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Best family car

Audi A3

The Audi A3 is an outstanding all-rounder, although some rivals are better value for money.

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Our top ten family cars

Name Starting from Target price What Car? rating

Audi A3

£21,810 £20,132 Rated 4 out of 5
Audi A3

Seat Leon Hatchback

£17,975 £14,892 Rated 4 out of 5
Seat Leon

Vauxhall Astra

£17,120 £15,703 Rated 4 out of 5
Vauxhall Astra

Hyundai Ioniq

£20,900 £19,489 Rated 4 out of 5
Hyundai IONIQ

Toyota Prius

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

BMW 1 Series

£22,410 £20,801 Rated 4 out of 5
BMW 1 Series

BMW i3

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

Nissan Pulsar

£16,280 £15,129 Rated 4 out of 5
Nissan Pulsar

Mazda 3

£18,200 £17,031 Rated 3 out of 5
Mazda 3

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Also in this category

Name Starting from Target price What Car? rating

Peugeot 308

£18,670 £16,673 Rated 3 out of 5
Peugeot 308

Volkswagen Golf

£18,180 £16,579 Rated 5 out of 5
Volkswagen Golf

Mercedes-Benz A Class

£25,745 £25,800 Rated 4 out of 5
Mercedes-Benz A Class

Kia Ceed

£tbc £13,299 Rated 3 out of 5
Kia Ceed

Honda Civic

£18,740 £17,148 Rated 4 out of 5
Honda Civic

Skoda Octavia

£17,645 £16,136 Rated 5 out of 5
Skoda Octavia

Ford Focus

£tbc £16,396 Rated 3 out of 5
Ford Focus

Hyundai i30

£16,945 £15,826 Rated 3 out of 5
Hyundai i30

Alfa Romeo Giulietta

£19,665 £17,341 Rated 2 out of 5
Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Volvo V40

£21,355 £19,150 Rated 3 out of 5
Volvo V40

Toyota Auris

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

Subaru Impreza

£23,945 £24,000 Rated 2 out of 5
Subaru Impreza

Hyundai i30

£tbc £tbc Rated 3 out of 5
Hyundai i30

Lexus CT

£23,450 £22,374 Rated 2 out of 5
Lexus CT

Volkswagen Golf

£tbc £tbc Rated 4 out of 5
Volkswagen Golf

Skoda Rapid

£15,420 £14,227 Rated 2 out of 5
Skoda Rapid

Skoda Rapid Spaceback

£14,485 £13,440 Rated 3 out of 5
Skoda Rapid Spaceback

Renault Megane

£17,260 £15,509 Rated 3 out of 5
Renault Megane

Volkswagen Beetle

£17,695 £14,957 Rated 3 out of 5
Volkswagen Beetle

Fiat Tipo

£13,745 £12,404 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 £20,605 Rated 2 out of 5
Infiniti Q30

DS DS 4

£21,305 £17,779 Rated 2 out of 5
DS DS 4

Mercedes-Benz B Class

£23,145 £21,024 Rated 2 out of 5
Mercedes-Benz B Class

Volkswagen Jetta

£19,690 £15,865 Rated 4 out of 5
Volkswagen Jetta Volkswagen Jetta

Citroën C5

£tbc £24,600 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.