7. Ford Focus
The Ford Focus is the most popular family car in the UK, and with good reason. It’s scintillating to drive, decent value to buy and cheap to maintain and repair when things go wrong. What’s more, with so many around, you’ll have your pick of engines and specifications when the time comes to buy. Downsides? Well, its interior design is a bit fussily laid out and has some cheap plastics, and the boot’s a bit small. But if you can live with those flaws, you’ll have one of the most entertaining family hatchbacks going.
The Nissan Pulsar isn’t a car to set the pulse racing (pardon the awful pun), but if you’re buying family transport with your sensible hat firmly in place, it's highly recommended. True, the dashboard plastics are a bit low-rent and the seats could be more supportive, but on the whole the Pulsar is remarkably well equipped, delightfully quiet at speed and fantastically practical. Don't forget that it’s exceptionally cheap to buy, and with Nissan’s reputation should be endlessly reliable, either.
5. Hyundai i30
The main reason the Hyundai i30 achieves such a high position here is its five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty. With an example this new, you’ll still have the majority of that left, giving you peace of mind for longer than you’ll find with most rivals. The i30’s a good family car, too, with a spacious, robustly built interior, a comfortable ride and plenty of standard equipment, although it isn’t as satisfying to drive as its rivals and its engines aren’t particularly fuel efficient.
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