We will be buying a new or low km 2nd hand car this year to replace our 300,000km VT Commodore. We have a 8 month old girl and our main requirements are lots of storage space in a fuel efficient car. Very interested in the Fiat Freemont Urban, which is the only diesel model. It ticks these requirements at a very reasonable price (our budget is around $35000). Other contender is the Skoda Octavia, but the wife prefers SUV to wagon for getting baby in and out of car. Most bad reviews seem to stem from the petrol engine (which I’m not interested in) or the fact that the diesel is only available in manual (driving a manual doesn’t worry me or the wife, and I actually prefer it). Seems like quite the bargain to me and I don’t mind the American styling. Its difficult for me to get a test drive in a diesel because we live in a regional area, with only 1 local Fiat dealer. I drove a petrol auto yesterday, and was impressed with everything except the unintelligent gearbox. Anyone with experience with these cars and can shed some light on reliability, servicing costs etc.? Any more bad points I should know? Any upcoming Fiat specials I should hold out for? Any competitors I should be considering? How does it stack up to, say, a Ford Territory. Thanks for reading.