A family friendly car meets the needs of both the parents and children of any age. Fortunately, there is tremendous competition, so there are many different models from which to choose. The most popular models are SUVs, MPV people carriers, and crossover. We have looked for those that are relatively inexpensive to drive, solidly built, practical, but still fun to drive. Our recommendations follow.
Volkswagen Golf Hatchback
For more than 35 years, the Golf has had a reputation for excellent quality and durability. It also has continued to be one of the most popular vehicles. The BlueMotion model provides amazing efficiency with 88.3mpg and emissions of 85g/km. The Golf R performance gives you practicality, power (more than the Porsche Boxster), and fun. The VW Golf GTI cost less than the Golf R, is slightly slower, but is also significantly more economical.
SEAT Leon Hatchback
The SEAT Leon shares parts with and has many of the benefits of the VW Golf. It is a well-built, practical hatchback, which is also fun to drive. All this at a price that is about £1,000 less than the Golf. You do not have the same range of engines as the Volkswagen Golf, but still have excellent performance and economy – up to 74.3mpg and CO2 emissions of as little as 99g/km.
Skoda Octavia Hatchback
Just as with the SEAT Leon, the Skoda shares many parts with the Volkswagen Golf. However, the Octavia’s has a larger body that gives it boot space comparable to rival cars from the class above, the Ford Mondeo for example. Therefore, this car looks smart, is safe and solidly built, competitively priced, well-equipped, practical, spacious, and fun to drive. Additionally, it is also inexpensive to drive with CO2 emissions starting at 99g/km and it gets up to 74mpg.
Kia Cee’d Hatchback
The Kia Cee’d shares many parts with the Hyundai i30. However, the Cee’d offers a seven-year warranty, two more years than Hyundai’s five-year warranty, An attractive car, the Kia is an excellent value, costing about £2,000 less than comparable cars. Emissions can be as low as 96g/km, with gas consumption up to 76.3mpg. Unfortunately, the Kia does not maintain its value as well as other vehicles in the same class.
Ford B-MAX Mini MPV
For a practical family vehicle which is smaller, consider the Ford B-MAX. The interior design has no pillars behind the front doors, so there is easy access to the cabin. The large sliding rear doors mean it’s easy to enter and exit. Both access features add to the stylish look. Economical gas mileage of 70.6mpg and emissions of 104g/km add to the impressive features of this vehicle. The B-MAX shares many parts with the Ford Fiesta. It is fun to drive, even if the suspension can cause some bounce. All the Ford B-Max models come with DAB digital radio and air-conditioning. However, there is no seven-seat option, an inconvenience for large families.
There are many other family friendly vehicles available if those we have listed do not meet your needs. Remember to look for bolstered warranties, discounts, and special prices offered by dealers.