More often than not, the wails of a newborn sound the death knell for daddy’s joy of driving. Even the most hardcore driving enthusiast, tempted to use the Baby Bonus Scheme to buy performance parts for his car on the quiet, will eventually use the extra money for paternity stuff. Soon enough, his need for speed will be overtaken by the need to feed the kid, and his passion for go-faster accessories will be overridden by a new interest in nursery equipment, baby clothes and toddler toys.
The new arrival also means that his interesting ride is in danger of being replaced by that most monotonous of motorcars, the MPV (multi-purpose vehicle). He’ll resist, but his wife will insist on getting one of those. The MPV’s functionality is undeniable, especially if it comes with sliding doors. But driving this van-like vehicle is about as much fun as operating a household appliance, which is why petrolheads view MPVs as a disgrace to their passion.
The best way to avoid being forced down the MPV route is to opt for a more family-friendly car, at least in outward appearance. The classic trick is to double the number of doors from two to four, which immediately makes cabin access easier and therefore more conducive for family activities.
The family man could simply swop from a three-door hatchback to a four-door saloon/wagon or a larger five-door hatchback, and he’s good to go – safe from the dreaded MPV malady.