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Best used family cars 2017 (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

Words ByAlex Robbins

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1. Seat Leon

Sharp styling makes the Seat Leon an instant eye-catcher, but its beauty isn’t just skin-deep. It’s great fun to drive, too, with a taut chassis that makes it responsive and involving. Yet it's comfortable, too, and it's also endowed with a spacious interior covered in tactile materials. OK, so it isn't quite as plush as the Volkswagen Golf on which it's heavily based – but you can forgive that when you realise the Leon is cheaper to buy than not just the Golf, but also its other close relation, the Skoda Octavia. That makes the Leon fantastic value, and given all its other merits, it shoots to the top of our used family car tree.

We found: 2013 1.4 TSI SE Technology Pack, 25,000 miles, Β£9995

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And the family cars to avoid…

MG 6

It might look cheap, but the MG 6 feels it – a tacky interior and noisy, thirsty engines await any buyer.


DS 4

Cramped rear seats, a small boot, and a bone-shaking ride are defining features of the DS (formerly CitroΓ«n) 4.


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