Buying a decent looking family car

I've spent years driving MPVs (very functional but...) - Xsara Picasso, Grand Scenic etc. I'd really like to drive something a bit more car-like but that's still got a decent amount of boot space (don't mind a "sportwagon") and room across the back for 3 growing kids (aged 8 to 15). My budget's only small - maybe £8000 roughly? I've looked at Insignias, 307SWs and so on but haven't been inspired. Any ideas?

Asked on 30 July 2011 by MisterDee

Answered by Honest John
A 307SW is the nicest drive offering 3 across the back seating.

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Makes sense of the 307. Up to seven forward-facing seats. Good to drive. Decent diesels.
Practical load area. Family-friendly. Broad range of engines.
 

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