Fab family cars from £5000 - Part 2

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Mazda 6 2.0 TS 5dr
Great to drive and good-looking, the 6 makes a solid used car.

In fact, it was good enough for us to name it our Used Car of the Year in 2007.

Mazda's reputation for reliability means the 6 shouldn't leave you stranded, and when you're behind the wheel you should have a smile on your face thanks to the crisp handling and comfortable ride.

Running costs should be low too, and it's also something of a looker.

Official average economy: 36.2mpg
Insurance group: 7
12 months' road tax: £215
Best buy: '06/56, from £5850

Renault Laguna 2.0 16v Dynamique 5dr
For a dash of French design flair and a strong safety record, check out the Laguna hatchback. The five-star Euro NCAP crash rating means the car should keep your family safe, while the comfortable cabin ensures that longer trips shouldn't prove tiresome.

The Laguna manages to strike a good balance between fine handling and a smooth ride, and there's a good selection of equipment as standard.

Official average economy: 35.7mpg
Insurance group: 10
12 months' road tax: £215
Best buy: '06/06, 40,000 miles, from £5000

Volkswagen Passat 1.9 TDI S Estate
It's worth paying that little bit extra for quality, and the Passat certainly delivers. This spacious estate should handle everything you can throw at it, with good passenger space, a generous boot and frugal diesel engine.

Build quality and refinement are also up to scratch. Even entry-level models like this one get dual-zone climate control, front electric windows and electronic stability control.

Official average economy: 50.4
Insurance group: 7
12 months' road tax: £125
Best buy: '06/55, 43,000 miles, from £6999

Vauxhall Zafira 1.6 Life
The Zafira is more than up to the task of handling a family and its needs. The cabin is spacious and comfortable, and the two extra seats in the boot mean you can give friends a lift at a moment's notice.

When those extra seats are not needed, you can fold them into the boot floor to make the most of the boot space. The 1.6-litre engine isn't particularly powerful, but it does return good fuel economy.

Official average economy: 38.7mpg
Insurance group: 5
12 months' road tax: £175
Best buy: '06/06, 30,000 miles, from £5200

Skoda Octavia 1.6FSI 5dr
The Octavia is surprisingly spacious considering it's a small family car, so you can accommodate four with ease, while the hatchback adds practicality and decent boot space.

The 1.6-litre petrol engine is frugal, and build quality is excellent. Owners are generally among the happiest drivers on the road, as Skoda usually does well in satisfaction and reliability surveys.

Official average economy: 40.4mpg
Insurance group: 8
12 months' road tax: £175
Best buy: '05/05, 30,000 miles, from £6000

Used car guide
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