Episode 24 : Special Edition - Wagon Queen Family Truckster

This Special Edition was born from Andrew starting to investigate what are possible choices for hauling the Cracked Windscreen horde. Many people helped hone down the options, via Twitter, for Andrew. Following these chats, it was suggested that Alan and Andrew record an episode exploring this further. So here we are....

Everyone has a list of must haves and nice to haves when deciding on a next car, below is Andrew's.

MUST HAVES:

  • Price - £3000 - £4500
  • Seat 5, including child seats, with ease
  • Air Con
  • Large boot to hold mountainous amounts of stuff
  • Comfortable ride
  • Reliability
  • Be an estate or 4x4/SUV - definitely not an MPV
  • Maximum 100K miles

NICE TO HAVES:

  • Leather seats, their wipe-able nature is not to be sniffed at when you have kids
  • Cruise control
  • Automatic
  • In car storage that has been thought about
  • Decent economy
  • Plenty of charging sockets
  • Raised ride height, but this is at odds with the next
  • Entertaining drive
  • In car entertainment, although that may be stretching possibility with budget limitations
  • Ability to do driveway mechanicing
  • Split interior lights, where the back can be switched off but the front is still works
  • Less than 80K mileage

CAR OPTIONS PRE DISCUSSION:

  • Audi A6 AllRoad
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Mitsubishi Shogun Sport
  • Subaru Outback
  • Subaru Forrester
  • Mazda 6
  • SAAB 9-5
  • Octavia Scout
  • Nissan X-Trail
  • Volvo XC-70 thank you to @Dogknob1 for setting up a Periscope to help demonstrate the pluses!

After discussions, the list is narrowed to the following;

CAR OPTIONS POST DISCUSSION:

  1. Subaru Forrester
  2. Volvo XC-70
  3. SAAB 9-5
  4. Jeep Grand Cherokee / Mitsubishi Shogun Sport
  5. Subaru Outback

With thought still given to the X-Trail and possibly the Mazda 6.

If you wish to advise or argue with Andrew and Alan please leave a comment below or get in touch via Twitter. For Andrew try here, for Alan try here.

The chaps would love to hear your thoughts on this episode, as it is a slight departure from previous output. Is this something you enjoyed? Was it self indulgent? Should they do more, selecting a set of criteria and discussing options out there? Your opinions are eagerly awaited!