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    Relatives want a new car with 7 seats...

    My aunty needs to upgrade from her Subaru Outback to something with 7 seats. She said she was interested in something like a Jeep eek! so we need to come up with a few alternatives. Their budget is approx $45k (if only most of us were as lucky). Hope there is somethin froggy. Does the Laguna, 406 or C5 Estate come with a third row of seats?

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    Unfortunately, the only French choice they have is the 406 ST HDi manual (yes it is that specific according to my data - why is another issue!).

    C5 & Laguna don't have the option of a 3rd row of seats in Australia to the best of my knowledge. In any case, you probably wouldn't get them for under 45k new.

    There isn't much you can get that is European for that price with 7 seats, unless you look at the used market. In any case, you aren't going to find much French product there either.

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    They might be willing to spend more as I heard a very half hearted mention of a Volvo V70. I assume being as family orientated as Volvo is, the V70 would have a 3rd row of seats just waiting to be folded out?
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    $45000 will buy them TWO new 206's, and they have 10 seats, twin engines, dual air-con and four wheel drive.
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    A Holden Zafira has 7 seats, and is a lot of car for the money (around 34K)

    Very Astra like to drive.....which is a good thing.

    The only other alternative I can think of is a used Volkswagen Caravelle. We had one for a few years (5 kids in this family) and it was incredibly practical. My choice would be the Turbo Diesel.

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    Do we have the Zafira Turbo? I believe they are quite popular in the UK.

    Oh well, so the only Froggy solution is a 406 Hdi until the 307 SW comes out eh?
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    they could always try to get the 807 out of the nuns
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    i have a feeling that it lives somewhere around your area
    silver in colour and have seen it a few times
    had to look twice the first time i saw it coming down the road
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    One of the members of the NSW Citroen Club makes a living doing the extra seat conversions for Berlingos and the like. He was discussing doing the same for a C5 a while back, but I don't know if anything came of it. I don't have a contact number for him, but maybe UFO can help out?

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    All you have to do is read a long term test about the virtues about Volvos & family living The V70 is to the estate class, what the 5 Series is to the executive class - find a wagon that scoops awards so consistently, despite being 3 years old now.

    V70s use a fold out seat from the rear floor - being a wagon though the two rear seats are best suited to children. It's a professional setup, hiding nicely in the floor when unused (you do lose subwoofer capability & an underfloor storage compartment).

    On the theme of practicality, I have to say I love the versatility of hatches. Today I had to move a table with legs attached, which wouldn't be possible in the Volvo. Fold the seats down in the 307, you're in business. Thanks to the cabin height, you can fit a lot of things in there.

    If they're prepared to wait, the 307 SW does have 7 seats. I also hear that the upcoming Scenic will have 5 & 7 seat options, however given it's not even launched in Europe, they'll have to wait quite some time for that.

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    BTW: January's a good month to buy cars - everyone's broke after Christmas, and it's slow in the dealerships. They can be desperate.

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    They could always hang out for one of these....they'd definitely stand out in a crowd. roll_lau roll_lau dance

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    pugrambo:
    they could always try to get the 807 out of the nuns
    dave
    i have a feeling that it lives somewhere around your area
    silver in colour and have seen it a few times
    had to look twice the first time i saw it coming down the road
    I wonder if that's the one I saw driving along the Hume Highway at Liverpool, towing a trailer. I can't remember what colour it was.

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    FIAT have launched their commercial vehicles here, don't know when they are releasing the MPV version of the commercial vehicle. We may end up getting the Multiplia in the next 12 months.

    Weren't Renault talking about bring out the new Espace? Appears they're not holding back on Oz, with their line up, so perhaps they'll be the first Frog with 7 seats.

    Otherwise, Opel Zafira gets good comments. A VW Caravelle is in the same class as the FIAT Commercial vehicle. It is a consideration, but I'd be leaning towards the Zafira, over Honda Odessey, Toyotas MPVs, Mazda MPV, and Chrysler Voyager.
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    We looked at the Zafira last year. Very, very well thought out interior. All seats suitable for full size people (in a medium sized car sort of way). Based on the Astra floorplan with 2.2 litre engine. We thought it a bit underpowered and were concerned about how it would cope full of family and luggage on a holiday. Good price and equipment levels. Air-con seemed a bit marginal on a not too hot day in Brisbane. We ended up buying a commodore wagon. Very drivable and great air-con. What more could you want? Anyway, my wife is happy and it means that I get the CX all to myself and I no longer have to maintain it as the reliable family car.
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