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These days, if you have a family, there are so many different options you can choose from – a smaller more economical hatchback, a larger, more luxurious saloon, an MPV that’s high on practicality, an SUV for a higher seating position and 4×4 capability, or a luxury 4×4 off-roader – the choices are endless!
Below, we’ve put together a summary of Trusted Dealers’ top family cars currently available in 2015. So, take a look below if you’re looking for some inspiration regarding your next family car purchase.
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.
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.
The second Ford in our top family cars is the Ford Mondeo Estate. If you’re looking for an enormous executive style estate car, the Mondeo has it all. Not only does it exude practicality with plenty of equipment included on the standard model, it’s also comfortable and refined. Get behind the wheel and despite its size, this car is surprisingly fun to drive – the ride is smooth with excellent body control on corners. We’d opt for the 2.0 TDCi 140 to benefit from impressively low CO2 emissions and low road tax, with little compromise to performance. Enter the cabin and you’ll get lost – the space is impressive whether you’re in the front or back and well suited to a large family.
Named Euro NCAP’s safest small family car in January, the Nissan Qashqai Crossover is one of the most popular used cars currently on the market. The Qashqai offers a culmination of excellent attributes to buyers looking for a car to accommodate a growing family successfully. The higher seating position is appealing to little people, and standard models come with Bluetooth and air con as standard. The car has a large, practical boot of 420 litres with split-level seats increasing the capacity much further if/when required. The drive is smooth and refined, and the Qashqai handles surprisingly well on corners despite its SUV style. Furthermore, the price tag is competitive in comparison to rival SUVs and resale prices remain high too. We’d recommend the 1.5dCi model to gain the best balance of fuel economy and performance.
The Range Rover Sport is one of the most expensive and luxurious SUVs on the market, but if you’ve got the cash it’s an excellent buy. It will retain its value well too, so you’ll cash in at resale despite the initial pay-out. If you’re looking for a luxury car with excellent off-road capability and a high level of comfort for occupants, it’s a great choice, although some premium rivals do offer a better level of performance. Choose the SDV6 diesel model to achieve a good combination of power and fuel economy, which averages at 34.5mpg the performance is not as good as similarly priced rivals such as the Porsche Cayenne S diesel and the BMW X5 M50d. Climb aboard and you’ll discover the quality of the cabin is second to none with every surface and switch looking classy and well made and entry level models benefit from leather interior, sat-nav, rear parking sensors, xenon headlights, a DAB radio and laminated side windows.