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Best mid-size car for city and camping?

I want to upgrade to either demo model or 1 to 2-year-old used car for around $26,000. My problem is I have two totally different needs for one car. I mostly drive in the city so don't want something too large and is easy to park, but I also go camping and visit family on country roads so need something mid-size that has more boot/cargo space with seats down to fit my camping gear, and more power to feel confident to overtake on country roads/go up hills etc. The features I ideally want are cruise control, reverse camera, car info display monitor, digital radio, GPS, climate control, adjustable steering wheel, intermittent wipers, fog lamps, voice control, 18-inch alloys, tinted windows. I also want something with sleek design and a cool looking interior/dashboard. I am not sure if I should choose a mid-size SUV or a hatchback with decent boot space that I can fold the seats down when camping. Some of the models I have looked at are the Mitsubishi ASX, Honda HRV, Suzuki Vitara and Grand Vitara, Renault Captur, Peugeot 4008 and Renault Koleos, and the Mazda 3, Hyundai i30. I am confused.

You need to simplify your needs and wants. Most, if not all new cars have the sort of features you want. The more pressing issue is the choice of SUV or hatch. While a hatch might be best for your city needs, it probably wouldn't suit your camping needs, so I would rule that out and focus on a compact SUV. Of all the models you have looked at I would select the Suzuki Grand Vitara.

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