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I finally sold my car.

It was neither meant to be an act of rebellion nor was I trying to make a statement. Truth is, the family is expanding, and space would become a small issue - according to the missus, at least. I obviously ignored her for a good three months, until she sat me down and did the "hon, we need to talk" thing. Only then did I decide to let go of something that I have been emotionally attached with.

......

It's not like I have a choice, to be frank. I have two kids now, with one more on the way, which also means not having a car would be a terrible idea.

 

Firstly, I came across this article when I was trying to search on family cars so congrats to Julian Kho, Editor of SGCM for the third kid on the way! And congratulations for selling your car off at a favourable market situation for used car owners. Such a bittersweet feeling to have to part with one's car in the name of family and kids but this is really the inevitable. I'll never be able to understand what it means to sacrifice one's happiness for others because it's always been about me, myself and I. How can one go from sports car to family hauler MPVs? But that's exactly why you see Honda Streams and Odysseys with aggressive exterior styling, loud exhausts and erm... baby seats 🥶 

Now back to my thread. And it so happened that a friend has been asking me for family car recommendations because I work at sgCarMart. I don't! A selfish younger me would say, just buy according to the number of seats you need or stop procreating. But the older me started surfing around sgCarMart for potential choices around the 170K budget for 5 + ad-hoc 2 pax lol. Other than the obvious MPV route, could one go for a wagon when planning for the family? I want to say the Skoda Octavia Combi looks really good but versus the traditional MPVs, you lose out on seating capacity and comfort. 

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The next on my mind? The CX-8. Spacious, luxurious, seats either 6 or 7 pax in comfort.

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And then I continued searching and got carried away and came across so many other options especially from the Parallel Importers but they all kinda look the same. And of course we need to have articles like this one here telling us exactly what we need want to hear, that MPVs are not boring.

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 I think the Volkswagen Group of cars have some interesting offerings that you don't come across aplenty in other car brands like the integrated child seats or booster seats in the SEATs and the Volkswagens; perhaps Volvos and Citroens. I've also wondered what are the folding tables for? Do parents let kids eat in your car? 🥶

So parents, what are your concerns when shopping for a family car other than what your wallet can afford? Do you actively look out for the driving assistance, or luxury features like built-in baby seats or even lots of cubby holes to store diapers? 😅

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Hypersonic

The folding tables are to put iPad so kids can surf MCF

and learn useful knowledge about life and driving safely.

:D

and for MIL to read what SIL writes about her.

She never likes to miss that. 

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The folding table also to put steering wheel for baby.

:D

People with no kids won't know this.

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15 minutes ago, BabyBlade said:

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Cool - Have the head rest available in purple/white stripes and the kids would fight to sit in it!

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Sliding doors. They are worth their weight in gold when it comes to having to embark or disembark while holding a squirming baby while trying to manuever the nappy bag and a half finished bottle of milk.

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36 minutes ago, BabyBlade said:

How can one go from sports car to family hauler MPVs? But that's exactly why you see Honda Streams and Odysseys with aggressive exterior styling, loud exhausts and erm... baby seats 🥶 

Please be inclusive........cannot exclude the Toyota family.........Wish + Alphards + Vellfires....😁

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22 minutes ago, Vratenza said:

Please be inclusive........cannot exclude the Toyota family.........Wish + Alphards + Vellfires....😁

Probably subconsciously I was trying to avoid mentioning the Toyotas for a reason. 😅

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48 minutes ago, Jamesc said:

The folding table also to put steering wheel for baby.

:D

People with no kids won't know this.

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OH RIGHT! I saw this in my colleague's car recently muahahaha. Kids these days.............. Good life.

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55 minutes ago, Jamesc said:

The folding tables are to put iPad so kids can surf MCF

and learn useful knowledge about life and driving safely.

:D

and for MIL to read what SIL writes about her.

She never likes to miss that. 

Then you should bring your MIL go view the C4.

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3 minutes ago, BabyBlade said:

Then you should bring your MIL go view the C4.

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TBH, it looks fancy but I really wonder how the airbag will deploy with this contraption in front of the MIL.....

 😁 I guess that is exactly on wish list for his MIL @Jamesc

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3 minutes ago, Vratenza said:

TBH, it looks fancy but I really wonder how the airbag will deploy with this contraption in front of the MIL.....

 😁 I guess that is exactly on wish list for his MIL @Jamesc

Just need the mount to be a little higher in between the Air Bag and her face.   For better viewing angle of course.

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1 hour ago, BabyBlade said:

https://www.sgcarmart.com/news/events_features.php?AID=4149

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Firstly, I came across this article when I was trying to search on family cars so congrats to Julian Kho, Editor of SGCM for the third kid on the way! And congratulations for selling your car off at a favourable market situation for used car owners. Such a bittersweet feeling to have to part with one's car in the name of family and kids but this is really the inevitable. I'll never be able to understand what it means to sacrifice one's happiness for others because it's always been about me, myself and I. How can one go from sports car to family hauler MPVs? But that's exactly why you see Honda Streams and Odysseys with aggressive exterior styling, loud exhausts and erm... baby seats 🥶 

Now back to my thread. And it so happened that a friend has been asking me for family car recommendations because I work at sgCarMart. I don't! A selfish younger me would say, just buy according to the number of seats you need or stop procreating. But the older me started surfing around sgCarMart for potential choices around the 170K budget for 5 + ad-hoc 2 pax lol. Other than the obvious MPV route, could one go for a wagon when planning for the family? I want to say the Skoda Octavia Combi looks really good but versus the traditional MPVs, you lose out on seating capacity and comfort. 

12917_g35_b.jpg.70a77cd05a8c1cb516e6450228294f19.jpg12917_g36_b.jpg.c10a22608b7282222d14986f53b92a99.jpg12917_g37_b.jpg.c916d7bcd208a93ceeb2931f83266e09.jpg

The next on my mind? The CX-8. Spacious, luxurious, seats either 6 or 7 pax in comfort.

12653_g19_b.jpg.f5a0aea9db4449327422f17d432bcdcf.jpg

12653_g23_b.jpg.1417cd089a2f02cf0679a959a49fed59.jpg

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And then I continued searching and got carried away and came across so many other options especially from the Parallel Importers but they all kinda look the same. And of course we need to have articles like this one here telling us exactly what we need want to hear, that MPVs are not boring.

3912_8_l.thumb.jpg.63410e073aea92758ca859694ddd86b3.jpg

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 I think the Volkswagen Group of cars have some interesting offerings that you don't come across aplenty in other car brands like the integrated child seats or booster seats in the SEATs and the Volkswagens; perhaps Volvos and Citroens. I've also wondered what are the folding tables for? Do parents let kids eat in your car? 🥶

So parents, what are your concerns when shopping for a family car other than what your wallet can afford? Do you actively look out for the driving assistance, or luxury features like built-in baby seats or even lots of cubby holes to store diapers? 😅

I would imagine sliding doors for school run. Walk through aisles, movable chairs, space to stow your stroller etc. 

Basically all mpv type of stuff. 

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Looks like he sold his car to buy a more spacious car.  I will be interested to know what car he eventually buy, since he is a reviewer.  Feel happy for him to have a big family, congrats Julian !

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