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The high demand for family cars means that every manufacturer is competing to make their car more attractive to buyers. This means that when you’re purchasing a family car, you can expect to benefit from cars which off the ultimate all-round package enabling them to perform many different roles.
Family cars need to be well suited to family life but also accommodate a business user. With the constant increase in working mums, family cars need to be able to carry out the school run in comfort whilst also offering the parents some calm and solace when it comes to starting their working day.
Some of the main factors to consider when purchasing a family car is its cost. Cars which are cheaper to buy and offer low CO2 emissions and fuel economy of more than 50mpg will be much more attractive to the average buyer. Couple this with a car that is good to drive and offers plenty of equipment as standard and you are on to a winner. Check out Trusted Dealers top five picks below:
Honda 1.6-litre i-DTEC: From £19,575 new
This latest model of Honda Civic has a remarkable engine which offers a great pace and claims fuel efficiency of 75mpg. Climb inside and the Honda Civic is nice and spacious with plenty of creative practical touches to make travelling as a family a much easier affair, for example, check out its ‘Magic Seats’ allow the back row to be flipped up to create further space in the boot. The dashboard is clear and well laid out and there is plenty of equipment offered as standard in the entry-level SE model such as climate control and alloy wheels.
SEAT Toledo: From £16,640 new
SEAT’s latest Toledo is a family hatchback which is smaller than before yet more practical than the SEAT Leon. The SEAT Toledo might not be the most stylish looking car but it offers a vast amount of space for families who are on a budget, and you can also purchase an Ecomotive model which pushes fuel efficiency up to 72.4mpg. The S grade trim offers air conditioning and Bluetooth Connectivity as standard, but the main attraction of the car is its huge boot which extends to 1,490 litres with the seats folded down.
Kia Ceed: From £16,295
Sister brand to the Hyundai i30, the Kia Ceed has risen in popularity over the past few years and is now viewed upon as being not just cheap but a stylish and attractive buy. The Ceed offers buyers fuel-saving measures know as EcoDynamics which in loose terms refers to functions such as its stop-start mechanism which further reduces diesel consumption. The entry level ‘1’ spec offers air conditioning and Bluetooth, but the main advantage which Kia holds over every other manufacturer is its amazing seven year warranty.
Skoda Superb: From £18,555
The Skoda Superb has one major edge on its competitors, the fact that it offers such a vast interior, meaning your passengers will feel more like they are travelling in a luxury saloon than a hatchback. The quality of the cabin is also impressive and coupled with its excellent build its hardly surprising Skoda have been awarded a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating. It also offers a huge boot space with a 565-litre capacity coupled with a clever boot lid which can be opened like a saloon or a hatchback. Fuel consumption is 41.5mpg with CO2 emissions at just 157g/km.
The Volvo V40 is stylish and compact and quite frankly the complete opposite of what you’d expect from this iconic Swedish brand. Overlooking this and you could be missing out on a great family buy which offers an incredible safety record. Step inside the cabin and you’ll be met with a premium look and feel with expensive plastics and neat design touches aplenty such as a ‘floating’ centre console. There is also an impressive level of equipment available on the standard model with the ES variant including climate control.