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Stuart Z31/07/2018 13:36:45
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I’m thinking of changing my SUV and getting a more “normal” car. I’m looking to having a more daily useable car as the SUV is a handful on longer journeys.

Question is which one?

I’m thinking Mondeo / Superb or similar.

There was a thread around 2009 but it has been deleted apparently.

What cars do you use?


Andy Blackburn31/07/2018 13:56:00
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BMW 3-series Touring (estate), which is fine - wanted a 5-series as it's a bit bigger but Mrs B made it quite clear that it was too big for her to drive.

Peter Christy31/07/2018 14:10:24
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I drive "re-cycled" cars! wink

Currently a SAAB 9000 Aero. Capable of seating four in opulent comfort, taking my largest models, able to see off smaller Porsches and most BMWs in a straight line, yet able to turn in well over 40 mpg on a longish run - though not all at the same time!

Nothing currently on the market comes even close!




pete taylor31/07/2018 14:12:54
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Volvo V50 2.0D Ideal family chariot/model transporter and eats up the miles nicely on long trips

Jon - Laser Engines31/07/2018 14:14:31
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My skoda rapid 'spaceback' has a stupid name but is large on the inside. With some careful stacking i can fit 3 large models in it along with all the gear needed for a weekend away at a show.

Tax is also cheap at 30 quid.

One of my clubmates has the octavia estate and is pleased with its model carrying abilities.

The skoda superb also has a stupid name but is bigger again while still not being massive

Edited By Jon - Laser Engines on 31/07/2018 14:15:04

kc31/07/2018 14:18:48
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Consider a hybrid. My Toyota Auris Touring Sports hybrid ( auto) uses about half the petrol my old Toyota Carina auto did on the same journeys. The Touring sports version has about a foot more room in the boot than the saloon - useful for models.

Beware 1 year old cars of any make that have done about 13000 miles - very likely to be ex hire cars even if they seem to have belonged to the manufacturer - they were most likely leased by the hire firm from the manufacturer.. Buy new via Carwow at best price instead.

Edited By kc on 31/07/2018 14:21:30

Cuban831/07/2018 14:20:22
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I've had my 10 years old 2.0 Tdci Mondeo Estate from new, now has 140000 miles on the clock, still looks smart both inside and out & never let me down, a few repair jobs in that time (aircon & timing belt change both inexpensive) but avoid Ford dealers and go to a good independent garage and you'll save a heap of cash. Massive boot, comfortable, drives as good as any similar vehicle IMHO. Most important, room for large modelsyes. Some really good examples of three and four years old cars are around for not a lot of money, but the very new ones worry the hell out of me because of the crazy amount of tech that they're loaded with these days (as with all makes). No plans to change mine unless it succumbs to some uneconomic repair, no point in throwing money away.

Bob Cotsford31/07/2018 15:21:03
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I've just sold my second Mondeo estate owing to becoming eligable for a Motability leased car. I'd second C8's recommendations. I'd go for a 3 year old simply because it's taken the worst of the depreciation hit but is still a modern spec. and has got past the teething trouble stage.

Former Member31/07/2018 16:14:14
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alex nicol31/07/2018 16:40:09
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Whatever you go for, I'd recommend a good solid dealer service history is essential, if it's older than 3 years you can also check previous mot's online and as a final check, get your local garage to plug in the diagnostics and check for any error codes

Dave Cunnington31/07/2018 16:44:43
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I recently moved from an 8 yr old VW CC to a 2016 Passat saloon. Drop the rear seats and there's plenty of room for two Tiger Trainers plus all the stuff I need to take to the field

Blue motion 2litre T diesel 150PS provides all the power that I need, and 55 plus mpg on average, tax £30.

I did look at a Golf but with the rear seats down it's about 14 inches shorter in the luggage area than the Passat

Edited By Dave Cunnington on 31/07/2018 16:46:12

Edited By Dave Cunnington on 31/07/2018 17:08:28

trebor31/07/2018 16:47:33
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Forget electronic diagnostics, I have a 1967 landrover 4 wheel drive and free road tax.

Andy Blackburn31/07/2018 17:00:41
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I used to have an 2006 Mondeo 2 litre, it was a hatchback but still had loads of space and the seating position was excellent. You could do worse if you can find a good one from a good garage with an up to date service history and a mileage reading that you can trust.

Martyn K31/07/2018 17:02:18
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I have a 3 yo Ford Modeo Supershed Titanium estate. Can't fault it except for the electronic hand brake which is so easy not to engage when you stop - even when you think you have activated it.

Tons of load space.

What used to be the modellers car was the Swedish Supershed (aka Volvo V70 Estate) which apparently go for silly money second hand.

The downer on these big estates is they are a butter to park and navigate around the narrow lanes in multi storey car parks


BackinBlack31/07/2018 17:18:35
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Mazda 6 Estate/Tourer. 2.2 diesel Sport - 150 or 175 PS. Loads of room, a delight to drive and better than 45 mpg. Mine have been utterly reliable and they're good value, particularly 2nd hand.

Only downside, it's big, as Martyn K points out, but as yet no one makes a car with Tardis characteristics. If you want room inside it stands to reason it'll be big on the outside.


cymaz31/07/2018 17:22:11
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Zafira....soon to be on my 3rd


car packed

Edited By cymaz on 31/07/2018 17:24:31

Stuart Z31/07/2018 17:23:32
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Thanks guys

Lots of choice in that lot.

I’ll have a look around and see some of what’s out there.


r6dan31/07/2018 17:32:00
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An L reg volvo 440 auto

MattyB31/07/2018 17:39:25
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Sadly there are not many "proper" estates out there these days - as SUVs replaced them in the popularity stakes most have gone all swoopy with lower rooflines and tapered back ends. Gone are the big square boxes of the 80s and 90s in the main.

The most practical that are left are the Passat, Mondeo, Octavia and Superb. Other than that you could go for an MPV (Zafira, S-Max, C-4 SpaceTourer etc), but when I looked at those I came to the conclusion they are more optimised for carrying people than stuff. Since we are never more than 4 up (two of those kids) I went with the estate for it's bike/model/general kids rubbish(!) carrying capacity. YMMV.

Edited By MattyB on 31/07/2018 17:40:51

cymaz31/07/2018 17:42:52
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Agree with you are now a fashion statement rather than a practical carrying apparatus. Just look at the adverts on the telly thinking. Time for a Transit?

Edited By cymaz on 31/07/2018 17:43:32

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