Top 3 family cars of today

There are plenty of things you need to consider when buying a family car. Not only must it pass the essential tests of reliability and safety, but the size of your individual family’s needs must be taken into account. Many cars now offer everything from good interior space and fuel costs to additional options like stadium car seats and wide-opening doors that may be worth looking into before you head to the showroom. To narrow your search a little, we’ve compiled a trio of the family cars that succeed in combining the most important features with value for money.

Mazda 5

The essential MPV entry on the list, this reliable minivan has comfy seating for a family of seven, slide doors for ease of access and plentiful leg room. It may be big but it doesn’t rates well in terms of performance and is impressively agile for its size; benefiting from a four-cylinder powerplant that delivers efficient consumption. A quiet interior and a nice variety of standard features including cruise control, air-conditioning, four powered windows make it a good choice for larger families.

Mazda 5 front view

Mazda 5 front view

Mazda 5 side view

Mazda 5 side view

Mazda 5 rear view

Mazda 5 rear view

Mazda 5 interior

Mazda 5 interior

 

Volkswagen Passat

A pricier option, the Passat is still one of the top all-round performers, providing good value for money. The 2.0-litre engine is well designed and durable, going for long distances but keeping the noise levels to a minimum. It’s not a stylish car, but in the all-important practical stakes it covers every bases; a well-built roomy interior and boot, solid safety record including a five-star Euro NCAP rating and anti-crash features like front, side and curtain airbags.

Volkswagen Passat front view

Volkswagen Passat front view

Volkswagen Passat side view

Volkswagen Passat side view

Volkswagen Passat rear view

Volkswagen Passat rear view

Volkswagen Passat interior

Volkswagen Passat interior

 

Ford Mondeo

A car that has long stood for dependable driving, the Ford Mondeo consistently comes top when it comes to space and efficiency. For an average family of four or five, the spacious boot and rear seating is excellent for both everyday and holiday requirements. High-performing stability control means the ride is smooth and, evidence suggests, and the engine is durable. Split-folding back seats and wide-opening doors add the extra practical touches and in terms of fuel, the diesel option offers some of the best fuel economy around.

Ford Mondeo side view

Ford Mondeo side view

Ford Mondeo front view

Ford Mondeo front view

Ford Mondeo rear view

Ford Mondeo rear view

Ford Mondeo interior

Ford Mondeo interior

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