safety. I'd recommend the ix35 any day!

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    I am about to purchase a Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited but they are $60k+ brand new (top of the range) but you could definately pick up a middle if the range demo for around $40k :-) Jeeps are great and the Grand Cherokee was awarded Drive car of the year and 4WD of the year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JacquiLea View Post
    I am about to purchase a Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited but they are $60k+ brand new (top of the range) but you could definately pick up a middle if the range demo for around $40k :-) Jeeps are great and the Grand Cherokee was awarded Drive car of the year and 4WD of the year!
    We are looking at buying the Grand Cherokee too! Have you got yours? How do you find it?

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    DH here, please don't buy a Captiva.

    If the forester is too small, try the outback for size.

    If money is no problem, Volvo.

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    I have a forester too (older model)
    But it's wayyyy to small - dp and myself are on the taller side and had extreme difficulty fitting in with the car seat reward facing - even with dd forward facing now, no leg room in the back for her (her feet touch the back of the passenger seat and she's only 9months)
    And the boot space is poor as well (I have a stroller and it's a tight fit)
    We are saving $$$ so I can upgrade to a bigger car....

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    I'm hoping to buy a grand Cherokee too maybe second had but top of the range

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    Perthmum - this is the main reason we upgraded. My DH is 6'5" so had a different perspective than many people when we looked at cars. We didn't think cars such as the Forester actually gave us any more leg or boot room than the Golf we had. And as soon as we got into any Hyundais or Kias, he felt like he was going to hit his head on the ceiling. Really nothing else matched the Mazda 6 for us on space, price, looks & quality ... but that is just personal opinion. Just a perspective from my very tall DH. We wanted to be able to have a rear-facing capsule without making DH uncomfortable, whether driving or passenger. Of course we got the car and still don't have a baby *sigh*, but that's another story. The dog likes the car anyway. lol

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    I wonder if the Jeep Grand Cherokee is big enough for a rear facing capsule, not that we have a baby yet either but soon lol.


 

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