We have a Forester and regret it big time. I love it, i love the look of it but there is no boot room. Once the pram is in there we cant do groceries. It will definitely not be ok for another child. Recently we got backed into and while it was being fixed we had an x-trail. LOVE!!! Soooo much room. We could fit our giant pram, dog and still do groceries etc! We are looking at trading in now.
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07-03-2012 09:03 #12Senior Member
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I have a Mazda 6 wagon - it's not an SUV but a very sporty looking wagon. It's quite roomy without being huge and now that DD is a bit older it's easy for her to get in and out.
I have the 2008 model and bought it last year with 30,000 on the odometer for $24,000. LOVE IT!
My other choice was a Toyota Kluger but they are a whole lot more expensive
07-03-2012 09:13 #13
My brother and SIL have a captiva. They love it, but have a strider plus pram and it 'just' fits in the boot. Then there's not too much space for groceries. I had one of the series 1, and found the fuel economy to be quite bad... Hoping that has changed for series 2.
Good luck! Picking the right car can be stressful.
07-03-2012 09:25 #14
I bought the a 2011 turbo forester when DD was born. Love the safety rating and how smooth it is but it is very small. DH took ownership of it last month so I could buy a mazda 6 hatch, twice the boot room.
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07-03-2012 09:30 #15Senior Member
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I have a territory, had it 3.5 years now from new. We love it!!
It has great boot space and with the extra height I find it soooo easy to get DS in and out of the car, don't have to lean in/down at all!!
It's great for camping cos we can fit heaps in or just at xmas time carrying heaps of prezzies, food, drinks and DS!! I love driving it and haven't had one mechanical problem with the car. I love the new diesel territory and want to upgrade now, but can't justify yet cos this one is going so well and still got another 1.5 year warranty left!
07-03-2012 09:54 #16
We recently upgraded from a Golf to a Mazda 6 wagon, for the same reason. You don't need an SUV - just a bigger car. I recommend checking out the Mazda 6. We're loving it.
07-03-2012 10:07 #17
I have the Mazda CX9 and absolutely love it so I'd say the CX7 would be exactly the same just without the extra seats!!!
But also someone mentioned a Jeep Patriot I loved my patriot we had the turbo diesel model and it was cheap to run and drove well.. I fit 2 carseats and a capsule in, was a tight fit but doable and had plenty of boot space..
07-03-2012 10:14 #18Senior Member
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I was thinking about cars too! Subscribing
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07-03-2012 10:27 #20
I would steer well clear of the captiva, many mechanics I know refer to them as CRAPtivas!!!
For that sorta money I would go Mazda CX-9, Ford Territory (would be a lot cheaper!) or Toyota Kluger
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