Group 3: Budget family cars
Which models make the most financial sense? We bring together four of the best value buys in UK showrooms to name our winner
At most tournaments, there is usually a group that is wide open, where it’s impossible to pick a winner before the whistle sounds... and in our World Cup, this is it.
Go for any of the four contenders in our budget family car class, and you won’t feel short-changed. Chevrolet’s Cruze provides terrific value for money and generous equipment in a smart saloon body, while the Fiat Bravo is one of the most attractive designs in the whole competition. If looks were the most important thing here, the Bravo would be in the final.
The Kia Cee’d and Hyundai i30 are closely related. They’re both stylish, good to drive and excellent value for money, while the Cee’d comes with the added bonus of a market-leading seven-year warranty – two years more than its i30 cousin.
So, which car comes out on top? In the end, our judges simply couldn’t ignore the Kia. With a broad line-up that includes the stylish Pro_cee’d model, and the recent addition of stop-start technology, it provides something for everyone. The simply superb guarantee adds the gloss to an already impressive package.
The Fiat comes with a great range of engines and also provides real value for money. Counting against it here are mediocre dynamics and the brand’s lowly finish in our annual Driver Power satisfaction survey. But the Bravo is still a fine family car for the money and a resurgent Fiat should be pleased with its showing against some fierce competition.
For its part, the Chevrolet Cruze was fighting with one arm behind its back – as its saloon body doesn’t provide the interior flexibility of rivals. However, its underpinnings are shared with Vauxhall’s latest Astra, so there’s not much wrong with the way it drives. And with prices starting at less than £13,000, it’s affordable, too.
In this review
- 1IntroductionWe name best family car on sale in 2010’s biggest road test.
- 2Final: Skoda Superb vs Renault ScenicMPV champ meets our top hatch in epic battle. Will it go to penalties?
- 3Semi final 2VW Group duo have put in polished performances so far in our showdown. Now, they come together for a chance to take overall glory
- 4Semi final 1We’re only one round away from the final, and the nerves are jangling as French people carriers come face-to-face. So, which one gets the nod?
- 5Quarter final 4Skoda Superb vs Skoda Yeti
- 6Quarter final 3Kia Cee'd vs Volkswagen Golf
- 7Quarter final 2Renault Scenic vs Volkswagen Golf Estate
- 8Quarter final 1Citroen C3 Picasso vs Renault Clio Sport Tourer
- 9Group 8: Family hatchbacksPracticality, affordability, styling and driving fun... Buyers demand a lot from modern family cars. So which large five-door scores across the board?
- 10Group 7: Compact MPVsEuropean models dominate this sector of the market. Now, we reveal which flexible five-seater takes the glory on the global stage
- 11Group 6: Compact SUVsPractical, stylish and fun to drive, the latest small, road-biased 4x4s are ideal if you don’t plan to venture far off the tarmac. But which will qualify?
- 12Group 5: Compact family estatesGet a load of five of the most practical carriers on the market. One of these luggage-swallowing big hitters could go all the way!
- 13Group 4: Compact familyTo get through to the quarter finals from this keenly contested sector, our class winner needs to be an all-round star.
- 14Group 3: Budget family cars - currently readingWhich models make the most financial sense? We bring together four of the best value buys in UK showrooms to name our winner
- 15Group 2: Supermini-MPVsThese cars combine the driving dynamics of a supermini with the versatility of a people carrier – and competition to reach the quarter finals is fierce.