Like many have alluded to here circumstances frequently determine what you drive.
We had had 4, consecutive Citroen Xara Picassos (as we had 4 border collies) and went to get a new one but they were no longer produced. Started looking around for similar big boots just as the new version Dacia Duster models appeared in the UK 3 years ago. I bought a laureate but not 4WD as the spare for that is in, rather than under, the boot and one dog is bigger that average so wouldn’t have been able to sit up. Brought it to France and reregistered it here. It was an expensive way of doing it but we wanted a RHD car for UK visits to family - one or other of us goes about 5 times a year.
A year later we rescued a 5th collie and so got a 2nd hand Seat Inca van here in France to transport them about. Now, I use the term “2nd hand” very loosely. It was indispensable for many, many tasks, but after 18 months we realised we needed air conditioning and, that if we had to visit the UK as a family, it would need to be in a van suitable for the journey. Consequently, we took delivery of a new Peugeot Partner and are very happy with that. Of the two, the van does the most kilometres.
A farmer in the next village bought the Inca for a price which surprised me and was happy to wait for the Peugeot to arrive. We still see “Diego” several times a week but I noticed he now has a dent in one of the rear doors. Somehow, I feel sad and a tad guilty!