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If you’ve got a family, the chances are you might not be driving your dream car. Many people have to reluctantly change their car when they start a family, to something more roomy and practical. After all, raisins and baby sick might not be the best remedy for selling an expensive car on.
But not all family cars have to be boring. Particularly if you’ve only got one or two children, meaning you can still get away with a sporty hatchback or a fancy coupe at a push. And for those with larger families, there’s plenty of flashy SUVs on the market that are not too hard to stomach.
Below, Trusted Dealers has picked a few cool family cars for 2016, which we don’t mind shouting about.
The Golf GTI is the original hot hatch and it’s still going strong today. For those seeking a reliable, well built car, which is sporty and fast too, the Golf GTI is the perfect choice. The GTI is not only practical for families of four, it has a strong engine and offers an engaging drive. Furthermore, its comfortable for occupants and the latest version is more fuel efficient than predecessors – although you’d be better off looking at a standard model for the best mpg figures. Choose the standard 2.0-litre 217bhp version for a good balance of performance mixed with reasonable fuel economy. Or there’s a Golf GDT producing 181bhp which offers even better fuel economy figures. Furthermore, safety systems on the newest model have lowered insurance premiums on the GTI.
The BMW M3 has long been considered the benchmark performance coupe, and as a four-door saloon, its practical enough to house a family. The M3 is a powerful car, the latest model is the first M3 to house a new more efficient 3.0-litre straight-six turbo engine under its bonnet. As a result, fuel efficiency and range are both much improved. The interior of the M3 is both refined and comfortable and offers plenty of comfort for passengers. It’s a reliable car too, and has BMW’s reputation for strong residual values meaning it will save you cash when you come to sell it on. To drive, the M3’s excellent performance is capable of outshining more expensive supercars, making it the go-to performance saloon of choice for those families who are serious about motors.
The Ford Focus is one of the most popular cars to buy in the UK, and the ST is no exception – it offers all the creature comforts that Ford owners love, but with the added bonus of a fast 225bhp engine. Get behind the wheel and the ST has not lost any of its safety or practicality, in fact it offers a superb, comfortable ride which is perfectly suited to family trips. But if you’re out on the open road alone, this car can really drive hard, offering the type of performance you’d sooner see on a supercar. The 2.5-litre turbo-charged engine designed by Volvo offers plenty of verve for any situation, even the school run!
If you’re looking for a larger family SUV, the Porsche Cayenne offers the height of luxury. It’s certainly a head turner, commanding great presence and finesse whilst out on the road. Crossovers and SUVs have become the vehicle of choice for the school run in recent years, but none come as sophisticated or calorific as the Cayenne. The Cayenne demonstrates excellent handling comparable to a sports saloon and is available with a V6, V8 or turbocharged V8 engine, there’s plenty of power on offer to suit all tastes.
Alfa Romeo Giulia (coming soon in 2016)
The latest Alfa-Romeo on show at the Frankfurt Motor Show in November was the Alfa Romeo Giulia saloon, set to arrive in the UK in autumn 2016. The striking saloon will not fail to turn heads in the playground and is built to rival the BMW M3 and the Audi RS4. Possible specs include a 2.2-litre diesel with 150, 180 and 210bhp and there’ll also be a ‘Global Medium Engine’ (GME) 2.0-litre petrol unit producing 200, 250 or 280bhp. If you’re looking for performance, Alfa-Romeo claim that the Giulia is capable of reaching 0-62mph in just 7.39 seconds- a new record for a saloon car