Best family cars

Mazda 6 saloon 2.2D Sport Nav front action
Credits: Pete Gibson
14 Jul, 2015 11:45am

Decide which is the best family car to buy with our helpful list of the top models on sale

Finding the best family car for you is getting harder these days - there are now more choices than ever. Saloons used to be the staple family car, but now buyers are choosing so many different types of car for families - SUVs, hatchbacks, crossovers, MPVs and estates.

The Nissan Qashqai is the best example: it's a big seller in the UK thanks to its practical crossover body style, but it's nowhere near as thirsty as a 4x4 like a Land Rover Discovery Sport and is much more like a hatchback when it comes to running costs.

Large MPVs are there for those who need up to seven seats, or just a huge amount of boot space. They're perfect for family holidays or trips to the beach during summer.

If the driver is looking for something good to drive without missing out on practicality, there are some great options to go for - the Mazda 6 is a favourite of ours, with great handling and plenty of interior space.

Many family cars are available in a wide range of specifications, some with very little equipment, so make sure you look carefully at the trim levels and choose the one that suits you best. You might decide you don't need a high-spec trim, but useful features like Bluetooth connectivity and folding rear seats might be worth the extra money for a mid-spec car.

Of course, company car tax will cost extra if you add optional extras, so if that applies to you then go for a model with plenty of standard kit.

Do also be aware, as with all cars, that the manufacturer-quoted economy figures are often for guidance only. For example, if one car gets a claimed 50mpg and the other gets 60mpg, you can expect the second car to be more economical, even if neither car matches those figures in the real world.

Best family cars

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