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Best and worst family cars 2019

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 Seat Leon vs Vauxhall Astra
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Claire Evans
17 Dec 2018 00:00
Seat Leon

Like its sister car, the Volkswagen Golf, the Seat Leon handles well and has strong engines.

It also offers a practical and user-friendly interior, and while some of the interior plastics feel a little cheap, this is easy to forgive when the car is so attractively priced.

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3. Audi A3 Sportback

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The Audi A3 has strong, efficient engines and strikes an excellent balance between comfort and control on SE suspension. What’s more, the interior is beautifully built, with plenty of space for four people, plus there's a usefully sized boot.

We recommend the A3 Sportback model, which has five doors and boosts practicality. However, whichever A3 you go for, you'll be getting a stylish, premium family hatchback that's surprisingly affordable. It's no surprise that it's our 2018 Family Car of the Year.

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The Golf remains an excellent choice in this market, because it's quiet, comfortable and enjoyable to drive, while the interior is well built and practical. True, the Golf isn't cheap to buy, but strong resale values and a range of fuel-efficient turbocharged engines mean it should cost surprisingly little to run over three years.

The Golf remains an excellent choice in this market, because it's quiet, comfortable and enjoyable to drive, while the interior is well built and practical. True, the Golf isn't cheap to buy, but strong resale values and a range of fuel-efficient turbocharged engines mean it should cost surprisingly little to run over three years.

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