A family car is something that the majority of households can’t go without. You’ll use it for the school run, for after school activities and for road trips at the weekend. However, it can be difficult to decide which car is best for you, so here is a pick of the best family cars.
The latest Honda Civic makes a great family car, as it has plenty of space inside for everyone and their luggage. Plenty of safety equipment comes as standard, and you can cut driving costs by opting for the 1.0 petrol engine. However, a word of warning – if you go for the entry level S trim, you won’t get a radio or air conditioning, so stick with the SE trim where you will get both, as well as alloy wheels and parking sensors.
BMW 1 Series
If you’re looking for a premium family car, you can’t go far wrong with the BMW 1 Series, especially if you’re looking for a car that is fun to drive. One of this car’s most unique features is the rear wheel drive, which are usually only found on sports cars. You can choose from petrol or diesel engine, and three or five doors depending on your needs. The infotainment system is unrivalled, with the option to include a sat nav that receives real-time updates, and DAB radio coming as standard.
In this day and age, we should all be aware of the emissions that our vehicle produces. If you’re conscious about this when choosing your car, the Toyota Prius is a great choice. It’s one of the world’s best-selling hybrid cars, and with good reason. The current 2017 model is the most fuel-efficient yet, and has been designed for urban streets. You can drive up to 36mph using the electric engine alone, with the hybrid aspect only kicking in at speeds above this.
The Vauxhall Astra is one of the most practical options for a family car. It’s one of the best-selling cars in the UK and it regularly wins awards. It looks smaller on the outside than some other hatchbacks, but it has plenty of room on the inside. Apple Car Play and Android Auto are included on the base design trim, making it easy to keep connected with loved ones whilst you’re on the road.
The Skoda Octavia is one of the best family cars around, winning top marks from industry experts for practicality. It has low running costs, a spacious interior and even the 1.0 petrol engine works well for families. The Octavia is also known as one of the most reliable cars on the road, with an excellent service record.
Leasing a Family Car
Once you have decided which car is best for your family’s needs, you’ll need to think about how to make it affordable. You could buy a used car second-hand, but if you’re keen on a new car with all the latest features, you should consider car leasing. This allows you to drive the car for a deposit and monthly fee, and you won’t own the car at the end of the contract, which makes it ideal if you like to change your car regularly – and with a growing family, you might need to!
Which family car do you think is best?