Family cars have to cope with the stresses and strains of school runs, and endless trips to get children to sport and other activities on time. As well as a robust interior and a sizeable boot, they need to be reliable; being stranded by the roadside with the next Julie Andrews who really doesn’t want to miss her singing lesson is something no parent would wish for.
Your priorities are likely to be fuel efficiency, heaps of space, wide-opening doors, and a high safety rating. Whether you're looking at hatchbacks, estate cars, or an SUV, what features really matter in a family car?
To help you find the best family car for you and your family, Rex Leasing takes a look at the best rated family cars on the market today, and you can now lease any of them on the Isle of Man!
1. Hyundai i30
Children in the back will appreciate the small transmission tunnel because it means three can sit abreast quite comfortably without fighting over leg space. Three adults might not fit at once, but head room is plentiful – much more so than in the i30 hatchback.
The rear seats of the i30 Tourer can be made to fold completely flat to aid the transportation of longer items.
The 109bhp 1.6-litre diesel is the best engine to go for if you plan on using the car as a workhorse. It also has really good fuel economy if you go for it in Blue Drive form.
2. Ford Focus
The Ford Focus is crammed with the latest technology; which the kids will thank you for, looks great and is brilliant to drive. It comes with a range of efficient engines and is competitively priced – no wonder it won Carwow’s Family Award at the 2018 Car of the Year Awards.
The interior is the nicest yet for a Focus, it's relatively spacious, and has a great sized boot too.
3. Skoda Karoq
The fairly priced Skoda Karoq is the definition of a great all-rounder. It looks handsome on the outside and is well built on the inside.
The spacious interior is heaven for families and is crammed with features that make the car easier to live with every day. Its boot is also a healthy size, but the Karoq’s party piece is that you can remove all the back seats for big jobs.
You won’t find problems with the way it drives either, it is very comfortable and comes with a choice of great engines.
4. Mercedes A-Class
The Mercedes A-Class is an aspirational vehicle to drive. You’ll get a car with smart styling and a lovely interior that’s packed full of unbelievable technology.
But, it’s not all style and no substance, though, the A-Class is a tidy car to drive that’s available with a range of different engines.
5. The Peugeot 3008
The Peugeot 3008 is a bold-looking, practical family car with a funky, well-designed denim-clad interior.
It doesn’t just look great either – the material quality and tactile switches feel fantastic too. There’s enough room in the back for three teenagers thanks to a flat floor and wide middle seat.
With vehicle leasing now available on the Isle of Man, driving a new car is more affordable and flexible than ever before and could even save you money in the long-term.
Have you spotted a new family car that you like? Contact our team today to find out if leasing your next car could save you money.