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Best Family Cars on the market in 2018

Having a family changes your life quite dramatically and this includes your choice of car! With so many different ‘family’ cars on the market, finding the best one for yours isn’t always as easy as you might think. When you have a family you have to change the way you look at cars and make sure you are choosing a car that is not only right for you, but also your children too.

At Tates Cars we know there are a few important factors that most parents have to consider when choosing a car and these include:


Having children makes your life a lot more expensive and often means that families need to budget on other factors. We understand that a lot of parents are looking for cars that aren’t too expensive, but are great value for money.


Safety is almost always a priority for most parents when choosing their family car and can often be a deciding factor on which car to choose. There are a lot of different cars that come with new exceptional technology that can help keep your family safe and ensure you have trouble free journeys.


Two door small sport cars are often a no go once you have started a family, however this doesn’t mean you can’t find a stylish, fun car that is also big and comfortable enough for you. Most family cars come in a 5 or 7 seat option, so you can decide on what will be best for the amount of seats your family will need.

There are a number of different family cars out there, but deciding which one is right for you is a difficult task, so we have listed a few of our favourite family cars that are available at the moment below, to help you make the important decision.

Kia Soul​

Key points:

  • From £14, 510 New
  • Big Size
  • Cruise control
  • speed limiter
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rear-view camera
  • Blind Spot Detection
  • Rear Cross traffic Alert

The Kia Soul is a great family car and was awarded a spot among the 10 best family cars of 2017 by Parents magazine and Edmunds. It is a very affordable, roomy car and has features that make it great for families, such as cruise control and speed limiter, rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera to track and record your journeys. For a safer more convenient driver experience, the Kia soul comes fitted with Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert Technology.

Hyundai Santa Fe​​

Key Points:

  • From £32,980 New
  • V-6 engine
  • 5 or 7 seats
  • Scruff protection
  • touch screen navigation
  • Smart Parking
  • 7 Airbag system
  • Brake assist system
  • Autonomous emergency braking

Even thought the Hyundai Santa Fe is one of the more expensive models on the market, it is great value for money and has a very powerful V-6 engine and lots of other perks that could sway you to buy this as your next family car. It comes available with either 5 or 7 seats and is a very spacious car, with added scruff protection on the doors and frame, which will be great for larger busier families.

The Santa Fe also has a great amount of technology including touch screen navigation and smart parking which can come in handy when you have little distractions making a lot of noise in the backseat.

This car comes with a number of safety features to help keep your family safe, including the 7 airbag system and the brake assist system where it recognises an emergency brake situation and provides extra powerful mechanical pressure during the break, helping you come to a safe stop. The car also features Autonomous emergency braking where radar and camera sensors alert the driver of the possibility of an on-road collision, and apply braking as necessary to avoid or migrate impact with pedestrians or other vehicles.

Hyundai i30 hatchback

Key points:

  • From £12,995 New
  • Rear and Front parking assist
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • large cargo area
  • Inbuilt navigation system
  • Headlights that dip
  • DAB radio

The latest Hyundai i30 is a stylish family hatchback that scores particularly well for safety and is one of the more cheaper family models on the market. It has rear and front parking assist, helping you park safety, as well as also having autonomous emergency braking.

It has a very large cargo area, making it create for family and is very comfortable and is very quiet on the move, helping your drive as relaxing as it can be.

The i30 has impressive technology such as an inbuilt navigation system, headlights that dip and a DAB radio, which can help make your journey go a lot smoother. ​

​Citroen C4 Cactus

Key points:

  • From £12,995 New
  • Low fuel consumption
  • Cheap tax
  • Park assist 
  • Active safety brakes
  • Drive attention alert
  • Hydraulic cushions

The Citroen C4 Cactus not only looks great and has some incredibly good features, it is also very kind to your wallet, thanks to it’s low fuel consumption, cheap tax and purchase price.

Not only is is great value for money, but it is also incredibly safe and has features that make it this way, such as park assist, active safety brakes and drive attention alert.

The new C4 Cactus features suspension with progressive hydraulic cushions, making it very comfortable, absorbing major and minor surface imperfections.

Citroën Grand C4 Picasso

Key points:

  • From £21,492.59 New
  • 7 seater
  • Light weight
  • Fuel Efficient
  • Low CO2 emissions
  • 5/5 NCAP crash test
  • Blind spot monitors
  • Speed limit recognition
  • Driver assistance packages
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Electric massage front seat chairs
  • 632 litres boot capacity 

When you travel with a family it is important to have enough space and that is exactly what the grand C4 Picasso delivers. It is a very roomy 7 seater family car and weighs less than most cars of its size. It is very fuel efficient and cheap to run, as it has great fuel economy figures and has low CO2 emissions that keep the tax bill down.

It is also very safe, scoring 5 out of 5 when it was crash tested by independent safety body euro NCAP. The Picasso has technology installed that also helps makes your journey safer and easier, including blind spot monitors, speed limit recognition and driver assistance packages. The car also has an active lane departure warning system to guard against driver fatigue and a speed limit recognition system to help you stick to the speed limits when you are driving and keep your family safe.

The Picasso is also known to have a high level of comfort and has a RELAX function where the front seats have an electric massage and adjustable lumber supports and extra support headrests, which makes every journey feel like a first class trip. The car is very roomy and has a generous boot capacity of 632 litres, increasing to 793 when you fold the rear sears down.


DS 7 Crossback

Key Points:

  • From £28,050 New
  • Low emissions
  • 5 star rating from NCAP crash test specialists
  • Electronic stability programme
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Active Scan Suspension
  • Multiple airbags
  • ISOFIX child - seat mounting points

DS have brought out a new model called DS 7 Crossback, which not only is a great family car, but looks great as well and the car’s low emissions means it is cheaper to run and makes it a genuine rival to premium alternatives.

The DS comes with a maximum 5 star rating from crash test specialists, Euro NCAP. It has various technology that helped it achieve this, including electronic stability programme, adaptive cruise control and one-keep assist. It features Active Scan Suspension, which scans the road ahead and helps you deliver the smoothest possible ride. It also further has other minor safety features, such as multiple airbags and ISOFIX child-seat mounting points, to keep all your family safe.

At Tates cars we sell a range of different makes and models and paired with our team of motor experts, we can help you find your perfect family car! Go to our website or visit us in one of our 6 showrooms found in Crawley, Brighton and Pyecombe, to get more information and let us help you drive off in your dream car!