There are plenty of small family cars to choose from, but which one should you pick?
We'll take you through the best options and show you the small family cars you'd be wise to avoid.
The best of the best
The small family car sector is packed with highly competitive models, but one car stands head and shoulders above the rest – the Volkswagen Golf.
It was our pick of the sector in our Car of the Year Awards 2010, narrowly missing out on the overall crown, and has also just been made our Green Car of the Year with the efficient Bluemotion version.
All but the least-powerful petrol version are fine options, while even the cheapest S specification includes air-conditioning, remote central locking and plenty of safety features. Our favourite model is the turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol in Match trim.
Some rivals offer a little more space in the cabin and boot, but the Golf isn't small and is unrivalled in its winning combination of comfort and control.
Build and parts quality are good, while the popularity of the car means resale values remain strong.
The Golf is a cracking car that's deservedly in a league of its own, the only small family car that we currently give our top, five-star rating.
Our reviews are based on hard data and thorough testing in the real world.
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