If you’re running out of space in your family hatchback, or just need extra rear legroom to stop the kids kicking the back of your seat, you’re going to need a bigger car. Just because the cars on this list are large doesn’t mean they have to break the bank, however – especially if you take advantage of carwow’s great car deals.
Here are the 10 best large family cars:
- Skoda Superb
- Audi A4
- Mercedes C-Class
- BMW 3 Series
- VW Passat
- Jaguar XE
- Mazda 6
- Alfa Romeo Giulia
- Ford Mondeo
- Kia Optima
1. Skoda Superb
The Skoda Superb certainly lives up to its name and is a brilliant all-rounder, whether you opt for the saloon or Estate version. Both offer limo-like levels of space, with a huge 625-litre boot (660 in the estate) and the same reassuring build quality found across VW-group cars. Its refined, effortless driving experience, efficient range of engines and an entry-level price of less than £20,000 make it a great value family car.
2. Audi A4
If you’re on the hunt for a smart executive saloon with one of the plushest interiors in its class, look no further than the Audi A4. The interior is beautifully crafted and there’s loads of room, plus plenty of tech to get excited about including the optional Virtual Cockpit digital dials. Powerful, efficient engines – including the popular 2.0-litre diesel that returns 74.3mpg – and a composed, comfortable driving experience make it the perfect cruiser.
3. Mercedes C-Class
The Mercedes C-Class runs the A4 close for quality. Its interior errs on the side of luxury compared to the Audi’s cool minimalist style but feels equally well built. It’s marginally less economical but the C200d diesel will still return an impressive 72.4mpg while a hybrid version could save city drivers even more money at the pumps. The plush, gadget-filled cabin, easy driving experience and kudos associated with the three-pointed-star badge make it a compelling option.
4. BMW 3 Series
The BMW 3 Series and 3 Series Touring estate miss out on A4’s style and C-Class’ sense of luxury, but narrowly beat them both if you like to feel involved behind the wheel. Agile handling and punchy-yet-economical engines make for an enjoyable driving experience. We’d avoid the notchy manual gearbox and go for the smooth eight-speed automatic that better suits the car’s character. Its cabin is a little dated compared to newer rivals but there’s still plenty of room and a sense of quality.
5. VW Passat
The VW Passat gives the premium executives a run for their money when it comes to space – especially in the Passat Estate – but represents much better value for money. The simple and stylish cabin is spacious with plenty of legroom to stretch out in the back. It’s not quite as striking as others on this list, but the engines on offer are peppy and economical while there’s more than enough tech on offer to keep passengers entertained.
6. Jaguar XE
Although the Jaguar XE slightly trails rivals for space and perceived quality, it scores well for kerb appeal. It has decent performance to back up the looks thanks to a range of turbocharged four and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. The 2.0-litre diesel can return as much as 74.3mpg too, meaning trips to the pumps won’t be an everyday occurrence. The infotainment system offers much of the same functionality as rival units, although its touchscreen interface isn’t as logical as BMW or Audi versions.
7. Mazda 6
The Mazda 6 saloon and Estate lean towards the sportier end of the spectrum here, but it can still carry a whole lot of family kit. Its high-tech engines can return up to 67.3mpg and feel suitably responsive, even when matched to the decent six-speed automatic gearbox. Material quality can’t match rivals but it’s well built and spacious enough to accommodate four adults in comfort. It’s also arguably one of the most handsome cars in its class with graceful, flowing lines and a bold shield-shaped grille at the front.
8. Alfa Romeo Giulia
The Alfa Romeo Giulia brings a healthy dose of Italian flair and charm to the class, with striking styling and a characterful interior. Space and cabin quality aren’t quite on the same level as German rivals, but the Giulia stands out among understated competitors. It strikes back with genuinely sporty and fun handling while engine choices range from a frugal 2.2-litre diesel to a punchy 2.0-litre petrol and even a high-performance, Ferrari-developed V6.
9. Ford Mondeo
The Ford Mondeo is a handsome, spacious saloon – even more so in the Mondeo Estate. It’s not the most exciting car to drive and the interior is a little bland, but it’s comfortable, refined and generously equipped – just what family buyers are looking for. The 2.0-litre diesel can return as much as 68.9mpg while a hybrid and a luxury-focused Mondeo Vignale bolster the rest of the range.
10. Kia Optima
The Kia Optima is another car on this list that falls slightly short in terms of driving experience and material quality, but strikes back with great value for money and impressive standard kit. Engines are limited to just one 1.7-litre diesel returning 67.8mpg but it’s doesn’t feel underpowered. The most compelling argument in favour of the Optima is the industry-leading seven-year warranty that’s transferrable between owners, making the Optima a great new or used buy.
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