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. Here are the most popular on the site.
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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.
With striking styling and a range of impressive petrol and diesel engines, it’s no surprise this is one of our favourite large saloons. The ride is a little on the firm side but the 6 has excellent handling manners and feels very lithe. Its petrol and diesel engine range are very well matched to the car’s abilities and they offer good refinement unless pressed right to their red lines.
The latest Mondeo builds on the strengths of previous generation to deliver one of the best family cars around. The steering isn’t quite as good as before, but the ride and handling impress. As a result the latest Mondeo brings excellent quality, masses of space and a real upmarket feel.
If maximum space is high on your list of priorities then the latest Superb will deliver in spades. Not only is it better looking than before, but inside passengers benefit from a huge amount of legroom and they’ll appreciate the top-notch build quality. It even has built-in umbrellas in the doors...
Essentially a replacement for the worthy if dull Avensis, the Camry comes with hybrid power only in the shape of a 2.5-litre petrol engine which is also used in the latest Lexus EX. With a high quality interior and the usual Toyota levels of reliability, the Camry is a trusty family car that also comes with a five year warranty.
Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport
Thd old Insignia was a company car favourite but Vauxhall is attempting to take the new model a bit more upmarket. It represents veryb good value for money with the entry-level model costing less than £17,500 - several thousand pounds cheaper than a Skoda Superb. It has lots of room and a big boot too, plus it rides very well making this a comfortable family motor.
On the road the Passat is quiet and refined, with suppressed road and engine noise, although some of the lesser diesels can be a tad vocal, especially when pressed hard through the lower gears. Fortunately there are some good petrols for lower mileage drivers including the new 1.5 TSI Evo.
The new 508 certainly looks imposing, with an aggressive front design that features sweptback LED headlights and a huge upright grille. Available with a range of petrol and diesel engines as well as, from late 2019, a plug-in hybrid version, the 508 is billed as a much more driver oriented car than the outgoing model.
The latest Optima carries on where its predecessor left off. It's incredibly good value for money and economical, making this an ideal family car. It may not be that common a sight on the roads - which we think is quite a travesty given how good it is - but then the appetite for saloons of this size is waning in favour of crossovers.
It's not necessarily the first car you'd think of when drawing up a list of potential family saloons, but the Hyundai i40 is actually a pretty good package. True it's not the most exciting of cars to drive but it is comfortable, reliable and feels well built. Plus of course it comes with a five year warranty.