Will our new car fit seven people comfortably?
Will there be enough boot space too?
Will the car seats we use for the younger children still fit as well?
I don't drive so you will wonder why I am even writing this, however this dilemma is a well thought out process between myself and the OH.
The poor OH would love a nice five seater car to drive around in for work but he has to get a seven seater for all of us to fit in. This limits him on style and street cred!
Previously we have had a Vauxhall Zafira. A decent sized boot with just five seats. The 2 back seats fold up and down very easily and there were rare times when there was less of us in the car. However with 7 seats up there's enough boot space for a juice cup and one nappy if you are lucky. Forget doing a food shop for those seven people that the car occupies, don't expect to put a decent sized pram in the boot for one of the five children. Stacking anything you do decide to put in the boot is like playing a game of Tetris.
So after owning 2 Vauxhall Zafiras in recent years we decided to look at something else for our next car. We were limited on choice. The OH gets a company car via work every few years and he has a budget, as we would if we were buying the car ourselves. Whilst other people at work were making nice five seater car choices he had to choose a bigger option for our family.
We chose the Ford Galaxy. It had seven seats although lots more space in the seating area than the Zafira it seemed. Boot space was bigger according to a lot of Google searches on the Internet and we were on to a winner. It arrived and we loved it, as I said the seating area and leg room was much more comfortable for all the children. There was ample cubby holes in the roof for hiding jam sandwiches, sweet wrappers, odd socks, nappies and the car keys when Daddy is looking for them but wait........
Dude, where's my boot space!
Now, I don't mean to sound ungrateful but if a car is going to transport seven people I'm guessing some of those people buying that car aren't just going to use it as a people transporter and will need a boot too. Seven people and a weekly shop means keeping the local supermarket in business and needing a decent size boot to get it all home again. Going on holiday with those seven people involves a lot of luggage inc. 20 unnecessary teddies packed because they may all be needed, the blankie that gets dragged everywhere, suitcases, a pram, baby paraphernalia and a partridge in a pear tree. Sometimes the partridge in a pear tree won't fit, but I try!
What I'm getting at, car manufacturers of the larger variety, is that we need boot space. If I've got seven people in the car it's likely there is seven lots of baggage to go alongside. I'm a mum of five, as well as transporting them around we also need to do food shops, fit a pushchair in and not have to balance a couple of kids on the roof to do this.
So please, please before you make a car, go to a local supermarket and do the weekly shop of a family of seven and try and fit it in the boot with all seven seats up. Mock up a holiday situation and add suitcases to the boot or consider the smaller children and test out pushchairs in the boot space.
If we are buying a car with seven seats chances are we need to use those seven seats and have a decent boot space too.