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Safety and luggage space for Mum and the baby

A 4WD family car for the Missus

08/07/2014 10:34 |  Comments: 
“Being no fan of MPVs, I’d rather buy a 4WD SUV. Safety and luggage space first” – says our reader. Our Friendly Car Dealer seems to disagree.

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Dear Friendly Car Dealer,

Our baby arrives soon and my wife needs a safe car with loads of luggage space to  complement my own 2011 Mondeo estate. It sounds like an easy task, but I don’t like MPVs  (Galaxy), and we would make good use of a 4WD living in the area we do. I was looking at  SUVs, but a premium one (BMW, Mercedes, Audi) is out of the question. I had set my eyes  on the Volvo XC90 but it turned out to be a huge disappointment. It’s large from the outside,  but even my Mondeo seems to have more interior space and a larger boot than the Volvo. 

And at this point I got stuck. I simply can’t think of a decent model. We are willing to shell  out about €16,000-25,500 on a used car that’s a couple of years old. What do you suggest?



Dear Csaba,

Mum’s car needn’t be the largest one in the family. Many make the mistake of buying the Missus a tank, assuming the kid will only be safe in an M1 Abrams, and anyone buying anything less is an irresponsible bastard putting the life of the family in danger. I keep hearing stories about people and I even know a few couples who have fallen for the marketing blah blah fooling future parents into buying something massive because the only vehicle safe enough is obviously a tank. As if everything else was made of Lego. Here’s my two cents: you won’t put your family at risk by putting them in a smaller car. Cars in your price range are actually perfectly safe. For larger outings you still have the Mondeo, and for everyday use a smaller car will serve mum and the baby well. If I were you, I’d go for a five-door RAV 4. All you need to do is turn the key and fill it up from time to time, and it will make you very happy in return. 


Friendly Car Dealer

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