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Best family cars of 2022

The best family cars have always had an enticing mixture of practicality, low running costs, reliability, and a hint of enjoyment for the driver, once the kids have been dropped off and you’ve got the road and the car to yourself. So, which is the best family car in the UK right now?

skoda Kodiaq

1. Skoda Kodiaq

9/10
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£291* / month (£31,189)
audi Q4 e-tron

2. Audi Q4 e-tron

9/10
Battery range up to 314 miles
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£442* / month (£44,580)
tesla Model 3

3. Tesla Model 3

9/10
Battery range up to 374 miles
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£506* / month (£48,490)
volvo XC40

4. Volvo XC40

9/10
Battery range up to 26 miles
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£343* / month (£31,833)
bmw 3 Series Touring

5. BMW 3 Series Touring

9/10
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£422* / month (£37,127)
volkswagen Golf

6. Volkswagen Golf

9/10
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£250* / month (£23,994)
skoda Enyaq

7. Skoda Enyaq

8/10
Battery range up to 338 miles
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£476* / month (£38,480)
nissan Qashqai

8. Nissan Qashqai

8/10
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£202* / month (£23,596)
mercedes A-Class

9. Mercedes A-Class

8/10
Battery range up to 40 miles
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£344* / month (£29,771)
peugeot 3008

10. Peugeot 3008

8/10
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£316* / month (£25,885)

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There are three overriding concerns for family buyers. Space, so that you can fit everyone in. Reliability, because you don’t want a non-starter on the school run. And economy, because family budgets are always at full stretch. These days, it’s definitely worth looking long and hard at electric-powered cars.

The all-but unquestionable answer here is the Dacia Jogger. No, it’s not the most stylish car around, nor the one with the best safety rating, but on a value-for-money scale, it’s unbeatable and is roomier than most of the competition.

If you’re trying to carry five, you probably don’t want to go down the route of a seven-seater, but you’ll still want a car with three individual seats in the back. This means you’re best looking for an MPV, such as the Volkswagen Touran, Peugeot 5008, or the (now electric-only) Citroen e-Berlingo or Vauxhall Combo-e Life.

In terms of family-sized cars with the most frugal powertrains, you could look at the Hyundai Ioniq Electric (which scores a tough-to-beat 4.5 miles per kWh), or a Toyota Corolla 1.8 Hybrid (up to 62mpg). If you’re still keen on diesel, then look at Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI 116hp (which can get up to 68mpg).

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While there are family cars with better individual safety ratings in some categories, the car with the best combined adult and child occupant protection rating is the Nissan Qashqai, which scores 91% in both categories, according to Euro NCAP. The Skoda Enyaq has a higher adult occupant rating (94%) but loses out on child occupant protection (89%). The only car with a better overall occupant rating than the Qashqai is the all-electric Mercedes EQS, but that’s only a family car if the family has won the lottery.

To find out more on car safety, read our explainer guide on Euro NCAP ratings.