Family cars have to do a lot. They must be practical, safe and comfortable but also offer cheap running costs and good levels of standard equipment. Here are the 10 best family cars that tick those boxes. Check out carwow’s best savings on our car deals page.
Here are the best family cars on sale:
- Skoda Octavia Estate
- Nissan Qashqai
- VW Golf
- Citroen C4 Cactus
- Vauxhall Astra
- SEAT Leon
- Mazda 3
- Peugeot 308 SW
- Renault Megane
- Kia Cee’d Sportswagon
1. Skoda Octavia Estate
If space it priority for you, look no further than the Skoda Octavia Estate. With 610 litres of boot space – or a vast 1,780 litres with the rear seats folded – and a spacious interior that’ll seat five comfortably, it’s a hugely practical family car. There’s a good range of frugal engines, easy handling and respectable standard equipment too – all cars come with a 6.5-inch infotainment system as standard.
2. Nissan Qashqai
The Nissan Qashqai is a great all-rounder with a comfy ride, lofty driving position, chunky looks and an efficient range of engines. The driving experience leans towards the more comfortable end of the spectrum, making long journeys easy. There’s a healthy 430-litre boot – increasing to 1,585 litres with the rear row folded – and plenty of space for five, as well as a smart and well-built interior.
3. VW Golf
The VW Golf is another strong all-rounder offering smart looks, great build quality, a premium badge and a generous amount of interior space – including a 380-litre boot. All models include Isofix child seat points and get a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating for added piece of mind. Plus, it’s cheap to run with a range of smooth, frugal engines and there’s even a fully electric e-Golf version.
4. Citroen C4 Cactus
For those looking for something a bit quirky and different, the Citroen C4 Cactus fits the bill. The striking crossover is just as cutting edge inside as it is on the outside, with a comfy interior, a decent amount of interior space and a 358-litre boot, expanding to 1,170 with the rear seats down. All engines are frugal and the car feels nimble and agile thanks to its unusually lightweight construction.
5. Vauxhall Astra
This generation of Vauxhall Astra finally gives established rivals a real run for their money. It’s cheaper than a Golf and more enjoyable to drive, as well as offering generous amounts of cabin space, a 370-litre boot and a five-star safety rating. Running costs are kept low by efficient engines – the 1.6-litre diesel can return up to 76.3mpg while being more refined than the Golf’s equivalent unit.
6. SEAT Leon
The SEAT Leon offers many of the Golf’s positives of the including a spacious cabin and a 380-litre boot, but fits it into a sportier and more eye-catching package. Equipment levels are generous – a 5.0-inch infotainment system is standard across the range – and the cabin is well built. It also has a five-star Euro NCAP rating and two Isofix child seat mounts to fulfil the family car role.
7. Mazda 3
The Mazda 3 is one of the more striking-looking cars in the hatchback class and its looks are matched by entertaining handling and great fuel economy. There’s a frugal range of engines – both diesels can return more than 65mpg – and the car has a five-star safety rating. Inside, it’s well-built with respectable passenger space and a 364-litre boot.
8. Peugeot 308 SW
The Peugeot 308 SW mixes the 308 hatchback’s strong looks with the practicality of an estate. There’s a vast 660-litre boot – 1,775 litres with the rear seats folded – while the cabin has plenty of room and two Isofix points. Build and material quality is good and the car has a five-star safety rating. A selection of efficient engines and attractive pricing make it a great value.
9. Renault Megane
The Renault Megane is a sharp-looking hatchback with a premium feel. Inside, there’s an interior full of soft-touch plastics and lots of passenger space – even two six-footers will be comfy in the back. Standard equipment is strong with electric windows and Bluetooth standard on all trims. The 384-litre boot is generous too while the frugal 1.5-litre diesel engine is the pick of the range.
10. Kia Cee’d Sportswagon
The Kia Cee’d Sportwagon is a smart-looking estate with a generous 528-litre boot and room inside for all the family. A five-star Euro NCAP rating and easily accessible Isofix child seat mountings make it one of the safest cars in its class. The engines feel a little underpowered but are impressively frugal and, of course, it comes with Kia’s industry-leading seven-year warranty.
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