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Top 10: Large family cars

If you’re after a comfortable and spacious family hauler, the MPVs and SUVs that crowd the current market are very tempting but there is another way. There are still plenty of traditional saloons and hatchbacks that are more than capable of fulfilling family duties with a dash of style and practicality. We list the most popular on the site.

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Skoda Octavia

Skoda’s best-selling model in the UK is one of our favourite large family cars. A great all-rounder, it’s a practical choice with a 590-litre boot capable of swallowing all the clutter a family can throw at it, while the spacious and comfortable cabin will keep passengers happy too. Strong build quality and a logical dashboard layout are further plusses.

It doesn’t offer the most exciting of driving experiences but it rides and handles well. The smooth 1.2-litre 105PS petrol engine is a good performer but it’s the punchy and frugal diesel engines that make the most sense.

Read the full Skoda Octavia review

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   on 1 August 2016

I am generally very pleased with my Octavia which I bought in June, 2013, and agree with the comments in your report. However, I was surprised and disappointed when the turbo failed at just over 10000 miles last May and it took 25 days to find a replacement turbo and get my car back from the dealership. When things go wrong, replacement parts supply, in my experience, leaves much to be desired.

mumstaxi    on 1 August 2016

My 57 Octavia estate 1.9 TDI Pd is currently on 317k and still going strong (taxi). All original except changed Dmf for solid conversion at 100k . And had one more clutch since then. Egr blanked off a couple years ago too. Just put a deposit on 2.0 superb estate. Praying this does me as well as my trusted Octavia.

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