Top 10 small family cars

  • Top 10 small hatchbacks
  • Cars to suit most needs and budgets
  • Deals on small family cars, too
In our top 10 list of small family hatchbacks (and one saloon) you'll find great cars that should suit most needs and and budgets. Check out the great deals we've got, too.

1. Volkswagen Golf
Desirable, refined and great to drive, it's one of the best all-rounders, and deservedly our 2011 Small Family Car of the Year.



Volkswagen Golf review
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2. Skoda Octavia
One of the most spacious cars in the class and great value for money.


Skoda Octavia review
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3. Ford Focus
A superbly rounded family hatchback that’s well specified, competitively priced and great to drive.


Ford Focus review
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4. Toyota Prius
The Prius makes a great family car as well as a great green car, thanks to the spacious cabin and big boot.


Toyota Prius review
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5. Hyundai i30
A competent small family car with an outstanding warranty package. Solid, if a little uninspiring, but you can't argue with the price.


Hyundai i30 review
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6. Nissan Leaf
The future looks bright, because the world's first mass-produced electric car is fast, fun and comfortable.


Nissan Leaf review

7. Mazda 3
A fresh and funky approach in an otherwise conservative market. The 3 backs up its snazzy looks with a sporty drive.


Mazda 3 review
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8. Volkswagen Jetta
A very likeable, very capable, compact saloon designed to appeal to those looking to downsize from larger family cars.


Volkswagen Jetta review
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9. Alfa Romeo Giulietta
An interesting and capable alternative to the class favourites, if not quite as rounded as the best


Alfa Romeo Giulietta review
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10. Kia Cee'd
An excellent ownership proposition, bolstered by the exceptional seven-year warranty.


Kia Cee'd review
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