Best family cars

Ford B-MAX
28 Jan, 2014 12:00pm

Our pick of the best family cars, from the seven-seat SEAT Alhambra to the superb new Nissan Qashqai

With more and more types of car appealing to family car buyers, it's becoming easier to get hold of something spacious and safe - but harder and harder to choose which one to buy.

Many might still think the go-to family car is something like a Ford Mondeo - a practical car with space for five and a big boot. While the Mondeo remains a solid choice, there's so much more out there these days, with 4x4s and SUVs now offering low running costs and small cars offering a lot more space.

Cars like the Nissan Qashqai are all the rage at the moment, providing lots of interior space and a big boot thanks to the rugged body style, but with a range of engines designed to keep costs as low as possible.

Seven-seater MPVs might be necessary for some families, but they aren't heavy and thirsty like they used to be - the SEAT Alhambra, for example, is a great choice for large families trying to keep costs low.

You can even go for a car that can keep the driver entertained - the Mazda 6, for example, is great to drive but still has loads of practical features. Even the Ford B-MAX MPV is good fun for the driver - and the wide door opening means it's a easy to get in and out.

Makes sure you look carefully at the specification tables before you buy a new family car, however. Many entry-level models don't come with the best gadgets and technology as standard, so you'll need to make sure the model you buy has everything you need.

Going for a car with plenty of standard equipment is the best option for keeping costs down, especially if you're buying it as a company car.

Make sure you also take into account that the manufacturer's stated fuel economy claims aren't to be taken literally - on the road they'll often average much less. Take these figures as a guide - if two cars have 50mpg listed, then you can expect them to be similarly economical - even if neither actually touches that figure.

You can read all about each car in our best family cars list by clicking on the links to the left.

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