When it comes to a modern family car, people look for a number of things, safety, style, cost and the general efficiency of the car.
Here I look at four family cars well worth your attention, with each of them ticking most, if not all of the criteria, mentioned above.
Whereas once upon a time the Korean cars on the market may have been accepted as getting the job done but were picked up more for their generous warranty and lower prices, that isn’t the case anymore however.
Both Kia with its Ceed model and the Hyundai i30 discussed here, now look the part, drive well and still offer those attractive low prices and warranties.
The i30 offers a touted 68.9 mpg if you pick the 1.6 CRDi Blue Drive Active model, and other variants of the car offer mileage up to and around a similar level, depending on whether you opt for the petrol or diesel versions.
It received five stars in the 2012 Euro NCAPs too, so you know your family is safe in the vehicle.
Ford have stamped their authority on this particular range of cars for a number of years with its Ford Focus particularly popular and always either at the top of its segment, or very very close.
The latest batch of Focusses (or should that be Foci) look the part and drive well. If you opt for the 1.6 TDCi model, you will be looking at a mpg similar to that of the i30.
Much like the i30 the Focus also received a five star rating in the 2012 Euro NCAP safety review.
The Peugeot 308 is the latest addition to the range. Featuring all the aspects you would expect from the French car manufacturer. Probably the pick of the bunch however is the 308 SW. The reason for this is the vehicle’s sheer flexibility in seating terms. If you want the 308 to simply be a regular family car it can tick that box perfectly, but it also has modular seating stretching the total amount of people it can comfortably seat up to seven. Perfect for any family trips that maybe also involves the grandparents, without the need for a second car.
Sitting proudly at the top of the pile is the VW Golf. A confident all-rounder, the Golf features everything the modern family could need from a car.
With solid driving, a well-built cabin and a comfortable ride there is a lot going for this car. Of course it comes at a premium and some of the entry-level versions aren’t quite as powerful as their meatier bigger brothers but that shouldn’t put you off.
Another appeal of the Golf is in its resale value. While some cars depreciate by significant amounts, the VW range tends to hold its value quite well.
There are so many family hatches on the market that people can often feel overwhelmed with the sheer choice available. With more and more push to greener offerings, it is well worth looking into cars that offer high mpg and also the possibility of low or even no tax. So whether it is the seven seater possibilities of Peugeot’s 308 SW or the Golf’s general all round capabilities, there are plenty of choices out there for the modern family.
Louisa Jenkins is a freelance blogger with a passion for all things automotive. Here she blogs on a range of family cars from the Peugeot 308 to the VW Golf. She also offers advice on car safety and maintenance.