Before being wooed by an eye-candy car, it's vital to think about whether it will fit well into your life and the kind of journeys you need it for.
Choosing a car is like finding a life partner. You need to know where you are heading together. With both, beauty is only skin deep, and it is what is on the inside that really matters. So before being wooed by an eye-candy car, it’s vital to think about whether it will fit well into your life and the kind of journeys you need it for.
Will it be mostly a commuter car, ferrying kids to school, zipping about locally in urban traffic? Then smaller is probably better, for ease of parking and threading through traffic. Downsizing has been a big recent trend, and smaller models can now have many of the features once confined to big luxury ones - with the bonus of lower running costs. No wonder Ford’s Fiesta is the UK’s best-selling car.
Taller cars with the look of a 4x4 without actually being one have become hugely popular for their family-friendly practicality. The Nissan Qashqai is a good example. Kids love sitting up high, the boot is plenty big enough for a stock-up of groceries, and cars like these can cope well with five people and their luggage for a longer holiday trip.
Bigger families, or gregarious ones with lots of friends, may be happier with something larger. An estate or MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) fits the bill here. Some, like the Vauxhall Zafira Tourer, have the option of an extra row of seats and the versatility of easy-fold seating that lets you use the car like a van when the need arises.
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