A good second-hand family car needs to be practical, cheap to run and safe. We’ve put together a list of the 10 best used family cars available right now to help you pick the perfect new model.
Here are the 10 best used family cars:
- Skoda Octavia
- Kia Ceed
- Honda Civic
- Nissan Qashqai
- Ford Focus
- Suzuki Vitara
- VW Golf
- Vauxhall Astra
- Citroen C4 Cactus
- SEAT Leon
1. Skoda Octavia
The Skoda Octavia boasts a truly gigantic boot. Lift the rear hatch and you’ll have access to a huge 590-litre load bay that can be expanded to a cavernous 1,580 litres with the rear seats folded. Even entry-level models come loaded with kit while a selection of cheap-to-run engines and class-leading rear passenger space help make this a great family car. It’s even more affordable than the VW Golf on which it’s based, so what’s not to like?
2. Kia Ceed
The Kia Ceed doesn’t just look striking, it’s impressively practical, too. Its roomy 380-litre boot should be big enough for most family outings while its spacious cabin looks good, feels well-built and comes with loads of standard kit. Kia’s industry-leading seven-year warranty is fully transferable between owners, too, so you won’t have to worry about forking out for any unexpected repairs.
3. Honda Civic
The Honda Civic is right up there with class leaders in the practicality stakes. There’s easily enough room for four adults inside and its 478-litre boot is far roomier than most rivals. There’s even a clever Magic Seat feature – flip the rear bench base up and you’ll have space to store tall or bulky items behind the driver. Pick the efficient 1.6-litre diesel and it’ll be fairly frugal, too – a gentle touch on the throttle will see it return 78.5mpg.
4. Nissan Qashqai
The Nissan Qashqai combines comfort and practicality like few other family cars. Its comparatively sophisticated suspension easily irons out potholes and poor road surfaces while its 430-litre boot grows to an impressive 1,585 litres with the rear seats folded away. All models come well-equipped – two isofix child seat points are offered as standard – while the most efficient diesel versions can return as much as 70mpg. It even comes with a reassuring five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.
5. Ford Focus
The Ford Focus might look a little old-fashioned next to the likes of the VW Golf and Vauxhall Astra, but it’s still one of the most fun-to-drive family hatchbacks on sale. Unfortunately, its small 316-litre boot and dated interior do let the side down slightly, but a decent standard kit and a good selection of engines – including a 1.5-litre diesel that’ll return 83.1mpg – make it a tempting second-hand buy.
6. Suzuki Vitara
The high-riding Suzuki Vitara offers all the must-have family car attributes – a decent 375-litre boot, a well-built cabin and frugal engines – alongside impressive off-road ability and surprisingly grin-inducing on-road handling. Pick the 1.6-litre diesel model to keep running costs to a minimum or the 1.4-litre turbo petrol to put a little more spring in this Suzuki’s step.
7. VW Golf
The VW Golf is a more upmarket option in the used hatchback market. Its stylish interior comes with an impressive amount of equipment as standard – including one of the most intuitive touchscreen infotainment systems in the business – while its boxy 380-litre boot is fairly easy to load. There’s a huge range of engines available, too, from a perky 1.4-litre turbo petrol to a plug-in hybrid GTE model – ideal if you’ve one eye on your CO2 emissions.
8. Vauxhall Astra
The Vauxhall Astra makes a convincing rival to the VW Golf. It looks smart, boasts a handy 370-litre boot, has plenty of leg and headroom in the back and comes generously equipped as standard. It’s fairly fun to drive, too, and feels impressively refined at motorway speeds. All models should prove fairly cheap to run but the standout performer is a 1.6-litre diesel version that’ll return 76.3mpg.
9. Citroen C4 Cactus
Few family cars look quite as distinctive as Citroen’s funky C4 Cactus. Those contrasting ‘Airbumps’ aren’t just for show, however, because they help protect the bodywork from parking prangs and slow-speed scrapes. It’s not quite as roomy as some rivals on our list but it’s comfortable, drives smoothly and is available with a range of 1.2-litre petrol engines or a frugal 1.6-litre diesel that’ll return 83.1mpg.
10. SEAT Leon
The SEAT Leon looks significantly sharper than the VW Golf on which it’s based but sports an identical 380-litre boot. Its cabin doesn’t look quite as upmarket inside but it offers a similar selection of standard equipment and feels just as well built. Not only does it come with an impressive five-star safety rating but it’ll be cheap to run too – 1.6-litre diesel models can return 85.6mpg.
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