Choosing a new car is a tough and important decision, especially when it comes to buying a family car. When it comes time to go shopping, planning ahead will make sure you find the right vehicle for you and your family. You should consider a number of factors, such as budget (including initial price and running costs), fuel efficiency, mileage, and how you be using the car, to name but a few aspects to take into account. Of course superficial elements like design and style are important (especially if you’re going to driving around street cred conscious teens), but the most important thing when buying a family car is to make sure whatever you drive away with is safe and reliable. Here are our top 5 cars that are great for the family, and won’t break the bank.
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Hyundai i30 This trusty hatchback won the Car Buyer Best Family Car award for 2012, and was celebrated for its clever combination of style and space, as well as the equipment that comes as standard with all models – Bluetooth hands-free phone connection, air-conditioning and i-Pod socket. This savvy set of wheels also gets top marks for cost-efficiency, as its 1.6 CRDi diesel engine returns up to 70 mpg. The car also comes with a Triple Care guarantee which is backed by an unlimited mileage warranty cover, free mechanical health checks and roadside assistance over a period of five years. Everything you need in a great family car.
Volkswagen Golf Volkswagens have a history of unique design, and the latest Golf model is no exception. Another nifty hatchback, the VW Golf has been completely redesigned to give it an up-to-date, stylish interior, as well as increased boot and interior space for extra family cargo. It provides motor enthusiasts with the fun that they might miss in some of the more classic family cars on the market, whilst still offering a great standard of safety and dependability. It has remarkably low running costs, high fuel efficiency and the 1.6 diesel version returning an average 88.3 mpg.
Peugeot 5008 For a bigger family, MPVs have long been the most popular choice, and they have recently graduated the sluggish, boring people carriers of yesteryear, to some of the most attractive and fun family cars. The Peugeot 5008 is an increasingly popular choice, having won the What Car? Car of the year award for it’s frugal pairing of high-quality equipment, economy and practicality. The seating is attractive and easy to adjust, and there is all the space that a family could need for luggage and shopping. This model is very reasonably priced and won’t cost you a ton to run.
Ford Grand C Max This classic number is another favourite, with its spacious interior and great access to the rear of the vehicle provided by the sliding doors. Like the others on the list, the Ford Grand C Max offers an impressive level of equipment, including rear view camera for accident-free reversing, Bluetooth with voice control, and a power start button.
The Honda CR-V Like many Honda vehicles, the CR-V offers great value for money, and doesn’t compromise on reliability, comfort, or practicality. It is an excellent compact 4x4 that is perfect for a small but active family that enjoy the occasional getaway. It seats 5, provides excellent driving view, and ample cargo space for baggage and shopping. The rear-seat entertainment will keep the kids happy, and the plush leather interior and sophisticated in-built navigation system will satisfy mum and dad.
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