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What can I replace my Honda Accord with that offers more space for passengers in the back?

I own a Honda Accord 2.2i-DTEC 150 automatic, first registered in March 2012. To date it has covered 12,250 miles with an average consumption of 44.4 mpg according to my accurate calculations, though the trip computer only shows 41 mpg. I try to limit short journeys and do have regular long runs of over 20 miles non-stop. I live in a flat, in a retirement development, so frequently convey other residents who have had to relinquish their cars to the supermarket and out for lunch. I am very happy with the car and its specification is first class. My only problem is that when I want to accommodate three people on the back seat it is not easy and very crowded. If I were to change the car, what would you recommend with a similar specification but with greater space for back seat passengers?

Asked on 10 August 2013 by KP, Leeds

Answered by Honest John
There's more legroom in the backs of a KIA Optima, Ford Mondeo or Skoda Superb. But no Optima diesel automatic. You could consider a Honda CR-V 2.2iDTEC auto (same engine and transmission, more room inside and more upright). Or a Ford S-Max 2.0TDCI Powershift, that has three separate sliding seats across the back (plus two more jump seats under the luggage deck). But switching out of the 2012 Accord into one of these will be very expensive.
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