Today, we’re going to be looking at family cars. Families, after all, have quite a particular set of requirements. It means that actually choosing a family car can prove tricky and the problem is only made all the more difficult by the sheer variety of options on the market.
So today, as we move into Episode 4 of How to Car – with Ellie Taylor, we’re going to be looking at how you can narrow down your search and pick the right car for you. Let’s dive in.
The best place to start is to think about how much space you need. Children, of course, bring with them all sorts of odds and ends, and you’ll need as much room as possible for bags, buggies and luggage – so keep it all in mind.
It’s also worth considering whether you want a five or seven-seater. Of course, if you’ve got more people to take then a seven-seater is the best option, but with all seats in place these cars often don’t have the biggest boot. In fact, you can have a look through some of the best large SUVs here.
Safety is, of course, paramount when it comes to family cars. One of the best places to start is with a car’s Euro NCAP safety rating. This is generated through independent crash tests and is governed out of five stars – five being the best, and no stars being the worst.
Also, check out how many airbags a car has and how many ISOFIX points – where you’ll want to affix a child seat to – are included.
How easy is it to clean?
This is a consideration which is often left out when looking at a new car but, when you think about it, it’s one worth bearing in mind. Children, naturally, tend to create a little bit of mess – just think of crisps in the carpet – so having a car that is easy to clean can save a whole lot of time and energy.
Look for easy-to-wipe surfaces and pockets that can be emptied out. A good thing to specify is rubber floor mats too, as you can simply remove these from the car, hose them down and return them to the car when dry.
Are there any features you need?
Cars these days offer all manner of extra features and some of them might make the difference when it comes to headache-free family journeys. For instance, an electronically-operated boot can be a real help when you’re carrying bags or pushing a buggy, while screens mounted into the headrests could help make longer journeys blissfully quiet.
Some cars even have a contactless boot where you only need to wave your foot under the rear bumper and it’ll open. It’s worth taking a look through a car’s options, because some of them might come in really handy. If you’d like to have a look through some of the best family car options, then check out our feature here.