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#1 3cubs

Posted 25 March 2012 - 03:37 PM

Hi there

We are adding to our family and need a bigger car especially with the problems of the booster seats these days taking up so much room. Ive decided we should get a 7 seater too in case we still h ave one other bub in the future (the option anyhow).
Im after a good car that has good boot space as well as we would be carrying around a double stroller/pram etc and we like to go away on car trips from time to time.
I did like the SUV look but everytime i stop at a car yard to have alook i cant find one with decent boot space.
So where to next?

Does anyone know of a SUV that has 7 seats but with decent boot space? If not what other cars would you recommend?

thanks for your help

#2 yabbadabbadoo

Posted 25 March 2012 - 03:43 PM

Not sure but I think the Honda Odyssey does.


#3 quangle~wangle~quee

Posted 25 March 2012 - 03:53 PM

The Odyssey has a huge boot when the back row is not being used, but once you put up the 3rd row, the boot is pretty small.  Bigger I think than any other 7 seater car, but not big enough to put a pram in.
If you want 7 seats PLUS room to put luggage of any sort, I suspect you need a van.


#4 cheekymonkey

Posted 25 March 2012 - 03:53 PM

You can have 7 seats, or a decent boot. Unless you go for a van, there really isn't a car with both, especially if you have car seats to consider (the odyssey, for eg, has anchor points in totally impractical places).

ETA - we love our VW caravelle. Also look at older model tarago (pre 2000 as newer only have 3 anchor points and most places won't install more), mitsubishi delica (japanese grey import, van body, 4wd engine), nissan elgrand (another import), hyundai imax. Most people recommend these.

Edited by cheekymonkey, 25 March 2012 - 04:00 PM.


#5 mokeydoke

Posted 25 March 2012 - 04:12 PM

Don't disregard a van! I love our IMAX for boot space. We also have an older 7 seated jackaroo but the 4wd style doesn't even compare to the van in terms of room, ease of use, comfort and access.


#6 CafeCat

Posted 25 March 2012 - 06:57 PM



The only SUV that seemed to have a larger boot was the Mazda CX9 but I wasn't willing to spend the extra for boot space we didn't really need now.

Edited by mum2five, 27 March 2012 - 10:50 AM.


#7 sparassidae

Posted 26 March 2012 - 12:50 PM

Imax. Massive, massive boot original.gif

#8 mumandboys

Posted 26 March 2012 - 12:55 PM

The Kia Grand Carnival has a deceptively large and deep boot, we recently went on holidays for a week, with 2 adults, 4 kids and 2 large dogs - food, luggage for 6, stroller and porta cot, big bag of dog food all fit in the boot.

#9 mummyofour

Posted 26 March 2012 - 01:04 PM

Can not tell you how much I love my Kia Grand Carnival.  It's not an SUV but it has 8 seats (all 6 back seats have anchor points but the middle one in each row is a lap sash only belt.  When the back row of seats is folded down it folds into the floor so it gives you a flat space IYKWIM so when the back row is in use you have a huge deep well of a boot space.

#10 yyy999

Posted 26 March 2012 - 04:17 PM

QUOTE (3cubs @ 25/03/2012, 04:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi there

We are adding to our family and need a bigger car especially with the problems of the booster seats these days taking up so much room. Ive decided we should get a 7 seater too in case we still h ave one other bub in the future (the option anyhow).
Im after a good car that has good boot space as well as we would be carrying around a double stroller/pram etc and we like to go away on car trips from time to time.
I did like the SUV look but everytime i stop at a car yard to have alook i cant find one with decent boot space.
So where to next?

Does anyone know of a SUV that has 7 seats but with decent boot space? If not what other cars would you recommend?

thanks for your help



If space is your main criteria, then the Grand Carnival is your best choice, you'll get 7 very usable seats and a large, large boot.  There is nothing on the market with the same amount of space for the price (About 40K drive away).  But the second hand/older models are problematic (or disastrous depending on your point of view).  The 2010 models onward have the latest engine revision I think)

I have a Honda Odyssey and it does have a large boot with the third row down.  With the third row up however and child seats installed its quite small.  We're coping okay, but at this stage we're really only one in child restraint all the time (max out at 3).  There is always the option of a roofpod, which we may need at some point.

(I spent several months evaluating a vehicle to fit 2x babies, 1 5 year old, 2 parents and a 16 year old, plus grandma)

Edited by yyy999, 26 March 2012 - 04:18 PM.


#11 All-New

Posted 17 April 2012 - 01:16 AM

I love my IMAX.  I wish an SUV was practical, but for us they weren't so PPL MOOVA for us. biggrin.gif

#12 fillesetjumeaux

Posted 18 April 2012 - 08:39 AM

We looked at the CX9 the other day, as we are downgrading from a van.

The one we saw in the car yard had its boot open, and the 3rd row seats up.  What shocked us was that the headrests of the rear row were pretty much outside the main frame of the car.  I just couldn't do that to my children from a safety perspective.  But the boot size is reasonable for a 7-seater SUV.

If you consider the Kia, remember that it only has 6 3-point seatbelts - the middle seats in 2nd and 3rd rows only have lap belts, which are only useful for installing 0-4 car seats (and then only if they have an anchor in that position, which the 3rd row doesn't).  So effectively the Kia is a 6-seater unless you're prepared to take the risk of having someone in a lap-belt.

#13 3cubs

Posted 22 April 2012 - 06:30 PM

Thanks for all your responses. Im swaying towards the cx9 but not the price. May have to look second hand.

#14 *Lena*

Posted 22 April 2012 - 06:38 PM

I have not seen one in real life yet but what about a volvo xc90. From what I have read they have as big a boot as a cx9. Of course not as big as a van though. I am looking at getting a 2nd hand one

#15 reng

Posted 23 April 2012 - 01:16 PM

We've just bought a Peugeot 308 touring with 7 seats, but it has hardly any boot space.  We have the roof boot on permanently for shopping etc.  All the seats come out individually, so we have it set up as 2,2,2.  The middle row is missing one of the seats at the side, so the space there is used for the 2 kids in the back row to climb in and out, plus the pram fits there when we need to take it.  If we needed to use the 7th seat, we could put the pram in the roof boot, but that's a big effort lifting it up that high!  Then the set up would be 2,3,2.

#16 blondie82

Posted 23 April 2012 - 01:21 PM

QUOTE (*Lena* @ 22/04/2012, 06:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I have not seen one in real life yet but what about a volvo xc90. From what I have read they have as big a boot as a cx9. Of course not as big as a van though. I am looking at getting a 2nd hand one


I too am looking at one of these second hand. From what I have read, they have great boot space and you can remove individual seats.

Going off course here.......but does anyone own a Volvo XC90 and can recommend it (or not, in some cases)?

#17 2plusoops

Posted 23 April 2012 - 01:24 PM

I had a Grand Voyager - fantastic space, great boot, handled well.  It was a second hand one and when it died we got a Territory - great boot but only seats 5.  I really wanted to get a Grand Crnival for its boot space and interior room (extra spare seats are great if you need to take another person, something we just can't do in the Territory), but my DH won that round wink.gif

Also drove an Imax on holidays recently - loved it.  Great boot adn the interior space is huge.

#18 kimliz

Posted 23 April 2012 - 01:26 PM

We recently bought the Volvo xc90 it's great. Pretty good boot space with all seats up, not sure if a double stroller/pram would fit though??

#19 B.feral3

Posted 23 April 2012 - 01:36 PM

QUOTE (polidot @ 25/03/2012, 03:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not sure but I think the Honda Odyssey does.


We have just bought a Hyundai Santa Fe.

We  looked at the Odyssey and wanted to love it, but it had absolutely ZERO boot space when using the 3rd row. It was such a shame. With the 3rd row up the boot was non existent.  sad.gif

#20 BlueEyedBeauties

Posted 23 April 2012 - 01:46 PM

Fillesetjumeaux -
QUOTE
The one we saw in the car yard had its boot open, and the 3rd row seats up. What shocked us was that the headrests of the rear row were pretty much outside the main frame of the car. I just couldn't do that to my children from a safety perspective. But the boot size is reasonable for a 7-seater SUV.

Can you please explain what this actually means?

We are looking at the CX9 and I have no idea what you mean by the headrests being out of the main frame?

Thanks

#21 *Caro*

Posted 23 April 2012 - 08:07 PM

I was chatting to a mum in a carpark today, and got to have a look at her XC90.  Lovely car, but the boot space was pretty small I thought - about a third of the size of the Kia Grand Carnival.  She had a double stroller (umbrella style, not a big-wheeled walking pram) and she could fit it in, but only with one of the back seats down.  I was really quite disappointed by how small the boot was, because otherwise, it looked like a great car.

#22 4joys

Posted 23 April 2012 - 08:18 PM

Hiya,

It might not come under the banner as an SUV, but we have a Landrover discovery and it has great boot space when using 6 seats, and still a reasonable amount when using all 7.

We have 4 children, and have no problems going on holidays with a big jogging pram in the space where the 7th seat would be. The seats go flat into the boot, so there is heaps of room there for day to day stuff (it swallows up school bags and the pram). And the bonus is that it is a beast if you need to take it off road  biggrin.gif



#23 MamaMoi

Posted 23 April 2012 - 08:38 PM

We are in the process of buying a 7 seater, most likely it will be the Volvo XC90 or the Landrover Discovery 4.

Volvo lent me an XC90 for the weekend and I was able to get our Mountain Buggy Duet in the boot behind the third row of seats. I did have to take off one of the wheels though. I am 99% sure you would be able to get a double with a flatter fold (like the Baby Jogger City Mini Double) in behind the third row. I have just ordered one so I will let you know how I go when I test it out.

A lady in my street gets her Maclaren Twin Techno behind the 3rd row in her Volvo XC90.

A few of my friends with 3+ kids have the Mazda CX9 and they all love it. It does seem to use a lot of fuel and there isn't a diesel option which rules it out for us. Pretty sure they have started making it in a 2 wheel drive version so the fuel consumption on that model would be more economical than the all wheel drive version.


#24 fillesetjumeaux

Posted 02 May 2012 - 02:37 PM

The boot of the CX-9 is angled and sort of rounded (the glass).  When the rear seats were up in the one we saw, the boot was up, and if you stood at the side of the vehicle, you could see the headrests outside the frame of the car (where the boot meets the side at the back).

Really hard to explain!  You'd know what I meant if you saw it.

Friend has XC90 - rear seats are nice and roomy, and boot is impressive for a part-time 7-seater, compared to many I've looked at.

#25 Mamabug

Posted 02 May 2012 - 02:45 PM

VW Multivan.

Seven seater. All with lap/sash belts. Five back-of-seat anchor points standard. Can have a party back there, even with four car seats!

I don't even bother folding my stroller up before I toss it in the back!




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