What to Consider When Buying A Family Car This September
There has never been a better time to be in the market for a perfect family car. The second-hand market is thriving, which means greater affordability and making your money go further. There are also many more options now – from SUVs and hatchbacks to saloons and even MPVs that can comfortably carry even the biggest brood.
- Hatchbacks – These offer the greatest fuel economy and are essentially the ‘all-rounder’ choice for the family that does a lot of driving, but not too much driving. For those looking for a lot of legroom, however, you might want to look elsewhere as hatchbacks generally favour convenience over size.
- Estate – Estates or saloons are longer cars that offer more legroom and a lot more luggage room so are perfect if you like to take a lot of domestic family holidays. Long journeys will be much more comfortable in an estate than in a hatchback but they do guzzle more fuel.
- MPV/SUV – These can offer up to 7 seats and are higher off the ground, which can make some families feel safer and also offers easier access. Many SUVs and MPVs also have light off-roading capabilities, which can come in handy is your family enjoys camping.
- Seats – First, consider how many seats you need. How big is your family? Do you have a pet that will be joining you on certain trips and might you sometimes bring along friends? These are all things to consider when deciding how many seats you’ll need. Too many seats are simply not practical, but too few and you could end up causing arguments further down the line.
- Boot space – Aside from where everyone is going to sit, the next most obvious consideration is space. If you do a lot of travelling with the family, a conventional hatchback is unlikely to offer enough room for all your luggage.
- Affordability – The most obvious way to get the most bang for your buck is to go used. There are plenty of used car dealerships such as Fords of Winsford that allow you to drive away with used cars purchased on finance, so don’t think you have to go with a brand new car just because you want to pay monthly for it.
- Style – How the car looks is, of course, the least important factor here, but it’s still important. You don’t want to buy a car just because it looks good but the kids will probably care at least a little bit if you’re driving around in something that resembles a toaster.
Top 5 family cars of 2019 (according to Auto Express)
- Vauxhall Insignia
- Skoda Superb
- Toyota Prius
- Volkswagen Golf
- Ford Focus
Hope this information has helped you know what to consider when buying a family car.