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Best cheap family cars of 2024

The best cheap family cars are those that mix a good level of practicality with a smooth drive, decent looks and, rather obviously, an affordable price tag. Of course, if you’re in the market for a cheap family car you might have to forgo a couple of luxuries, but you’ll still be left with an excellent daily runabout. Here, we’ve compiled some of the best value family cars you can currently buy new through carwow, all for around £25,000 or less.

Dacia Jogger
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1. Dacia Jogger

Dacia Jogger review
Dacia Sandero

2. Dacia Sandero

Dacia Sandero review

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Skoda Scala

3. Skoda Scala

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Renault Kadjar

4. Renault Kadjar

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Citroen C3 Aircross

5. Citroen C3 Aircross

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6. SEAT Leon

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Battery range up to 510 miles
Skoda Octavia Estate

7. Skoda Octavia Estate

Skoda Octavia Estate review
Battery range up to 46 miles
Vauxhall Astra

8. Vauxhall Astra

Vauxhall Astra review
Battery range up to 35 miles
Kia Ceed Sportswagon

9. Kia Ceed Sportswagon

Kia Ceed Sportswagon review
Dacia Duster (2017-2024)

10. Dacia Duster

Dacia Duster (2017-2024) review

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Of the cars included on this list, models from Skoda, Kia, Renault, SEAT, Citroen and Vauxhall are all decently rated when it comes to reliability. If you want a family car that scores incredibly highly for reliability then you’ll need to look to Honda, Toyota or Lexus - but these Japanese models tend to come with higher prices.

The cheapest 7-seater family car that you can currently buy new is the car that also tops this list - the Dacia Jogger. With prices starting from around £16,000, this family wagon is tough to beat when it comes to maximum passenger space for an extremely reasonable price. Of course, the used market is another great way to get your hands on a practical 7-seater for less money, too. Check out our list of the best used 7-seater cars.

If you’re willing to forgo its seven-seat capability, the Dacia Jogger’s boot has a cavernous 700 litres of storage space with the rear-most seats folded forwards. The Skoda Octavia Estate and Kia Ceed Sportswagon also fare really well on this front, with boots measuring 640 litres and 625 litres respectively.

This really depends on the type of car you’re after. If you’re set on a brand new car that won’t break the bank, any of the cars included in this list would be a good shout - you’ll just need to be prepared (in some cases) to forgo a posher interior and some desirable bits of equipment. If you value those sorts of things, however, and fancy the opportunity to own a car with a fancier badge on its nose, a used car can make for an excellent value proposition too.