Well I think I've narrowed my list of cars down to a choice of 2.
I checked out about 13 different cars and the two Volvos come out on top. That's not to say the rest of the cars were rubbish. Far from it. I really liked to AWD Mini, but it's boot is way to small for my labrador. I also liked the Honda CRV, but the standard equipment is quite basic and you have to spend quite a lot on options to get to the level of the Volvos. I also quite like the Mitsubishi ASX.
As for the boot size of the V60, I measured it with a tape measure at the weekend, and it doesn't seem all that small to me. It's not big, but my Lab would fit in it no bother. The Volvo V60 and XC60 have identical sized boots.
So I suppose it comes down to whether I want another car with the high driving position of the XC60 or if I want to go back to driving a near normal sized car but with the benefit of AWD and an extra few inches of ground clearance.
I don't have to make up my mind until December, so I have plenty of time. As I'm using the Motability scheme, I have to wait until at least October when the next pricelist and car list comes out. that's the list I have to order from. There's no guarantee any of the cars I fancy will be in the next list, as they seems to move cars in and out at random sometimes.
I'll be lurking in the Volvo forums over the next few months to see what the serious problems might be.
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