Best and worst family cars 2020

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...

New Hyundai i30 & Skoda Octavia vs Mazda 3
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Claire Evans
12 Dec 2018 00:00
Skoda Octavia

The Skoda Octavia is simply one of the best family cars available, offering a practical and spacious interior, low running costs and generous standard kit.

We'd team the 1.4-litre petrol engine with SE trim, which gets you rear parking sensors, a front centre armrest and climate and cruise controls. It's big enough inside for your family and all their stuff, and it's also good to drive.

Pick of the range: 1.4 TSI 150 SE

Read our full Skoda Octavia review, see our latest deals or see our leasing offers

And the family cars to avoid...

DS 4

DS 4 Crossback front three-quarter

The DS 4 may have been designed to take on prestige models such as the Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series, but it lacks their quality feel and its suspension is far too stiff and unforgiving.

Read our full DS 4 review

Infiniti Q30

Infiniti Q30

The Infiniti Q30 is more appealing than the 4 thanks to its comfortable ride, practical boot and decent interior quality, but its engines and interior space disappoint.

Read our full Infiniti Q30 review

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