Whether you’re just starting off your family and need something more practical than your coupé, or you’re finding that there’s just not enough space in your current vehicle, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to picking a family car. It needs to be safe, practical, fuel-efficient and spacious enough to fit all of your parenting paraphernalia, whilst still being enjoyable to drive.
There are cars available to suit every family and every budget, so we’ve rounded up some of the best cars to carry your precious cargo…
It’ll come as little surprise that the VW Golf remains a firm favourite for families. It’s compact but still spacious, comfortable to drive and has an interior robust enough to handle anything your children can throw at it! The newer models offer a touchscreen digital dashboard and more economical engines, but the older models still offer the quality you’d expect from a Golf. Plus, it’s available with petrol and diesel engines, as well as being offered as an electric and plug-in hybrid model – so there is an option to suit every budget.
Skoda Superb Estate
The Skoda Superb Estate may be based on the same platform as the Golf, but it’s a significantly cheaper choice if your budget is tight, and offers more space. The boot is an enormous 660 litres, so it’s perfect for storing prams, and the car itself is roomy enough to avoid those backseat squabbles. The diesel engine makes it economical, but it’s still powerful enough to be enjoyable to drive.
If you’re looking for practicality or have a large family, the Ford Galaxy could be the car for you. A seven-seat vehicle, the Galaxy allows you to fold the seats according to how much storage space you need or how many people need to fit into the car. You may be sitting in a higher-up driving position than you’re used to, but it’s easy enough to adapt to, and the steering is very precise for a vehicle of its size.
There’s a reason that the Astra is one of the most common cars on British roads – it’s one of the best family cars on the market. Its beauty is in its simplicity; it’s a solid all-rounder. It’s budget-friendly, as the tax and insurance payments are relatively low, and is very fuel-efficient. Newer models are slightly smaller, making them ideal for parking, but spacious enough inside to comfortably fit the whole family.
At the more premium end of the family car market is the Audi A3 Sportback. You may be paying a little extra for it, but you really do get what you pay for – cruise control, rear parking sensors and an excellent dashboard system. It has a sportier feel about it, but still offers the practicality, comfort and space that you’d need in a family car. It’s available with either a petrol or diesel engine, so you can choose which would be most practical for you.
Our car finance allows you to pick a car from any reputable car dealer, and we can even finance cars that are on sale privately – so if you find the family car of your dreams, we can help you buy it. Get in touch with our team to find out what we can do for you.