We need two hatchbacks for carrying babies and mountain bikes - what do you suggest?

We are expecting our first baby in May and therefore need to replace our cars with something a little more baby friendly. We own a faithful but decrepit 11-year-old Daihatsu Charade for the practical side of life and a 2006 Honda S2000GT for everything else. We both need cars for work and I have lost the argument to keep the S2000. The Charade is rather creaky now, so we were thinking of replacing both cars to end up with a 'fleet' that included two large hatchbacks, or a hatchback and a small estate. Both need to be able to transport the two of us and a baby and take a bike roof rack.

What models would you recommend? Annual mileage is about 12,000 a year each, total budget is £15,000 plus whatever we can for the S2000 (GT, 37,000 miles, FHSH good condition) and the Charade (hatchback, LSI, 95,000 miles). We would like cars up to three years old. We will be doing a mix of urban, motorway, country and London driving and need to be able to move two mountain bikes, plus a baby and paraphernalia. We use a bike roof rack on the Charade at the moment and it works very well.

Asked on 3 March 2012 by JP, Sleaford

Answered by Honest John
You'll get about £8500 for the S2000 and buttons for the Charade, so say £9000 plus £15,000 which is £24,000. MPVs are best for babies because they mean less bending to get the sprogs in and out and therefore less chance of damaging your back, so a Ford C-Max 1.6 Ecoboost 150 should be on the list, or maybe a Mazda 5 1.6d TS2 (I've got one and it's brilliant), or maybe an older Mazda 2 1.3TS2 5-door. Don't even think about a 3-door or you will damage your back.
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