What we are looking for

  • Lots of cars can be family cars: SUVs, estates, saloon cars, even coupes. But here, we’re using the term to describe the sort of compact yet spacious hatchback that’s become the norm in the UK; the sort of car which can carry two adults and three children comfortably, and provide enough space for plenty of luggage in the back. The best of the breed will combine that space with quality, comfort, value and a dash of flair – enough to make family motoring a treat, rather than a chore.