Best Family Cars
|   Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Some of the best family cars are vehicles which are comfortable, practical, economical, and safe. They need to have doors which can be opened widely, they need to be sturdy enough to survive children's not always impeccable travel behaviour, and fuel-efficiency is also always a plus.
Both as new and used cars, below are some models which warrant consideration:

The Volkswagen Golf Plus ‘S' is marketed as a slightly larger family car, for an acceptable price and without excessive prestigious extras. It is available from £16, 710, and therefore slightly cheaper than the Volkswagen Golf estate (£17,089), which would be comparable in terms of size. Running costs are comparable with the equivalent golf - and with a combined average fuel consumption of 48.7 mpg is pretty low. All models fall into the EURO 5 emissions class. Interiors are basic, but sturdy enough to withstand long drives and children's desire for exploration, and it includes ESP as well as drivers' and front seat passengers' airbags as standard.

The new Mercedes B Class also offers some excellent family cars. More expensive with prices beginning from £21,295, its standard equipment includes the Collision Prevention Assist and the Attention Assist. The first is a radar-based warning system designed to report on the proximity of the car to the vehicle in front – in other words, it beeps when one gets drives up too close, which can be very useful particularly when concentration is low after a long journey.

Designed for dealing specifically with the risk of driver fatigue is the Attention Assist, which activates warnings for the driver to take a break. A tyre pressure loss warning system and front airbags are also included as standard. Using up an average of 47.9mpg for combined driving, the basic B class model also falls into the EURO 5 emissions class.

According to autotrader.co.uk, the Ford Fiesta was Britain's most popular car in 2011. The C-Max is a family-friendly alternative. The starting price for a C-Max, which is also available as the seven-seater Grand C-Max, is £16,950. Larger families may indeed profit from the Grand C-Max, which boasts sliding rear doors and therefore excellent accessibility even when there is limited space.

An EcoBoost diesel engine is available, which runs on approximately 60 mpg. Driver and passenger airbags are included, as is an impressive array of other safety features: inflatable side curtains for both front- and rear-passenger, a collapsible steering column designed to protect the driver's legs in the event of an accident, the PIPS, or Pedal Intrusion Prevention System, which also protects the driver's legs in case of impact.
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