Travelling long distances to visit family and friends over the Easter break can be a mixed adventure. On the one hand, the thought of witnessing an endless stream of tail lights is enough to make you want to stay at home. On the other, taking on the open road with some of your favourite people to go visit some more of your faves is the best reason to pack the car up and go.

Planning the journey itself is great; but do you have the car to stand up to the job? Aside from safety; what about reliability, efficiency and comfort? These are just some of the things to consider when thinking about your next car, so to assist you, we’ve put together the top 5 family cars that will stand the test of (journey) time at Easter and any other jaunts you have in mind.

Ford Focus


There is little to find fault with on the Ford Focus. Cheap to run, great handling and good headroom and legroom in both the front and rear are just some of the reasons why it’s one of the more popular family cars currently available. It’s fun to drive too and its supple suspension means it can handle bumps on whatever road surface you travel on. Added to this is a good size boot which means luggage capacity won’t be a huge issue.

Volkswagen Golf


The economics, practicality and durability of the Volkswagen Golf make it one family-focused vehicle that just won’t quit. Like the Ford Focus, it’s cheap to run and is a great all-rounder. As well as this, the Golf’s classy look and feel (particularly its interior) make it refined and understated, all while delivering comfort, quality and confidence for you and your passengers.

Kia Cee’d (hatchback)


The five-door hatchback version of the Kia Cee’d is the best choice if you’re looking for a reliable and affordable family car. It might not be as interesting to drive like other rival hatchbacks, but it does come with a cheaper price tag, large boot and plenty of room for four passengers. Kia’s standard seven-year warranty is also a plus-point (limited to 100,000 miles), as well as low CO2 emissions and good fuel economy (approximately 76.3mpg).

Skoda Octavia


A solid build, comfort and large boot space make the Skoda Octavia one of the most practical family cars on the market. Its assured handling, smart looks and close relation to the Volkswagen Golf shouldn’t be overlooked, as well as the fact that it falls into most family’s budgets. With a spacious rear cabin, you’ll also be able to easily ferry adults or children on a longer trip without them being cramped.

Mazda 6


If your car choice is focused on family, but you want something a little different from the rest of your neighbourhood, the Mazda 6 could be the car for you. It‘s a calm cruiser, has a very practical boot space (approximately 486 litres) and has plenty of room in the front and rear. The Mazda 6 also has a more chunky appearance than most other family cars in its class, and this adds to its ‘standing out from the crowd’ appeal. Its low emissions and decent miles per gallon (approximately 51.4mpg for petrol and 72.4mpg for diesel) also make it a car to consider.

What the experts say


  1. SEAT Leon hatchback
  2. Skoda Octavia hatchback
  3. Hyundai i30 hatchback
  4. Kia Cee’d hatchback
  5. VW Golf hatchback
  6. Ford B-MAX mini MPV
  7. Skoda Superb hatchback
  8. Ford Focus hatchback
  9. Mazda3 hatchback
  10. Citroen C4 Picasso MPV

What Car?

  1. Ford Focus
  2. VW Golf
  3. Ford Mondeo
  4. VW Passat
  5. Skoda Octavia
  6. Vauxhall Astra
  7. Skoda Superb
  8. Honda Civic
  9. Kia Cee’d
  10. Mazda6

Auto Express

  1. BMW M3
  2. SEAT Leon Cupra 280
  3. VW Golf
  4. Porsche Macan Turbo
  5. Alpina D3
  6. Jaguar XFR-S
  7. Mercedes E63 AMG
  8. Skoda Octavia
  9. Ford Focus ST
  10. Audi RS4

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