Hey guys thanks I've been using this forum a lot as we recently had our 4th child arrived. One of the hard things to do was find a suitable car, so I thought I would write my thoughts on the van we just bought.
The car we got was Mercedes V Class - V250 Avantgarde
- 4 kids: 7.5, 5.5, 2 year old and 8 month old
- I need room for double pram (Phill and Teds Vibe)
- I will be keeping kids in car seats until they are 145cm at least (e.g. 10-12 years old)
- New model 2015 Kia Carnival Platinum
- 2015 Honda Oddysey
- Outgoing model of VW Multivan (T5 Trendline and Highline)
- The new model Very impressive car in every way
- I wasn't happy with the 4 star safety rating
- I had actually ordered it but cancelled it when safety rating came out. I was wanting a reason to get the Merc and this was it
- Great car
- Not big enough
- I couldn't fit the pram in the boot and the anchors straps from the car seats in back cut in to boot space
- Great car
- 12 year old platform though
- interior dated
- Fantastic amount of room
- Didn't feel like getting old, outgoing model on such an old platform
- I added: Metallic paint + 360deg Camera + Digital Radio + 8 seat option (instead of 7 seats)
- So its 2 + 3 + 3 seating configuration
- Very Large car - lots of room!
- SUPER IMPORTANT: 5 star safety rating, has curtain airbags and everything safety
- Has all the warning things, Lane departure warning, blind spot assist, etc etc
- New model has fantastic interior quality
- Great to drive. (we had Audi Q5 and this van is WAYY better!)
- Both sliding doors are electric
- Car Seats: It has 4 ISOFIX locations and 6 seat belt anchor points
- Anchor points are built in to the back of each chair, so it doesn't impinge on accessibility to cabin
- I put Baby behind driver. 5.5 year old in the middle in the middle row; 2 year old in back row on left and 7 year old back row behind driver
- So that means middle row LEFT seat can fold (and flip if need be) for easy access to back row
- I can carry 2 year old into back row, standing up and strap him in, without hurting back.
- My 70 year old mum with arthritis can get into back row easily enough
- Large Adults can fit in the 2 spare seats
- I could remove the middle left seat if i wanted to
- Electric tailgate
- The glass can open independently too
- There is a parcel shelf that can support 50kg of load. So its like having two boots. So the pram stays in bottom half (and only removed when needed) and most of day to day boot accessing happens through glass window only
- We have gone away on holidays, so I put three kids in middle row, and just left 2 year old in back row
- I folded down the back 2 seats on the rear right/middle and that gave me even more boot space
- I fit all our clothes, suitcases, esky etc.
- Fit a high chair (large one) and 2 port-a-cots
- Toys, playmats etc
- No keyless entry (i.e. we cant keep key in the handbag and just touch the door handle to unlock it)
- No keyless start! (not even a start button. So we have to put key in ignition to start the car lol) (We've had 8 years of cars with keyless entry and keyless start
It really feels like it is a no-compromises vehicle. (And it is priced accordingly!)
Feel free to ask any questions that you may have.
Edited by nspired, 23 December 2015 - 10:21 AM.