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09-01-2011, 12:35   #1
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Just a quick question, are there any nice looking 7 seater cars with small engines???? we need a 7 seater for our brood but my oh insurance is sky high on anything over a 1.2 we are obviosly willing to pay abit more but are desperate to find something in our price range!

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Just a bit of a warning... a 1.2 engine may be too underpowered for a people carrier type, girlred... especially for a 7-seater.

And the straining of the engine will do it no good for wear and tear, nor for petrol consumption.
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Think you'll be looking at a 1.6 minimum. As PT says, much less would be underpowered. I think the Zafira and Grand Scenic come in a 1.6 variant.
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Zafira do a 1.6 petrol and a 1.9 deisel. I would choose the latter.
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Grand scenic 1.5dci
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Grand scenic 1.5dci
Yep grand scenic 1.5dci. My friend has one of these and even though its only a small engine, it is still quite powerful and very nippy.
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If I recall correctly, the VW Touran now comes in a 1.2 format.

http://www.volkswagen.co.uk/?ccd_cus...ines/overview/
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Just a quick question, are there any nice looking 7 seater cars with small engines???? we need a 7 seater for our brood but my oh insurance is sky high on anything over a 1.2 we are obviosly willing to pay abit more but are desperate to find something in our price range!

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1.6 with 1.4 being the very minimum for a 7 seater. Otherwise as PT says it wont have enough power to do the job and will cause more wear and tear on the engine.
I have a 1.6 7 seater Scenic and when it has 7 in the car you can tell its not liking it very much.
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Just a bit of a warning... a 1.2 engine may be too underpowered for a people carrier type, girlred... especially for a 7-seater.

And the straining of the engine will do it no good for wear and tear, nor for petrol consumption.
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1.6 with 1.4 being the very minimum for a 7 seater. Otherwise as PT says it wont have enough power to do the job and will cause more wear and tear on the engine.
I have a 1.6 7 seater Scenic and when it has 7 in the car you can tell its not liking it very much.
My ex had a Fiat ("Fix It Again Tomorrow) Doblo, with a 1200 engine, and it was woefully bad. So underpowered it strained all the time, and it drank petrol like there was no tomorrow, it was thirsty as heck.
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we have a citroen synergie 1.9 td,7 seater,good for kids and all the rear seats come out,turning it into a van,very handy,good on fuel,the insurance on this is cheaper than some cars we looked at,we did have a scenic,but found it under powered,had to boot it when full,using more petrol,,
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My ex had a Fiat ("Fix It Again Tomorrow) Doblo, with a 1200 engine, and it was woefully bad. So underpowered it strained all the time, and it drank petrol like there was no tomorrow, it was thirsty as heck.

Never heard them called that before.
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Never heard them called that before.
It certainly was true with that particular vehicle. It was one of those "Friday afternoon/ Monday morning" cars. (also known as a lemon).

There was a diaphragm in the fuel pump that kept perishing with monotonous regularity, resulting in fuel leaks, there was a gearbox issue, and goodness knows how many other faults. It was a wheeled trash-can. Strangely enough, my Bro-in-law had the 2.0l diesel version of the Doblo, and that one was a banging vehicle, it performed fantastically, not a jot of bother, no power issues, never leaked. Totally the opposite of the one ex had.
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Just a quick question, are there any nice looking 7 seater cars with small engines???? we need a 7 seater for our brood but my oh insurance is sky high on anything over a 1.2 we are obviosly willing to pay abit more but are desperate to find something in our price range!

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15-01-2012, 11:01   #14
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My dad has a 1.9 turbo diesel Scenic (X reg) and that has been fine for him, I don't think he's had one issue so far apart from the EGR Valve clogging. I forget the exactlys, but I know he pays I think...£60 a month for it insurance wise. The engine seems to pull okay, and it seems pretty good fuel wise. Doesn't have 7 seats, but I'd say it's a decent engine if they're still using it in the newer ones.
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As others have said, a small engine in a 7-seater will be a false economy. Even the 1.6 engined ones that I've driven (Zafira & Galaxy) seemed to struggle at times.

What you'd save on the insurance you'd be paying in maintainence and fuel because you'd be gunning it to get it moving.

With a 7-seater personally I'd go for nothing less than a 1.9TDi. It's extra cost on the insurance sure, but you will most likely make good savings on the fuel bill.
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We had a 1.6 Zafira (petrol)... had to get rid- engine too small and gulped fuel like it was going out of fashion.
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