Car-buyers have never had so much choice. To prove as much we’ve taken a £10,000 budget and picked 10 examples from CarGurus that despite looking like a diverse bunch would all make great family cars. Question is, which one takes your fancy?
The Hatchback: Kia Cee’d
For our budget you’ll be able to find a one-year-old car with around 10,000 miles on the clock. True, it might be in basic 1 specification, but that still includes air-conditioning and Bluetooth phone connectivity. What’s more, if you can find a Cee’d that’s part of Kia’s Approved Used programme it will come with the reassurance of a seven-year manufacturer-backed warranty.
The Estate: Peugeot 308 SW
Throw in a smart interior, very frugal engines and the quirky i-Cockpit dashboard layout (complete with its small steering wheel) and you’ve got a fine example of why estates can makes such good family cars.
The Hybrid: Toyota Prius
True, the boot isn’t as big as you’ll find in an estate car or family hatchback, but if you’re beyond the baby buggy stage and want something that’s dependable and very easy to drive the Prius can make a lot of sense.
The SUV: Range Rover Sport
In return however you’ll be getting a luxurious SUV with towering performance and the ability to go off-road if needed.
The Crossover: Nissan Qashqai
Our £10,000 budget will give you a choice of petrol or diesel versions of the excellent second-generation Qashqai, many of which have less than 30,000 miles on the clock.
The MPV: Citroen C4 Picasso
For example, rather than a bench for rear passengers it features three individual seats which all slide and fold individually (and include their own Isofix mounting points for up to three child seats) to maximise versatility, plus an enormous boot. Throw in a very comfortable ride and economical engines and you’ve got a great family car.
The People Carrier: Seat Alhambra
For our budget you can pick up a 70,000-mile example of the 2.0-litre diesel model, which has plenty of power for the task in hand. It’ll need it too, because unlike some seven seaters the Alhambra really can carry seven adults without anybody feeling like they’ve got a raw deal. Just as impressive is that despite being as spacious as some vans the Alhambra still feels reasonably car-like to drive.
The Four-Door Coupe: Mercedes-Benz CLS
The result was the gorgeous shape of the CLS, and while the steeply raked roofline means limited headroom for any taller adults travelling in the rear, for kids it is absolutely fine. What’s more, the 495-litre boot wasn’t far off what you’d expect to find in some estate cars of the time.
The Luxury Car: BMW 7 Series
If you’re lucky you might even find something as special as a long-wheelbase 760Li that’s packed with options such as a rear monitor with DVD player to keep the kids quiet, electric sunblinds and even Isofix mounting points to clip child seats in. Running costs are sure to be high, but even so it’s tempting…
The Supermini: Skoda Fabia
Being a Skoda it’s excellent value (you can pick up a one-year-old example within our £10,000 budget), has a comfortable ride, and shares its engines with other brands within the VW Group. This includes the excellent 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol unit, which combines effortless performance with wallet-friendly fuel economy of about 50mpg in everyday use.
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