We are looking to purchase our first 'family vehicle' with our first baby due in August. We have a dog to also fit in so looking at SUVs. Given it took us a lot of IVF to conceive we are expecting we will only have 1-2 kids total. At the moment we are tossing up between new Forester or X-trail. Does anyone have one and what do you love/hate about it or wish you had considered?
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29-04-2016 18:25 #1Member
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Help me decide on first family vehicle....
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29-04-2016 20:35 #2
I like Toyota Krugers (I have this)
I don't know of the ones you mentioned. It just depends what your looking for in the car, features, safety, camera, boot space, car parts, petrol, etc.
And test before you buy. You might love a car that you seen, but don't like the feel of how it drives.
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29-04-2016 20:39 #3
I don't have a forester but I love subarus. I have an outback. I am about to upgrade to a newer model and this will be my third outback.
The outback is slightly bigger than a forester with a massive boot and looks like a normal wagon but is an suv.
If I had to choose out if the 2 cars you said, I would choose a forester.
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29-04-2016 20:39 #4
Not the x-trail but the murano was one of our top 2 choices. We ended up getting the X3 but really liked Nissans in general.
We also have a dog, and he doesn't like riding in the backseat, so he takes up most of the boot when we go away. Keep that in mind... When you add 3 car seats there isn't much room for stuff. We're considering a roof storage thing.
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29-04-2016 20:40 #5
DH used to have a Forester and he still regrets selling it. I would definitely consider a Forester for a family car if I could convince DH to consider one of the newer models (he likes the more boxy shape of the older ones). Friends of ours have one and they love it (they have 1 baby). The other SUV style car I really like is the Mazda CX5 (particularly in the red). They are a really comfortable car to drive and have great space in them. No experience with an X Trail though sorry, so can't offer anything. Both DHs Forester and friends CX5 have never had car seats in them, but plenty of room for a dog at least!
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29-04-2016 21:57 #6
Help me decide on first family vehicle....
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29-04-2016 21:57 #7Senior Member
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I love my X-trail!
We looked at the new models last year but they didn't have nearly enough boot space so we shopped around and found a previous model (2014 or 13) with only 14,000kms.
We have two border collies but they don't fit in the back with the pram.
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29-04-2016 21:59 #8
I traded my x-trail in for a forester last year. I LOVE my forester so much my mum just bought one I've been talking it up so much!
I liked my 2010 model x-trail, but I love the forester.
We hired a new model x-trail for our qld trip last year and hated it. Just not as nice to drive.
It has more room in the back so that is handy for rear facing child seats.
We have a lab we take to the beach so she goes right in the back, DD in her car seat and stroller lives in the footwell (to leave room for the dog in the very back).
We can fit the big pram (city mini GT) in the boot with the dog but it's pretty squashy.
I also love the lever in the boot that folds the back seat flat with one flick, very handy when picking up ikea flat packs!
ETA my good friend has a Mazda CX-5, the passenger basically has their knees in their face with a rear facing car seat in the back (I know I've been that passenger & I'm just over 5foot!), also very little space in boot.
29-04-2016 23:52 #9
Anything but a 4wd!
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30-04-2016 00:46 #10
We have a current model x-trail and a Landcruiser. The LC makes the x-trail seem tiny but it's a very nice car amd im happy we got it. As we are expecting a third we are selling the x-trail and getting a kluger or a Prado to accommodate 3 seats.
We compared the outlander, cx5, rav 4, captiva, cherokee, kuga, sub version was an Asx I think (cant remember) and the x-trail came out the winner for us. I wanted a Rav but the inside was so industrial. The x-trail has the aircon in the back for the kids, 476 different ways to partition the boot space, and a large boot area for that class of car. As we have had V8's etc i wanted something that still felt responsive and we got that in the x-trail, it also has an eco mode.
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