With the market constantly saturated with new cars coming out what seems like every week, it can get a bit overwhelming choosing a new family car.
It’s a big decision as you don’t buy a new car every year; you’re making a purchase that will support your family on adventures, school runs and shopping trips for 5, 10, 15 and maybe even 20 years to come.
Top 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying a Family Car:
- How many passengers will you have?
- How much space do you need?
- Will you be driving offroad or in the city?
- Is fuel efficiency important?
- What is your budget?
It’s important to sit down and have a long think about what features are important to you. Is premium navigation a must-have? Is limited legroom a deal-breaker?
When considering which are the top family cars, there are specific factors that we look for. Spaciousness, a big boot and child-friendly features become instantly important.
There are lots of guides out there that will help you understand the wider picture but we are going to try to condense the main points and features that make these the top 10 family cars to buy.
Base Price – £23,000
Known for its reliability and simplicity, it’s no surprise that a VW takes the first spot on our list of the top 10 family cars. Families have been piling into the humble Volkswagen for decades because it does the basics well and is an all-around good family car.
While it’s not the most flashy car, it’s definitely smart and not a bad looking car by any means. Driving the Golf is a pleasure as it has great handling and steering while remaining very agile.
Base Price: £25,000
The ever eligible Volkswagen Tiguan comes in at 2nd with it’s superb family car. This car is spacious and provides a very comfortable ride for the whole family. With a 1.4 liter engine and 7 seat capabilities it’s the best of both worlds in terms of comfort and speed. While it isn’t the cheapest on the list the reliability in drive quality of the car makes it a worthwhile purchase.
Base Price: £23,000
While you may not think of this as a family car, it has all the capabilities of the others on this list, albeit a shiny exterior and sleek interior. The one thing you get with this car is a supreme drive with immaculate handling. The interior is packed with gadgets to make your quality of life better, such as heat seats and built in satnav. Another downside is the space inside, as it is a bit more cramped than the others on the list.
Base Price: £12,000
The Dacia comes in at one of the cheapest on the list, but you might be surprised that it is quite an inclusive vehicle with lots of good qualities. It has a 1.5 diesel engine which packs a punch when needed, as well as the impressive interior space and 7 inch touch screen filled with features. The drawbacks are the exterior as it is not the prettiest car to look at. If you’re in the market for a budget family car this is definitely one to keep an eye on.
Base Price: £25,000
You might tend to think of Skoda as a maker of small cars, you would be wrong. The Odiaq holds its own amongst the bigger brands in the list with this great family car. With options for a 2 litre engine and 7 seats, this vehicle matches the others in terms of space and power. Customers are raving about the suspension and overall drive quality of the Skoda, definitely something to take into account.
Base Price: £25,000
This surprisingly good looking car has room for the whole family, a 12 inch touch screen and superb driving capabilities to match. Peugeot may not have been at the top of your list but the 3008 is filled with features that can’t be ignored. Quality is apparent throughout with a sleek interior and materials. It does again, come in on the more expensive end but you would have to say it’s a fair price considering what’s included.
Skoda Superb Estate
Base Price: £26,000
The second Skoda on the list, the Superb Estate comes in at a higher price than the other, but is it worth the extra spend? While this one is more of a hatchback than the previous SUV’s, it is incredibly sleek in design and has ample space with a huge boot. Customers have been unhappy with the price of the add ons with the Skoda.
Base Price: £22,000
Yes, the classic Ford Focus had to make an appearance at some point. The 2020 model has been a big seller for Ford as the Focus continues to dominate the mid range family car market. You may be surprised by the stylish exterior and even more surprised by the quality interior and ample technology. The Ford Focus isn’t pushing any boundaries but it is reliable and a safe option for those that don’t want anything too big.
Base Price: £19,000
What may be the least appealing looking family car on the list, the Vauxhall doesn’t seem to be concerned by that as they have kept the design the same from the last model. The price is quite high for what is on offer and customers have been complaining about the small boot. For the price, you would be better off going for one of the other cars on this list.
Base Price: £24,000
The Toyota features a powerful 2-litre engine which is a step up from the previous version. It is a very sleek hatchback that doesn’t look out of place next to the cars higher up this list. With multiple models and alterations to choose from, you will be satisfied with what’s under the hood as customers rave about the overall drive quality. It is on the higher end in terms of price but is no doubt a reliable vehicle.