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Audi A3

Audi A3

The Audi A3 is an outstanding car in almost every respect, and the Sportback version is a terrific choice as family transport.

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Our top ten family cars

NameStarting fromTarget priceWhat Car? rating

Audi A3 Hatchback

£19,825£17,684 Rated 5 out of 5
Audi A3

Seat Leon Hatchback

£17,295£14,809 Rated 4 out of 5
Seat Leon

Volkswagen Volkswagen Golf

£17,625£16,055 Rated 4 out of 5
Volkswagen Golf

Vauxhall Astra

£15,915£15,005 Rated 4 out of 5
Vauxhall Astra

Hyundai Hyundai Ioniq

£tbc£tbc Rated 4 out of 5
Hyundai IONIQ

Toyota Prius

£24,100£22,001 Rated 4 out of 5
Toyota Prius

BMW 1 Series

£21,260£19,576 Rated 4 out of 5
BMW 1 Series

BMW i3

£32,540£26,480 Rated 4 out of 5
BMW i3

Nissan Pulsar

£15,995£13,995 Rated 4 out of 5
Nissan Pulsar

Mazda 3

£17,795£16,630 Rated 3 out of 5
Mazda 3

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Also in this category

NameStarting fromTarget priceWhat Car? rating

Mercedes-Benz A Class

£21,875£tbc Rated 2 out of 5
Mercedes-Benz A Class

Kia Ceed

£15,240£tbc Rated 3 out of 5
Kia Ceed

Honda Civic

£18,180£tbc Rated 3 out of 5
Honda Civic

Skoda Octavia

£17,030£22,716 Rated 5 out of 5
Skoda Octavia

Ford Focus

£tbc£tbc Rated 3 out of 5
Ford Focus

Hyundai i30

£15,740£tbc Rated 3 out of 5
Hyundai i30

Alfa Romeo Giulietta

£19,605£tbc Rated 2 out of 5
Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Volvo V40

£20,350£18,277 Rated 3 out of 5
Volvo V40

Toyota Auris

£16,440£14,657 Rated 3 out of 5
Toyota Auris

Citroën C4 Cactus

£13,205£tbc Rated 3 out of 5
Citroën C4 Cactus

Renault Megane

£17,195£tbc Rated 3 out of 5
Renault Megane

Volkswagen Beetle

£17,155£15,892 Rated 3 out of 5
Volkswagen Beetle

Fiat Tipo

£13,140£tbc Rated 2 out of 5
Fiat Tipo

Volkswagen Golf

£tbc£tbc Rated 4 out of 5
Volkswagen Golf

Volkswagen Golf

£tbc£tbc Rated 4 out of 5
Volkswagen Golf

Audi A3

£tbc£tbc Rated 4 out of 5
Audi A3

Citroën C4

£15,540£tbc Rated 2 out of 5
Citroën C4

Peugeot 308

£16,320£tbc Rated 3 out of 5
Peugeot 308

Infiniti Q30

£tbc£tbc Rated 2 out of 5
Infiniti Q30

DS DS 4

£20,440£19,506 Rated 2 out of 5
DS DS 4

Mercedes-Benz B Class

£22,635£tbc Rated 2 out of 5
Mercedes-Benz B Class

Volkswagen Jetta

£19,525£17,184 Rated 4 out of 5
Volkswagen JettaVolkswagen Jetta

Skoda Rapid

£15,965£14,675 Rated 3 out of 5
Skoda Rapid

Lexus CT

£22,440£21,908 Rated 2 out of 5
Lexus CTLexus CT

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How we define family cars

Family cars arguably have the toughest brief of all: they have to be good at pretty much everything. They’re used as the daily drive, on the school run or work commute (often both), and have to be able to cope with a family’s clutter on weekends and holidays.

The Ford Focus and VW Golf are among the most popular family cars, and these models excel with their sharp handling and comfortable ride respectively. A more premium option, Audi’s A3, is an even more appealing choice, thanks to its posher interior, brilliant infotainment system and rock-solid resale values. It’s not cheap, though.

The Skoda Octavia is another brilliant choice. It’s just a bit bigger than anything else in the class, so there’s lots of room for five adults inside along with a gigantic boot. It’s incredible value for money, too.