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#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.

hmmm...

#13 Feral 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 Gloriana

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.
http://www.nissan.com.au/Cars-Vehicles/Pulsar/Overview
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

Honda

#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.

QUOTE
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.
Sorry.


#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




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