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Is the Volvo XC90 a good family buy?

Hi lads,

I've 16, 15 and 5 year olds and another one on the way. I have a Volvo S80, but will need to change. I don't like MPVs as the rear seats are too close to the back of the vehicle so if you have a tip I'd be worried about the back two. I saw a 2010 Volvo XC90 the last day in a automobile park and it had two child seats in the back, two in the middle and a 15-year-old by the window and the two parents. I asked them what did they think of it. They said they had a Discovery before but found the Volvo more family oriented, safe and reliable. Would you agree? What else would you consider?

Oh, I've a daft labrador as well that would have to go in the boot!


Filed under family automobile - Asked by Justin Patrick McElwee (Sligo) - Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:49

Looking for a reliable family automobile...

We are looking for some good options for a really reliable family automobile. Nothing too big as parking in the automobile park my wife works in is a nightmare as it is very tight. We were looking at a 2014 Nissan Qashqai+2, a 2015 Kia cee'd Sportswagon and might look at the Skoda Octavia. Insignia looks good but it's a monster of a size.

The Qashqai+2 seems expensive for a 2014 model. Would it be a waste? We do mileage of about 11k to 12k a year. Are the automobiles we looked at above the best options or what others would you recommend and best engine to go for? We want a really good boot and rear seat space for young kids with ISOFIX seating.


Filed under family automobile - Asked by Tomas Best (Dublin) - Wed, 10 Jan 2018 09:09

Looking for a very spacious family automobile!

I'm looking for a 2008/2009 family automobile with room for three children. Need good fuel economy and low tax. What would you suggest? Can be any type, make or model. Children aged 5, 7 and 12 years all tall and need space and Dad tall also, so would need a bit of room.  About 15,000 to 20,000 miles a years.


Sue (Tipp)

Filed under family automobile - Asked by Susan O'Donoghue (Tipperary) - Wed, 03 Apr 2013 10:51

What €20,000 MPVs would you recommend?

Hello, we have an 18-month old and have twins due next year. We need a automobile to fit all the baby seats plus all their buggies and paraphenalia. Will be used for local trips plus for weekend trips back to Cork (from Dublin). Our budget is €20k. What models would you recommend? Imported my current automobile (Peugeot 407 SW), so not a problem if I need to do that again.

Filed under family automobile - Asked by Dan O'Connell (Dublin) - Mon, 14 Nov 2016 08:31

I need a huge automobile for my dogs and kids please!


I'm looking for a recommendation. I have six big dogs (four labradors, two St Bernard) that need to fit in. A van is no good as I need seats for my two kids too. Currently driving an old Volvo 740 estate, but is getting too old/problematic now. Budget of max €15,000, fuel efficient diesel preferred as I average 700km a week. Two of the dogs are getting old so high up (off roaders) not really suitable. New Volvo V70 just not big enough.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Jennifer Rafter

Filed under family automobile - Asked by Jennifer Rafter (Dublin 16) - Sun, 28 Aug 2016 14:09

Best seven-seater for around €15,000?

What is the best seven-seat automobile priced around €15,000? We have four children, aged 12, 5, 3 and 2. The automobile needs to be diesel as we have a long distance drive to work. Also need it to be in a low tax bracket, have a roomy boot, good solid engine and be sturdy on the road.

Filed under family automobile - Asked by Olga Coss (mullins) (Portlaoise ) - Wed, 17 Aug 2016 22:53

What are 2008 Hyundai Santa Fes like?

What are 2008 Hyundai Santa Fes like? We need a seven-seater as we have four young kids. Is the automatic ok?

Filed under family automobile - Asked by Garry OSullivan (Skibbereen ) - Tue, 03 May 2016 21:48

Which large MPV to go for?

Hi, I'm looking for a seven-seater with a large boot. We have been looking at the Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life, but don't know too much about them except they seem to fit our needs and price range (3/4 years old). Am I missing any other people automobileriers because I've been focusing on boot space?

Filed under family automobile - Asked by Libby Rice (Kilkenny) - Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:25

What will I replace my Fiat Multipla with?

I want to replace my Fiat Multipla, which I love. Have delayed replacing it as Fiat discontinued it after 2007 and I haven't been able to find a replacement that offers the six-seat option (3 in front, 3 in back). In addition, the Multipla had a decent sized boot. Can you suggest an alternative to the Multipla?

Filed under family automobile - Asked by Joan Murray (Dublin) - Tue, 22 Sep 2015 15:36

Which seven-seater to go for?

We are looking for a used petrol seven-seater (we do low mileage) and have narrowed it down to two automobiles: Nissan Qashqai, 2011, 1.6 petrol, 27,000km or Toyota Corolla Verso, 2012, 1.6 petrol, 35,000 miles (import from the North). Both automobiles seem to be in good nick and drive well and I am guessing will be in the same tax bracket. The Verso is a couple of thousand more expensive, but within our budget.

Filed under family automobile - Asked by Cónal McGovern - Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:45

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