Ford Mondeo hatchback

£20,000 - £30,070

The Ford Mondeo took Carbuyer's Best Large Family Car award in 2011, and even now it remains one of the most fun-to-drive large family hatchbacks on sale. The car, which is soon to be replaced, is now in its fourth generation and is much larger than the original Mondeo that was launched back in 1992.

That means there is more space in the cabin and also a huge boot. The car may not have the same quality feel inside as its big rival, the Volkswagen Passat, but its dashboard is well laid out and intuitive to use. What's more, the VW Passat is only available as a saloon, and not as a more practical hatchback.

Trim levels include Graphite, Edge, Zetec Business Edition, and the top-of-the-range models – Titanium X Business Edition and Titanium X Sport. Opt for the basic Ford Mondeo Graphite model and you still get a Bluetooth phone connection, heated and electrically adjustable door mirrors and air conditioning, as well as Ford's handy quick-clear heated windscreen.

Ford also offers a good range of petrol and diesel engines, most of which should be cheap to run.