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Car hire - possible car equivalents

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I am about to book car hire (again!).

The booking says “Seat Leon Estate or similar”

(No class given).

Any ideas what could be deemed at similar, as a Leon estate will give us sufficient room for bags but not sure what other cars fall into that category (as no category given), any experience or any ideas how I can find out?

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@NickyJ, I can only vouch for Europcar (part of the group I work for). That category is 'compact estate' and also includes Ford Focus Estate, VW Golf Estate, Kia ceed Estate Sportswagon, Skoda Octavia Estate.
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@queenie pretty please, thanks so much. Will check all of those boot capacities as well.
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The leon estate has a fairly small boot as estates go, probably no bigger than most family hatchbacks. Something like a mondeo has a bigger boot.
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@NickyJ,

The Leon is the Seat version of a Golf/a3 (pretty much the same chassis as all are VAG group) So a Leon estate will be the same as a golf estate or octavia estate or similar, think slightly smaller than an A4 avant- or merc C class estate, still plenty of room for 4 people and luggage (skis on the roof)

In my experience the car you get loosely follows the location you rent in, I’ve had alphas or fiats in Italy and Renaults and Citroen’s in France (I hate French cars)
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In theory we just need a car the same capacity or bigger as a Seat Toledo but that car is pretty unique in its class for its boot capacity.

After checking the others in list decided to pay £20 more through Expedia and get a Standard Estate to be on safe side!
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@NickyJ, you'll be given a Citroen Berlingo spoo
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That looks fine - have no issue get the luggage in. Just as long as we can get us all in with our luggage don’t care what it is.
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@NickyJ, if you're that worried about luggage space, can you not hire a slightly larger car ? shouldn't be much more than £30-£40 extra ??
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Timberwolf wrote:
@NickyJ, if you're that worried about luggage space, can you not hire a slightly larger car ? shouldn't be much more than £30-£40 extra ??


See my 16:52. That’s what I did after checking the other possible cars
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These things can be a pain. I once rented an estate with a big back, specifically to get my mother's wheelchair in. We were given a substitute, in theory from a "better" category but it was a real battle to get the wheelchair in - a battle which had to be repeated throughout the week my mother was with us. My grumbles went unheeded. That was Gva.
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NickyJ wrote:
Timberwolf wrote:
@NickyJ, if you're that worried about luggage space, can you not hire a slightly larger car ? shouldn't be much more than £30-£40 extra ??


See my 16:52. That’s what I did after checking the other possible cars


Haha, read the whole thread !!! Embarassed Embarassed glad you got it sorted
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Timberwolf wrote:
NickyJ wrote:
Timberwolf wrote:
@NickyJ, if you're that worried about luggage space, can you not hire a slightly larger car ? shouldn't be much more than £30-£40 extra ??


See my 16:52. That’s what I did after checking the other possible cars


Haha, read the whole thread !!! Embarassed Embarassed glad you got it sorted


Happy not a problem. It does annoy me when they don’t like to publish a definitive list of what they class as equivalents, because at the end of the day I will pay more if necessary but would rather not if I don’t have to.

The seat Leon estate would be fine and as I know it all fits in a much smaller class of vehicle (as that what we will use to get to the airport) it feels crazy I have to go up several classes versus my own car just to be on the safe side but that’s life.
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But it also depends on what giant procurement deal the parent company has signed with which brand of vehicle manufacturer doesn't it ?eg we were happy hiring with Avis / Budget out of Salzburg as were regularly getting VAG/Merc vehicles, then boom, all change, we were getting Fiat/Renault/Nissan vehicles. I don't know, it's all a mystery to me
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