You might not put too much consideration into choosing a car especially if it’s just the two of you, but when it comes to having a family and a growing one at that, deciding on a car is an incredibly important decision. Whilst hatchbacks remain a popular choice, SUVs are becoming more common as family cars due to their increased ride height and overall practicality. But with such a broad selection of vehicles on the market, you’re really spoilt for choice, making it difficult to know where to start when it comes to finding your next car. That’s why we at CarCliq have come up with our top 5 family cars, looking at hatchbacks and SUVs and everything in between, to help you in your search.
If you’re after an award-winning electric hatchback then look no further than the Volkswagen ID.3. Awarded the ‘Best Family Electric Car’ this nippy EV, with an official range of 260 miles, should have no problem when it comes to the school run and daily commute. With two levels of motor power and two different battery capacities, along with its competitive price tag, the ID.3 is sure to encourage buyers out of their petrol and diesel cars. Inside it's seriously impressive, the ID.3 is packed with tech and plenty of interior space, seating four tall adults comfortably, so there’ll be no need to upgrade to a bigger vehicle when the children become long-limbed teens.
Perhaps one of the most affordable and family-friendly cars on the market, the Skoda Octavia has plenty of passenger space and a roomy boot for all the kit and caboodle. Based on the same technology as the VW Golf, the latest Octavia offers even more practicality than previous generations, while its interior is now better than ever before and has a more of a hi-tech feel to it. Although it’s slightly more expensive than its predecessor, the Octavia remains one of the largest cars available in the family hatchback class, so if it’s space you’re after but with an affordable price tag, the Octavia still undercuts many of its rivals.
If you’re after the practicality of a hatchback and the styling of an SUV with the increased ride height and better visibility, then a crossover car might be worth considering. The Nissan Juke is a great stylish crossover, while it remains part SUV, part sports coupe and part hot-hatch, the latest generation is bigger than its predecessor and will seat adults comfortably in the back due to the increased head and legroom. Boot space has also been improved, so the Juke now has a capacity of 422 litres which is more than you'll find in most family hatchbacks. The second generation is more spacious, better equipped and well-priced, making this one family-friendly crossover.
Renowned for their safety, you can’t go wrong with a Volvo to ferry your loved ones about whilst keeping them safe at the same time. The Volvo V60 is a roomy, practical estate car and with its 529 litre boot, you’ll have no problem when it comes to the weekly shop, transporting the kids and their kitbags or even a family outing with the dog. There’s enough room for five to stretch out and relax in the spacious cabin that feels luxurious and modern. The V60 has a variety of engines on offer, with a choice of petrol, hybrid and plug-ins to choose from, so whether you’re looking for something economical or eco-friendly the Volvo V60 has you covered.
If space is a must, then an SUV will tick that box and what better model than one of the UK's bestselling electric cars; the Kia e-Niro. With up to 282 miles on a single charge, range anxiety will be the least of your worries with an e-Niro and if that wasn’t enough it’ll also cost you significantly less to fuel than other petrol and diesel rivals. Its practical SUV body means there’s space for all the family with plenty of legroom and headroom for rear-seat occupants. There’s lots of interior storage space too, so you don’t have to worry about the children’s knick-knacks cluttering the cabin, while the generous 451 litre boot can store any luggage you may have.
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