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The family car sector has increased beyond all recognition in the past few decades, and there is now a wide range of cars to suit family’s needs, from superminis to small hatchback cars, saloons, estate cars, SUVs, MPVs and 4×4, there’s something to suit all tastes.
If you’re thinking about investing in a used family car this year, Trusted Dealers has listed five of their current favourites.
The Ford Focus is one of Britain’s most popular cars, ranking third in consecutive years for the most amount of units sold. The Focus is a great all-round hatchback car. If you’ve got a small family and want to keep running costs low, the Focus demonstrates excellent value for money. Running costs are low and mpg is impressively high. It also offers a substantial boot (316 litres) for the weekly shop, luggage or a buggy. Add this to the variety of capable engines available, the fact it is pretty spacious inside and it comes with Bluetooth and DAB digital radio as standard, and you couldn’t really wish for more! We’d recommend the 1.6 Ecoboost Titanium to gain the best balance between fuel economy and performance.
Volkswagen Golf (priced from £3,594.00 used)
Just behind the Focus in its popularity stakes, the Volkswagen Golf is another excellent family car, although you’ll pay a little more for the privilege of this esteemed badge. The Golf is classy on the outside and classy on the inside – in fact whichever way you look at it, you’ll benefit from a superb looking, well built motor. To drive, the Golf handles well and demonstrates excellent refinement. We’d recommend the 1.4 TSI to benefit from the best balance of performance, comfort and fuel economy. Before you buy, remember to check if the car you’re looking at is affected by the Volkswagen emissions scandal.
The Nissan Qashqai was the original crossover car, brought out in 2007, and since then it has enjoyed huge success. Used Nissan Qashqai cars are still high in demand, and because of their popularity, you will find that they keep their value incredibly well at resale too. If you are looking for a car which offers plenty of equipment as standard, including air conditioning and Bluetooth, has a generous 420 litre boot, and offers good fuel economy and low running costs into the bargain, it’s a great choice. Although the Qashqai is available with 4×4 on the 2.0-litre petrol model, we’d recommend opting for the 1.5Dci diesel to benefit from the best performance and fuel economy.
Skoda Superb Hatch (Priced from £3,490.00 used)
The Skoda Superb is one of the most practical family executive cars you can buy, not to mention the fact it is excellent value for money in comparison to many more expensive rivals such as the BMW 3-series or the Audi A4. Modelled on the Volkswagen Passat, but with a lower price tag, the Superb offers a huge boot with a wide-opening tailgate, making access a doddle and even the entry-level trim comes with air-con, electric windows and MP3 compatibility. We’d recommend choosing the 2.0-litre TDI diesel model to gain the best balance of fuel economy and performance. Car insurance is competitive for the Skoda Superb too.
Voted Auto Express’ best used family car, it’s not hard to see why the Insigina remains so popular with buyers. Offering sharp styling, great handling and plenty of space, the Insignia remains excellent value for money. The latest refreshed 2013 model offers a comfortable cabin with plenty of equipment to keep occupants happy to include a touchscreen navigational system. The boot offers a class-leading 530 litres of space, so there’s plenty of room for buggies, shopping and a family’s luggage. Insignias are cheap cars and there are lots of used ones on the market, which means buyers can afford to be choosy with the model they purchase. We’d recommend opting for the Elite spec to benefit from extras such as leather seats, dual-zone climate control and 18-inch alloys.