Guest Post By Sam Dickson
Top 5 Family Cars
When it comes to buying a family car, there are certain factors that need to be considered: Will it be big enough? What are the safety features? Will the car be suitable for my children when they reach their teenage years?
With questions like this and much more, it’s hugely important to do some thorough research to ensure you choose the perfect car for you and your family.
As a vastly competitive market in the car world, you’ll come across a large range of family cars that showcase features designed to cater for your family’s needs.
But, how do you choose right the one for you?
Well, we decided to explore this and have come up with a list of what we think the top 5 family cars of all time are. So whether you use this to help you choose your next car, or you want a bit of family car inspiration, we hope this list helps choosing your next one a much easier decision.
1. Nissan Micra
The user friendly Nissan Micra is a great choice for families just starting out. It might not be the best vehicle to go for when your kids reach their teenage years, but whilst they are young it will provide ample space for them in the back - not to mention the generous spacing in the front for you too!
Technology includes: Bluetooth phone integration system, an audio seatbelt reminder, on-board computer and much more. This is beneficial because not only is everyone safe, but there is a selection of entertainment to enjoy whilst travelling.
If that wasn’t enough, the safety features in the Nissan Micra include: childproof door locks, curtain airbags, tyre pressure monitoring kit and even a warning triangle and first aid kit to ensure everyone can be well looked after in case of an emergency.
There are many more features that this vehicle can offer you, so make sure you enquire about all the available options if this is a car you are considering purchasing.
The Skoda Octavia is a bigger vehicle than the Nissan Micra, so it’s a much better option if you want a car that’s going to last right up to your children’s teenage years and beyond.
It comes complete with a modern Bluetooth system and the stylish hatchback looks and performs great. Another handy feature is that the Octavia benefits from a 590 litre boot with the seats up, meaning there’s plenty of room to store whatever you need for your journey if you happen to be taking a trip somewhere with the whole family.
Safety features include: driver and passenger airbags, fuel supply cut off, driver’s knee airbags, head airbags and much, much more.
As we’ve previously mentioned, it’s always best to check with the manufacturers to see what specific features this car has, just to make sure it is going to be useful for your family’s needs.
3. Honda Accord
The Honda Accord is another great family car because not only does it have six speakers for the entertainment system, and a steering wheel mounted audio controls, it is also a dream to drive. This means you can drive your family around in comfort and style at all times.
The vehicle features five three-point seatbelts, height adjustable front seatbelts, dual front and dual side SRS airbags and more.
When it comes to your children’s safety, it’s crucially important to know exactly what you are getting from each vehicle, so if the Honda Accord seems like a good fit, do your research and think about what it is your family really needs from a vehicle before you make any decisions.
4. BMW X3
As one of the world’s most luxurious car manufacturers, it’s no surprise why a BMW model has made it onto the list. This Sports Activity Vehicle is fantastic for families who enjoy going on long family road trips and need plenty of room to store their belongings.
The impressive load rate is 620kg and 100kg can also be held on the roof racks. If that wasn’t enough, key features include: the BMW professional radio/CD/MP3 system, as well as an engine start/stop button, automatic tailgate operation, BMW emergency call, an onboard computer and an iDrive controller and monitor. As far as luxury, comfort and necessity goes, the BMW X3 is definitely one of our favourites.
5. Vauxhall Astra
Just like the Nissan Micra, the Vauxhall Astra is perfect for families who are just starting out and it’s a popular choice - so don’t be surprised if you see a fair amount of these on the roads.
Standard features include: a multi-function trip computer, cruise control and a speed limiter, steering wheel mounted audio controls and more. To add to this, you can keep your children safe in the knowledge that side airbags, curtain airbags, tyre monitoring airbags and more are all present in this vehicle. Make sure you ask your supplier for a full list of safety features to ensure this is the vehicle for you.