With so many beautiful locations around the UK (we’ve picked our faves - top 5 getaway destinations), we wouldn’t blame you if you shunned a trip to the Costa del Sol, in favour of a staycation. And with the absolutely glorious weather we’ve been getting this year, you’d be silly not to!
For a great road trip, you’ll need all the essentials – an awesome playlist, plenty of snacks, a repertoire of good driving games and, obviously, a great ride. When you have kids, this becomes even more important. You’ll want plenty of space, comfort, and a big ol’ boot for all your kids’ essentials (translation: everything they own).
We’ve done the hard work for you, and rounded up five of the best family cars that tick all these boxes, giving you more time to try and talk your children out of packing every single superhero outfit they own.
A solid all-rounder in the crossover category, the Qashqai has made it onto many a top five list, and it’s easy to see why. A quiet, enjoyable and comfortable drive, with fully adjustable climate control and stylish extras like a panoramic glass roof, the Qashqai offers both a practical and attractive solution to your family’s driving needs.
Storage is a huge plus in the SpaceTourer, with front and rear under floor bins, plus drawers under the front seats, and a generous boot. It boasts a striking design and high-quality interior finish, while being a pleasant, smooth car to drive.
We’ve put a smaller car on our list, because ‘family car’ doesn’t always need to mean crossover or SUV. A reliable, long-standing favourite, the Golf boasts compact dimensions for easy parking, excellent handling, and a high-quality interior. It’s an economical drive, with a decent sized and practical boot. The Golf offers a good amount of head and legroom, and child seats are easy to fit in the back.
The Peugeot 3008 is a highly-rated crossover, which blends a spacious and practical interior with quirky design. It offers a quiet and smooth ride, with the chassis absorbing bumps in the road. The boot is large and well-shaped, with a small amount of storage under the floor.
Safety wise, the 3008 was given a five star Euro NCAP rating in 2016. If you’re looking for a car that’s reliable, comfortable and eye-catching, the Peugeot 3008 could be the one.
It seemed only fair to include a hybrid in this list, and the Prius is a classic that continues to hit the mark. For the environmentally-conscious family, the Prius offers an economical and efficient ride, while still providing the level of comfort and boot space you’d want in a family car.
Its bold and eye-catching design makes it slightly edgier than the other cars we’ve chosen, but it’s all a matter of taste.
Buyers have the choice of two types of Prius - the standard hybrid, and a plug-in version with a larger battery pack, that can drive further on electric power alone.
We’ve tried to include a range of cars to suit all families, so it would be impossible for us to pick a favourite. Hopefully this post has given you some ideas about what you’re looking for, but if you’re still stumped, our advisers are here to talk through your wants and needs – we’re here to find the perfect ride for you and your family.
Not only that, but Creditplus will also finance, service and MOT your new car, before delivering it straight to your door. What more could you need?