Choosing The Right Family Car For You

At last count, there were more than 400 car models on the market. That’s an enormous range to choose from, and narrowing down the field is no easy feat. If you’re looking for a family car, we can probably draw a line through the Ferraris and the Porsches! But, that still leaves us with hundreds of options.

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It’s easy to get persuaded by a flashy design or a cheap price tag. The truth is, these factors are useless if the car isn’t practical for your family. The right car will effortlessly adapt to your family life, and (hopefully) make everything easier. So, here are a few tips for narrowing down your search. Let’s start with the main options.

Hatchback – The hatchback is a popular choice for small families. Hatchbacks tend to come in either three-door or five-door variations. If you’re looking for a family-friendly vehicle, we suggest taking the five-door option! The most popular hatchbacks are the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa, and the Ford Focus. They are the smallest family cars on the market, but perfect for nipping around town. They’ll handle the school run, and still be great for short weekend trips.

Saloon – The saloon cars are larger vehicles, with more space and power. They’re the typical company car that you see dominating the country’s motorways. Think BMWs, Audis, and Volkswagens. They’re great for the professional family who need a smart car for business, and a family run-around. They’re spacious and comfortable for the kids too. Just remember, they’re probably a little cumbersome around the city roads.

SUV – The expert dealers at McDougal & Breen told us that their SUV sales are rocketing. They attribute this to the number of families opting for a larger vehicle. Choosing a 4×4 gives the feeling of safety and security that families love. There are some wildly popular crossover vehicles on the market at the moment. For example, the Nissan Qashqai crept into the top five best-selling cars this year. The SUV is perfect for those bigger families who need a lot of space.

Choosing petrol, diesel, or hybrid

Making the choice of fuel is still a tricky one for car buyers. Diesel cars are typically a little more expensive than their petrol counterparts. However, they will save you money in the long run due to lower diesel prices. We generally advise city drivers to stick to a petrol engine. It’s cleaner and runs better in a city environment. For motorway drivers, we suggest switching to diesel. You’ll get a better mileage, and more for your money. Of course, you could make the switch to hybrid power. You’ll pay for the privilege, but you’ll save a fortune on fuel costs. Some of the modern hybrid cars are also among the most reliable in the country. That means you’ll save money on repairs and maintenance too.

The crucial thing to remember is to choose a vehicle that matches your lifestyle. Take size, practicality, and cost into consideration before making your final decision.

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