Must have extras - large family cars

The essential kit for large family cars

The must-have technology on family cars is simple to identify; it should be affordable and make your life easier. With that in mind, we’d specify a heated windscreen.

Most motorists who have the luxury of a garage rarely use it to shelter their car, so the majority of us spend frosty winter mornings getting cold and wet scraping the ice off our windscreens. A heated screen will make this winter ritual a thing of the past.

As family cars get bigger and bigger, parking in tight spaces can be an ordeal. Invest in a set of reversing sensors and you’ll wonder how you ever managed before; plus, this option could even pay for itself if you’re prone to the odd low-speed parking scrape, by cutting down on repair bills.

Don’t spend on… Rear entertainment screens: they cost a fortune. Powered tailgates: take too long to open and close for busy family life. Sports suspension: usually compromises comfort.

Our pick: Skoda Superb Elegance (from £23,570)In range-topping trim, this Skoda covers all the bases – with leather upholstery, climate control, xenon headlamps and a touchscreen sat-nav system all fitted as standard. Tick the box for the optional Music Device Interface if you like listening to music from your iPod (it’s £185 plus an adapter). A full-sized spare wheel (£85) is also a must-have, but these are the only options you need.

Recommended

Best used estate cars
Best used estates header
Best cars & vans

Best used estate cars

Our list of the best used estate cars for 2021 will help you find a super-practical and affordable family car
18 Aug 2021

Most Popular

Exclusive: banned 71-reg number plates released
Number plates
News

Exclusive: banned 71-reg number plates released

Latest DVLA list of banned UK registrations reveals which 71-plates are too rude for the road
21 Sep 2021
Genesis G80 vs Mercedes E-Class vs Lexus ES
Genesis G80 vs Mercedes E-Class vs Lexus ES
Genesis G80

Genesis G80 vs Mercedes E-Class vs Lexus ES

The Genesis G80 looks to make an impact in the executive saloon class as we pitch it against the Mercedes E-Class and Lexus ES
18 Sep 2021
'The death of cheap cars will be a travesty for personal mobility'
Opinion cheap cars
Opinion

'The death of cheap cars will be a travesty for personal mobility'

Our appetite for small, cheap cars is as strong as ever - although Mike Rutherford warns they may no longer be profitable
12 Sep 2021