Whether you’re a young family on a budget or have a home-made football team to taxi around, you’ll find the best buys here.
Have a look at the following families – and see which one matches your automotive requirements the best…
Young family of three
Small urban car required
Space for clutter is vital
Taxi for two teenagers
Large six- or seven-seater
Three young children
...but no MPVs please
Growing familyThe TullochsNames
Daisy (5) Annual mileage
With two children under seven, we need room for child seats
Budget available: £11kRenault Grand Modus 1.2 TCE ExpressionList price
£12,232 Target price
£10,656 Saftety Rating
This versatile mini-MPV is based on the Clio
, but for an extra £200 you get a much larger cabin and sliding rear seats, which give limo-like room in the rear. The Grand Modus might look a bit dumpy, but it’s comfortable and easy to drive. The punchy and economical 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine is a gem, too.
Budget available: £11k-£14kSkoda Yeti 1.2 TSI SList price
£14,570 Target price
Child 78% Adult 92%
We’re huge fans of Skoda’s crossover. It doesn’t have the pedigree of some similarly priced hatchbacks, but badge snobs will miss out on a practical car that’s enormous inside, refined and good to drive. Although the go-anywhere looks can be backed up by four-wheel drive, we’d stick with this cheaper 1.2 front-wheel-drive model.
Budget available: £14k-£18kPeugeot 3008 1.6 THP 150 Sport List price
£18,495 Target price
Child 81% Adult 86%
This is our 2010 Car of the Year – and that’s not an award we give away lightly. The 3008 combines SUV styling with family-friendly practicalities such as flat-folding rear seats and a height-adjustable boot floor. We strongly recommend going for a model with Dynamic Roll Control: without it, the ride and handling let the car down.
Budget available: £18k-£23kFord Mondeo Estate 2.0 TDCi 140 ZetecList price
£20,995 Target price
Child 4 stars Adult 5 stars
Ford has just slashed the Mondeo’s price by 12%. Good thing because, at £24,000, our favourite version was far too dear. It’s safe, comfortable and great to drive, and you could get lost in the boot. Zetec trim brings all the equipment most buyers will want, and the 138bhp diesel engine is easily powerful enough.
Budget available: £23k-£30kVolvo XC60 2.4D DRIVe SEList price
£27,995 Target price
Child 79% Adult 94%
The XC60 blends the desirability of an upmarket SUV with the practicality and running costs of an estate. This two-wheel-drive model is the one to go for – it’s the cheapest XC60 both to buy and to run. SE trim features all of the kit you would expect, as well as a powered driver’s seat and electric folding door mirrors.
Used bargainsFrom £8299Skoda Roomster
1.4 TDI 2, ’08/08, 17,100 miles
The Roomster offers loads of space for a bargain price. The airy cabin and supple ride make it a pleasant place to travel, while the flexible seating system will cope with a growing family.From £11,995Ford C-Max
TDCi (110) Zetec, ’08/08, 18,815 miles
Not only is the C-Max good to drive, it has a solidly built cabin, with plenty of room for five. You can also extend the big boot by sliding the rear seats forward.