Choosing the perfect family car is not easy. With so much choice and so many different features and safety ratings it can be a bit of a minefield sifting through all the noise to find the best car to suit your family’s needs. Here is our rundown of the seven best family cars on the market.
The Subaru Outback
The Subaru Outback is an all round family pleaser. It caters well for everything from the daily urban commute, to being a safe drive in cold weather areas and also accommodates the outdoor enthusiasts families. It has the functionality and style of a cross between an SUV and a wagon. It comes will an all-wheel-drive-system that provide excellent grip even in harsh winter weather which provides real confidence for family drivers. It is a very capable off roader and offers great visibility and comfortable road maneuvering.
For families it offers exceptional space for both passengers and cargo alike. The five seat model offers ample space for child seats and the boot offers an impressive 73 cubic feet worth of storage. So if this is the type of model that you are looking for, browse at Baldwin Subaru to see the different varieties and add-ons available.
Vauxhall are renowned for providing safe and reliable cars and the astra is certainly the best family hatchback that they have ever made. It offers a range of technological features and fantastic value for money. The Vauxhall Astra provides a smooth and enjoyable family drive. It is quiet and offers great family comfort and has proven to be a very reliable family runaround.
The 1.6 litre diesel ecoflex model allows its drivers to enjoy and amazing 85 miles per gallon economy so it is an extremely economical car to use on a day to day basis.
The Skoda Octavia packs more of a punch than one might think when considering a really nifty and reliable family driving experience. It offers a very spacious interior, particularly in the back and the engine, starting at a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol gives the vehicle a solid performance. It offers 60 mills per gallon, but the diesel GreenLine version offers a much more impressive 80 miles per gallon. So those looking for a really economical family car will probably want to consider investing in that version.
The unbelievably spacious boot is reason alone to invest in this model, if your family likes to do a lot of traveling or outdoor activities.
This offers one of the best value drives of the list and because of its wide range of different versions there really is a model for everyone. The Seat Leon has a very distinctive look and feel to it and it offers a really responsive and intuitive driving experience. The Cupra model is surprisingly nifty and speedy and is great value for money. The ST estate version offers a really practical, safe and reliable family model. The three door Leon SC will attract families that are wanting a dependable but stylish ride. The more rugged and wild Leon X-perience will pull in the outdoorsy families that like to get out and about and that want a car to get them to those hard to reach places, on unpredictable terrain.
The standard five door Leon seems to be the best family investment in terms of general functionality. It is a very practical model, offers sufficient space for families whilst also providing a great driving experience.
The Hyundai i30 offers even better value for money that the Octavia and is at the lowest end of the price range. Looks can be deceiving however as just because it is the cheapest on this list, doesn’t mean that it has to look like the cheapest, which it most certainly does not. Its style is distinctive and contemporary and as it offers 79 miles per gallon it is also a very economical family runaround.
Its low price is also surprising when inspecting the interior as again it gives the impression of being a much more expensive model than it actually is. Offering voice recognition, bluetooth, LED lighting and a very effective air-conditioning unit. Customers can choose from a limited list of add-ons and areas suitable for customisation. The gearbox, paint colour, wheels and alloys are some of the only areas that can be chosen from, which is nice and straightforward for families who don’t want a long list of different options.
This is certainly one of the best looking family wagons on the market. It’s striking design makes it a very tempting buy for an families looking to travel in style. However the great design is not just on the outside, it also continues on into the interior of the car also. The dashboard boasts an iPad style touch pad screen, soft and welcoming textures and extremely comfortable seating.
Comfort is a big part of the Renault Megane and it is at the top of the list when it comes to offering families one of the most comfortable and welcoming car interiors. The main disadvantage to this model however is its slightly strange shaped boot, so any families looking to travel a lot with their family car may find this a bit of an inconvenience.
The Volkswagen Golf is an infamously reliable and dependable car. For those style-conscious families the Volkswagen Golf offers the style and prestige of driving a gorgeous car whilst enjoying the interior comfort and overall driving experience. The interior is plush and stylish although doesn’t offer quite the same amount of space in the back seats, as some of the other models on this list. Volkswagen has also produced a BlueMotion model which offers 80 miles per gallon.
There are some sporty versions available for those parents looking for a really sprightly and quick drive. The Golf GTI and the Golf R go some way in offering two of the best sporty models on the list of best family cars. The Golf Alltrack is an exciting four-wheel drive for families that live in more rural areas or areas that experience really cold winter seasons.