Seven seventies

I am a trustee for a charity based in rural Northumberland, the aims of which are to support older people to remain as independent as possible in their own area. We own a vehicle that needs to be replaced. The new vehicle will mainly be used be for transporting up to 7 older people to a Day Care facility. We will be applying for funding so what we buy will be influenced by how much we are granted - but we also need to know what to ask for. Any suggestions as to a suitable vehicle? We will not be looking for wheel chair access or adaptations.

Asked on 31 January 2009 by

Answered by Honest John
A Ssangyong Rodius is a huge 2.7 litre diesel-engined 7-seater, priced from £14,995. A VW Caddy Maxi Life is a 7-seater with a 1.9 diesel engine, priced from £15,995. They are both of a practical size to take 7 adults and their luggage. Many so-called 7-seaters are a bit of a squeeze for the last two. Ask for either of those and no one will think you are being unreasonable. If you need to carry eight, the next step up is a Hyundai i800, from £18,500, with a 5-year warranty.

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