Posted 18 April 2005 - 04:47 PM
Basically, I was wondering if anybody here who knows the car better might be willing to help us out in giving us an idea of how possible it would be to take a trip with 7 adults + this luggage in this car? Do the seats have to be pushed up so far that very tall adults wouldn't have comfortable leg room in order to get the full 18 cubic inches of space? How possible would it really be to fit 7 people and luggage in this car? We have seen some rental places that seem to have the Opel Zafira that seats 7, but we really don't know how that compares in size to the Ford Galaxy. We are trying to locate the BIGGEST 7 person car out there, in terms of seating comfort + luggage room, essentially.
Thank you in advance for any assistance anyone can offer!!!
Posted 18 April 2005 - 04:52 PM
Posted 18 April 2005 - 05:30 PM
...and as to the Zafira - with all 7 seats in place, you can just about squeeze a nailfile in behind the rearmost seats (which are not designed for adults anyway).
Posted 18 April 2005 - 06:20 PM
I have one more question. My apologies if it's a silly question, I just don't know that much about the car. Is it possible to plan on hooking suitcases to the roof without bringing any other equipment? In other words, if we were to bring nothing but some cord and some plastic to cover the luggage in the rain, would that be all we needed? Does the car come with a rack?
Thanks again for all your help!
Posted 18 April 2005 - 07:07 PM
Posted 18 April 2005 - 07:22 PM
Posted 18 April 2005 - 08:13 PM
The Galaxy will be a squeze but may be OK if you take bare minimum or use a roofbox/ roof rack or trailer.
Posted 18 April 2005 - 08:28 PM
Posted 18 April 2005 - 08:36 PM
Chrysler Grand Voyager should be roomier
If you do opt for a top box - watch out for height restrictions on most beaches, amenities.
We nearly lost ours at Croagh Patrick two years ago - wifey was driving and we pulled into the public car park (at speed . I saw the metal cross beam just in the nick of time and shouted STOP! She duly slammed on within inches of the beam - any delay and we would have lost the top box
Typically local councils put them at public car parks to avoid illegal campers. Usually 7 foot clearance.
Regards and hope that you enjoy your trip,
Posted 18 April 2005 - 09:14 PM
The reason I asked about the Ford Galaxy and the Opel Zafira is because I have seen both of these models available at the various rental car places I have been to. I would love to take the suggestion of the "roomier" Grand Voyager, but unfortunately I don't think I've been to an Ireland rental company that I can recall having that car! (Our driver can only drive an automatic, so that obviously makes it even more difficult in terms of limiting our options.) Does anyone happen to have any suggestions for car rental companies that might have a 7 person people mover other than the Galaxy and the Opel Zafira?
Again, thanks for all your help! Whatever we end up choosing to do, you have really helped us make our decision.
Posted 19 April 2005 - 10:01 PM
Perhaps those of you who are familiar with Ireland driving could help me with my next question. To rent an automatic full sized 9 passenger van will be considerably more expensive than renting an automatic minivan, and that is what we are considering doing now. (I just can't seem to find an automatic minivan available for pickup/dropoff in our locations that is any bigger than the Galaxy.) My family is debating the cost/benefits of each situation, and a lot of people are saying they'd just prefer to squeeze into the Ford Galaxy minivan instead of making our driver (who is not used to driving on the left side!) maneuver a huge car through unfamiliar roadways that might possibly be very small.
Many of family members are "scared" we will encounter roads that we can't maneuver as a result of having a larger vehicle and feel better going with the minivan. They tell me that it would really help their decision if they had a better picture of what the driving is going to be like. Is a minivan already so much larger than a small compact car that we just won't encounter that many "problems" with a full size 9 person van that we wouldn't encounter anyway with the mininvan? (Our itinerary is such that we are not planning on having to find parking right in the middle of any major cities, like Dublin. We are dropping the car off at Dublin airport before we begin our stay in Dublin.)
If anybody could help give our family a better idea of the positives/negatives involved in a minivan versus full sized van in terms of the the *driving* situation, that might really help us too.
Posted 19 April 2005 - 10:13 PM
I have a question for the person above who said they were able to comfortably fit 5 holdalls and a 3 wheeled bugger in the back of a galaxy -- was that with 7 adults (with long legs) filling up all the seats? And pardon my lack of knowledge, but what exactly is a 3 wheeled bugger? About how big is it?
Sorry should have read Buggy!!!. We sometimes take the family - my father & mother, mother in law,wife & 2 kids (soon to be 3 ) out on day trips. The Folding buggy fits with the single wheel between seats 6&7 (seats full back) and stacked up on either side -soft holdalls (mainly the property of the parents + changing bags etc). 5 Longish legged adults - one other seat right back (to get child seat - young child) can't remember about the other.
Ps for those that sneer at the cargo net - its definitely useful in this situation where you can close and open the tailgate without too many problems
Posted 19 April 2005 - 10:19 PM
Posted 19 April 2005 - 10:20 PM
it can seat 7/8 in comfort and carry your luggage, also available in auto, and you can hire them in Ireland? I drive one for work, they are great vans, so the people carrier version should be no different slightly bigger than the Galaxy in LWB form has sliding rear passenger door on the kerb side so less chance of you stepping out into oncomeing traffic!