The family car isn’t all about size and practicality these days, although they’re still important considerations when you’re in need of a vehicle to house more than two people! Don’t worry, you can still own that gorgeous soft-top Porsche, it’s just that you’ll have to save it for when the babysitters are round. For the rest of your driving, ensure you keep both grown-ups and kids happy with one of our 5 best used cars for families below.
The medium-sized Ford Focus is a must for our list, given its affordability, decent-sized boot that will take most pushchairs and child-sized bikes, combined with ample head and legroom front and back. Equally important is its reliability, safe handling, and relaxed attitude when it comes to petrol – the Focus sips fuel like a seasoned drinker; there’s no downing of the pints from this four-wheeler. It’s rare to never spot a Ford Focus on any given commute, and with good reason – it’s a car that’s great to drive and ticks all your family needs, unless you’ve been blessed with quadruplets.
Two cars in and Ford scores a clean sweep, and with good reason. Forget the tired stigma of the Mondeo Man – these are quality cars that won’t require a second mortgage. The Mondeo is a solid, all-round vehicle and easy on the eye to boot. And speaking of boots, you’d be able to squeeze at least four more children into the car’s trunk, were such a manoeuvre legal. With a fine array of models to choose from – you can even go sporty if you’re feeling athletic – there’s a Mondeo for all tastes, so it’s another pat on the back for Ford and a great used car for families.
Economical on fuel, excellent handling, and legroom sufficient for a small giraffe both front and back places the Honda Civic firmly on our best used cars for families list. Svelte in its appearance – let’s compare it to the Tardis for convenience – the Civic does the little things well, without making a fuss. Although it may lose a few points for headroom, this is only really a problem if you or your kids are built like basketball players, and the flexible seating arrangement in the backseat is ample compensation. Honda call these ‘magic seats’, and once you’ve a car with rear seats that fold up completely as well as having storage room beneath when in place, you’ll wonder how you ever coped without them.
Vauxhall’s range of Astra engines make it great value for money and therefore a must on our family car list. A popular option for a sensible family hatchback, it’s one of the UK’s best-selling cars year after year. Everyday usability is combined with bags of technology and a new look offers a stylish exterior without compromising on interior space. Driver, passenger, and rear head room is generous enough for tall adults, as is leg room, so the little ones should have plenty of room to spare. With 60/40 folding seats and a boot fit for a family holiday your practical, sensible motor will see you right on the open road.
We’ll end our best used cars for families’ list with the fastest selling used car of 2017 – the Kia Sportage. This SUV is developing a reputation for having the highest design standards and as it also offers one of the best warranties in the industry, it can never be accused of ranking style over substance. Scoring high on reliability in consumer satisfaction surveys, it’s a robust model for a robust family. The 4th generation model (2016) brought improved fuel efficiency and comfort, as well as providing better connectivity and driver assistance functions – all versions except entry level have a touchscreen Sat Nav while Smart Parking Assist and Lane Keep Assist are just a couple of the features available further up the range. All in all, the Sportage is a car that ticks a lot of boxes for families, so you can see why we couldn’t justify it not being on our list.
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