Jump to content

What type of car for a family of 5? Needs to have a big boot.


  • Please log in to reply
12 replies to this topic

#1 ~Nic~

Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:59 PM

Looking at getting a new car in the next month or two, but no idea what to get. DH keeps talking about a diesel Toyota Hilux, but I am thinking it's going to be just out of the price range, and I really don't want to go over budget. He isn't interested in any of the other dual cab ute options (Triton / Navara etc), but would be willing to go for a Hilux that is a couple of years old instead of brand new. We do need something with a large boot area as we scuba dive and the gear and tanks take up a lot of space - we have a Falcon XR6 which has a pretty big boot and we wouldn't want too much smaller. I like the look of things like the Ford Territory / Subaru Forrester / Huyandi Santa Fe type of shape (SUV), but the boot probably isn't as big as we need. FTR, it will be DH's car, so it has to be something he likes. He also likes things like the Pajero, but that just seems too big to me.

We have three kids - DS1 doesn't use a car seat anymore, DS2 will be out of his probably by the end of the year if he keeps growing at this rate and DS3 still has a good 4 years left in his.

So, any suggestions for either a new car, or up to about a 2010 model for less than $35K - $40K.

#2 bakesgirls

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:05 PM

We had a 2011 Toyota Hilux 4WD and it was great. We didn't have the cabin on the back though, so I can't comment on size. The inside though gets a bit small for fitting 3 kids in the back. We recently got a Toyota Kluger when we traded in the Hilux. Fantastic car. Heaps of room in the boot-heaps (with the 3rd row folded down). You also have the option of folding the third row out to make it a 7 seat car if you want.

#3 Illiterati

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:08 PM

Doesn't the hilux have just a lap seat belt for the centre back seat?


#4 ~Nic~

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:11 PM

QUOTE
Doesn't the hilux have just a lap seat belt for the centre back seat?


Bugger... hadn't even thought of that. I just assumed that all newer cars had a proper seat belt??? If it's only got a lap belt it's off the list... DH is not going to be happy...



#5 threetimesblessed

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:13 PM

We have just bought our 2nd Territory.
The 3 children fit across the back comfortably.
The boot space is big enough for my large pram and groceries.

#6 2girlsraising2boys

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:26 PM

Toyota Pruis V.

Doesn't have a lot of guts but is great to drive.

Moveable middle row for either extra leg space or extra boot space.
I has 7 seats if you need to take extra passengers. You can also configure 2 in the middle row and one in the back and have the length of the car as boot space for long items.

huge boot even with the centre row all the way back.

New onroad for about $37,000

The best bit is that it cost less than $50 to fill (premium fuel) and I get 850km city driving to a tank


Edited by 2girlsraising2boys, 02 February 2013 - 05:28 PM.


#7 Custard

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:46 PM

I think the Honda Odyssey is about $40,000 and it can seat 7. Or you can fold down the back row and have a huge boot space. It's a station wagon shape though, not SUV.

#8 bakesgirls

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:48 PM

QUOTE (2girlsraising2boys @ 02/02/2013, 05:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Toyota Pruis V.

Doesn't have a lot of guts but is great to drive.

Moveable middle row for either extra leg space or extra boot space.
I has 7 seats if you need to take extra passengers. You can also configure 2 in the middle row and one in the back and have the length of the car as boot space for long items.

huge boot even with the centre row all the way back.

New onroad for about $37,000

The best bit is that it cost less than $50 to fill (premium fuel) and I get 850km city driving to a tank


I just had a look at this online after reading your post. Very nice! I'd certainly consider it original.gif

#9 elizabethany

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:55 PM

I have a gas falcon wagon, they stopped making them in 2009, but you can get them second hand for about 20k.

Giant boot space, good fuel economy, easily fits three kids.

I also have a subaru outback (2011), and I was disappointed about the size of the boot compared to the Ford.  It is not tiny, but not huge either.

#10 my4beautifulboys

Posted 02 February 2013 - 05:58 PM

We are a family of 5 and we have a Vw Multivan, we bought it new last year for $45,000, but we love it its great to travel in and has plenty of boot/luggage space. Good luck in deciding.

#11 jess1980

Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:06 PM

I have a family of 6 (twins are 5 months) we needed a big boot for a twin pram so we bought a second hand Kia grabs carnival for 20k specifically as it has a deep boot we've already done a few trips and it fits clothes for a week, 2 portacots and the pram comfortably in the boot

#12 Pearson

Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:07 PM

Seriously - DH was set on a Toyota Hilux too when we bought our Rodeo.  The Rodeo offered more for us (you pay for the name with the Toyota) for the money, and better visibility for me (to reverse and park etc)  I dont think we could fit 2 car seats across, but have fit 2 teenage boys and a convertible car seat in the back.  

We have a tonneau cover, only because the visibility would be greatly reduced by a canopy, and until it is not our main car (other car does not have a car seat in it, and too hard to swap out) it will stay that way until we have anothe car for me to drive.



#13 ~ky~

Posted 03 February 2013 - 03:11 AM

We have a mitsubishi outlander and it is fantastic! It comfortably fits my two older kids either side of the baby's carseat and it has a massive boot. We have the 2WD 5 seat model but it can be bought in a 7 seat option and also 4wd. We have a 2011 model - I like it better than the moew recent model.




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Clever panda fakes pregnancy

News that a giant panda was pregnant prompted much excitement, but it appears there were never any cubs on the way.

'I survived placenta percreta'

When writing her birth plan, Simone Pavil included an item most women wouldn?t even think about: what should happen if she was put on life support. The mum had the potentially fatal condition placenta accreta.

Managing personal space as a mum

In the midst of the early parenting years, our bodies and minds can seemingly be overtaken by our offspring. How can we balance our need for personal space with the needs of our children?

'If love could have saved you, you'd have never left'

The words "spontaneous abortion" on the hospital paperwork really got to me. My baby died; I didn't spontaneously decide to abort him.

15 classic Aussie ads

Watch some of the classic Australian ads of the 80s, 90s and 00s, and remember the catchphrases and jingles we all used to know so well ...

For and against

Should Blue Ivy have been at the VMAs?

Many were quick to condemn Beyonce and Jay Z after appearing on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards with their two-year-old daughter, but others thought it was a sweet family moment. What do you think?

Toddler attacked at gym creche

Two-year-old girl Eva Ness was left with a black eye and bite marks on her face and body after an altercation with an older child at a health club's child-minding facilities. Now her parents are calling for the centre to be closed.

Pregnancy a tricky matter of timing for FIFO couples

Manipulating rosters, coordinating 'conjugal' visits, working on site with your partner; getting pregnant can prove stressful for FIFO workers.

WIN a $100 RedBalloon for Dad

Enter now for your chance to win 1 of 5 $100 RedBalloon experience vouchers. Helping you make Dad's Day EXTRA HAPPY.

Carseats have twice as many germs as a toilet

Most parents know their child's carseat is not always squeaky clean, but they might not realise just how dirty it really is.

Doctors remove foetus from 'medical marvel' after 36 years

Doctors in India have removed the skeleton of a foetus that had been inside a woman for 36 years.

Nine months in six seconds: new parents' Vine clip a hit

We?ve seen some memorable time-lapse pregnancy and birth announcement videos before. Now one new couple has taken it to the extreme, capturing it all in just a six-second Vine video.

Sonia Kruger speaks of baby joy

Celebrity mum-to-be Sonia Kruger has spoken candidly about using donor eggs and IVF to fall pregnant at age 48.

Dressing to not impress: life through the eyes of a three-year-old

When it comes to getting dressed, my three-year-old has only one criterion: ?I don?t want to look beautiful.? And now I've worked out why.

Special nappies made with love for angel babies

Angel Baby Nappies make and provide tiny bereavement cloth nappies for pre-term stillborn babies and premature babies who pass away in the NICU.

Inside the brain of a tantruming toddler

What's going on in your child's mind in the lead-up to a tantrum? And what?s the best way to respond?

5 secrets to a long-lasting relationship

When it comes to keeping your relationship strong, it?s what you do - and not what you want - that really matters.

When 'furbabies' meet real babies

I am obsessed with my dogs, and can't imagine loving them any less once my baby arrives. But that doesn't stop everyone from telling me I will.

The least popular baby names of 2013

Looking for a baby name that?s nowhere near the top 10 ? or even the top 1000? Try the bottom five.

'I was so sleep deprived I crashed my car'

There are no laws regulating driving while tired, but statistics show that driver fatigue is one of the top three contributors to the road toll.

Win back some precious time and get FREE coupons

Membership to eBay's Bubs? Corner is free and includes a $10 coupon to spend on nappies each month - a win for multitasking mums!

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

WIN a $100 RedBalloon for Dad

Enter now for your chance to win 1 of 5 $100 RedBalloon experience vouchers. Helping you make Dad's Day EXTRA HAPPY.

Win back some precious time and get FREE coupons

Membership to eBay's Bubs? Corner is free and includes a $10 coupon to spend on nappies each month - a win for multitasking mums!

Do you suffer from Precious Firstborn Syndrome?

Testing ?no more tears? shampoo in your own eyes, warming cucumber sticks so they're not cold straight from the fridge, waking a sleeping baby to check they?re still breathing: these are all symptoms of Precious Firstborn Syndrome.

Ezra's tragic death not in vain, mum says

Little Ezra was a "Harry Houdini" who loved trying to escape the family home. Now, after his tragic death, his parents are doing what they can to help others.

7 mistakes old hands make with new babies

As I sat across the table from my friend ? me, a seasoned mother of three; her, a brand new mum ? I thought of all the mistakes an old-hand parent can make when visiting a newborn baby.

Video: When adults act like children

Ever wondered what would happen if adults were allowed to act like children? This dad's hilarious video clip will give you an idea of what life would be like.

Mums hit hardest as flu cases skyrocket

The number of confirmed cases of influenza in Australia has doubled the number for the same time last year - and women are 25 per cent more likely to get it.

The mum who had four babies in nine months

Feeling exhausted due to the demands of caring for a baby? Imagine the life of this mum, who gave birth to three boys and one girl in just nine months.

Everything baby at Big W

Lowest prices on everything baby, only at Big W. Sale starts August 4 and ends August 20 2014.

Going viral

Outrage over baby's icy challenge

A man has been reported to child protective services after taking the ALS ice bucket challenge with his 10-month-old granddaughter.

Personalised baby gifts

We've scoured the internet to find gorgeous personalised keepsakes and nursery decor to record baby name and dates. They make great gifts for christenings, name days and birthdays! (All prices in AU.)

 

Mind, body, beauty, life

Making time for me

We look at your wellbeing, covering health, relationships, beauty and fashion, mind and body.

 
Advertisement
 
 
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.