Which vehicle would you recommend as a replacement for my Toyota Corolla Verso?

I have had a Toyota Corolla Verso for seven years. It has been brilliant but the warranty can no longer be renewed and I'd like to buy a replacement. For value, I’d buy nearly new, say 18 months to two years old. It's used mostly for short drives, but the university run six times a year means I need a car with lots of luggage space with the rear seats down, and able to take our rear bike carrier (built for hatchbacks and MPVs). I need something easy to drive, of the same length and width and no bigger than my Toyota Corolla Verso. Safety and reliability are key. I've flicked through the reviews on your website and see, in rough order: Kia Cee'd, Citroen C3 Picasso, Citroen Berlingo Multispace, Ford C-Max, Skoda Roomster, Mercedes-Benz B-Class and Nissan Qashqai. Which would you consider best? And am I missing something?

Asked on 14 June 2010 by Hilary Kaltz

Answered by David Ross
For something the same size you could look at either a newer Toyota Verso or a Ford C-Max. We'd also suggest looking at a Volkswagen Touran, Renault Scenic or a Mazda 5. The Skoda Roomster, Citroen C3 Picasso and Berlingo are all smaller, while the Nissan Qashqai is more of an offroader. The B-Class isn't bad, but not great value for money.
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