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    Default Signum as a family car...?

    As the title suggests, really.
    We currently run an Astra G estate and Im thinking about options for the next purchase.
    The kids are 2yrs 9 months, and 9 months respectively.
    The crazy depreciation on the Signum in particular makes it stunning value at 4-5 years old, which is when I tend to buy.
    Any general advice and thoughts very much appreciated about how suitable the Sig would be as a family purchase - bearing in mind that we seem to do long trips as a family (often trans-European). I have a biggish Thule topbox that I use for these longer trips. My race bikes go on the top too.
    Ive really enjoyed the Astra, its been a cracking motor (1.8CDXi) but it wont last forever, plus I kind of fancy a change!!
    A couple of specific questions:

    1) Does pulling the back seats forward make a massive difference to the load space?
    2) How does the boot space compare to an Astra G estate and a Vectra C estate?

    Im looking at the 2.0T petrol model as I can say to the wife (whos Swedish) that its a Saab engine - should help to win her over. The stage 1 BRS remap is, of course, very much on the cards

    Thanks all in advance for any advice
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    having had a nosey at Parapauls signum I quite liked the car, but I don't think the boot is as big as a Vectra's, still good for a family motor though, will have to look up the cubic space of the two...

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    The boot space is smaller than a vectra with the seats back but bigger when the seats are forward I believe, but nowhere near as big as the veccy estate.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    My kids (now 9 and 11 years) do like the Signum, each in their own seat and especially with the travel assistant and the roof compartiments

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Sig View Post
    The boot space is smaller than a vectra with the seats back but bigger when the seats are forward I believe, but nowhere near as big as the veccy estate.

    some figures:
    the back seats slide over a distance of 8,5 cm; with the back seats forward you have 101,6 cm boot length (then the legroom is equal to GTS);
    Signum is only 4 cm longer than GTS and 18 cm shorter than the estate;
    Signum: 365 l with rear seats all the way back and 550 l (under the boot cover) with rear seats put forward
    Vectra 4drs/5drs: 500 l
    Estate: 540 l

    With the back seats put down, you have a loadspace of 183 cm in the Signum with a completely flat floor and 177 in the GTS; the boot of the Sig is smaller (flat sides), but the height is better
    5drs: 1050 l
    Signum: 1410 l
    Max 1850 l

    Only problem in the Signum is a 5th passenger: it is Ok for short trips but not more than that

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    Sig63, thanks for that, exactly the kind of info I was hoping for.
    We´d be keeping the back seats slid as far forward as possible with the kids in the back.
    As long as the middle seat accomodates a child seat (i.e. has a proper seat belt) that won´t be a problem.
    Looking good so far!

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    I have a Signum and would not put a child seat on the middle back seat, also the boot is totally full by the time you put a large pushchair in it.

    Altogether, I'd look towards an OPC styled, or GTS estate (Caravan), if you can find one.

    A 2.0t GTS wagon, with a few tasty bits and the BSR, would make for a superb car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barchettaman View Post
    As long as the middle seat accomodates a child seat (i.e. has a proper seat belt) that wont be a problem.
    That is not allowed and I would never do that !
    From the manual: "The centre rear seat may only be occupied by persons between 1.50 metres and 1.75 metres tall.
    When this seat is in use, both outboard seats must b e slid all the way back with their backrests flush with the centre seat backrest.
    Child restraint systems are not to be mounted on the centre rear seat."

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    Hi Barchettaman - We've "met" before "honestly" I think !

    I have a Signum which has taken over work duties from my ageing Mondeo estate. Loadspace is smaller but to put it in perpective, it holds 9 large holdalls as opposed to the ten which go in the Mondy. Seats up bootspace is much smaller though. Probably would advise holding on for a Vec estate or dare I say it on here.....cough......Mon.....cough....deo.....estat e....

    Ducks and retreats........

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    Yeah i think you should!
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    I have had 2 Vectra C hatch's, then a Signum. The Signum was a fantastic car, without a doubt.

    If you only have 2 children and don't plan on having any more then I doubt you could get a better car than a Signum, they have loads of room in the back, as said, the boot is 'slightly' smaller than a Vectra, but bigger when the seats are flat.

    But the boot is more usable, as it has a flat floor, you can sit on the back like an estate, we did this loads with ours at picnics etc.

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