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#1 Milly Molly Mandy

Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:15 PM

Hi all

Our car is on the way out so looking to get a new one. I've been wanting a 7 seater for a while now so see it as s good opportunity to get one

Anchor points aren't really an issue as we only have one left in a car seat. We just want thd flexibility of being able to take other kids in our car, eg on holiday, to sport, school etc.

We will probably get one brand new or close to it, not wanting to pay much more than 40k but not sure if I'm dreaming

Any ideas or warnings.

#2 AnnBB

Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:18 PM

I can highly recommend the Toyota Kluger. A great family car.

#3 ~Bob~

Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:21 PM

We had a Territory. It was good and practical, but the rear row isn't comfortable as the seat is hard and there is not ample leg room. So it was only good when we had smaller children in boosters in that row.

We have since moved to a Kluger, I love this. Of course, there is not much boot space when using all seats, but you will find this with all 7 seaters.

I also loved the Chrysler Grand Voyager. The bootspace was amazing. DH wasn't having a van though, and this would be more than $40k

EFS

Edited by ~Bob~, 19 November 2012 - 01:22 PM.


#4 cas8cas

Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:22 PM

I love my Patrol original.gif more so cos i can either have the 2 rear backseats down 1 up/1down or both up

Unlike the territory where u have to have both up or both down leaving little boot space

#5 Nataliah

Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:26 PM

I have just gotten a Kia Sorrento and I love it.  Despite the inevitable brand cringe that comes with a Kia, they really are a great car.  It gets great reviews and has beaten out a few of the more 'respected' badges in recent car awards.  We have the diesel and its great on fuel.

#6 Nataliah

Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:26 PM

I have just gotten a Kia Sorrento and I love it.  Despite the inevitable brand cringe that comes with a Kia, they really are a great car.  It gets great reviews and has beaten out a few of the more 'respected' badges in recent car awards.  We have the diesel and its great on fuel.

#7 Milly Molly Mandy

Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:28 PM

Thanks, keep them coming

I do like the idea of the split back seat.

In all reality the back seat won't be used that much and thd kids are still relatively young 7 and 8 for the oldest so legroom isn't a huge issue yet.

#8 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:28 PM

Citroen c4 Picasso. huge boot space. Rear seats fold flat into the floor when not in use.



#9 SeaPrincess

Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:30 PM

DH had a Pajero as a work car for a while. The back row wasn't particularly comfortable for adults, but the seats fold flat into the floor, so that was handy.  I didn't like driving it as much as I do our current older model Landcruiser, but then I didn't drive it much either. DH had a Prado for work which was nice to drive as well.

R

#10 HurryUpAlready

Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:31 PM

I love our Audi Q7. Not sure what price they are second hand but it's so lovely to drive and feels so safe.

It's huge, but I wanted a big car that would seat 7 people comfortably (not squished in).

#11 SusanStoHelit

Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:43 PM

We have a Hyudai Santa Fe. Shares the same engine as Kia, and both fuel efficent diesels (consideration for us as we tow a trailer with camping gear on holidays, and are looking at purchasing a trailer sailer in the near future). I just liked the aesthetics of the Santa Fe more! I can sit in the back seat OK when my MIL (who doesn't drive) visits, but I am only 157cm tall. It has the split, fold flat seats in the back, but once again very little boot space with both in use. We also looked at a Honda Odyssey, which was more spacious and (IMHO) more nicely finished, but the lack of towing capacity forced us to go the Santa Fe.

#12 FiveAus

Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:45 PM

Check out the Toyota Prius V. They are within your price range, have flexible seating arrangements and are fuel misers. Very technologically advanced car and you get a lot for your money.

#13 thelms

Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:49 PM

QUOTE (Nataliah @ 19/11/2012, 02:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have just gotten a Kia Sorrento and I love it.  Despite the inevitable brand cringe that comes with a Kia, they really are a great car.  It gets great reviews and has beaten out a few of the more 'respected' badges in recent car awards.  We have the diesel and its great on fuel.


We bought the Kia Sorento in June, couldn't be happier, no complaints at all.

#14 MadamDivine

Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:55 PM

just a note though since most 7 seaters are over seas made cars.. specially the Hyundai's they are a bucket load to fix!!! as you cant buy after market parts so hyundai can charge what they want for the parts. Our blower fan (heating cooling fan) went in our trajet and it was $400 just for the fan alone

Toyota and the Mitsubishi 7/8 seaters would be the cheaper for repairs.

#15 ~ky~

Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:56 PM

If you're not concerned about having huge boot space whilst all 7 seats are in use, try a Mitsubishi Outlander. We currently have a 5 seater as we need the boot space but will be buying a 7 seater next as it's such a genuinely nice car to drive! You also have a choice of 2wd or 4w.

#16 mum201

Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:57 PM

Lusting after a Kluger at the moment - ultimate family car

#17 2beautboys

Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:01 PM

We recently got a Mazda CX9. LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!

#18 Anemonefish

Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:02 PM

We have a turbo-diesel Hyundai Santa Fe, which we are very happy with.

#19 *LucyE*

Posted 19 November 2012 - 03:59 PM

QUOTE
just a note though since most 7 seaters are over seas made cars.. specially the Hyundai's they are a bucket load to fix!!! as you cant buy after market parts so hyundai can charge what they want for the parts. Our blower fan (heating cooling fan) went in our trajet and it was $400 just for the fan alone

I'm not sure if this is totally accurate. There are many non genuine parts available for many, many cars. The issue is while the car is still under warranty.

The cost of parts these days reflects the higher cost of manufacture and quality.  For example, spark plugs for my first car (many years ago) was dirt cheap and easy to replace by anyone who had some knowledge of engines. I had a mid 90's Toyota that had platinum (?) spark plugs. These were more than 10 times the cost of the ordinary ones but they were also designed to last for a lot longer. And with all the electronics of late model cars, they can't be easily fixed by backyard-ers. They require expensive equipment and these costs gets passed on.

#20 Mousky

Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:08 PM

Check out the Peugeot 308. They have an option of an extra 2 seats in the boot space (definitely not adult seats).

#21 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:14 PM

308 sw Peugeot I ruled out as 6/7 th seats took up boot space when not in use and my head hit the roof when sitting in them.... I am only 150 cm small.

#22 Hedgoth

Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:42 PM

We currently have a Chrysler GV AWD. We are using it as a trade in on a Land Rover Discovery 4 in the next few months.

I love my CGV but it has started to show its age and things are going wrong...frequently sad.gif

ETA The Discovery 3 is a reasonable price.

Edited by pukeko~ponga~tree, 19 November 2012 - 04:44 PM.


#23 Lim Lam

Posted 19 November 2012 - 06:52 PM

QUOTE (HurryUpAlready @ 19/11/2012, 02:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I love our Audi Q7. Not sure what price they are second hand but it's so lovely to drive and feels so safe.

It's huge, but I wanted a big car that would seat 7 people comfortably (not squished in).


Wow...I googled that and got a price of $254000....is that right???

#24 Guest_3Keiki_*

Posted 19 November 2012 - 06:59 PM

QUOTE (pukeko~ponga~tree @ 19/11/2012, 05:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We currently have a Chrysler GV AWD. We are using it as a trade in on a Land Rover Discovery 4 in the next few months.

I love my CGV but it has started to show its age and things are going wrong...frequently sad.gif

ETA The Discovery 3 is a reasonable price.



Pukeko how old is your chrysler?

#25 liv1520

Posted 19 November 2012 - 07:00 PM

We have a Volvo XC90, huge internal space with a great boot, love my Volvo.
It was the ONLY 7 seat 4wd I could fit my pram/stroller and groceries in the boot with all 7 seats up.




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