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Best Family CarFamily cars have a lot of priorities placed upon them. They are used daily for ferrying children to and from school; they often have to carry a lot of equipment, sometimes including four-legged furry family members, and have to fit a budget. The large estate used to be the default choice for a busy family, but different lifestyles have opened up a wider range of options. Open your mind to some of the great new family car deals out there.

Citroen C4 Cactus

Families living in cities need all the space and practicality of a larger car but also the ability to fit into small spaces. The quirky C4 Cactus shows Citroen rethinking the modern car to very clever effect. The result is very user-friendly and comfortable, with willing if unexciting performance.

Ford Focus

It’s hard to beat the multi-talented Focus as family-friendly hatchback. It’s practical without sacrificing driving dynamics, economical to run and conservatively good-looking. It’ll haul around your daily baggage and still navigate a tight multi-storey with ease.

Volvo V40

The Swedish brand is always a reassuring choice for families thanks to its reputation for safety. The modern engine range is frugal, the cabin is of excellent quality and the ride is very composed. It hovers neatly between the premium and budget segments and is a sensible compact family car.

Hyundai i30

Hyundai has been polishing its image of late, and the result is a range of stylish but practical vehicles at a tempting price point. The cabin is solid enough to withstand the trials and tribulations of infant passengers, and a five-year warranty is reassuring.

Ford Mondeo

The Mondeo has graduated from fleet favourite to sensible family car in some style. It’s comfortable, refined and drives beautifully, with an very practical large boot and efficient engine range.

Skoda Octavia Estate

Magnificently practical and a pleasure to drive, the Octavia is a great all-rounder in saloon or estate formats, but the bigger version can carry a lot of gear around. In either case, the cabin is comfortable and the VW build quality evident in every corner. Although the history of the brand doesn’t always appeal to everyone, you very often get a good new car discount on most models.

Nissan Qashqai

Far and away the leader in the burgeoning crossover segment, the Qashqai has got it all for families. It’s spacious, reliable and good-looking, and that elevated ride height offers easy access when you have children to get into and out of the back.

Hyundai i40 Tourer

Another excellent car from the Korean brand, this estate’s cavernous 1,719 litre boot can hold a couple of Labradors plus the weekly shop and some sports kit. The equipment list is generous, and the single engine on offer is economical and refined. Impressive.

Ford S-Max

The best driving MPV on the market offer seven seats for larger families without compromising on performance. It’s great value too, with a high-quality fit and finish combined with practicality and good looks. There’s plenty of good bargains online, so test drive and hunt around for a cheap new ford deal.

Skoda Yeti

Combining SUV-style chunkiness with the small footprint of a supermini, the unusual-looking Yeti makes a very comfortable small family car. It’s loved by owners thanks to its excellent build quality, well-equipped cabin and capable but frugal engines.

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