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Family car for 4: toddler and baby

I am in the market for a used car that is large enough for a family of 4 that requires 2 car seats in the back and if possible an adult next to them, has plenty of cargo space and has all the usual safety features.

It has to be automatic.

I don't like to buy new as I regretted buying my first car, instead I'll be looking for something since 2018 with < 50,000 km

Budget up to 35,000 chf if possible.

I keep hearing good things about the Toyota RAV4 for example.



Any experiences from family people here? I don't want to be changing cars every 2-3 years, needs to be big enough to hold stroller, grocery, kids stuff etc
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Old 13.04.2020, 12:24
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Toyota Prius V
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Old 13.04.2020, 12:31
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Re: Family car for 4: toddler and baby

Do you want a sedan, wagen, hatch, SUV, Van or something else?
Do you want something with power that fast or economical?
As for anything with a used battery I would be careful.
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Re: Family car for 4: toddler and baby

Speed and power is of no importance, I don't go to mountains and I don't speed.

Purely family criteria: big space and safe.

The usual scenario would be 2 car seats in the back seat, strollers on the trunk and groceries, among other things.

I never had an SUV, they look so spacy and sturdy. I was thinking something like that but definitely not a van. My parking space wouldn't be able to fit a car bigger than a SUV.
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Re: Family car for 4: toddler and baby

If space is the key factor, then a Mercedes V-class or a VW T6. You wouldn't even need to fold the stroller.

If it doesn't need to be that big, than any station wagon has at least as much space as an SUV. For example, a Skoda Octavia.
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Speed and power is of no importance, I don't go to mountains and I don't speed.

Purely family criteria: big space and safe.

The usual scenario would be 2 car seats in the back seat, strollers on the trunk and groceries, among other things.

I never had an SUV, they look so spacy and sturdy. I was thinking something like that but definitely not a van. My parking space wouldn't be able to fit a car bigger than a SUV.

Might want to have a look at Subaru. Even a new XV is within your price range as a hybrid. All wheel boxers are family safe. Rarely go off road unintentionally. Otherwise have a look at Octavias or Golfs. The Alltraks are nice.
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Speed and power is of no importance, I don't go to mountains and I don't speed.

Purely family criteria: big space and safe.
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https://www.autoscout24.ch/de/d/cadi..._asc&vehtyp=10

Also, it distinguishes you from the crowd and is a step above any Kraut Mobile anybody at the office may drive. "No Rainer, I've never had a problem with my Cadillac, smooth as butter I tell ya, wish I'd bought one sooner"
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Well, if you already reached the stage when you've completely given up on life. . . kid number one is annoying and he's picked up horseback riding instead of (insert sport of your choice here), kid number two favors your wife and he's got that speech impediment, where you have to fork out the 150Chf every week into seeming eternity for a lesson with that homeopathic specialist. . .and your wife wanted that expensive kitchenaid machine, which sits comfortably in a far away corner of the tiled ktichen, because let's face it, your wife was right, tile is so much more Feng-Shui and it helps her relax. . yes my friend, life's got you by the scrotum in her freshly manicured hands but you still got some bite behind the menthol cigarette bark and you don't want to go out like a whimp. Because that's what Larry did and Larry got taken to the cleaners, after lawyer fees, yes that shyster lawyer who got recommended by his cousin, well all Larry owns now are roughly 9 pints of blood, because it's Tuesday and Tuesday was donation day. Anyways, long story short. Here is something which still shows that you care. . .that the fight is not over yet, the whole horeshit-riding thing might just be a phase and the smoking-hot intern did indeed flirt with you by the watercooler.

I present you, a Cadillac (Pronunciation: KKa-duh-lllagg make sure to pronounce it loud and proud, like you just did your boss' wife and brag about it at a company BBQ after you just got fired)

https://www.autoscout24.ch/de/d/cadi..._asc&vehtyp=10

Also, it distinguishes you from the crowd and is a step above any Kraut Mobile anybody at the office may drive. "No Rainer, I've never had a problem with my Cadillac, smooth as butter I tell ya, wish I'd bought one sooner"
This post reads like that old spice advert.. Look at your world, now back at ours. Sadly your world is not ours, but at least you can smell like our world!

Watching old spice adverts doesn't make me a seasoned expert, just got too much thyme on my hands.
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I present you, a Cadillac (Pronunciation: KKa-duh-lllagg make sure to pronounce it loud and proud, like you just did your boss' wife and brag about it at a company BBQ after you just got fired)

https://www.autoscout24.ch/de/d/cadi..._asc&vehtyp=10

Also, it distinguishes you from the crowd and is a step above any Kraut Mobile anybody at the office may drive. "No Rainer, I've never had a problem with my Cadillac, smooth as butter I tell ya, wish I'd bought one sooner"
Agree! Great car! But be sure it has enough cup holders for all the baby bottles.
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I am in the market for a used car that is large enough for a family of 4 that requires 2 car seats in the back and if possible an adult next to them, has plenty of cargo space and has all the usual safety features.

Any experiences from family people here? I don't want to be changing cars every 2-3 years, needs to be big enough to hold stroller, grocery, kids stuff etc
OP - test drive, test drive, test drive.

By the time you and your wife narrow down your interests, you can find the best deal....

For us, it was a 6 month old car with 17k Kms. The sticker price was over 13k CHF less than it was before.

Slightly used is the best deal, but you can get a sweet company discount for a new car from the big dealers.

Take your time so you really make an informed decision.
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Re: Family car for 4: toddler and baby

Renault Espace.
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I never had an SUV, they look so spacy and sturdy. I was thinking something like that but definitely not a van. My parking space wouldn't be able to fit a car bigger than a SUV.
Looks can be deceiving.
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Re: Family car for 4: toddler and baby

Can recommend the BMW 530e.

https://www.autoscout24.ch/de/d/bmw-...1588&vehtyp=10

Big inside for doing reasonable road trips (Zurich to Stockholm, Zurich to Dubrovnik already done), comfortable for all and not too big for Swiss parking spots. The only thing might be the boot space is a little taken up by the batteries.

Good luck!
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Re: Family car for 4: toddler and baby

I am a really big VW fan.

IMO, the VW Tiguan is great, looks the part with tons of safety features, driver assistance systems and a 2018 model is well in your price range.

I too am in the market and will be upgrading my 2017 VW Golf for a 2018/9 Tiguan.

All comes down to personal preference I suppose.

Happy Shopping.
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Renault Espace
Opted for the Renault Kangoo which has tons of room for cargo.
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French cars always catch on fire. I'd refrain from it.
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Re: Family car for 4: toddler and baby

I know they're not very sexy but you might want to consider a minivan.

We have a VW Golf station wagon and there isn't much room in the backseat for an adult plus two children's seats. It would be very cramped. Also, with a stroller in the trunk, it would have to go sideways and there wouldn't be very much room for lots of bags of groceries in there with a stroller. We only have one child but go camping in the summers and wish we had gone with something larger, like either an SUV or a minivan.
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French cars always catch on fire. I'd refrain from it.
Actually they don't, but never mind.

Try and keep things factual and on-topic on a car thread or provide a link to your claim.
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I am in the market for a used car that is large enough for a family of 4 that requires 2 car seats in the back and if possible an adult next to them, has plenty of cargo space and has all the usual safety features.
The adult next to the car seats, is that the MIL? Maybe a roof box will do.
Kidding aside, I suggest Volvo XC70.
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