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Best family car

Skoda Octavia

The Skoda Octavia may not be the most stylish family car, but it's classy, comfortable, incredibly spacious and keenly priced

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Our top ten family cars

Name Starting from Target price What Car? rating

Skoda Octavia

£tbc £15,263 Rated 5 out of 5
Skoda Octavia

Volkswagen Golf

£18,340 £16,761 Rated 5 out of 5
Volkswagen Golf

Audi A3

£21,810 £20,184 Rated 4 out of 5
Audi A3

Seat Leon Hatchback

£17,975 £14,692 Rated 4 out of 5
Seat Leon

Vauxhall Astra

£17,670 £16,204 Rated 4 out of 5
Vauxhall Astra

Hyundai Ioniq

£21,250 £19,712 Rated 4 out of 5
Hyundai IONIQ

Toyota Prius

£24,255 £22,444 Rated 4 out of 5
Toyota Prius

Honda Civic

£18,795 £17,450 Rated 4 out of 5
Honda Civic

BMW 1 Series

£570 £tbc Rated 4 out of 5
BMW 1 Series

BMW i3

£34,075 £29,575 Rated 3 out of 5
BMW i3

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Also in this category

Name Starting from Target price What Car? rating

Peugeot 308

£18,670 £16,851 Rated 3 out of 5
Peugeot 308

Nissan Pulsar

£16,225 £14,955 Rated 4 out of 5
Nissan Pulsar

Mercedes-Benz A Class

£25,745 £24,118 Rated 4 out of 5
Mercedes-Benz A Class

Kia Ceed

£15,315 £12,772 Rated 3 out of 5
Kia Ceed

Ford Focus

£tbc £tbc Rated 3 out of 5
Ford Focus

Hyundai i30

£16,945 £15,745 Rated 3 out of 5
Hyundai i30

Mazda 3

£tbc £19,185 Rated 3 out of 5
Mazda 3

Alfa Romeo Giulietta

£19,665 £18,261 Rated 2 out of 5
Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Volvo V40

£21,355 £19,047 Rated 3 out of 5
Volvo V40

Toyota Auris

£20,105 £18,479 Rated 3 out of 5
Toyota Auris

Subaru Impreza

£24,255 £23,537 Rated 2 out of 5
Subaru Impreza

Hyundai i30

£tbc £tbc Rated 3 out of 5
Hyundai i30

Lexus CT

£tbc £22,286 Rated 2 out of 5
Lexus CT

Volkswagen Golf

£tbc £tbc Rated 4 out of 5
Volkswagen Golf

Skoda Rapid

£15,420 £12,874 Rated 2 out of 5
Skoda Rapid

Skoda Rapid Spaceback

£14,485 £12,009 Rated 3 out of 5
Skoda Rapid Spaceback

Renault Megane

£17,260 £15,094 Rated 3 out of 5
Renault Megane

Volkswagen Beetle

£tbc £tbc Rated 2 out of 5
Volkswagen Beetle

Fiat Tipo

£14,095 £13,226 Rated 3 out of 5
Fiat Tipo

Volkswagen Golf

£tbc £tbc Rated 4 out of 5
Volkswagen Golf

Audi A3

£tbc £tbc Rated 4 out of 5
Audi A3

Citroën C4

£tbc £tbc Rated 2 out of 5
Citroën C4

Infiniti Q30

£20,545 £19,765 Rated 2 out of 5
Infiniti Q30

DS DS 4

£tbc £tbc Rated 2 out of 5
DS DS 4

Mercedes-Benz B Class

£23,495 £21,262 Rated 2 out of 5
Mercedes-Benz B Class

Volkswagen Jetta

£tbc £tbc Rated 4 out of 5
Volkswagen Jetta Volkswagen Jetta

Citroën C5

£24,545 £24,555 Rated 3 out of 5
Citroën C5 Citroën C5

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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.