No-one said being a mum wasn't tricky, but when it comes to the school run, family camping trips or getting the kids to sports practise, the car you choose can make your life a lot easier. The selection of family vehicles has grown hugely over the past decade, with more and more cars being designed to accommodate your kids.
Whether you've got infants or teenagers, we have picked a selection of the best cars for mums to help you make the decision about your next family vehicle.
This award-winning crossover is a versatile and comfy option with plenty of space for adult passengers. Returning just 139-159g/km, it's one of the most efficient cars in its class and won't cost you a fortune to run. Add to that a five star euro NCAP safety rating and you have a capable, reliable car for a growing family.
The main attraction of the Ford B-MAX is that it's very, very accessible. The wide opening, sliding doors make getting the kids in and out a breeze and generous head- and legroom provides a comfy drive for all. The boot features an adjustable load floor for extra flexibility when it comes to packing luggage – perfect for family holidays.
The Nissan Qashqai is one of the most popular family vehicles in the UK and it's not hard to see why. Bold 4x4 styling, a smooth, supple ride and intelligent safety features combine to make this crossover a smart, dependable vehicle. With low-emission variants such as the 1.6-litre diesel available, it's affordable to run too.
The interior is spacious and comfortable, and can easily accommodate today's modern family.
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Offering genuine space for seven adults and sliding rear doors for easy access, the SEAT Alhambra is one of the most flexible MPVs on the market. All engine options provide plenty of pulling power, so even when the car is full, you won't struggle to get going. As winner of the What Car? MPV of the Year 2013 award, it's a practical choice for any family.
The Volkswagen Sharan is another people carrier that effortlessly seats seven. Its classy yet durable cabin is built to withstand the rigours of family life and the balance of ride comfort and control with excellent refinement delivers a smooth, quiet drive. With plenty of kit to keep everyone relaxed and entertained, it's a great car for families with older children.
Blending practicality with style, the Citroen C3 Picasso is designed to offer maximum versatility for active lifestyles. With a high roofline for more upright seating, a 60/40 split rear bench and up to 500 litres of boot space, it can accommodate any combination of passengers and luggage. The ergonomic driving position also offers great visibility as well as comfort on longer journeys.
The Audi Q5's 4x4 capabilities make it an excellent choice for those who like to venture off-road. Strong performance and advanced technology such as hill descent control make it lively yet stable on all terrains, while a host of features such as Bluetooth, three-zone climate control and parking sensors comes as standard. The Q5 is a smart choice for those who practicality combined with luxury.
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Undeniably stylish and offering punchy performance both around town and at speed, the Range Rover Evoque is an attractive choice for families. The cabin easily seats four adults and the elevated driving position offers good visibility. Add a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating and generous interior equipment, and there's not much more you could want from this vehicle.
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Volvo's reputation for safety is well-known and the XC90 is no exception. In addition to airbags, stability control and anti-whiplash restraints, this seven-seat model has a versatile cabin with individually sliding seats to accommodate passengers of all shapes and sizes. Its four-wheel drive system delivers power effectively, making it fun to drive too.