Wow that's thorough! What other cars have you looked at?
Bearing in mind its a 3 door car I'm after as we already have a 5 door car.
Access to get a 2.5yr old in the back easily is a must.
Good on fuel, anything over 30mpg is good compared to our Subaru.
Nippy, but not stupidly fast ( see above)
Needs to look good but not to much attention seeking
So I have looked at
Golf GT.. Handles really well, chuckable, very quick as its super and turbo charged. Not really easy access for rear passengers as the seat can be stiff to push back. Good standard spec although some not necessary.
Golf Sport .. Slower version of the above and cheaper.
Audi A3.. Again seat action for rear passengers not that good but then its the same as the Golf inside nearly. Really like this but very expensive and I would have to spend nearly 20k to get a nippy one
Mazda 3.. Cheap looking interior compared to other cars of its class, I know its a 5 dr but I've owned Mazda's before in the past so I thought I would take a look. Not on my shortlist.
Corsa / Astra the new shape, look very nice but the seat action was complete full stop and back wards on both cars, if it takes me longer than a few seconds to figure it out and get it working its no good, evan the Salesguy had a problem trying to get the seat to slide forward.
Other half says there isn't a car thats been made for me yet LOL, but I think the Honda may be the one.
Its very easy to get into the back seats, plenty of room from the passenger side to strap a kiddie in the back ( more room than all the cars above) and it ticks all the boxes in other areas for me
I'm, probably more picky this time round as I used to have a MINI, that had more warranty work in 12 months than I had hot dinners and was glad to see the back of it, never again BMW!
Thanks for reading and for all your helpful info and advice