Such a segment of cars, like minivans, is actively gaining popularity every year. And this is not surprising: Russian motorists who have tasted all the advantages of models specially designed for the family, no longer wish to change to closer sedans and hatchbacks. Given the high cost of minivans, many buyers in search of a decent alternative to choose a used model. Since the secondary car market is rich in various offers, not everyone can cope with the study of cars of all brands. Therefore, it makes sense to pay attention to the most popular models from the family of these cars.
Cars with mileage are interesting for their low price.
This model was produced by the French from 1994 to 2002. The Peugeot minivan had a front-wheel drive and transverse engine arrangement. As one of the tangible benefits, you can allocate a substantial reserve of free space in the cabin. For example, on the third row of seats 4 people can easily fit. At the same time, despite the impressive dimensions, the Frenchman is able to offer a comfortable disembarking on a clogged parking thanks to the well-thought-out design of the rear sliding doors. This used car is ideal for a large family.
As for the power indicators, the Peugeot 806 can be found with both a 2.1 liter turbo diesel engine and a 109 horsepower, and a gasoline engine (2.0 l and 1.8 l). Before purchasing a Peugeot 806, it’s worth considering that the turbo diesel versions will require more attention to maintenance than gasoline units.
For those who are not indifferent to European cars with mileage, it will be useful to know that the Peugeot 806 engine has a resource of 400-500 thousand km.
Video about the car Peugeot 806:
Regarding the topic of brakes, it is worth noting the following fact: in those versions that have a capacity of less than 100 liters. with., installed drum brakes. More powerful French models from Peugeot received disc brakes and ABS.
In order to buy this minivan, not to mess with the gearbox, it is better to choose models with manual transmission. All that needs to be done is to monitor the preservation of tightness, since the factory lubricant is designed for a full service life. As for the automatic transmission, it will remind you of the need to change the oil every 60 thousand km.
Speaking about the suspension of the Frenchman, it is worth noting its approximate endurance and pleasant softness. But it does not hurt to be prepared for the fact that every 40-80 thousand km will have to pay attention to the ball bearings.
Peugeot 806 is a comfortable and reliable car that has many advantages: a large convertible salon, a galvanized body, good handling and a suitable suspension for post-Soviet roads.
Although not without its drawbacks: sometimes on gasoline engines, the idle speed regulator may fail, and turbo diesel will be constantly demanding to be serviced.
Peugeot - a real family car
Continuing the theme of the French car industry in the used category, let us pay attention to a fairly good option for families with a limited budget - Renault Espace.
For the first time the world saw this minivan in 1996, and since then this model has been produced for 4 years.
As one of the main advantages of the car from the "Renault" can be identified impressive features of the cabin. Espace owners are available 352 seat installation options. At the same time, the landing in the car was made as comfortable as possible due to the rail mounting of the seats: if necessary, the middle row can be quickly and easily moved forward.
The trunk is also pleased, offering a maximum volume of 2850 liters.
Renault Espace - the famous French minivan
The Espace suspension also deserves attention - in the field, these used French cars are able to show a softer and more comfortable ride than some passenger cars that were released after 2010. As for the management, it is very precise, turning the driving process into an easy and enjoyable exercise.
Espace minivans are most often found with the F3R petrol engine rated at 115 "horses." Although most experts give votes for a 140-horsepower engine with a volume of 2.0 liters, which has 16 valves, as well as a variable valve timing.
Those who intend to buy Espace second-hand, can find models with diesel engines: the atmospheric 2.2-liter version and 1.9-liter turbocharged. The feature of the turbodiesel is that it pleases with quite good traction characteristics (up to 100 km / h in 15 s), with a noticeable economy of fuel in urban minivan mode consuming 8.5 liters per 100 km of road.
Car interior Renault Espace
Another model that adequately represents a used category minivan is the Opel Zafira. By purchasing these cars for 7 seats, buyers initially count on a spacious interior, but Zafira in this regard has some of the best performance in the secondary car market.
Handling of the German car is also at the height - the European sensitivity of the steering wheel and the predictable behavior of the car make it easy to travel thousands of kilometers.
But here you will have to get used to using the gearbox in a German used car, so you need to pay particular attention to the transmission during the test drive.
Opel Zafira - German minivan
In the used car market you can find this model with four petrol engines, the most powerful of which gives out 200 "horses". Three turbo diesel engines are also available, hiding the potential of 100, 120 and 150 liters. with.
The disadvantages of this model include significant fuel consumption (10-11 liters per 100 km), which is not very beneficial for families living in the megalopolis.
But those who are willing to pay for fuel without looking into the wallet will definitely be delighted with the Opel Zafira minivan.
Used Opel Zafira maintain their reliability
This car is virtually identical to the Galaxy model from Ford, which was produced from 1995 to 2000. Therefore, the characteristics of "Volkswagen" can be safely projected on an American minivan.
Paying attention to the basic configuration Sharan, it is worth starting with the design and capabilities of the cabin. Instead of upholstery fabric, each of which is attached separately, velor was used in these models. Due to the fact that the chairs are not connected with each other, they can be rearranged in a very different way. This makes the Volkswagen Sharan minivan an example of versatility. In addition, those who can find this model with a more expensive bundle on the used car market will have the opportunity to enjoy the unfolding 180 ° driver and front seat.
Recognize the basic equipment can be unpainted bumpers.
The average level of Sharan equipment is recognized by the presence of railings for attaching luggage to the roof of the car. As mentioned above, the front seats in this configuration are unfolded and have reclining tables fixed for rear passengers for the second row. In the budget and in this version, buyers will be able to count on 5 seats in the cabin. Of the pleasant little things Sharan minivan, despite the fact that he has long been in the category of "used", is able to please the leather-trimmed steering wheel, power accessories and illuminated mirrors on the sun visors.
Video about the car Volkswagen Sharan:
In the market for used cars is available and the top version, which has the name "Carat". In the case of Ford, the same equipment was called the “Ghia”.
These machines are equipped with 6 separate seats with reclining armrests. This landing gave the maximum level of comfort at the time of release of the car, and now many will be delighted with such a cabin.
The power units of cars from "Ford" and "Volkswagen" have the same characteristics in the basic version - the volume of 2.0 liters and the capacity of 116 "horses." This option will suit those drivers who do not have a deep love for dynamic acceleration. Two liters is not enough to quickly disperse a heavy six-seater.
But speed lovers have a chance to find a version with a 150-hp turbocharged engine or a VR6 engine. However, the dynamics will have to pay high fuel consumption (12-18 liters).
The disadvantages include:
- relatively small trunk;
- the need for frequent repair of the front suspension;
- the absence of the third row of seats in budget versions.
But the owner of the Sharan will get a reliable transmission and engine, decent handling and stability, and will also be able to easily find a suitable power unit in the secondary car market.
Used Volkswagen Sharan
This minivan was at one time very popular. He, like the Volkswagen, has a twin model called Dodge Caravan. Although some visual differences in cars still exist - the bumper, grille and some nuances in the cabin.
Salon Voyager is quite roomy and comfortable. Second-row passengers can enjoy the deflection stoves built specifically for them, and due to the fact that the automatic transmission selector lever was moved to the steering column, the front passenger can easily move to the back row without leaving the car.
Minivan Chrysler Grand Voyager
The fuel consumption of the Chrysler Voyager corresponds to the appetites of American models - 13 liters of fuel per 100 km of track. To overcome the same distance on the version with a 3.8-liter gasoline engine, you will need 19 liters of fuel.
A compromise option could be models that were released for the European market. In this case, the 2.5-liter turbodiesel will require 11 liters of diesel fuel for 100 km of urban roads.
Those who will choose the Voyager with an automatic transmission, it is necessary to take into account its resource - 200 thousand km. Plus the fact that the automatic box is being repaired without much difficulty. The brake system of a car also does not cause censures.
A simple conclusion can be drawn from this review - the secondary car market offers a wide range of reliable and comfortable minivans capable of departing more than one thousand kilometers. Therefore, those who are looking for a spacious used car for a family at an affordable price will have plenty to choose from.