Anyone aware of any? At the risk of going "Full Emp" and turning our new car hunt into a right old saga, it's getting legitimately critical (for our sanity more than anything else), that we chop in our X-Fail (which is going to cost us somewhere in the region of £1500 unless I can argue otherwise and be somehow compensated) and replace it with something that's more reliable.
For the 4th time in 12 months, we had an engine management light come on and the car go into limp mode. Whatever the dealers are doing when they take the car in to be fixed, is clearly NOT working, and I no longer need this problem in my life. I lost a day's pay yesterday because of it along with the countless mornings/afternoons I've had to re-arrange around work to drop the car in to be fixed, and I'm not comfortable in the knowledge that it could happen again at any minute whilst my wife is in the car with our 18 month old and she become stranded.
Anyway, long story short - we were going to replace with a similarly sized (or larger) SUV. Most of the ones we like are rather expensive, even second hand, so I've (with the help of my Father in law), persuaded the wife that a nice, 2nd hand (up to 3 or so years old) estate might be a practical compromise.
We've short listed to the likes of the Leon ST, Golf Estate, Audi A4, Skoda Octavia and Superb and the VW Passat around the 15-20k price range with a petrol engine (auto or manual, not precious)...Mostly looking at the 1.4/1/5 litre engines that come with the 150bhp option in most of them.
I'd buy a Golf Estate R-Line tomorrow, but I don't think the fuel economy and insurance premiums will be favourable
I know they're all differing sizes, but this is why we want to see some (as many as we can) in the flesh to get a real world opinion on the size and style of them and most importantly the size of the boot space.
We have a dog (small-is Springer) and a push chair, along with loads of other crap we tend to take with us when we go away or on holiday to the Lakes, so we need something that will accommodate most if not all of this stuff and give us a similar-sized boot to what we have now in the X-Trail (which is around 480 litres with seats up, so not huge). Anything bigger is a bonus, but we (aka my wife) is willing to compromise for a smaller car if it's something she likes, is comfortable in and will be fine for day to day as we can always invest in a roof rack which will still work out cheaper than buying a mini bus sized SUV (as nice as they all seem to be!)
We are heading back from Liverpool next Monday, child and dog-free, thanks to the inlaws babysitting whilst we go and watch the Netball WC Final, so thought it might be a good opportunity to swing by some multi-brand garages or car supermarkets to get some real A-B comparisons on some or all of these cars before we make a final decision.
Any help greatly appreciated (and any real-world feedback on the above models also greatly appreciated).