Best and worst family cars 2018

What makes a good family car and which models should you be considering? We count down the best new family cars on sale – and reveal the ones to avoid...

1. Best and worst family cars 2018
The best family cars
BMW i3
BMW i3 interior
BMW 1 Series
BMW 1 Series interior
Honda Civic
Honda Civic interior
Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius interior
Hyundai Ioniq
Hyundai Ioniq interior
Vauxhall Astra
Vauxhall Astra interior
Seat Leon
Seat Leon hatchback
Audi A3 Sportback
Audi A3 Sportback interior
Volkswagen Golf
Volkswagen Golf interior
Skoda Octavia
Skoda Octavia interior
Infiniti Q30
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Many people who once would have chosen a traditional 'family car' are now buying SUVs and MPVs instead.

However, that doesn’t mean the family car market is dead; it still accounts for a huge number of sales and is very competitive, so there are some great buys out there – and some great deals to be had, especially on models like the Ford Focus, which is being replaced this week.

The Ford Focus may not be our top-scoring family car, but it sells in massive numbers; in fact, nearly 290,000 were sold in the UK in 2017.

But what makes a good family car? Well, it has to be practical, cheap to run, good to drive, well equipped and good value for money; in other words, it needs to be good at everything. Here we count down the top 10 and reveal the models that are best to steer clear of.

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