Traditionally switching from a couple’s car to a family car meant sacrificing style for practicality, thankfully car manufacturers have come up with a family car that offers families the space for all the trappings of family life, without compromising too much on style- welcome the crossover car, part hatchback- part SUV.
But what else should you for in a family car- besides style?
Will the pram fit in the boot?
Having children is great, having to schlep around all the detritus is not so great. When looking for your next family car it’s always worth checking out the boot and making sure it can actually fit the all important items such as the pram, the toys, the wellies, the shopping and the dog!
Does it have 5 doors?
Having a 3 door car is perfect when you’re young and single- and your friends are flexible enough to get in the back, however, when you have a family a 3 door car is far from practical, not to mention you’ll probably put your back out trying to put the children in their car seats.
5 doors are pretty much a standard when it comes to a family car, just make sure to use the child locks.
Will the children be safe in an accident?
Having children makes you question the safety of everything. Regardless of how long you’ve been driving, ensuring your car is safe should the worst happen is of paramount importance. The Euro NCAP safety rating rates cars from one to five under various conditions.
Visiting a dealership like Peter Vardy means you’ll be able to speak with experts about the NCAP safety ratings of the best family car- meaning you can make an informed purchase with complete peace of mind.
Can you fit car seats in the back?
Depending on the age of your children, it might mean you need to have more than one child seat in your car at any one time.
Make sure the car can comfortably accommodate the number of seats required, and that you too are able to get in and out easily.
How much will it cost to run?
Having a family is expensive and the extra costs of a family car can be a lot to incur. Look at the potential running cost of your next family car by calculating average fuel costs. Check how much the road tax is as this can vary depending on age of the model. More expensive vehicles tend to have higher costs for replacement parts.
What do you consider to be the most important things to consider when buying a family car, we’d love to hear from you?