However, these past few years, we have seen an increase in SUV and hybrid models, such as the Dacia Duster and the Volkswagen Passat GTE, hitting the market giving more options when choosing your next family car.
Here at Exchange and Mart/s1cars, we have looked into a wide range of cars and below are our top 5 family cars we can recommend.
1) Renault Captur
The Renault Captur is a very spacious car that can easily fit you and 3 passengers with enough space in the boot to carry all your luggage on holiday. One of the great stand out features of the Captur is the styling of this car as it is much different to its bigger brothers: the Kadjar and Koleos. With this car, you are given a choice of packs to choose from including the Techno Pack which gives you a reverse parking camera and TomTom powered sat nav – ideal for those who love going on family adventures.
2) Vauxhall Astra
The Vauxhall Astra is one of the best family hatchbacks thanks to the styling and the fact that the Astra has been developed and built in the UK. The Astra comes with some great tech including Apple Car Play, Android Auto and Vauxhall’s OnStar – which automatically requests for roadside assistance should there be an issue, allows the car to become a Wi-Fi hotspot and more. The Astra comes with a selection of efficient petrol and diesel engines which produce less than 100g/km, thus helping you save money onroad tax to spend more on toys for the kids.
3) Toyota Prius
Toyota has been one of the most innovative car companies with the Prius hybrid car. The hybrid system allows the car to drive up to 30mph on electricity before the petrol engine kicks in and takes you to higher speeds – this in turn saves power which is great for when you are stuck in traffic. The interior is very spacious and for the base model, you get a lot as standard including a reversing camera and automatic headlights. If you want to charge your Prius whilst you are out and about, that is also possible as Toyota has created a plug-in variant of the Prius.
4) SEAT Leon
The SEAT Leon is a car that keeps getting better with each evolution which is no surprise as this shares the best parts from the Volkswagen Golf and the Audi A3. The Leon comes with a lot of standard equipment including sat nav and cruise control making this car great value for money. The car also comes with some great efficient engines, including one that comes with an energy recovery system which helps recharge the battery as you brake enabling you to reach up to 70mpg – this is similar to the technology seen in Formula 1 and LMP1-Hybrid racing cars.
5) Volvo XC90
The Volvo XC90 is ideal for those who carry a lot on holiday or for a large family as the car comes with 7 seats. The XC90 comes with a lot of standard equipment including heated front seats, a touch screen centre console and a fantastic all-wheel drive system. Unlike many cars on the market, Volvo gives you the option to buy a 360 degree camera which will act as a visual parking assistant and you could decide to be more eco-friendly and get the XC90 T8 Twin Engine – which has an electric and petrol engine.