Ten of the Best Family Cars to buy in 2017

From Family SUVs and Hatchbacks to Saloon and Estate Cars, Lookers has ten options that are ideal for busy families. All are available now from Lookers dealerships across the UK.

Our selection of the best cars for families includes the following:

  • Ford Mondeo
  • Volkswagen Passat
  • Skoda Octavia
  • Nissan Qashqai
  • Peugeot 308
  • Audi Q3
  • Nissan Pulsar
  • Volvo V90 Cross Country
  • Vauxhall Astra Hatchback
  • Kia Optima

See below for more details on each of these models.


Ford Mondeo

Ford Mondeo in Ruby Red Front View
The Ford Mondeo is a perennial family favourite for good reason

The Ford Mondeo has been widely praised since it was launched at the end of 2015, with particular nods given to its reliability and excellent driveability. Voted 'Best Family Car' at the 2015 'UK Car of the Year Awards', the new Mondeo is a perfect choice for those looking for a car which is spacious, reliable and safe. Inside, the Mondeo is spacious enough to seat four adults and has class leading boot space. The Mondeo also comes with seven airbags, Active Park Assist and emergency brake assist, and was awarded 5-Star Euro NCAP safety rating. There are a range of efficient engines to choose from, including a 1.6-litre TDCi diesel that has low MPG and CO2 emissions. The Ford Mondeo is available in hatchback and estate variants. Click here to get contact details for your nearest Lookers Ford dealership today.


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Volkswagen Passat​

Volkswagen Passat in Silver driving
The Volkswagen Passat in Silver

If you're looking for a car that is both stylish and family friendly, then look no further than the Volkswagen Passat. Voted European Car of the Year in 2015, the Passat has excellent safety features including autonomous braking, emergency brake assist, and trailer assist which helps reverse parking. On the inside, the Passat can rival many a luxury car with its high-quality cabin that's roomy enough for four people, and an easy-to-use infotainment system. The Passat is also efficient with a range of diesel engines each returning low MPG and CO2 emissions. See more information on the Passat and contact Lookers Volkswagen today to book a test drive.


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Skoda Octavia

Front View of Skoda Octavia in Blue
The Skoda Octavia is a great value family car

The Skoda Octavia is a massive seller in the UK thanks to its low price, practicality and generous internal space. Its comfortable cabin can easily seat five passengers, and with a 590-litre boot space there's plenty of room to store whatever your family requires. Safety features with the Octavia include seven airbags, stability control and an alarm and engine immobiliser. The Octavia also scored the maximum 5 stars from independent crash testing organisation Euro NCAP. The Skoda Octavia is available in hatchback and estate variants from Lookers Skoda dealerships.


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Nissan Qashqai

Nissan Qashqai in Dark Red side view
The UK built Nissan Qashqai is hugely popular with families

The Nissan Qashqai has proven to be an extremely popular car since it was first released in 2006. It regularly appears in the top 10 UK best-seller list, and deservedly so. This crossover from Nissan is spacious enough to carry five people and has a large folding boot capable of carrying a heavy load. The Qashqai is also great value for money and is one of the best priced family SUVs currently on the market. The Qashqai won the What Car? ‘Car of the Year’ in 2014, its low cost, first class comfort levels, space and safety options (six airbags, stability control and cornering technology) netting the prize. The interior has many family-friendly options, with storage areas including a large glove box, and cubby holes for drinks and snacks. Contact your nearest Lookers Nissan showroom today for more on the Qashqai.


Peugeot 308​

Peugeot 308 Hatchback in Blue driving
The Peugeot 308 Hatchback

The Peugeot 308 was named ‘European Car of the Year 2014’ for its excellent design, low running costs and first class safety features. This five-door family hatchback can seat up to five passengers and has a very large boot which is made even larger when rear seats are folded down. Safety in the 308 includes six airbags, a speed limiter and a seatbelt reminder buzzer for all passengers. The 308 is also economical with a choice of efficient diesel engines that return low MPG and CO2 emissions. Contact Lookers Peugeot today for more on the 308


Audi Q3​

Audi Q3 Black Edition in Red
The Audi Q3 is a smaller family SUV option

The Audi Q3 combines quality, design and a raised ride height into one high class package, perfect for the more discerning family car buyer. And let's not forget the generous luggage capacity which can hold 420 litres - ideal for safely and effortlessly transporting everything from shopping to pets. Picking up multiple awards along the way ('most reliable vehicle' and 'international engine of the year' to name a couple) the Q3 is agile, powerful and fun to drive. There are two petrol options in the standard Q3: a two-wheel-drive 148bhp 1.4-litre with Cylinder on Demand technology and an all-wheel-drive 178bhp 2.0-litre. Meanwhile, the diesel line-up comprises a 148bhp 2.0-litre TDI with either two or four-wheel drive and a high-powered 182bhp version. The Q3 is available now at Lookers Audi dealerships around the UK.


Nissan Pulsar

Nissan Pulsar side view
The great value Nissan Pulsar

Spacious, enjoyable to drive and great value for money - the Nissan Pulsar offers all of this at a very reasonable price tag. Available with a 114bhp 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine, a 187bhp 1.6-litre turbo petrol or a 109bhp 1.5-litre diesel, the Pulsar delivers a smooth and quiet ride, impressive visibility and an upscale infotainment system. A clever feature is the flexible seating arrangement which allows for a 60/40 split folding rear bench, ensuring you can load longer items in the boot without losing all of the rear seats. Entry-level Visia trim is worth a look if you are on a budget. It is particularly well equipped with alloy wheels, air-con, cruise control, Bluetooth, steering wheel-mounted controls for the stereo and even a 5.0-inch colour infotainment display between the speedo and rev-counter. Click here for more information from Lookers Nissan


Volvo V90 Cross Country

The Volvo V90 Cross Country is a superb option for adventurous families. An all-new design with clean lines, this 4x4 offers impressive all-road and all-weather capabilities. With loads of space for any equipment you might need, from Kayaks to Mountain Bikes. The large wheels and increased ground clearance provides confidence on any road. There are specialised options including hill descent control, all-wheel drive and increased ground clearance to help navigate any terrain. There are also different drive modes available depending on your situation. The V90 Cross Country is available to order now from Lookers Volvo.


Vauxhall Astra Hatchback

The Vauxhall Astra driving through a cityscape
The always popular Vauxhall Astra

The Vauxhall Astra is consistently one of the bestselling cars in the UK - and has been popular with families for generations. The latest Astra is a great evolution and a superb all-rounder. It is also built in the UK at Ellesmere Port. To enquire about the new Astra contact your nearest Lookers Vauxhall dealership today.


Kia Optima​

Kia Optima Saloon side view
The Kia Optima is an ideal stylish family saloon

A handsome saloon, the Kia Optima has been a big hit with families in the UK since its launch. As well as striking exterior, the Optima has a range of great safety options. These include Electronic Stability Control and Vehicle Stability Management, Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Force Distribution. There are also Height-adjustable headrests and seatbelts, twin front, twin side and curtain airbags and ISOFIX child seat fixings provide added protection. With a great range of engine and trim options, there will be an Optima to meet your family's needs. Contact Lookers Kia today for more information.