Are you looking for the perfect family car?
The school summer holidays are just around the corner, so the perfect family car is going to be essential for those long-distance drives to the kids' favourite places.
Whether it be comfort, space, high-technology or price, there's plenty to think about when purchasing your ideal family car.
We at Evans Halshaw have listed our best family cars for 2017, with several different styles and features, giving you the opportunity to decide which is best, depending on your needs.
1. Vauxhall Astra Hatchback
The Vauxhall Astra is one of the country's best-selling hatchbacks. Developed in the UK, it has a great range of efficient and clever engines. If you're looking for a roomy, compact car with premium design and high technology, this is the one for you. In the rear, the Vauxhall Astra has plenty of space, with versatile split-folding seats.
Whether you're driving to the coast on twisty country lanes, or down the M6, the quality of roads isn't an issue for this car. The suspension doesn't sag or lean in sharp corners and the car was given a five-star crash safety rating from Euro NCAP.
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2. Renault Grand Scenic
With active emergency braking, hill start assist, cruise control and fatigue alert, the Renault Grand Scenic has a whole host of extraordinary features for a family car. The Grand Scenic has a choice of petrol and diesel engines and is a lot cheaper to run than many of its competitors. The amount of room in the cabin is a real draw for families, with a large boot, seven seats, plenty of head and leg room and compartments under both the front and rear seats. There is also a glovebox that slides out like a filing cabinet, perfect for organised drivers!
If you're looking for an inexpensive family car with great features, including good visibility, the Renault Grand Scenic is the perfect choice.
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3. Ford Mondeo
The fourth-generation Ford Mondeo is a high-tech, spacious car - featuring a full leather interior and better ride quality than any other Mondeo. The car has very well-isolated wind and road noise, making it perfect for those long motorway drives. With a more aerodynamic design, panoramic sunroof and large exterior dimension, the Ford Mondeo has a much more upmarket feel.
Another fantastic feature is the 541-litre boot, which expands to 1437 when the seats are down. There is also an option with this model to have rear seatbelt airbags which inflate during impact, allowing the Ford Mondeo to have scored a maximum five stars in its 2014 Euro NCAP crash test.
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4. Mazda 6
When looking for a family car, an enjoyable drive isn't always on the top of customers' list. The Mazda 6, however, is one of very few family cars that is genuinely fun to drive. The car has excellent handling, plenty of grip and provides a high level of sophistication and modernity. There is plenty of room for 5 people and the new interior gives the Mazda 6 an upmarket feel, with an 11-speaker Bose sound system and head-up display. There is also a very generous boot and the active safety kit has been improved, recognition of this given by Euro NCAP with a 5-star safety rating.
If you're looking for a driver's car with a premium feel, brilliant technology as well as being spacious enough for all the family, the Mazda 6 is the car for you.
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5. Vauxhall Insignia
The new Vauxhall Insignia is the perfect family car for long distances. There is an abundance of space for people in the front and in the rear. The boot is also a great asset to the Vauxhall Insignia, with plenty of space for luggage when travelling for longer. The steering on the Insignia was improved drastically during the update in 2013 which makes it a much more direct drive. Drivers seem to find the Insignia much more comfortable since the update too.
If you're looking for an inexpensive car to buy and own that is perfect for long distance drives, give the Vauxhall Insignia a go.
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6. Peugeot 508
The Peugeot 508 is one of the most relaxed, comfortable drives in the family car list. If you're looking for a highly efficient family car for great value, the Peugeot 508 is perfect. With low running costs and five stars from Euro NCAP's crash test rating, this car is promoted for drivers that prefer a safer driver, therefore making it perfect for those long drives in the summer with the family.
Looking for a spacious car with a top safety rating? The Peugeot 508 is the right match for you.
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7. Citroen C4 Cactus
The Citroen C4 Cactus has many unusual quirks that make it differ hugely from the other choices in this list. Citroen has concentrated more on comfort when creating the Cactus. The lightweight construction offers strong performance even with small capacity engines. There are loads of luxury upgrades for this family car, including; surround-view cameras, privacy glass, a seven-inch touch screen, automated parking, reversing cameras and hill start assist.
The big design difference here are the air bumps on each side of the body. These were designed to protect the body work from scrapes and scratches to the paintwork.
If you're looking for a comfortable drive, for a great price with plenty of space including extra storage space and a large boot, the Citroen C4 Cactus is the car for you.
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8. Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
The Vauxhall Zafria Tourer is incredibly versatile. Seats can be moved around whenever necessary; the middle seat is able to become an arm rest and third row seats can be folded to the floor to maximise space. Made with families in mind, the seventh seat in the Vauxhall Zafria Tourer is only suitable for children and there are plenty of cubby holes to choose from.
If you're looking for an adaptable, multi-functional family car with plenty of space and a great appearance, the Vauxhall Zafria Tourer is for you.
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9. Ford Galaxy
The Ford Galaxy is one of the largest multi-purpose vehicles on the market. With seven seats, the back two folding electronically and the central row dropping at the press of a button, the Ford Galaxy is incredibly efficient. There are also front and rear parking sensors alongside an intelligent speed limiter that can scan traffic signs, ensuring drivers never break the speed limit. Alongside these features, the Ford Galaxy comes with adaptive cruise control and auto-braking which can detect pedestrians and other cars.
If you're a driver that puts space, efficiency and safety first, the Ford Galaxy is the car to go for.
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10. Ford Focus Hatchback
Drivers and passengers are equally content in the Ford Focus hatchback. This family car is lively, agile and responsive with very clever suspension yet doesn't compromise on comfort. Drivers will be very happy with the quality of drive on the Ford Focus hatchback as it is designed with efficiency in mind and only needs very light action. There's a wide range of choice between diesel and petrol so every family is catered for.
If you want a car built with comfort and efficiency in mind, as well as an enjoyable drive, go for the Ford Focus hatchback.
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So, whatever features you're looking for in a car to take you on those family road trips this year, this list will certainly help you decide.
For more information and prices on each of these cars, please visit the Evans Halshaw website.