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Someone started a post asking why we selected an R. I didn't want to hijack tha thread but several people said it was chosen because it is a "family car." One guy said he is 6'6" so he chose the R instead of a smaller car (forget which one) I can't imagine getting anyone or any car seat behind a 6'6" driver (in an SR) I have an S and maybe the V owners can chime in but I cannot see how the SR is a family car. I am past infant car seats, but I cannot imagine how I could have put my two kids' car seats in the back. I am not even 6' tall and my 5'8" 8th grade daughter cannot sit behind me. I do not sit far back from the wheel either. So if we are driving as a family (mom, dad and three kids), it is not very comfortable. Does the VR have that much more back seat room? Is this really a family car? What is the longest drive a mom, dad and two kids have taken in an R? Just curious.
 

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Re: Family Car? (MJVolvo)

I have a VR (my 3rd Volvo wagon) and have always considered them family cars. I don't know about comparing rear seat legroom with an S, but it's not immense in the V. However, the cargo area and roof rack (w/Thule box) make it more than adequate as family transport for me, a 7 year-old, and a VERY large dog.
 

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The rear seatbacks in the V can recline a notch or two as well. It's not a large amount of reclining, but it does add a little more comfort/room. Our 13 and 11 year-old children never complain.
 

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The VR is most definately a family car. The integrated rear boosters make a huge difference. Rather than having an additional booster sitting on the seat the kids are back further. This makes all the difference for legroom. The cargo carrying capacity is awesome. I have taken a 3 week touring holiday with no issues.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>cklabr</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The rear seatbacks in the V can recline a notch or two as well. It's not a large amount of reclining, but it does add a little more comfort/room. Our 13 and 11 year-old children never complain.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Huh? How do you do this? Beside hauling capacity, legroom in the rear seat is one of the primary reasons to go with the V. That 2" or so, is huge.
 

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I think my insurance rate shows that it is a family car considering my age. It would be much higher if it was a sports sedan. An M3 would net me about $1000 every 6 months. The R only costs about $300-400.<p>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>TWMn</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Huh? How do you do this? Beside hauling capacity, legroom in the rear seat is one of the primary reasons to go with the V. That 2" or so, is huge.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>The latch that lets the seats drop forward has two "upright" positions it will lock to.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JoeLvo</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Meh, but then there's the fact that you're driving a station wagon...<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Not a meh, a definite plus! Wagons FTW!
 

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Re: Family Car? (T5 for Life)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>T5 for Life</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> I don't know about comparing rear seat legroom with an S, but it's not immense in the V. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>The V is no limo in the back but the S is even tighter. <p>Those little bit extra really makes the difference. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Family Car? (MJVolvo)

In the words of Magoon,<B> CAMRY</B><br>or better yet, an<B> AVALON.</B><br>Ever see the back seat in one of those? You can have a party in it!
 

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I used to have an infant seat in the SR. I am 6'2", and my wife is 5'8" so the infant seat was always behind the passenger seat. Now my boy is in a front facing Recaro Young Sport. The only thing easier about getting him in and out of the VR as opposed to the SR is the door design. The VR is square up top, and the SR curves hard with the rear window. The two inches of legroom in the VR is a big difference for adults, but my 13 month olds legs don't touch the back of the front seats in either the V or the S. But trust me, at 13 months he already knows better than to put his feet on the Atacama <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Adam
 

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Nothing better than spanking a mustang in a wagon! <p>Especially with the car seats installed!
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Needsdecaf</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Not a meh, a definite plus! Wagons FTW! </TD></TR></TABLE><p>+1. Nothin else like it. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I remember spanking a guy in a convertible vette in my T5 wagon, with wife and kid + 2 mountain bikes and a Thule box. I had the dumbest smile on my face for miles along the Maine Tpke.<p>as for my rear seats...i didn't know they reclined either. I usually just flip them back up and stop at when they click. And the point about the headroom is a huge reason the V feels more cavernous than the S. <p>my last "car" was an '05 F150 Supercrew. You could sit in the backseat with your legs crossed (manly style, not that feminine stuff) and not hit the back of the seat with your foot.
 
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