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Audi A3

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

NameStarting fromTarget priceWhat Car? rating

Audi A3 Hatchback

£20,365£18,753 Rated 4 out of 5
Audi A3

Seat Leon Hatchback

£17,455£13,843 Rated 4 out of 5
Seat Leon

Vauxhall Astra

£16,535£15,364 Rated 4 out of 5
Vauxhall Astra

Hyundai Hyundai Ioniq

£tbc£tbc Rated 4 out of 5
Hyundai IONIQ

Toyota Prius

£24,125£22,259 Rated 4 out of 5
Toyota Prius

BMW 1 Series

£21,840£21,840 Rated 4 out of 5
BMW 1 Series

BMW i3

£33,070£28,570 Rated 3 out of 5
BMW i3

Nissan Pulsar

£16,275£13,111 Rated 4 out of 5
Nissan Pulsar

Mazda 3

£17,995£17,195 Rated 3 out of 5
Mazda 3

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Also in this category

NameStarting fromTarget priceWhat Car? rating

Volkswagen Golf

£17,710£16,365 Rated 5 out of 5
Volkswagen Golf

Mercedes-Benz A Class

£20,660£18,880 Rated 2 out of 5
Mercedes-Benz A Class

Kia Ceed

£tbc£14,065 Rated 3 out of 5
Kia Ceed

Honda Civic

£21,460£17,367 Rated 4 out of 5
Honda Civic

Skoda Octavia

£17,140£15,923 Rated 5 out of 5
Skoda Octavia

Ford Focus

£21,250£16,069 Rated 3 out of 5
Ford Focus

Hyundai i30

£16,940£15,740 Rated 3 out of 5
Hyundai i30

Alfa Romeo Giulietta

£tbc£16,492 Rated 2 out of 5
Alfa Romeo Giulietta

Volvo V40

£21,060£18,620 Rated 3 out of 5
Volvo V40

Toyota Auris

£16,600£15,524 Rated 3 out of 5
Toyota Auris

Citroën C4 Cactus

£16,340£14,066 Rated 3 out of 5
Citroën C4 Cactus

Volkswagen Golf

£tbc£tbc Rated 4 out of 5
Volkswagen Golf

Skoda Rapid

£15,290£14,107 Rated 2 out of 5
Skoda Rapid

Skoda Rapid Spaceback

£14,355£13,320 Rated 3 out of 5
Skoda Rapid Spaceback

Renault Megane

£17,735£15,570 Rated 3 out of 5
Renault Megane

Volkswagen Beetle

£tbc£14,638 Rated 3 out of 5
Volkswagen Beetle

Fiat Tipo

£15,740£13,024 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

£18,105£15,310 Rated 2 out of 5
Citroën C4

Peugeot 308

£17,890£16,491 Rated 3 out of 5
Peugeot 308

Infiniti Q30

£20,795£18,600 Rated 2 out of 5
Infiniti Q30

DS DS 4

£22,580£18,022 Rated 2 out of 5
DS DS 4

Mercedes-Benz B Class

£27,235£20,923 Rated 2 out of 5
Mercedes-Benz B Class

Volkswagen Jetta

£tbc£16,002 Rated 4 out of 5
Volkswagen JettaVolkswagen Jetta

Lexus CT

£30,060£21,075 Rated 2 out of 5
Lexus CTLexus CT

Citroën C5

£tbc£24,555 Rated 3 out of 5
Citroën C5Citroën 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.