What Car? Personal Shopper: family car for £25,000

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What Car? Personal Shopper

The reader

Dear What Car?,

Hopefully you can help me out of the MPV-sized hole I've fallen into.

First, I just want to say that I don't actually want a seven-seat MPV. I want a BMW Z4 and to zip about the country without a care in the world. I like driving – it's my happy time. However, three kids and a dog mean I'm forced to pop on my sensible head and find a reliable, comfortable and preferably pretty pokey car that's suitable for the occasions we go out as a full family of five, plus the dog.

Dealerships around my way seem to know less than nothing about which cars are able to fit two booster seats and a grumpy teenager without starting World War 3. I can't believe we're the only family in this predicament and the question never gets asked, although living in Harrogate it is possible that everyone but me can afford a Land Rover Discovery or Volvo XC90.

Anyway, I digress. What would you recommend for a budget of around £25,000?


The brief