When it comes to trying to find a new car it can be a tough decision that should be carefully considered, especially if you have a family to think about.
Family cars need to have enough space for you, your partner and children and maybe even a pet. The car also need to be as safe and secure as possible while being great for city, country and motorway driving.
SEATs are brilliantly stylish and can offer you a great drive with a comfortable ride. The SEAT Leon is a big hatchback similar to the VW Golf and it’s well known for having plenty of space for adults and children. The boot capacity is also spacious with a 380-litre capacity.
The base model of the comes with a 1.2-litre petrol engine that develops 110 bhp. This shifts the Leon from 0-60 in 9.9 seconds making it easy and safe to drive on the motorway as it gets up to speed fairly quickly. It also has a top speed of 121 mph. Fuel economy for the Leon comes out at 57.6 mpg.
SEAT have delivered a Leon that handles well in the corners with steering that varies depending upon the corner you are driving through. The ride is comfortable and refined, making this a very enjoyable hatchback to drive with the family.
Kia’s Cee’d is a brilliant alternative to the SEAT Leon if you are tempted by a big family hatchback. It is a worthy competitor to the SEAT, VW Golf and Ford Focus.
When it comes to the engine, a greener, more fuel efficient option might be more suitable for a family car due to the amount of driving required. The greenest engine for the Cee’d is a 1.6-litre diesel engine. It develops 126 bhp, top speed of 122 mph and accelerates from 0-60 mph in 11.5 seconds.
With regards to fuel efficiency, the Cee’d has a combined fuel economy of 76.3 mpg. The urban economy (city driving) is 69 mpg and the extra-urban economy (anything above 40 mph) is 81 mpg. This makes it a brilliant car for all the journeys families usually have to undertake.
Inside the Cee’d cabin, you get a well built and simply laid out dash. Space up front for the driver and passenger is pretty decent and boot wise the Cee’d is the same as the Leon with 380-litres.
Thanks to upgraded suspension, the ride in the Cee’d has greatly improved and is far more comfortable than the older models. It can deal with even the bumpiest of roads with ease and comfort.
The Kia’s price tag may be a little heftier than its competitors, but there are used car finance options available.
The other alternative for a family car that isn’t a big hatchback is the executive saloon. Volkswagen Passat’s are one of the most respected and reviewed saloons on the market. It has some tough rivals in the form of the Ford Mondeo, Audi, BMW and Mercedes though.
Volkswagen have ensured that their Passat is even bigger inside, whilst also making the overall car smaller, clever! This car has plenty of space for adults in the front and back without any complaints. Boot capacity is the biggest it has ever been in a Passat with 586-litres of space.
The base model is 1.6-litre diesel engine that produces 120 bhp. It can accelerate from 0-60 in 10.8 seconds, so another great motorway car.
When it comes to fuel economy, the Passat has a combined economy of 70.6 mpg. However, when it comes to urban city driving, the Passat has an economy of 60 mpg, but when you want to take your family on those longer journeys, the extra-urban economy rises to 79 mpg.
Drive wise, the Volkswagen Passat is one of the best saloons to drive for ride comfort. The engine, wind and road noise are all kept to a minimum.
With all of these cars being in the running of being the best family car, they all do vary and have their strengths.
If these options don’t suit what you and your family are looking for, then there are many more to choose from, including cars from Toyota, Hyundai and Vauxhall.
If you’re on a budget, take a look at financing a car, it may be the best option.