A car for the head
Estate cars have moved on and effectively become sports utility vehicles, which are sort of high rise estates that can also go offroad if they want to. Three is often more than enough room inside and the models don’t have to be large, unwieldy 4x4s. Indeed, I would recommend that Robin find himself a Honda CR-V. Here is a brilliantly well-made vehicle which is easy to drive, own and is wonderfully flexible. I found a 2.2 CTDI EX model with 81,000 miles on sale for £6,500 with a full service history.
A car for the heart
Robin has been happy with Mercedes and perhaps he should go for another. Although it would be dead easy to go and find another Mercedes E Class estate car, there is an alternative. The R-Class was a shortlived experiment in making a people carrier that did not look like a van. Here was a really comfy and strangely stylish vehicle. For just £4,250 I came across a full service history 2006 model. It is an R320L CDI SE which has a huge amount of equipment as standard, from sat nav to climate control. Dealer warranty too.
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