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Family car options, which one is right for you?

Choosing a Family Car

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It’s time to start looking. You have put it off for as long as you can but the time has come to choose a new family car. With so many car manufacturers and models available it can be a pretty daunting prospect. There are so many factors that you should take into consideration, because when it comes to your family safety is paramount. Your new car needs to be practical enough to perform simple daily journeys but it should also can carry everything your family needs for your annual holiday.

Which car is best? Well we can’t answer that, but we can give you a few tips that will help you to pick the car that is best for you.

Which body type is better for your family car?

Cars fall into 4 main categories each appealing to families, but with different strengths.

Hatchback: Lower running costs generally, well equipped with gadgets and good value for money, but limited on space.

People Carrier: Bigger cars, more practical for family life with plenty of storage. Often have handy things like flip down tables and connectors for games consoles etc. There is often an extra row of seats in the boot which can be folded away when not in use, they do however reduce boot space when up.

Estate: Not always the best value for money but they do combine the practicality of a people carrier with the running costs of a hatchback.

Saloon: Larger than a hatchback and with a big boot; deeper boot load space but smaller opening. These usually have more interior space than a hatchback.

Car Seats

` If you have small children an important feature of a family car is being able to fit car seats properly, some cars do not have the space to fit 3 child seats across the back seat. All new cars baby asleep in a family carmanufactured since February 2013 have ISOFIX points to make it safer to fit car seats. However, some groups of car seats have a leg which sits on the floor, these are not suitable for use in cars with underfloor storage, a quick look should confirm if a car has this. If you can’t fit 3 seats in the back of the car then ask if there is an on / off switch for the passenger side airbag so you can use this seat for a child in a car seat. You might want to check how wide you can open the doors, strapping children into car seats can be tricky at the best of times, but especially if you don’t have enough space.

Safety

Look at the Euro NCAP rating for any cars that make it to your short list, whilst it is unusual for a car not to achieve a 5-star rating but it is worth checking and seeing how cars compare in terms of individual, Adult, Child, Pedestrian and Safety Assist ratings.

Of course, there are also plenty of other things you will want to take into consideration when choosing a family car; Fuel type and consumption, tax, insurance costs, ongoing costs associated with servicing and of course the purchase price.  Consider leasing your next family car, no more road tax, reliability of a new car, no more worries of car depreciation find out more here.

With so many factors to consider the most important thing is to take your time and shop around, and ask plenty of questions before deciding which car to get for your family.