Best family cars
Family cars are the unsung workhorses of modern motoring. The remit of providing practical, affordable transport for a family of four or five might not seem that big an ask, but factor in the robustness, reliability and low running costs a family car must deliver and it's clear that to be a contender in this category, a car must be seriously proficient in almost every aspect.
Many of our top 10 family cars are also enjoyable to drive. While this is often low on the list of families’ priorities, it's an area that shouldn’t be overlooked: while ferrying children to and from school will make up much of a family car's life, when it's just grown ups in the car, the chance to remind yourself of how enjoyable driving can be is an experience to be savoured.
On a more practical note, all of the cars we recommend here are affordable to run and many come with fixed-price servicing packages and lengthy warranties, too. The competitive nature of the family-car market means there are some great deals to be had, while low-cost finance options can make the buying process simple and painless. If you’re thinking of buying a car using one of these, be sure to check out our guide to buying a car on finance.
While we have a dedicated list of the top 10 people carriers on sale today, we’ve included a pair of MPVs on our best family car list, simply because they’re too good to be overlooked – even if you might not initially consider yourself to be an MPV driver.