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Patrick Elsdale loved his Subaru Forester, which has just been sold, and he wants to replace it with something that feels just as indestructible and roomy. Patrick needs to get a bike inside as well as logs for his wood burner. Ideally it needs to be much greener and more economical than the old Forester. He has £3,000 to £4,000 to spend and is looking forward to owning a vehicle that is not only comfortable and roomy but also feels solid.

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CO2 emissions: 179g/km
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Car Choice: Help! My family has grown, but my car's still the same size

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Andy is starting a new job that requires him to spend long hours on the road. He also needs a fair amount of space. Andy is concerned about economy and he does not want his car to produce needless emissions. With a budget of £4,000 Andy knows that the car will have to be around five or more years old, and worries that it may not be reliable. In any case, it must be cheap to fix. Andy says he would be happy with an estate car.

Car Choice: Long journeys are wearing on hips and knees, I need a comfortable ride

David McNamara, 69, is starting to suffer from osteoarthritis. A long car drive can become wearing on the joints. According to his physiotherapist he would be better off in a car with a driving seat that allows him to sit up straight, to ease the pressure on his hips and knees, and is higher off the ground, so it's easier to get in and out. At present David drives a five-year-old 1.6 VW Golf Estate, worth about £4,000 or £5,000. He would be prepared to spend up to £15,000. Seating space for grandchildren and boot space would be welcome.

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