When it comes to a runaround for the family, practicality is key but you also want something that’s stylish and affordable. If you’re looking for a new family car this year, then take a gander at the list below and discover your next favourite motor:
Nissan Qashqai – for big families
This hatchback is a popular choice for those looking for a vehicle that offers a little luxury, a lot of legroom and plenty of storage space. Classed as a small SUV, you know that this car is a roomy ride and it even won the What Car? award for Best Small SUV in 2016. It’s great for urban driving, featuring a driving assist display that should direct you to that new dance club or football pitch at the weekend for the kids easily.
It also features a flashy self parking feature, meaning you can forget about trying to focus while the kids squabble in the back as the Qashqai parks itself with ease.
The RRP for this car is around £18,000, so relatively pricey, but there are some great leasing deals available out there, so you can rent monthly and still enjoy a fantastic new family vehicle without the huge initial payout.
Vauxhall Astra – for style and comfort
For a good looking ride around town that’s also great for those drivers looking for slightly better fuel economy, check out the Astra. However, the turbo model is ideal for those who take longer drives while still maintaining excellent fuel economy – 65.7mpg and lower CO2 emissions which means no road tax.
The boot offers 370 litres of space, a reasonable size but slightly smaller than the popular Volkswagen Golf, however still ideal for packing in the kids’ footy kits for the weekend or suitcases for a family holiday. This car also features a self-parking feature, making it a great vehicle for those families living in the city.
The RRP for this car is around £15,000, but again well priced leasing deals are available.
Hyundai i30 hatchback – for long road trips
This comfortable family vehicle is modest when it comes to features but still stylish and ideal for the family who simply need something to get around town. Boot space is its most redeeming feature, with 395 litres to enjoy and if the back seats are folded down you enjoy a whopping 1,301 litres of space. Driving and handling is reasonably good, with soft suspension that ensures a comfortable ride.
Suggested RRP is around £15,000 for a 1.4 litre engine – buying straight from Hyundai may see you pay up to £17,000. Opt for a finance deal and pay this price monthly, to break down the costs and to get your hands on a stylish vehicle the whole family can enjoy – whether you lease or opt for a hire purchase.
Renault Megane hatchback – for the uber stylish
Renault didn’t hire Thierry Henry for their car commercials for nothing! This latest model is sleek, stylish and a little on the sporty side. Available in 1.2 litre engines to 1.6, it’s great for busy families looking for a swish car for weekend runarounds.
The interior feels luxurious, so perhaps this is a model preferable for those with older kids who can appreciate it, but Mum and Dad can enjoy a sat-nav system featuring Tom Tom technology as well as an impressive cabin with a touchscreen dashboard.
When it comes to fuel, it’s pretty efficient with an offering of 76.4mpg and no road tax to pay if the vehicle is registered before April 2017.
Expect to find this car with an RRP of £17,250 for the basic model and smallest engine, a good price for an efficient and stylish car for the family that should last.