The 5-year-old Nissan Pulsar that I got has been serving me well. I drive it to work Monday to Friday. It took me to Canberra a couple of times. It has been to Queensland and back twice. It even has its own moment of fame to be part of J & V's bridal party last December. It has a 1.6L 4 cylinder under its bonnet. Not powerful, but relatively economical driving around the Eastern suburbs. It has 4 doors so the rear seat passengers do not need to be trained in gymnastics to climb out the car. Well, actually it has 5 doors - it is a Nissan Pulsar Hatchback, and I fully enjoyed it!
Do hatchbacks have bigger boots than their sedan counter parts? No. It is a myth, and in fact hatchbacks have smaller but more flexible boot space. The tail gets chopped off, so it becomes shorter and more nimble than a sedan, but it gained another open door at the back. Combined with folding seats, you can do quite a lot of things with a hatchback. On our Nissan Pulsar, we have moved study desks, baby cot, 200+ kg of tiles+adhesives, 4 metre long floor boards, a fridge and other weird things that you just cannot fit into the boot of a sedan. We are pretty happy about it...
However, the flexibility ceases when both the back seat and the boot space are required, and that's our current headache while shopping for a pram/stroller.
Initially, Vivian and I were happy browsing the web doing our own researches on various types of prams. After a bit of looking around, it seems that all the good looking functional prams would require a family sedan size boot! On the feedback section of one shopping site, one lady complained that this medium size stroller would not fit properly into her Ford Laser, which I consider having a bigger boot than my Pulsar. With a hatchback, the boot gets even smaller when you need to fix the strap for the capsule to the hook at the very end of the boot. Now we realise why the Suzuki family has got a stroller but they never brought it to church - because it is just impossible to fit that into their tiny Daihatsu Charade. That also explained why 2 colleagues at work changed their cars to Commodore and Camry waggon after the babies.
Sounds like we have to either,
- find a small pram,
- trade up a car with a real boot, or
- get myself fit so I can carry the baby everywhere for the next 2-3 years.
Option 1 seems to be a compromise. Option 2 costs too much. I hope it is not too late for option 3...