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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. Here are 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


   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.

   on 27 December 2016

My 2016 skoda Superb L& K is fantastic it's my third skoda. They have all been well made and equipped and very very reliable. I have previously had five vw and three audis but on price build quality reliability and importantly customer service the skoda brand wins every time. I have just had mine serviced at 17500 miles and am averaging since delivery 56.5mpg in auto!

JT0891    on 28 February 2017

Hi, Is this a petrol or diesel engine you have ?Thanks

Senexdriver    on 19 December 2017

Surprised that the Audi A4 doesn’t figure in this list, given what a great car the all new version is. Is that due to price (which in my view wouldn’t disqualify it) or the fact that the Passat (although built on an older platform) is very similar?

NickNike    on 26 March 2018

Large cars with pathetic engines.Why are we Brits the poor church mouse of the Western World, and we have to pay too much to buy them?

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