Buying a new car is a big investment and finding the perfect motor is important, especially if you’re looking for something that’s for you and your family. If you’re in the market for a new family car, we’ve got a run-down of our top ten picks of cars that are practical and have scored highly in the European New Car Assessment Programme, which provides consumers with information on the safety of cars.
1. Ford Mondeo
The Ford Mondeo is a popular medium size hatchback that offers plenty of space with a large boot and spacious interior. The newer models offer an improved interior compared to previous models of the Mondeo. With a Ford Mondeo, you have a choice of 3 petrol engines, 3 diesel engines and a hybrid engine to choose from, so there will be something for everyone.
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2. Vauxhall Astra
The Vauxhall Astra is the perfect choice for a family car, especially if you are looking to buy a used vehicle, as a used Astra won’t break the bank. The Astra ticks many boxes – it’s comfortable, spacious, efficient and easy to drive. The cabin looks good and seems more expensive than it is, especially in newer models. It was awarded an impressive 5 stars by Euro NCAP in 2015!
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3. Audi A3 Sportback
Although the Audi A3 Sportback may not be the cheapest car on the list, it holds its value very well, and it’s worth the extra cost if you can afford it. The Audi boasts excellent handling and a quality interior that provides plenty of space inside the cabin. The A3 has 5 doors which makes it much more practical for families, and there is plenty of storage space inside. It’s packed full of safety features and recently scored a 5 star rating from Euro NCAP.
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4. Volkswagen Golf
Another car that seems to be hitting every list out there – the classic VW Golf. Similar to the Audi, the Golf isn’t a cheap buy, but it has a strong resale value and has a quality to it like no other. It’s a well built, practical car and is fuel efficient thanks to the turbocharged engines. Both three and five door hatchbacks offer plenty of space for passengers, with a spacious boot.
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5. Ford Focus
Britain’s most popular hatchback, the Ford Focus is cheap to buy and fuel efficient, with a good range of diesel and petrol engines to choose from. Since it was unveiled in 2011, it’s had a few changes to the engines and interior styling, especially in 2014 when there was a big overhaul of the Ford Focus. Provided you don’t opt for the sportier ST and RS models, the Ford Focus is generally cheap to run and emits less than 140/mg of CO2. Upfront there is plenty of legroom, however it can feel a little cramped in the rear, so despite the Focus being comfortable and practical, it does lack space which may be an issue for some.
6. Skoda Octavia
The Skoda Octavia offers plenty of space and is very comfortable inside, especially for rear passengers. Although it isn’t the most stylish car, if you can live without the wow factor, then the Skoda Octavia is a really great option. It isn’t as fun to drive as rivals such as the Ford Focus, however it is much more impressive in terms of fuel economy, especially with a Greenline model.
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7. Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
This seven-seater from Citroen is one of the more stylish looking options out there, as many seven-seater cars can (let’s face it) look very boring. The Grand Picasso has the perfect blend of comfort, practicality and style. It’s effortless to drive and can fit a large family perfectly inside, although the rear may be cramped if you have adults in the back.
8. Volkswagen Touran
The Volkswagen Touran is a huge contrast to the Grand C4 Picasso in terms of how it looks. The Touran isn’t exciting to look at however the stylish and practical interior makes up for the rather bland exterior. It’s only offered as a seven-seater model, so with all seven seats upright, there is only 137-litres of storage space in the boot which may be an issue for some, however if you don’t need them, the second and third rows can be folded down to create more space. The newest Touran scored a 5 star Euro NCAP rating.
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9. Nissan Pulsar
This is a great mid-sized family hatch back that’s practical and spacious. The small engine capacity means it isn’t impressive in terms of performance, but it has decent economy and low fuel emissions. It has a large boot space which is a bonus for families. The Nissan Pulsar recently scored a top 5 star rating in the Euro NCAP Crash Tests in 2014, particularly for offering a high level of protection for adults, children and infants alike.
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10. Nissan Qashqai
One of the most popular family cars, the Nissan Qashqai is a pleasant and relaxing drive. It has a very practical interior that has been improved recently, so passengers have more space inside. There’s tons of useful storage inside, including a large glove box and a 430-litre luggage area in the boot, making it perfect for families. Safety experts at the Euro NCAP have awarded the new Qashqai 5 stars, scoring well in the child and adult occupant categories.
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