I currently have a Seat Toledo TDI Sport 150 which has been a great car, it's reasonably nippy, it's enjoyable to drive and it's very economical to run. The problem is that it's a saloon, up until now the dog has just sat in the passenger footwell but sadly he's passed away and that's not a viable solution for the new puppy. I'm looking for something as close to the current car but in estate form but having a tough time.
The obvious choice is the Skoda Octavia VRS, it's much the same car and available at a good price however it has a very high lip at the back which makes it difficult for a dog to get in and out of. Its Superb stablemate has a nice level boot but it's no sports car, the Leon FR is only available in hatchback form and it has a large lip as does the bigger Exeo. The new Toledo is neither sporty nor has a level rear.
Going outside the VAG stable, the Focus and Astra both have good level access but neither offer particularly sporty diesel versions. The BMW 320D looks great all round but it has a large lip limiting access to the boot. Many of the MPVs have good access to their boots but they're not well suited to being sporty cars due to their higher sides. I'm not interested in french cars and would prefer not to go any larger than the Golf/Astra/Focus size but I can't seem to find anything which matches my requirements.