Seven of the Best Value Family Cars

We take a look at some of the most spacious, safest and value for money cars that are ideal for busy families.

Ford Mondeo - from £20,795​​

The new Mondeo has being getting wide appraise since it was launched at the end of last year, thanks to its reliability and excellent driveability. Recently voted 'Best Family Car' at the 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. The inside of the Mondeo is spacious enough to seat four adults and has a class leading boot. The Mondeo comes with seven airbags, Active Park Assist and emergency brake assist, and has also been awarded a full 5 stars for safety from Euro NCAP. The new Mondeo comes with a range of efficient engines including a 1.6-litre TDCi diesel that has low MPG and CO2 emissions. The Ford Mondeo is available in hatchback and estate variants.


If you're looking for a car that's family friendly and has excellent styling, then look no further than the European Car of the Year 2015, the Volkswagen Passat. The new 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 quality built cabin that's roomy enough for four people, and has easy to use technologies such as the infotainment system. The new Passat is also efficient with a range of diesel engines each returning low MPG and CO2 emissions.


Skoda Octavia - from £16,525

The Skoda Octavia is a massive seller in the UK thanks to its low price, practicality and internal space. The Octavia has a spacious comfortable cabin that can easily seat five passengers, and with a 590-litre boot there is plenty of room to store luggage. Safety features in the Octavia include seven airbags, stability control and an alarm and engine mobiliser. 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.


Nissan Qashqai - from £18,265

The Nissan Qashqai has proven to be an extremely car since it was first released in 2006 regularly topping the UKs best-seller list. 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 SUVs currently on the market. The Qashqai won What Cars ‘Car of the Year’ in 2014 for its low cost, first class comfort levels, space and safety, which includes six airbags, stability control and cornering technology. On the inside there are lots of storage areas including a large glove box, and cubby holes for drinks and snacks.

Peugeot 308 - from £14,995

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.

Audi Q3 - from £26,515

The Audi Q3 combines quality, design and a raised ride height into one luxuriously engineered 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.

Nissan Pulsar - from £13,995

Spacious, enjoyable to drive and great value for money - the Pulsar offers all of this at a very reasonable price tag too. 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.

By Jenna Niblock