Best used family cars 2018 (and the ones to avoid)

Whether it's something sensible, something smart, something practical, or just a great all-rounder, our guide will help you work out which used family car is best for you...

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Alex Robbins
3 Jan 2017 12:00 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

Best used family cars 2018 (and the ones to avoid)

The Ford Focus is Britain’s most popular family hatchback – and it isn’t hard to see why. First up, it’s great value – cheap both to buy and to run. It’s also great to drive, with a lively chassis and responsive steering. Choose a 1.0-litre turbo engine, and it feels peppy enough for most people, too, and while it isn’t quite as classy as a Volkswagen Golf inside, the ubiquitous Titanium-spec model does at least get plenty of equipment. What’s more, there are loads of examples out there to choose from, so finding a good example shouldn’t be hard.

We found: 2017 1.0 Ecoboost 100 Zetec, 29,000 miles, £11,895

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3. Volkswagen Golf

Best used family cars 2018 (and the ones to avoid)

The Volkswagen Golf is a fantastic all-rounder, combining excellent comfort, enjoyable handling, enough space for most small families, a high-quality interior and quiet road manners. Of course, the smart styling and Volkswagen badge mean it’s a desirable car, and so it commands a bit of a premium over some of its rivals, but it still isn’t too expensive, and for the Golf’s considerable range of talents, we reckon the premium is, in most cases, worth paying.

Best used family cars 2018 (and the ones to avoid)

A strong combination of comfort, equipment and space have made the Skoda Octavia a huge favourite with family buyers. Granted, its interior isn’t quite as swish as that of the Volkswagen Golf upon which it’s based, but what it does offer is a vast boot and loads of room for rear-seat passengers. What’s more, it drives tidily, with composed handling and a comfortable ride, and it’s even great value. So while it might not be all that stylish, the Octavia is a fantastic used family car choice.

We found: 2014 1.6 TDI Elegance, 49,000 miles, £9222

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Best used family cars 2018 (and the ones to avoid)