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#1 2littledarlings

Posted 27 January 2013 - 11:27 AM


We are needing to get a 2nd car and have been looking at the Volkswagon golf.  This would be my run around town car and not used for trips at all. The safety features and ANCAP rating is great along with the fuel efficiency.  So we are pretty much decided on a golf.

BUT I have fallen in love with the convertible model haha typical I know.  I have researched the safety and it still has a 5 star rating.

Would you do it? We have a 6 yr old and a 4.5 yr old and would prob have it about 5 yrs, so not when the kids were older and needed more room in backseat. The size is not a concern because we are looking at a very small, efficient car for town.

Both kids are in Safe and sound maxi riders ahr with the normal seat belt and anti sub clip. Both climb into their seats themselves and DS does his belt up, DD is starting too, I check them of course original.gif

Does anyone have a convertible with kids? It is just soooo cool wink.gif

ETA link with some pics http://www.carshowroom.com.au/newcars/revi...et_First_Drive_

Edited by 2littledarlings, 27 January 2013 - 11:30 AM.

#2 fifi-trixibelle

Posted 27 January 2013 - 11:35 AM

No I wouldn't.

There's plenty of time for your 'cool' car when the kids have grown up.

#3 FiveAus

Posted 27 January 2013 - 11:46 AM

I had an Astra convertible and I absolutely loved it. But my kids were 12 and 16 when I got it, and for the most part it was only the 12yo who came anywhere with me.

Drawback was no rear doors, don't under-estimate how much of a pita it is having to flip the front seats forward so someone can get in and out of the back seat.
Another drawback was how low slung the car was.......it's not very comfortable (or elegant) to climb in or out of.
They are also not terribly practical. There is little leg room in the back and hardly any boot space.

The advantage is it is so cool to drive. Top down on a balmy summer night, very, very sweet.

Would I have one again? No, but it was fun to have while I did and at least I had the experience.

#4 PattiODoors

Posted 27 January 2013 - 11:46 AM

I much prefer the normal Golf.

I'm not keen on convertibles anyway but especially with kids I'd like a complete hard shell over us.

#5 2littledarlings

Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:56 PM

So FiveAus would you say it had less leg room than the normal 2 door Astra? Is it a convertible thing or car size thing?

Hmmm such hard decision! Will have a closer look at the size of backseat.

#6 FiveAus

Posted 27 January 2013 - 02:08 PM

QUOTE (2littledarlings @ 27/01/2013, 01:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
So FiveAus would you say it had less leg room than the normal 2 door Astra? Is it a convertible thing or car size thing?

Hmmm such hard decision! Will have a closer look at the size of backseat.

I traded a 4 door Astra sedan for the convertible. It definitely had a lot less leg and boot space than the sedan, but I've never been in a 2 door Astra hatch, so I couldn't compare that.
I tend to think it's a convertible thing. The chassis of a convertible needs to be stiffened to compensate for the lack of a roof, and I think the length of the car is less to also help compensate. They really are cars meant for two. The allocation of passenger space is more of an afterthought.

#7 roses99

Posted 27 January 2013 - 02:18 PM

Nah. I wouldn't at this stage.

Actually, I wouldn't get the Golf at all. We seriously considered it but went for a Ford Focus instead. All the research we did pointed to the Golf having reliability issues. Which, considering we would have been buying it for reliability and safety, is pretty disappointing.

The Focus is cheaper, fits our family easily and is rated 5 star for safety with ANCAP and the European rating system (which is harder to get 5*).

There's no doubt about it, the Golf is still a good car, we just felt the Focus was a better buy and likely to be more reliable (not to mention, cheaper to service).

#8 Summer love

Posted 27 January 2013 - 04:47 PM

I have a new model suzuki swift and DS is in a Infa Secure comfy crowne. Not sure how the size of these compares to a maxi rider ahr, but my point is more about vision from a small car with booster seats.

His seat makes it so difficult to see out the back window. It takes up nearly the whole window in the middle spot. I moved it to the side seat recently, but now he blocks my blind spot. Just something else to think about, just in case you hadn't taken that into account.

Edited by ally4281, 27 January 2013 - 04:47 PM.

#9 *LucyE*

Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:11 PM

MIL has a convertible and I have no issues with her taking the kids in it.

I wouldn't have it for my everyday car because the daily in and out would annoy the crap out of me. My kids trash my 4WD with side steps so I can only imagine the damage they would cause with the constant folding of seats back and forward.  

I'm in QLD so so have issues with heat, sun protection and the fact I hate my hair blowing around. My kids have a lot of their school paraphernalia on the backseat which would get lost if we drove around with he hood down. DD has lost a hat in MIL's car due to the wind.

MIL's car is a hard top convertible and it takes seconds for the roof to go on or off automatically. The main problem with the roof down, is that there is limited boot space. It would barely fit the two kids' school bags.

Safety-wise, the head rest things are strengthened to compensate for the lack of roof. It's normally driven with windows up for better comfort and aerodynamics which also gives that bit of side protection. Late model cars are built with higher doors anyway for better side impact protection. The main concern would be for intrusions into the passenger space from above which would be rare and a risk you weigh up.

We used to have a Golf hatch back. It was a good run about car and something I would recommend if you are in the city. I needed something bigger for my needs. We had no reliability issue with either of our VWs but we did service them regularly and generally looked after them.

#10 vanessa71

Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:39 AM

I wouldn't get it, I much prefer the normal Golf, but I don't like convertibles of any sort. I couldn't stand inhaling all the fumes from the other cars (I don't even like having a window down), not to mention having my hair blown around everywhere.

Edited by vanessa71, 28 January 2013 - 09:39 AM.

#11 LynnyP

Posted 28 January 2013 - 10:46 AM

We have a Golf as one of our cars.  The other one is the same size.  We have no problems with having two adults and two 8 year olds and all their goods going away on holidays.  We have driven to Adelaide and back in it with no issues.  In general, I think people require far too much space in cars for an average nuclear family.  However friends of mine have a convertible Audi and a standard car and the girls prefer the standard car, once they got over the novelty of the convertible.  They say it is quieter in the standard car.

#12 2littledarlings

Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:08 AM

Thanks for the opinions.  

LynnyP the size does not bother us at all, as we want small for this car as it will just be the run around town car.

Was discussing with my brother in law, who is a mechanic, and he had some interesting points.  My main concern is safety and he said it would be a safer car than prob 90% of cars on the road as it is brand new with all the new safety features, whereas for example our other car is a 2007 honda crv and doesn't have curtain airbags, roll protection etc

He also said the chances of rolling a car in town driving (60kms an hr) to be basically nil, which I guess is true as well.

Decisions decisions!

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