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Chris M Wanted a V-10

New car for mum

Not a swap, I'll be keeping my old mum for a while......

However in the next few months, with dad highly unlikely to ever drive again, mum wants to change the old V70 for something smaller.

Basic criteria:
Raised front seats
Not as big as the V70 but not small either; hatch or estate
Boot has to take 3 Sainsbury's shopping tubs side-by-side
Boot space large enough to fit a collapsible wheelchair, presuming that dad gets well enough to be able to venture outside at some stage in the future
Automatic transmission
Probably petrol rather than diesel due to expected very low mileage and DPF issues
Must be a dealer nearby (Guildford, GU1 postcode area)

I'll add that an electrically operated tailgate would be a useful bonus feature, as would door mirrors that automatically fold in when the car is locked.

We need to come up with a shortlist first before we broach the subject of test drives and seeing how cooperative local dealers are.

Much as I'd like my parents to get an i3, I can't see it happening although the 2-series Touring may be considered.
B-class looks a possible, but you have to pay 3 grand extra for a pack that includes electric tailgate operation!  It's not available as a stand-alone extra/option, only as part of a very expensive pack, also MB don't fit DAB as standard and want 430 extra for it (although in this case, it's not essential).
B-Max (boot may be too small)
C-Max (no petrol auto available)
Quashqai (believe autos are a nasty CVT, ditto Jazz)
Captur :-)  (although dad is not keen on anything French)
Yeti
Golf SV
Anything I've forgotten (iX20 and Venga deliberately omitted) ?

Nominations for a shortlist of 3 are invited
Giant

Sounds similar criteria to Mr 11ths new car, check that thread. I suggested Audi Q2 in that thread but don't think they do a petrol auto, not the 1.0 anyway.
Giant

Meriva?
PhilD

Re: New car for mum

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
the 2-series Touring may be considered


The 2 Series mini van cops a lot of abuse but I think they are tidy design (in SWB form) and the interior looks like the usual BMW quality offering. If I wanted this type of vehicle I'd give it a good look based on the interior alone. Add in that BMW engines are normally a cut above and I bet they are a very nice package, if a little .
Frank Bullitt

Face lifted C4 Picasso Puretech 130 Flair EAT6 auto.

It basically meets all your criteria, including the the motorised tailgate - the list price is high but factor a 20% discount on broadspeed. If she doesn't want all the goodies that offers the Feel is still an excellent spec and the motorised tailgate is 300.

She can get the wheelchair, shopping and probably a whole pile of extra stuff in at the same time.
Martin

Re: New car for mum

PhilD wrote:
Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
the 2-series Touring may be considered


The 2 Series mini van cops a lot of abuse but I think they are tidy design (in SWB form) and the interior looks like the usual BMW quality offering. If I wanted this type of vehicle I'd give it a good look based on the interior alone. Add in that BMW engines are normally a cut above and I bet they are a very nice package, if a little .


+1.  Not sure they're worth the extra cost over a Picasso, but if you want decent performance it's the one to have.
PhilD

FB, you may have missed that Mr M senior is not much of Francophile...
Frank Bullitt

I didn't miss it, they are built in Vigo, Spain.

It is a bit like the old days when my Grandad derided my dad for buying French (Renault 6) whilst at the same time happily owning a Ford (American...)
PhilD

Picasso is also Spanish.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Que ?
Andy C

I'd go for a Yeti 1.2 tsi dsg
Michael

I wouldn't. The Yeti is getting long in the tooth and recent experience of the outlaws suggests it's good but not good enough. The boot isn't that large, either.
Bob Sacamano

My mother loves her 1.6 auto Countryman and won't change it for anything else. It would seem to meet your criteria but I'm not sure on boot space, you'd need to try it.
Humphrey The Pug

New Scenic?
BeN

I would go for the Golf SV as it seems to tick a lot of your boxes.

Some thoughts here: http://carbuyer.com.sg/test-drive...-volkswagen-golf-sportsvan-review
PhilD

Humphrey The Pug wrote:
New Scenic?


Good call, but... where are they built?

Tesla Model X.
PhilD

Bob Sacamano wrote:
My mother loves her 1.6 auto Countryman and won't change it for anything else. It would seem to meet your criteria but I'm not sure on boot space, you'd need to try it.


By that rationale you have to chuck in the Fiat 500x. It will be well built and reliable as well unlike that French rubbish.
Bob Sacamano

PhilD wrote:
Bob Sacamano wrote:
My mother loves her 1.6 auto Countryman and won't change it for anything else. It would seem to meet your criteria but I'm not sure on boot space, you'd need to try it.


By that rationale you have to chuck in the Fiat 500x. It will be well built and reliable as well unlike that French rubbish.


The MINI has a "proper" auto - what about the 500X? I know the standard 500 has a robotised manual which doesn't get good write ups and can be unreliable - does the 500X have the same?
Humphrey The Pug

PhilD wrote:
Humphrey The Pug wrote:
New Scenic?


Good call, but... where are they built?

Tesla Model X.


Spain or France; probably.

Had a guy not proceed with a Kadjar a couple of weeks ago, he blamed Brexit and said he didn't want a car from a mainland European manufacturer; he bought a Spanish built Mokka; Vauxhall being part of Opel who are German!!
Frank Bullitt

Bob Sacamano wrote:
PhilD wrote:
Bob Sacamano wrote:
My mother loves her 1.6 auto Countryman and won't change it for anything else. It would seem to meet your criteria but I'm not sure on boot space, you'd need to try it.


By that rationale you have to chuck in the Fiat 500x. It will be well built and reliable as well unlike that French rubbish.


The MINI has a "proper" auto - what about the 500X? I know the standard 500 has a robotised manual which doesn't get good write ups and can be unreliable - does the 500X have the same?


It's a dual-clutch affair - apart from some bits of the badge, the 500 and 500X shares very little.

The boot is okay but I doubt it would meet the brief - the 500L on the other hand...😳
Roadsterstu

The 500x looks well proprtioned. The 500L, on the other hand...
Racing Teatray

What's wrong with a range-extender i3?

They seem very popular with the elderly. In fact I think the only ones I have seen have been driven by people who would consider Judith Chalmers hot totty.
Sav

I would go for the 2-Series. Plush interior, doesn't look as mumsy as some others, and isn't dramatically more than the more mainstream competition second-hand wise. The Sport one has a lovely manual box, but that is academic with automatic being essential.

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