Jump to content

Recommend me a new car

  • Please log in to reply
41 replies to this topic

#1 ~iMum~

Posted 11 January 2013 - 06:40 PM

So it looks like I could be in the market for a new car. Having had a cars outside the norm for the past few years, I have no idea what's around. I'd be looking for 4 doors, preferably a sedan and not hatchback or sport back, fuel efficiency not a huge concern, and not after a lightweight 'bubble' car I.e. the Getz or Nissan Micra. If second hand, prepared to spend up to about $15 000. If new, up to $25 000. I'm thinking the VW Polo, Golf, or Jetta, Corolla, Vectra, but have yet to do any in depth research. Recommendations please!

#2 mumto3princesses

Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:00 PM

What about the Mazda 3 sedan?

I bought a new mazda 3 last year and I LOVE it! (although I bought a hatch)

#3 madmax1

Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:07 PM

i have had a vw golf and polo when i  was living in the UK. Have no car here at the moment. However I LOVE those cars. The Golf is bigger and bigger boot the polo barley fitted my pram. They are an easy drive, reliable and so freaking economical. I really miss my car  sad.gif

#4 peachkoala

Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:29 PM

I have a VW jetta (diesel). I love it. Got it new and have had it for 5yrs now. Never had a problem. Boot is massive for a small car. Very comfortable to fit my family of four and have been known to stick the kids car seats next to each other and have an adult in the back seat with them. Fuel economy is great. I get around 800k's on a tank. Averages 6.9litres per 100k's. less if I did more longer distance driving.

#5 ~iMum~

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:07 PM

Those replies don't help me decide! lol. I've just been drooling on the Mazda website and looking at the 3 with the SP25 luxury pack. Unfortunately, it takes me over budget but, compared to the Audi A4 I really really really want (again), it's considerably cheaper and therefore I may have a chance of swaying DH.

#6 ~chiquita~

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:11 PM

Another vote for Mazda 3.

#7 Therese

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:12 PM

I would either get a Mazda 3 or a VW Golf.

Have fun deciding original.gif

#8 allthiseffortpaidoff

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:15 PM

What about a small SUV?
Nissan X-Trail, 0% finance - brand new.

You said you didn't want hatch, so the Golf is out.

Mum has Mazda 3 and it's very low, so for me, getting in and out at 37w pg and putting DD in and out, it's too hard.

We've ended up with a Jeep Patriot $30k drive away and bought DH a 3yo Subaru Impreza ($15k)...

We're happy with both.

#9 FiveAus

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:16 PM

Six months ago I bought a brand new Toyota Prius C. I had looked at various cars including the VW's, Subaru Impreza and a few others. I settled on the Prius C after much MUCH deliberation......my main aim was to use less fuel and the Prius definitely does that. It's also very technologically advanced and ypu get a lot of really cool stuff included. I use it to drive to work and back (around 40 kms per day on a country highway) and as a weekend runaround. I've been very, very happy with my choice, it's a beautiful car.

#10 ~iMum~

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:19 PM

QUOTE (allthiseffortpaidoff @ 11/01/2013, 09:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What about a small SUV?
Nissan X-Trail, 0% finance - brand new.

You said you didn't want hatch, so the Golf is out.

Mum has Mazda 3 and it's very low, so for me, getting in and out at 37w pg and putting DD in and out, it's too hard.

We've ended up with a Jeep Patriot $30k drive away and bought DH a 3yo Subaru Impreza ($15k)...

We're happy with both.

My bold. We already have a touring 4wd, so don't need another SUV-type vehicle.

Re Jeep: I currently have a Jeep Wrangler and the company, dealer have all put us off ever buying another Jeep again!

But thanks for the suggestion original.gif

#11 Coffeegirl

Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:32 PM

QUOTE (whathousework? @ 11/01/2013, 10:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Those replies don't help me decide! lol. I've just been drooling on the Mazda website and looking at the 3 with the SP25 luxury pack. Unfortunately, it takes me over budget but, compared to the Audi A4 I really really really want (again), it's considerably cheaper and therefore I may have a chance of swaying DH.

We have a Golf and and Audi Q5. I often get an A4 as my courtesy car.  Both are nice but...

The Golf wins hands down.  Great fuel economy.  Flip the seats down and it's got a huge load capacity, and it's easy to park.  Plus the better price tag. And both our kids fit comfortably in the back with the driver and passenger seats pushed almost all the way back.  DH and I are both 5'9" and I can sit in the back and have no issues with legroom

I think the Audi is over priced.  

FYI. The Golf and Audis are built in the same factory and many of the trims are identical.  IE.  the electric window buttons on the Q5 are the same as the Golf.

Edited by Coffeegirl, 11 January 2013 - 09:35 PM.

#12 ~iMum~

Posted 12 January 2013 - 02:14 PM

Had a look at VW today and nothing there took my eye, so that's the Golf, Polo, and Jetta out of the way.

Currently trying to decide between a new Hyundai i30 or 2012 plated Mazda 3.


#13 WibbleWobble

Posted 12 January 2013 - 02:29 PM

Renault megane. A great car and lots of little extras that come as standard even in a base model.

#14 MrsLexiK

Posted 12 January 2013 - 02:36 PM

My mechanic husband would say the Toyota or the Mazda. Just be mindful about boot size and spare tyre size.

ETA he would also go the Hyundai as well they have come along way the last 3 years.

Edited by MrsLexiK, 12 January 2013 - 02:37 PM.

#15 **Xena**

Posted 12 January 2013 - 02:41 PM

Mazda 3 definitely.

#16 mumto3princesses

Posted 12 January 2013 - 02:46 PM

You definately need to make sure you test drive a Mazda 3. And the boot on the sedan is seriously huge. It doesn't look it from the outside but it is.

#17 JazzyWeasel

Posted 12 January 2013 - 02:50 PM

I have owned a Corolla and quite liked that.
Have looked at the Mazda 3 and like the look of them.
Nissan are bringing back their Pulars at the end of the month early next month.
I had a 2000 model and it was nice to drive.

#18 ~iMum~

Posted 13 January 2013 - 01:53 PM

Argh! The dealer can do a new Mazda 6 for the same price as a 3 SP25. Now I need to go research that one.

Is it over yet?

#19 virtuallotus

Posted 13 January 2013 - 01:56 PM


#20 BVB09

Posted 13 January 2013 - 01:57 PM

QUOTE (whathousework? @ 11/01/2013, 06:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm thinking the VW Polo, Golf, or Jetta,

These would be my picks as well. Good European quality cars ! original.gif Only because we have a VW Golf.

VW Golf diesel has great fuel economy. Husband gets just over 1,000ks on one tank. Fast as well ! tongue.gif

Edited by Sim 74, 13 January 2013 - 01:59 PM.

#21 Jo-Anna

Posted 13 January 2013 - 02:00 PM

I had a second hand BMW 1 series. It was a dream to drive. Only sold it to fit in more car seats. Seriously good car. Servicing and parts can be pricey though,

#22 emmafg

Posted 13 January 2013 - 02:03 PM

I have owned 3 VW Golf's, and now drive (sometimes) a 2009 VW Jetta (Also a VW Passat...think we like VW's much?  Years ago we even had a '76 Kombi van....).  All Diesels, bar 1 petrol Golf.

Personally I think the Golf is better then the Jetta - though essentially the same car, I think the build quality is better on the Golf.  I have driven a new 2012 Jetta and still think the Golf is better.  You will find that comparable 2nd hand Golf's are dearer then the Jetta's.  

I also think the Golf looks better and I have dubbed my Jetta the "Pensioner car".

Go Golf I say.

#23 kwiggle

Posted 13 January 2013 - 02:15 PM

I love my honda civic sedan.  It is beautiful to drive, cheap to run & cost less than some of the others you are looking at.

#24 threeinnyc

Posted 13 January 2013 - 02:41 PM

QUOTE (whathousework? @ 11/01/2013, 07:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
fuel efficiency not a huge concern

I think full efficiency should be top priority.

I'm thinking the VW Polo, Golf, or Jetta

We have owned Golf and Jetta (TDi) in the past and our current one is Polo (TDi) all bought brand new, cant fault any of them (that's why we stick to VW!) safe and cheap to run; our Polo costs us $55/month.

I would not recommend Hyundai i20, i45 weve driven heaps as our hired cars, they look good but performance wise very poor.
Another no no is Toyota Prius, weve driven for 3 months when we moved back to Sydney, the car is umm big for nothing.

#25 countrychic29

Posted 13 January 2013 - 02:58 PM

Golf is probably the sensible choice and a great car.
Audi's are overpriced new  - but second hand you should be able to get a really nice A3 sportback (4 door)
I have one ... brought new which was a waste considering the amount of km''s i do ... but i love it, big enough but small enough IYKWIM

1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users


Newborn baby found in a nativity scene

Police are trying to trace a woman who abandoned a baby boy in the manger of a church nativity scene.

Life would be harder without my kids

The Humans of New York Facebook page is well known for sharing touching, real stories from one of the world's biggest cities – and it's just hit the heart of parents everywhere.

Mum dresses as Wonder Woman for last day of chemo

A Brisbane mum dressed up as a superhero to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy and created a moment her family will remember forever.

How a raisin can predict a toddler's IQ

All you need to assess a child's future intelligence is a plastic cup and a raisin, according to new research.

Former Hi-5 member's cannabis hope

Former Hi-5 star Tim Harding hopes a cannabis-derived drug will help control his daughter's epilepsy, which sees the four-year-old suffering between 50 and 100 seizures a day.

The top 5 reasons your toddler throws a tantrum

Whilst to the outside world little people may appear to have it easy, it's actually not always the case – just ask any toddler who's had their toast cut up the wrong way.

Glenn McGrath thought he'd lost his wife and baby

Australian cricket ledged Glen McGrath has spoken about the moment he thought he might lose his wife, Sara and their baby daughter, Madison.


Inside my Centrelink nightmare

Mother Bec Smith has been trying for months to access Centrelink payments. A "serious error" is preventing her.

Warnings over push for hourly childcare billing

Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.

Cate Blanchett thought about adopting for years

Cate Blanchett says her recent adoption of a baby girl had nothing to do with wanting a daughter after having three sons.

Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

The parasite that could boost fertility

The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world - on average having 10 children in their lifetimes -- but some are even more fertile than others.

Family may sue cousin over genetics

A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe disabilities.

Strange things mums have done in labour

While most women in labour focus on the upcoming birth of their baby, some women do more interesting things.

Michael Clarke reveals baby's name

When Michael Clarke said he was wrapped around the finger of his little princess, he wasn't joking.

The logistics of breastfeeding twins

Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.

How to stop people ruining Christmas

We can make a conscious effort about how we react to those curly Christmas day scenarios that can send us up the wall, or should we say chimney.

Lots of formula offers for desperate mum

The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.

Surviving breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Cot sheet brands for the nursery

With so many awesome cot sheet options these days, we thought we'd put together a list of go-to brands for you to seek out for your baby's bed.


What's hot on EB

How I survived breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Grieving father's letter to Bataclan terrorists: "...this little boy will threaten you by being happy and free"

A grieving father whose wife was killed in the attacks on the Bataclan Theatre last weekend has written an open letter to her killers.

5 challenges of motherhood - and how to see them differently

Despite the smiles, the sloppy kisses and the pure magic children bring to our lives, it's hard to deny that motherhood can be tough.

4 challenges of being a new dad - and how to face them

Becoming a parent is challenging – and that applies to both mums and dads.

My battle against antenatal and postnatal depression

I was five months pregnant when I realised I needed help.

Children swapped at birth will not be returned to biological parents

A boy and girl accidentally swapped on the day they were born will stay with the families who have raised them, a South African court has ruled.

A quarter of men believe they get 'man periods'

A British study has revealed one in four men believe they have a monthly cycle.

Baby deposit

How much do you need to save for a 'baby deposit'?

It's fairly straightforward to calculate a house deposit, but how much money do you need to save up for a baby?

Dad's beautiful note to his wife, a nurse

To anyone else it might just look like a picture of a mum having a nap with her toddler.

'I was a complete schmuck': Mike Baird opens up about his wife's postnatal depression

When his wife Kerryn was not well following the birth of their daughter, NSW Premier Mike Baird buried himself in his work.

Mum's desperate plea as whooping cough alert issued

A desperate mother has shared a heart-breaking video of her baby struggling to cope with a coughing fit caused by pertussis.

Coffee could help you live longer

New US research found people who report drinking three to five cups of coffee a day are less likely to die prematurely from heart disease, suicide, diabetes or Parkinson's disease.

The joy and dread of playdates

To live vicariously through your child is to rediscover anxieties you thought dead and buried.

Sick baby could die without scarce special formula, mum says

Lizzie Cann is down to her last three tins of a special formula in short supply.

Adorable toddler's strop foiled by squeaky shoes

We're probably all familiar with the pouty bottom lip and tightly crossed arms of a tot mid-strop.

More sex during World Cup created more baby boys

More sex during South Africa's World Cup meant a disproportionately high number of boys were born nine months later, a new study has found.

Win one of two ABC Shop prize packs in time for Christmas

What a boon it would be to have your toddler's Christmas gifts covered this year. We have two awesome ABC Shop prize packs to give away to two lucky winners.

Do fitness challenges really work?

Fitness challenges aren't new. There's Michelle Bridges 12WBT and a bunch of other programs if you really want to lose weight.

What are pregnant women Googling?

Pregnancy is a huge change for any woman, so it's natural we'll have questions - and turn to Google to ask them.



Can't decide?

Check out the Essential Baby Names section for some inspiration

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.