Best family cars for Motability
With five seats and decent boot space, a family car is still an attractive proposition for Motability users
Although superminis have grown to offer more space, there are times when a proper five-seat family car is still what you need. The rise of the SUV and crossover has drawn some buyers away from the class, but you can still get a spacious and practical family car in a compact five-door body and Motability customers will find plenty of choice available under the scheme.
A lower ride height and less weight usually mean running costs are better than you'll get in a similar crossover or SUV, while comfort and handling will be better than the family hatchback's high-riding counterparts, too. These cars are great for longer distance driving - some even feature adaptive cruise control to ease some of the strain, and there is plenty of useful tech on board to help with urban driving, too, such as parking sensors and advanced tech including autonomous city braking.
Our picks for the best hatchbacks on Motability offer good space and low running costs, while the initial advance payments start from less than £200, and you won't need to pay much more for a well-specced model, either.
We pick the best family hatchbacks available on Motability below...
Work your way through the myriad engine and equipment options and you'll discover the Vauxhall Insignia is practical, good to drive and quiet on the move - so it’s a top choice if you’re after a large family car.
In terms of pure size, the Insignia is also comparable to more upmarket offerings, such as the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes E-Class. Like before, the refreshed model comes as a five-door hatchback, although the extended roof line gives it more of a fastback look.
It’s more fun than a Mondeo or Passat and is priced below its closest rivals. There should be a model to suit any family car needs, whether you just need simple transport for five, want something a bit more luxurious, or like the idea of a sporty five-door family car. Prices for the 2020 facelifted range start from around £23,000 and rise to almost £39,000 for the range-topping Insignia GSi
At the heart of the Insignia Grand Sport’s appeal is its usability. It's available as both a hatchback and an estate called the Sport Tourer, while there’s decent visibility from the large window area, and plenty of cabin storage front and rear.
Factor in generous levels of standard equipment, improved levels of safety kit, along with smart styling updates and the Insignia ticks all the boxes for buyers seeking a capable family car.
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