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The best family cars of 2020

The best family cars of 2020

Choosing the right car for your family is a big decision. You’ll need to consider safety, fuel economy, comfort and space. In other words, it’s a practical choice.

Daniel Hutson
From the Motor team
7
minute read
posted 03 APRIL 2020

What to consider when buying a family car

Whether your family’s big or small, it’s important to choose a car that suits your lifestyle. Not to mention all the odds and ends that come with family life.

With that in mind, it’s worth considering:

  • cabin size and boot capacity
  • comfort
  • drivability and parking
  • fuel economy
  • running costs
  • NCAP safety rating

The best family cars

AutoTrader have ranked their best family cars and we’ve pulled out the key facts, to help you choose.

We’ve also included boot size, miles per gallon, CO2 emissions and average car insurance costs, so you can compare easily.

Best small family cars 2020

Volkswagen Golf

About: A high-build quality (which the price reflects), spacious cabin and comfortable ride make the VW Golf a consistently popular choice for smaller families.

Style: Hatchback

Why it’s great: Great steering, more refined and jam-packed with impressive high-tech safety systems.

Family features: Decent-sized boot, ISOFIX child seat attachments, 10inch infotainment system with voice control.

Miles per gallon: 49.6-62.8 mpg

CO2 emissions: 99-108 g/km

Boot capacity min: 380 litres

Euro NCAP: 5 stars

Average cost to insure: £561.66^^

Seats: 5

Peugeot 2008

About: Sturdy and compact SUV with a great sized boot and an eye-catching, modern interior.

Style: Small SUV

Why it’s great: A good selection of engine ranges to choose from and much more cabin space than you’d expect from the outside.

Family features: Lots of useful storage cubbies, wireless charging pad, four USB sockets, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Miles per gallon: 36.1-72.7 mpg

CO2 emissions: 88.3-502.6 mg/km

Boot capacity min: 434 litres

NCAP: 4 stars standard model, 5 stars for the higher spec option

Average cost to insure: £285.74^^ 

Seats: 5

Mercedes GLA

About: Comfortable and refined crossover with hatchback handling and a good range of engine options.

Style: SUV

Why it’s great: A very quiet ride even at top speed.

Family features: Decent-sized boot, good protection for adults and children, optional memory function seats, reversing camera, infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto.

Miles per gallon: 32.5-40.4 mpg

CO2 emissions: 144-169 g/km depending on model

Boot capacity min: 481 litres

NCAP: 5 stars

Average cost to insure: Data not currently available

Seats: 5

Skoda Scala

About: Reliable, spacious and great value for money, a practical and comfortable ride that won’t break the bank.

Style: Hatchback

Why it’s great: Lots of room and a quiet, capable drive that holds its own against more expensive rivals.

Family features: Excellent rear passenger space, generous, low-lipped boot, tons of useful storage compartments, infotainment system, good range of optional safety features.

Miles per gallon: 41.5-60.1 mpg

CO2 emissions: 106-116g/km

Boot capacity min: 467 litres

NCAP: 5 stars

Average cost to insure: Skoda Scala SE TSI 115 £572.74^^

Seats: 5

Land Rover Defender

About: An iconic look updated with on-board technology, and the powerful on and off-road performance you’d expect.

Style: SUV

Why it’s great: Excellent off-road capabilities and plenty of on-board features to keep the most adventurous families happy.

Family features: Up to seven seats, laptop racks, USB charging slots, LCD infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, surround-view camera.

Miles per gallon: 28.5-37.2 mpg

CO2 emissions: 199-227 g/km

Boot capacity min: 397 litres

NCAP: Not yet tested

Average cost to insure: Land Rover Defender 90 County Tdi £471.86^^

Seats: 7

Mercedes GLE

About: A Luxurious SUV with a range of safety features, offering an incredibly comfortable ride. A desirable choice for longer journeys.

Style: SUV

Why it’s great: Airmatic air suspension delivers superb all-round comfort and minimal road noise.

Family features: Hi-tech safety features, easy conversion to seven seats, voice-recognition infotainment system, low-lipped boot, deep storage pockets, wireless charging, heated and cooled cupholders.

Miles per gallon: 30.4-46.3 mpg, 256.8 mpg on plug-in hybrid GLE350de 4MATIC model

CO2 emissions: 162-212 g/km, 29g/km on plug-in hybrid GLE350de 4MATIC model

Boot capacity min: 490 litres

NCAP: Not yet tested

Average cost to insure: Data not currently available

Seats: 7

Mazda CX-30

About: Sleek and comfortable compact SUV with a beautiful interior. Delivers a smooth and quiet ride.

Style: SUV

Why it’s great: Lots of equipment included as standard; compact body with the spacious feel of a larger vehicle; one of the highest-scoring cars for safety.

Family features: Plenty of storage spaces, easy-to-use infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and many safety features.

Miles per gallon: 45.6 mpg

CO2 emissions: 116 g/km

Boot capacity min: 422 litres

NCAP: 5 stars

Average cost to insure: Mazda CX-30 SE-L Skyactiv-G MHEV 122: £388.71^^

Seats: 5

Toyota Corolla Touring Sports

About: Clean and green, stylish estate with good boot space and a comfortable ride.

Style: Estate

Why it’s great: Space and comfort are combined with low running costs and clean hybrid technology.

Family features: Seven airbags, Safety Sense drive assist, good rear legroom, flat, wide-loading boot, infotainment system, wireless charging.

Miles per gallon: 55.3-57.6 mpg

CO2 emissions: 83 g/km

Boot capacity min: 598 litres

NCAP: 5 stars

Average cost to insure: Data not currently available

Seats: 5

Volvo XC90 T8

About: Powerful and luxurious seven-seater uses an efficient combination of petrol and battery to reduce CO2 and running costs.

Style: SUV

Why it’s great: The refinement, comfort and safety of Volvo in a greener, cleaner version.

Family features: Big interior, seven seats, enormous boot in five-seat mode, lots of storage compartments, loads of safety kit included as standard, City Safety driver assist; Family Pack includes integrated booster cushion and sun blinds.

Miles per gallon: 80.7-113.0mpg

CO2 emissions: 52-55 g/km

Boot capacity min: 262 litres

NCAP: 5 stars

Average cost to insure: VOLVO XC90 HYBRID R-DESIGN T8 407 £747.78^^

Seats: 7

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

About: Spacious, practical and versatile, the Outlander plug-in hybrid is a great all-rounder choice for environmentally-conscious families.

Style: SUV

Why it’s great: Battery is ideal for quick commutes and school runs, while the petrol engine is fuel efficient on longer journeys.

Family features: Huge amount of cabin space, lots of storage cubbies, three ISOFIX mounting points, infotainment system, rear seat air vents, USB ports.

Miles per gallon: 122.9-156.4 mpg139.7 mpg

CO2 emissions: 46 g/km

Boot capacity min: 463 litres

NCAP: 5 stars

Average cost to insure: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GX3H+ £603.51^^

Seats: 5

^^Average price amount based on the top five quotes from Compare the Market data from 1 December 2019 to 1 March 2020. The average is based on all variations of the vehicle model and uses risk data from people with different age ranges, addresses and driving histories. You may find a cheaper or more expensive quote based on your circumstances.

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