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The Best Family Cars for Autumn 2020 and Our Expert Review

Searching for the ideal family car in 2020? We understand this can take months of planning, consideration and research. While there are many beautiful cars out there to choose from, not all of them are practical for sitting a family, as you’ll most likely be looking for great boot space, Isofix attachment points and potentially a car with five doors and a minimum of four seats.

Family cars must also be reliable and well suited for weekend breaks and the regular school-run, so making sure you do valuable research before committing to a family car can save you the world of time, stress and hassle.

To make your life easier, we have put together a well-equipped guide to explain some of the best family cars available on the market now, with our expert review and everything you need to know before making a decision.

Kia Rio

With a user-friendly infotainment system, excellent fuel economy and an attractive and comfortable cabin for long journeys, the Kia Rio is known for its reliability and ease of use. The Rio is spacious and extremely easy to drive, making it ideal for those long family journeys.

As a well-rounded small car, the Kia Rio is fantastic value for money with fuel economy ranging from 41.5 - 48.7 mpg and affordable road tax. Some of the top features include electronic stability control, brake assist system, vehicle stability management and hill start assist control.

Some of the top of the range models even include lane departure warning which alerts you if your car is about to veer out of lane, with autonomous braking which monitors danger ahead and applies the brakes if the driver doesn’t respond quick enough. We can’t help but mention Kia’s 7-year manufacturer’s warranty to offer you complete peace of mind, which has to be one of Kia’s strongest selling points for its customers.

Volvo XC90

Known as one of the safest cars in the world, The Volvo XC90 is a brilliant choice for a family car with a choice between five or seven seats and superb boot space in the back, well suited for family trips away.

With new facelift editions brought in the years of 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012, the Volvo XC90 has seen many refreshes to keep up with Volvo’s latest competitors. Both of the most recent generations of the XC90 have won SUV of the Year Award from Motor Trends.

Featuring crumple zones and a unique frontal structure, the XC90 is designed to absorb frontal impact, while deflecting pedestrians up onto the hood of the vehicle rather than underneath the vehicle. The ultra-high-strength steel roof of the XC90 is reinforced to protect all passengers in the unlikely event of the vehicle overturning in a major accident.

If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to the XC90, you may like the sound of the Volvo XC60 which offers a more affordable price point although the XC60 is strictly a five-seater.

Seat Leon

All Seat Leon versions come with five doors and are styled with a sharp and bold exterior design. What makes the Seat Leon the ideal family car is the improved interior cabin space and enhanced rear legroom with a spacious boot at the rear. 

The Seat Leon also has a massive choice of engines, spanning from the small and economical to the very quick and speedy, making it suitable for any family. It also offers loads of space for both passengers and luggage.

Some of the latest models feature side assist to warn you if any vehicles are in your blind spot when changing lanes safely, tiredness detection to tell you exactly when you need to take a break by detecting deviation from concentration, and lane and roadworks assist which informs you if there are unexpected delays in front and gently steers you if you drift out of the lane.

Ford Focus

Ford Focus VS Ford Fiesta? Well, although it’s a tough competition, the extra size of the Ford Focus makes it far more practical as a family car, with a choice of three or five doors. The Ford Focus is available in hatchback, estate or saloon.

Most of the Ford Focus models are complemented by a huge specification from factory standard, including built-in satellite navigation, steering wheel controls, cruise control and so much more. These also include handy driver assistance features making you safer on the road, such as blind-spot monitoring, active park assist and lane-keeping assist.

The Focus is far more flexible and versatile in comparison to the Fiesta, thanks to its larger size. With excellent fuel economy and great performance, the Ford Focus is a great all-rounder, so there’s no surprise why this is one of our top favourites for a family car.

Kia Sportage

Known for its high-quality interior, impressive versatility and a reasonably up-market cabin, the Kia Sportage is a family favourite, for its spacious interior and reassuring 7-year warranty. 

The Kia Sportage is a family SUV you’ll definitely want to consider if you’re looking for something with a spacious cabin and a wide choice of engine sizes, which stands out from the likes of its competitors. 

Unlike other SUVs, there’s plenty of space in the back seats for taller adults to sit comfortably, as well as plenty of boot space to fit everything you’ll need. Some advanced factory specifications include parking sensors, cruise control and steering wheel controls.

BMW 1 Series

Superb build, exciting handling and a top-of-the-range infotainment system are just a few of the reasons why the BMW 1 Series is one of the best family cars right now. Classy and understated, the interior provides complete comfort and everything you could possibly want in a family car.

The latest 1 Series is designed to be wider and taller than the previous models, with more practicality than ever before. Newer models feature front-wheel drive, making it more economical, easier to control and steer and therefore harder to get into an accident, unlike rear-wheel cars which have the potential to understeer. These are just a few reasons why the BMW 1 Series is more desirable for a family car than other versions.

Choose Your Perfect Family Car With Parkland Motors

Looking at buying your next family car? Well, you’ve come to the perfect place. We stock an impressive range of used cars to suit all styles, lifestyles and even budgets. If you’re still not sure about which family car suits you, then you’ll be pleased to know that we have over 300 used cars in stock at any time, and full dealership facilities. Book a test drive and make the decision yourself. 

Here at Parklands Motors, we pride ourselves in making your buying process easy and hassle-free. For your peace of mind, all of our vehicles come with a minimum of 8 months MOT, up to date oil service, and also go through a rigorous 85-point pre-delivery inspection prior to the collection/delivery of the vehicle. 

We are more than happy to talk you through your family car requirements and help you find the best family car to suit you. Contact us today for more information on our cars and services.