Best new family cars of 2022 and 2023: What's coming and when?

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If you’re in the market for one of the best family cars in 2022 then hold your horses and read www.honestjohn.co.uk’s guide to the Best new family cars of 2022 and 2023.

Here you’ll find cars like the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. Sure, it doesn’t look terribly gainly but who’s caring when you get so much space in a relatively small car that drives like a BMW?

Not enough ‘BMW’ for you? Then try the M3 Touring for size – it combines searing performance with all the space the family needs.

It is a bit OTT and if that’s not for you, you can read about family car stalwarts like the Kia Niro, Vauxhall Astra and Honda Civic – all revised for 2022 and ready to do your family’s bidding.

Fancy something less conventional? The Citroen C5 X is a family car with the looks of an SUV, saloon and estate, while the Renault Austral, is a mild-hybrid coupe/SUV replacement for the Kadjar.

Need a family car with more space? Then you’ll be wanting a big SUV which, unsurprisingly, is exactly what the tipped-to-be-a-seven-seater Dacia Bigster is. At the other end of the price scale, there’s the new Range Rover – big, fancy and expensive it will, nonetheless, sell by the thousands.

All of which means, whether you need a vanilla family car, something that's practical and fun or just plain huge, we've got you covered. 

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Dacia Jogger - mid-2022

The Dacia Jogger will be the UK's cheapest seven-seater when it arrives in the first half of 2022. Prices start at £14,995 fuel costs should be low, with the Jogger powered by a turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol engine. Despite the rugged off-road styling, the Jogger will initially be front-wheel drive but a petrol hybrid and all-wheel drive models are expected in 2023. 

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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer – early-2022

Yes, BMW's at it again: it's added another huge grille to one of its cars, this time the 2022 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer – as it is, a car not praised for its appearance. Okay, so it looks like a van but on the flip side, it has loads of interior space and a large boot. It's a perfect family car. The all-new model gets uprated infotainment with a huge curved screen and augmented reality sat-nav. It also sports new mild-hybrid petrol engines, as well as two plug-in hybirds with all-wheel drive. Prices start from £30,265.

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BMW M3 Touring – early-2022

The BMW M3 has always fought with one arm tied behind its back, while you can have its Mercedes C63 and Audi RS4 rivals as estates, there’s never been a BMW M3 Touring, until now. As of 2022 you’ll be able to have your M3 as an estate car meaning you can have agile handling and power of an M3, and still have room for the dog. It’s likely to be the fast estate to have in 2022.

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Dacia Bigster - late-2022

Big by name, big by nature, the Dacia Bigster will be the company's first large SUV, a car that will compete with the Volkswagen Tiguan and Skoda Kodiaq in terms of size but of course, not price. It’ll be an absolute bargain with Dacia targeting sub-£20,000. Expect it to have rugged good looks and a utilitarian but likeable interior that’s very spacious. Four-wheel drive will be optional and you’ll likely be able to choose from petrol, diesel and bi-fuel engines.

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Honda Civic e:HEV – late-2022

new Honda Civic is due in the UK by the end of 2022. It looks similar to the current model but is bigger meaning the tech-heavy and posher interior also has more space. Honda's given the new Civic a 184PS petrol-electric engine which means it drives like an electric car most of the time and can return fuel economy of more than 55mpg. It goes on sale in the autumn. 

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Kia Niro – mid-2022

The old Kia Niro was a great car hidden under an uninspiring body (in the case if the electric model in particular) – something the 2022 Kia Niro looks to address using its angular face and contrast-colour paint jobs. The interior is also refreshed, with improved quality, a brace of large infotainment screens and the cool dual-function buttons also seen in the new Sportage. A wheelbase that has stretched by 20mm frees up more interior space. The new Kia will launch as a £27,000 141PS petrol-electric hybrid that should get excellent fuel economy. PHEV and pure-electric versions follow later. 

Dacia Bigster

Dacia Bigster - late-2022

Big by name, big by nature, the Dacia Bigster will be the company's first large SUV, a car that will compete with the Volkswagen Tiguan and Skoda Kodiaq in terms of size but of course, not price. It’ll be an absolute bargain with Dacia targeting sub-£20,000. Expect it to have rugged good looks and a utilitarian but likeable interior that’s very spacious. Four-wheel drive will be optional and you’ll likely be able to choose from petrol, diesel and bi-fuel engines.

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Renault Austral – mid-2022

The Renault Austral will replace the Kadjar in the company’s SUV lineup. Expect this new Renault to be a much more striking machine with concept car looks and an interior that features a huge L-shaped infotainment screen that runs from behind the steering wheel and down onto the centre console. It’ll be visually appealing, but also very practical with stadium rear seats that mean back seats passengers look over those in front. Mild-hybrid petrol engines will form the core of the range, punching out up to 200PS. The car is likely to cost from £27,000.

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Land Rover Range Rover – early-2022

The new Range Rover is on sale now but don’t expect first deliveries until next year. It improves on the old car in every way, it’s more luxurious inside, has better infotainment and is more practical – it’s the first Range Rover to be available with seven seats. New suspension that cuts out body lean and standard rear-wheel steering mean it is even better on road, while it’s still extremely good off it, like any Land Rover. You can choose from petrol, diesel and hybrid models with an electric version on the way. 

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Vauxhall Astra – early-2022

The new Vauxhall Astra is set to go on sale in 2022 and it's the first Astra to get the company's striking new Vizor design language. It's also the first Astra to be developed under Stellantis' ownership. Inside, the Vauxhall you'll find interior quality has massively improved, you get big infotainment screens and room for four. You also get a choice of two PHEV petrol engines.

 

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