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Best and worst family cars 2017

What is a family car and which ones should you be considering? We count down the best models on sale – and reveal the ones to avoid

Words BySteve Huntingford

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7. Toyota Prius

As hard as it is to believe, the Toyota Prius is now in its fourth generation, and the current model marks a significant step forward for the world's best-selling hybrid car. Not only is it the cleanest and most efficient Prius yet, it's also the best to drive.

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6. Hyundai Ioniq

Unlike its main rival, the Prius, Hyundai's Ioniq is available as a hybrid, a fully electric car and a plug-in hybrid. Whichever version you choose, light steering makes it easy to drive in town, but the Ioniq is also entertaining on B-roads. Interior quality is good, and practicality decent, while running costs are very low.

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5. Vauxhall Astra

The latest Vauxhall Astra is cheaper than the equivalent Volkswagen Golf and a better all-rounder than the Ford Focus, so it’s one of the best family hatchbacks around. It’s also good to drive, practical and well equipped, although some rivals are quieter and more comfortable.

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