If you’ve got a baby on the way, you’ll be well aware that things are about to change. You may not appreciate just how much everything is about to change, but the important thing is that you know you’ll need to make some adjustments.
And there’s a good chance that your car will be factored in among those adjustments.
Even if you’re about to welcome your second or third child into the world, there’s a good chance your family will have outgrown its old set of wheels – so, whether you’re looking to buy new or used, here are the best family cars for 2015…
If you’re buying new
Skoda Octavia 1.2 TSI 105 SE – £16,000 to £19,000
Skoda has been producing top notch family-sized drives for quite a few years now – long gone are the days when the Czech manufacturer was the butt of the playground jokes – and if you’re looking to buy new, you still can’t go wrong with an Octavia.
The car simply ticks all the boxes a family-sized car should – it has a spacious cabin, a massive (590-litre) boot, it’s reliable, good to drive and has low running costs. Not only that, it’s also a fair bit cheaper than its more prestigiously-badged rivals.
Nissan Pulsar 1.2 DiG-T 115 Visia – under £16,000
If you’re looking to spend less than £16,000 on a family-sized car, then the Nissan Pulsar offers outstanding value for money. Even the entry-level Visia comes with air-conditioning, alloy wheels, all-round electric windows and Bluetooth connectivity.
Its turbocharged 1.2 litre engine delivers on both performance and fuel efficiency, and while its boot, at 385-litres, is considerably less than the Skoda, it still has ample room for all that family paraphernalia.
If you’re buying used
Ford Mondeo 1.8 TDCi Edge (2009) – around £4,450
The new Mondeo has hit the streets and so now is as good a time as any to grab a second-hand pre-facelift bargain – and if you pick up one that’s five or six years old, you’ll still be getting an ultra-reliable, fuel efficient motor that’s great to drive and comes with bags of cabin and boot space, but for a fraction of the original cost.
Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI SE (2012) – around £10,000
Over to Skoda again, but if you’re going second-hand it’s worth checking out the slightly smaller Superb, with its executive feel and twin-hinged boot that gives it a massive 595-litre capacity and added practicality.
It also ticks the boxes as far as performance goes as its VolksWagen 2.0 TDI engine is comfortable when cruising and goes easy on the diesel.
If you’re after something a little bigger.
If you’ve a small army to ferry around, you could find the traditional family saloon isn’t quite big enough and so it could be time to consider an MPV.
Buying new and the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 1.6 e-HDI 115 Exclusive ticks all the boxes as even though there are bigger seven-seaters out there, this is more practical than most thanks to its large cabin and clever seating arrangements.
Opt for the Exclusive trim and for around £21,000 you’ll get climate control, rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and sat-nav. The 1.6-litre diesel engine also offers great fuel economy and low CO2 emissions.
If you’re looking to buy used, then the Vauxhall Zafira 1.9 CDTi comes with a clever Flex7 flexible seating set up that can cater for every eventuality – from taking the kids and their bikes to the park, to transporting half the under 10s football team – and is good on both running costs and car tax.
A 2010 model should set you back around £6,500.
What family car are you driving this year, and what do you think of it? Leave a comment!