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BANGKOK 25 April 2019 03:25
FarangFB

What family car or SUV to get?

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I currently own a Toyota Avanza and I'm very happy with this car, never had any problems. However, it's an entry level and very slow vehicle. Later this year I'll finish paying it and I plan to move to something superior while it still retains some decent resale value.

 

My price range is between 1.4 to 2.3M, and I really wish I could get something that is not horribly slow (aka anything with over 11 seconds 0-100). I am a bit concerned about customer care and resale value.

Wife really wants a 7-seater but it's quite rare that we need to use the 3rd row, and when we do it's usually short trips with kids that could go on the back with no seat anyway.

 

For now I'm considering:

 

- Toyota Fortuner - wife wants this one, apparently has good resale value, it's very common (I assume easy for parts if needed) and on the cheaper end of my budget. However, I really wish they offered something more powerful, the top version has just 177hp which is ridiculous for a car this big.

- Toyota Innova - I'm ok with everything about this one except the fact that it's diesel. They have a petrol but it's a manual, which is a dealbreaker for me (wife can't drive manual). This is the top choice for taxi drivers indicating they're quite reliable.

- Mazda CX-5 - affordable, faster than the Toyotas, wife will complain (5 seater). I'm concerned about reliability and resale value.

- Ford Everest - Looks good, the top version has over 200hp, 7 seater but the wife says this brand is bad in Thailand. She often speaks about what she doesn't know, would be nice to get some owner opinions here.

- Volvo XC40 T5 - For me this is almost perfect on paper (beautiful, powerful, petrol, loaded with features) but it's pushing my budget limits, the wife doesn't want it (5 seater) and there is no dealership in Pattaya, I'd have to go to Bkk for anything. I don't know anyone that has this car so I'm not sure how reliable they are in Thailand.

 

I appreciate any guidance here.

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I agree with your Mrs....😋

 

But don't forget the Honda CRV....I would like one...😊

 

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2 hours ago, transam said:

I agree with your Mrs....😋

 

But don't forget the Honda CRV....I would like one...😊

 

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It's small.

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2 minutes ago, fredob43 said:

It's small.

Perhaps you and yours are big.....🤗

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I have a Tuna 2.8 and it's certainly isn't slow will fly if you use the non eco mode. Big, I have had 5 big peeps in mine with all their luggage could have had more, great on fuel 16km = 1 LT good resale. Go have a test drive.

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1 minute ago, transam said:

Perhaps you and yours are big.....🤗

I'm not big 79kg neither is the rest of my mob 2. Have you been in one? well I have and I can tell you it's small for a family car. Try as I have done getting 5 big peeps in it with a pile of luggage. See how you get on then.

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We just bought a Mitsubishi Triton, very nice truck.

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Have you considered a new Pajero ...

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Kia sorento 2.2 diesel 0-100 8.2 sec 5+2 seats comfortable lots of bells and whistles plus 5year warranty. Had mine 4 years brilliant car.

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5 minutes ago, fredob43 said:

I'm not big 79kg neither is the rest of my mob 2. Have you been in one? well I have and I can tell you it's small for a family car. Try as I have done getting 5 big peeps in it with a pile of luggage. See how you get on then.

I have been a passenger behind the driver in a leather clad Fortuner and I wasn't impressed....It is not big, in fact was a bit disappointing as I like Toyota stuff.

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46 minutes ago, fredob43 said:

great on fuel 16km = 1 LT

Certified tests highway 12.9km,

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22 minutes ago, fredob43 said:

So you think a tuna isn't big. Well you ain't going to get much bigger family lump wise in the LOS. And you suggested getting a CRV. One of us is loosing the plot and it isn't me.

Go sit in the back of your ride and take a trip to the pub with Mrs.Fred driving......

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1 minute ago, Kwasaki said:

Certified tests highway 12.9km,

Well if you want to pop to my place. Not far from you. I will take you in my lump and you will see for yourself how it does fuel wise.

Lets have a wager, I will pay for fuel and if I'm wrong I will give you 5th bt on top. If on the other hand I'm correct you will pay up the same. 

 

I didn't believe what it was doing fuel wise so tested it several times. LT = KM and it always worked out give or take the same as the comp: said in the lump. That always says 6.1lt = 100km or 16.39km for 1LT on a run. It will of cause do a bit less around town. That's in eco mode, sports mode a lot less.

 

You might like to ask Kelvin he has been in the lump when I had 4 peeps up with luggage and fishing gear on a 1.400km trip including a lot around BKK it still returned near as much the same. 

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1 hour ago, fredob43 said:

great on fuel 16km = 1 LT

 

Really !!!

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