Are you a mum or dad looking for a family-friendly car?

If you’re a new or expectant parent-to-be, then you may be on the hunt for a family-friendly car that ticks all the right boxes. In our blog this week we are going to explore key points to consider and what makes a good car for a young family; showcasing you some of the best on the market.

Given that you spend so many hours on the road ferrying your little ones around and running errands, family cars need to be reliable and practical; but also you want one that’s not a total bore either. Safety features and running costs are key points, along with comfort and space for expanding families. There is no doubt you will be carrying more luggage, so space and adaptability of space may also be something to consider. Finally, there is no need to sacrifice technology and style when purchasing a family car. These models offer the very best and useful technology, with style that will also turn heads.

The ideologies of the traditional family car have changed over the years,  due to a shift in trends. SUV’s are becoming increasingly popular with families, partly due to their raised driving position and interior space. We’ve  compiled a list of the very best family-friendly cars mums, dads and even grandparents are sure to love in 2019.  So whatever your budget or the size of your family, there’s sure to be one that catches your eye.

Kia Ceed

The Kia Ceed is the perfect example where you don’t need to compromise on sporty styling when looking for a family car.  It offers good looks and excitement and all the practicality you’d expect from a 5 door hatchback.

Euro NCAP hasn’t crash-tested the third generation Ceed; however both of the car’s predecessors scored the full five stars. It also comes with several driving aids for safer driving, such as driver attention warning, lane keep assistance and autonomous emergency braking fitted as standard.

The Ceed offers 395 litres of boot space ensuring there is plenty of room for luggage.

The Ceed is indeed worth considering if you’re looking for a smaller family hatchback, not forgetting it comes with the all important 7-year manufacturer warranty!

Citroen C3 Aircross SUV

If you’re looking for a quirky family car that stands out from the crowd, then look no further than the C3 Aircross Compact SUV. It has a wide range of paint colours for the body and roof, coupled with exterior trim packs.  There are 85 combinations in total, so you’ll be able to find the perfect match to suit your family style!

Make every journey enjoyable; it is both spacious and comfortable thanks to its tall, ingenious layout and The Citroen Advanced Comfort®. The C3 Aircross is ultra modular making this compact SUV extremely practical for a new family. The boot volume can be increased to 520 litres thanks to the split rear sliding seats, perfect for fitting in your extra luggage.

There's no need to panic if you’ve left the house without charging your phone battery as the C3 Aircross comes with wireless phone charging technology.

Take the stress out of parking; the C3 Aircross comes with Park Assist technology, which makes light work of parallel parking or parking at an angle. It also comes equipped with a reversing camera and sensors.

Euro NCAP has also awarded it the maximum five star safety rating.

The C3 Aircross is a great contestant for a family car.  Although it's not as large as a standard SUV, it still has all the space, comfort and style you’d expect to find and is packed full of useful technology to ensure every drive is a joy.

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Hyundai i20

The Hyundai i20 is the smallest car on our list, which is ideal if you are not ready to drive a bigger car but still need adequate room.

It may be small, but it’s certainly not lacking in space, style or technology for your new family. The layout inside the i20 is simplified, with everything you need within reach.

The 7 inch touch screen with a rear-view camera comes as standard on the entry level i20 model, as well as Apple Car Play and Android Auto,  ensuring you’re always connected.

The i20 is equipped with safety features ensuring yourself and passengers are well protected.  Included are Lane Keep Assist, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Hill Start Assist Control and Emergency Stop Signal.

So, if you’re on the hunt for a smaller family car that is practical, cheap to run and safe; then the i20 is certainly one to consider.

DS 7 CROSSBACK

Last but not least is the ultra-prestigious DS 7 CROSSBACK SUV. This SUV is guaranteed to turn heads, with its ultra stylish modern looks. Therefore, if a good-looking car is high on your list, then we suggest short listing this one.

You’ll find plenty of room inside the classy cabin in this SUV and it comes with an impressive 555 litres of boot space.

The technology inside the DS 7 CROSSBACK is second to none. It comes with an impressive 8 inch screen where you can access the cars eight-speaker sound system (including Bluetooth/DAB radio), Sat Nav System and Climate Control. You can also mirror your Smartphone, thanks to Apple Car Play and Android Auto; perfect for the tech-savvy parents out there.

The DS 7 CROSSBACK also comes with a variety of driver aids for easier and safer journeys such as Electronic Stability Programme, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keep Assist. The Active Scan Suspension feature analyses the road ahead and automatically adjusts the suspension accordingly, to deliver the smoothest possible ride. These are just some of the features that make us think the DS 7 CROSSBACK will make a perfect family car. Euro NCAP has also awarded it the maximum five star rating.

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Contact us or visit one of our showrooms to find out more or book a test drive - we’d be delighted to help you find your perfect family car.