Post # 1
DH is looking at buying a brand new car for the first time ever (we’ve always bought second hand before) and was looking at a 3 door car.
We’re looking at having kids in the next 2-3 years and we’d be keeping the car at least 4 years. I suggested that it might be more sensible to get a 5 door car.
Can you cope with kids in a 3 door car (as he thinks) or is a 5 door much more sensible (as I think)?
ETA: Both the same car, just with a different number of doors.
Post # 3
I have a full sedan (4 door), and we just installed a car seat in the back, which orginially we thought was roomy. We were shocked about how much room the car seat takes up. I honestly couldn’t picture it in a compact vechicle, but that said I’m sure people have made it work with no issues.
Post # 4
My personal experience is that it’s VERY hard to get an infant car seat in and out of a 3 door. (By 3 door I am assuming you mean a sedan (2 door) and a back hatch). It’s very hard on your back, and where I live where we have 4 seasons, it’s harder once you have your winter coat and gear on, not to mention trying to get in and out when the ground is icy or wet.
Once the infant is out of the carrier seat and you have him/her in a convertable seat, it’s difficult to maneuver the baby because they aren’t old enough to get into the car seat by themselves.
I say spring for the 5 door.
Post # 5
@carriejuly: Cars are smaller here anyway. We had a teeny tiny car when I was small and coped with a car seat so I think we’ll be okay with the car he wants (Seat Ibiza, which is pretty much the same as a VW Golf).
Post # 6
I’m assuming the 3rd/5th door is the hatch back? In the states, we usually refer to 2/4 door cars, so I’m going to assume you’re talking about the same thing here. I would definitely go with a 4 door car, if possible. It is hard enough driving a compact car with a little one, I would hate to have a 2 door. I had friends with kids who had a 2 door car with LOs, and they made it work, but they complained about it constantly.
Post # 7
@country chic: I forget about US/UK translations. Cars with 3/5 doors are hatchbacks and 2/4 doors are saloons (with a proper boot).
We had been looking at something more in line with his previous cars (VW Jetta and Passat) but he seems to want something smaller (probably mostly because parking’s a nightmare near work).
Post # 8
That would feel terrible on your back to be climbing in and trying to get a car seat in there. DH drives an average size, 4 door sedan (Audi A4) and with rear facing seat it still sat tightly against the back of the front seats. I think a 3 door car would be a huge pain.
Post # 9
My little sister copes fine with a Mini, so I reckon you’ll be OK with an Ibiza.
Post # 10
I have no idea what a three door car is. You can make almost anything work, however the more room you can get the better. I always hated mini-vans and that sort of vehicle, now I look at them with envy.
Post # 11
I don’t even HAVE babies yet and i vote for the 5 door.
I have carted my nieces around a TON. IT SUCKS trying to get them into the carseat? I never took them as new borns just as toddlers, and you have to kind of toss them into the steat and THEN try to get the belt around the seat while they squirm. and your out side of the car or sitting on the back of the front seat, as it leans on the steering wheel which is hitting the HORN the whole time.
Save the three door for when they are out of car seats and can get back there themselves.
Post # 12
SpecialSundae I was going to mention the UK/US car size thing… US cars are generally bigger anyway….but in UK terms, I really would avoid going for a 3 door, I’m not sure what benefit there is to it.
It’s the back pain thing, room enough for the car seat, getting a bubba in/out whilst sleeping. Cleaning out the back seat when bubba vomits everywhere. I cannot think of one thing a 3 door has over a 5 door.
Post # 13
Could it work…yes it could. Will it be easy not at all. my sister had a 3 door car years ago and it was very difficult getting the car seat in and out (eventually they got another car seat just so they wouldn’t ever have to take it out for whatever reason). it was a real pain trying to squeeze in the back with a wiggling baby as well.
Post # 14
@Soon2BeeMrsG: I think it’s cheaper, which’ll be what’s appealing to him.
Post # 15
I think anyone can make any car work, but I can tell you that after years of saying “We don’t need a bigger car”… we had to break down and get a bigger car. It’s so much easier to be able to just have access to a door when I need to, whether it’s so pull over real quick for a lost binkie or doll, or handle a throw-up emergency. Glamorous business!
Post # 16
Oh, I was thinking you already were having kids/ on the way. I voted 5 door, but if kids are still down the road, I would get the three door. I guess it depends how long you plan to have this car? You also don’t know how long making a baby can take… But if you plan to have the car for 10 years, then get the 5 door!