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Pushchairs and car bootsBack

Buying a pram or pushchair for your little one can be quite a major investment for most mums, particularly if it’s your first child. Naturally, you want to find the perfect pram to suit your lifestyle and it is therefore quite likely you will try out a variety of styles and makes before you buy.

Many mothers-to-be will be quite savvy about their needs, therefore finding the right pram or buggy should be easy, but one of the mistakes new parents can make is failing to take into consideration the size of their car boot. There is nothing worse than failing to get the pram into your car when the time comes, and by then it may well be too late to return the item and face starting the buying process all over again.

It is therefore highly important to test out whether the pram you have chosen will fit conveniently into your car boot, before you make a purchase. In fact, many stores will actually be very happy for you to take the pushchair out to your car and test it, before you leave the store.

If you have the added advantage of purchasing a new car before you purchase your pram, and you are looking for a small or medium sized family car, there is a wide selection which offer competitive sized boots perfectly suited to mums with buggies. In general, the larger saloon, estate and 4×4 cars will not pose a problem. See below for the Trusted Dealers’ choice of the best boots for new mums.

City Cars

The new Volkswagen up! has been hotly tipped as the car to buy if you’re looking for a city car with a competitively sized boot. If you’ve just got one child to accommodate, the VW up! could offer the perfect solution, allowing you to tip the back seats to increase the load space when required. Another hotly tipped favourite for the coming year is the new Ford B-MAX which is a cross between a city car and a compact MPV. It offers space for two in the back as well as a generous sized boot well suited to the needs of an everyday mum.

Superminis

The Renault Clio has one of the largest boots in the Supermini sector and is a great car to own thanks to its stylish looks, comfortable interior and competitive fuel economy. The Renault Clio will easily fit two children in car seats into the back too, and offers a five-door version for easy access. The Honda Jazz sports one of the largest boots of any supermini, holding up to 366 litres of luggage as standard and up to 883 litres with the rear seats folded down. It’s a nippy little car which is competitively priced and offers a good selection of equipment as standard too.

Medium sized cars

If you’re looking for a car which will competently house a larger pram travel system or a double buggy, you are probably better opting for a medium sized car. The Mazda 3 is a good choice as it’s not only economical and well suited to families, it also has a huge boot. The Ford Focus C-MAX is another great choice, offering a larger boot than the standard 5-door focus with lots of room for buggies and other essential mum-related items.

Posted by Leana Kell on 16/03/2012