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Our other car is a FRV. One of my brother in laws owned the C4 for a while and the other brother in laws has a Vauxhall Zafira .
The Vauxhall is supposedly the benchmark for this class of vehicle.
Having driven all three, the Zafira was the most versatile but also most uncomfortable, but then again he has the sportier GSI version. I personally didn't like the feel or the drive of the Citroen. Of the three I would opt for the FRV again and again but then again I could be biased as we're on our 4th Honda in a row. The Citroen also had the worst reputation for depreciation and reliablity; and of the three spent more time at the garage and the petrol station.
The boot is pretty small on the FRV but I have had two prams in the back (one on top of the other) with the parcel shelf out and space for a few small bags. The toddlers pram is kept in the back all the time and we can still get the weekly shopping in the boot. Not sure if you'll get a double buggy in there.
Road handling isn't like a civic but you do get used to it, just dont take it round bends too fast. The build is Japanese so its better than the Civic. Its a heavy car thats nimble enough, however, the front tyres take alot of wear.
Layout of some controls is abit strange, for instance, the controls for electric windows are on the dash as opposed to being on the doors or centre console. Once you get used to the handbrake position you find its an ideal spot for it.
Child seats can be fitted on the front passenger seat and the rear corners but not in the middle seats in front and rear. All three seats will take Isofix type seats but you will need to purchase a top tether as well.
The FRV seats six people quite comfortably. I have two teenagers who are both tall for their age and they can sit in the front quite comfortably even on long journeys.
All three back seats and the front middle drop flat to give you extra load space. With the front middle down, this can act as a table (or foot rest for rear passengers). It also comes with its own drawer underneath. The glove box is a decent size and you can get optional leather but the cloth interior is pretty hard wearing.
If you are opting for an FRV then I would recommend the 2.2 diesel as the best option. The petrol versions are cheaper but not as engaging to drive; i'm not too sure on econmy on petrol versions but we're happy with the diesel.
As a final note, we bought ours new, when they were pretty rare, you see quite a few on the roads now which suggests they have become quite popular. Ours, so far, has been trouble free, has been out of warranty for over a year and still going strong. Currently the missus refuses to change, claiming its the best car she's had (even prefaring it to the CTR) and wants to keep for a few more years.
As others have suggested take both cars for an extended test drive, try fitting the child seats and the double buggy, let the other half have a drive of both cars as well and take it from there.
Alternatively, have you also considered a Renault Espace (I was impressed by a friends but put off by previous Renault ownership experience) or a Volvo estate/Honda Accord estate?