It’s been awhile since we last had a look at the good old family car, so we thought we would cover the subject today. What’s out there, what’s coming, and what are the best vehicles for you and your family? There’s a lot to choose from, so let’s take a closer look.
There are two main categories to consider when it comes to buying a family vehicle: space, and money. Safety is another concern, of course, but a quick glimpse at the EURO NCAP website will give you everything you need for those details. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the best cars for families in 2016.
Best for efficiency
As anyone with a family will tell you, cutting costs in every area of your life can ease the financial burden of raising kids. So, fuel efficiency is clearly going to be one of your top factors whenever you buy a new motor. Despite petrol prices being lower than they have been for years, it’s still a wise move to think ahead. Nobody knows what fuel will cost six months from now, let alone a couple of years.
If you have the money, we would advise you plump for a hybrid vehicle of some kind. You can do the school run and get to work and back for as little as twenty pence a charge. For those who drive longer distances, the new Honda Accord might give you more bang for your buck. It’s affordable, offers 38 miles per gallon, and has plenty of space inside for storage.
In fact, Honda is a good brand to go for if you are looking for fuel efficiency. Because of their reliability, they make a compelling case for purchase on the secondhand market. Head over to Sandles Car Supermarket for a quick price check, and you can see you don’t have to spend a fortune to get great efficiency.
Best for space
Of course, storage space is always an issue with family cars. Even a trip out for a few hours means loading in a whole bunch of stuff. The Ford Mondeo is an excellent starting point. They have always been roomy, and the latest version has a handy EcoBoost engine which helps you keep your fuel costs down, too.
Check out the Volkswagen Passat, too. It’s got a nice long wheelbase which gives you plenty of extra space for large car seats for the kids. Volkswagen has had a hard time of it recently, of course; but they still make fantastic cars.
Finally, if space is your thing, try taking the Peugeot 208. It’s not the most exciting ride in the world, but it’s dependable, spacious, and comfortable. These are all essential strong points for a great family car. Plus, it’s also available as a hybrid, meaning you can save a lot of money on fuel over the course of the car’s lifespan.
Do you have any tips for a great family car? It doesn’t matter whether it’s old or new – let people know by leaving a comment. And good luck with your next car purchase!