Family car reviews

Looking for a new family car? You’ve come to the right place - we have thousands of family car reviews to help you decide which model will suit you and your children best. 

Whether you’re looking to buy a family estate car, or want a family car for cheap car tax, read through our extensive reviews to find your favourite. 

Our family car reviews look at how much space you’ll get in your car, whether the boot can carry all the stuff your little ones come with, and how many car seats you can fit in the back. 

Browse through our reviews of seven-seater family cars, family saloon cars, and fast family cars that you can still enjoy driving even when they’re full of pushchairs and shopping bags. 

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  • Mercedes-Benz V-Class Marco Polo (2017 onwards) Review

    Glamping doesn’t come much smarter than this

    Parkers rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3
    New price: £53,180 - £57,195

    PROS

    • Glitziest luxury camper van yet
    • Beautifully crafted camping gear
    • Undaunting to drive day-to-day
    • Double bed very comfortable

    CONS

    • Up to five seats but only four beds
    • Much pricier than VW California
    • Sliding door on wrong side for RHD
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  • Volkswagen Caravelle (2015 onwards) Review

    Loads of space and surprising amount of grace

    Parkers rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
    New price: £39,403 - £55,677

    PROS

    • Hugely spacious, practical and versatile
    • Surprisingly good to drive
    • Van-based underpinnings should last well
    • Choice of powerful petrol and diesel engines
    • Short- and long-wheelbase options

    CONS

    • Not cheap (but worth it)
    • Finding suitable parking can be tricky
    • Not the most composed ride
    • Less refined than conventional MPVs
    • Limited active safety options
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  • Volkswagen California (2015 onwards) Review

    The only factory-built camper van – pricey but brilliant

    Parkers rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
    New price: £40,455 - £60,099

    PROS

    • Stunning piece of product design
    • Sleeps four people in style
    • Diesel engines range from 102-204hp
    • Comfortable and easy to drive
    • Lots of clever packaging and storage

    CONS

    • Not cheap – but still good value
    • Entry-level engine rather slow
    • Kitchen facilities limited to Ocean model
    • Feels top-heavy when cornering
    • Sat-nav and parking sensors optional
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  • Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life (2015 onwards) Review

    The van-based people carrier with VW quality

    Parkers rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
    New price: £23,121 - £27,879

    PROS

    • Very spacious for seven and luggage
    • Frugal engines with plenty of torque
    • Standard kit covers all the basics
    • Good build quality – for a van

    CONS

    • Bouncy ride
    • Limited choice of trim and engine
    • Not cheap
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  • Mercedes-Benz V-Class (2014 onwards) Review

    ‘The comfiest car to transport up to eight adults’

    Parkers rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
    New price: £47,235 - £53,965

    PROS

    • Massive interior
    • Luxury-car technology
    • Easy to drive
    • Efficient engines

    CONS

    • Expensive to buy
    • Noisy diesel engines
    • Still looks very van-like
    • Fuel filler frustration
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  • Ford Tourneo Connect (2013 onwards) Review

    Parkers rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
    New price: £18,445 - £21,995

    PROS

    • Cavernous five-seater interior
    • Sliding rear doors aid access
    • Diesels prove cheap to run
    • Surprisingly good to drive

    CONS

    • Automatic version very thirsty
    • Style trim spartanly-specced
    • Tailgate requires a lot of space
    • Van origins impossible to hide
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  • Ford Grand Tourneo Connect (2013 onwards) Review

    Parkers rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
    New price: £20,695 - £24,245

    PROS

    • Commodious seven-seater interior
    • Positive steering and supple ride
    • Large sliding doors for easy access
    • Economical diesel engine range

    CONS

    • Commercial vehicle styling obvious
    • Third row of seats aren’t standard
    • Style specification lacks equipment
    • Longer than many people carriers
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  • Volvo V40 Hatchback (2012 onwards) Review

    Parkers rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
    New price: £20,715 - £32,385

    PROS

    • Most eco-friendly version emits just 94g/km of CO2
    • Averages a claimed 78.8mpg
    • Standout styling

    CONS

    • Numb steering
    • Not as good to drive as a BMW 1 Series
    • Cluttered centre console
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  • Renault Kangoo (2009 - 2012) Review

    Parkers rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
    Used price: £1,598 - £4,410

    PROS

    Plenty of interior space plus masses of storage, twin sliding side doors, low running costs, smooth ride

    CONS

    Interior feels cheap in places and isn't very hardwearing, sparse equipment on base models

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