I have been lucky enough through blogging to drive quite a large number of cars- from Ferraris, to Jags, through to Volvos, Minis, and I’ve even won a Nissan LEAF in a competition. Most of the car experiences I’ve had though haven’t been exactly aimed at the family, and as a result I do spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about what our ideal family car would be.
I know wifey has her heart set on a Volvo, like the one we borrowed for a long weekend but my heights are slightly loftier. I have narrowed my ideal family car down to two possible contenders, although to be fair this is only now possible that Ned has finally surrendered the pushchair.
Firstly and, believe it or not, the most sensible of the two cars is the Porsche Macan S Diesel. Yes, it’s a Porsche but it’s also a compact 4×4, with plenty of boot space, and just so happens to get from 0-60 in 6.3 seconds. At £44K, it’s not horrifically expensive when compared to something like a similarly spec’d Land Rover Evoque.
Of course short of a lottery win, I’d not be able to buy even the cheap(er!) Macan without finance, so it’s just as well that TSB have put together a really simple car finance guide to the different sorts of car finance you can get. I’ve had a couple of cars on finance before and at the time, in my youth I think I was ripped off with the financing costs, something a guide like this would have probably helped me avoid. If the guide is useful and you want to know more you can have a look at their loans homepage.
I bet you’re desperate to know what the more expensive car is aren’t you? It’s the Nissan GT-R. Ever since the Skyline GTRs appeared in Gran Turismo back in the days of the original Playstation, I’ve had a soft spot for Nissan’s top end sports 5 door. It’s practical with a 315 litre boot, has room for the kids in the back and, oh, does 0-60 in under 3 seconds. Yes, it comes in at around £78,000 but I’m over 40 so the insurance should be manageable. I completely and utterly guarantee that turning up for the school run or to collect your kids from a play date in one of these puppies would get them more street cred than hanging out with Pewdiepie for an evening!