The best family cars for £25k

  • The best family cars you can get for less than £25k
  • All return more than 50mpg with large boots
  • Find out which cars we'd pick with our own cash

Setting a budget is vital when you’re choosing a new car – especially when it’s for your new family. 

To help you find the ideal family car, we’ve picked our favourites with decent interior space and more than 400 litres of boot room, each for less than £25k.

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Skoda Superb Estate 

Skoda Superb Estate - best family cars for £25k

When you’re talking about value-for-money, you simply can’t ignore the Skoda Superb. Built on the same platform as the posh Audi A6 and excellent VW Passat but available for a lot less cash, it’s so comfortable and practical it makes most other cars look silly.

We’ve netted a car with a punchy diesel engine and a host of clever kit. There’s no sat-nav available though, it’s reasonably priced at £755 and worth the investment we think.

Version to go for: 2.0 TDI SE
Kit highlights: adaptive cruise control, climate control, DAB radio, Bluetooth
New price: £21,065 – £37,170
Used price: £13,345 – £28,600
Fuel economy: 39 – 76 mpg
Boot size: 660 litres

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Kia Sportage

Kia’s 2016 Sportage is an impressive proposition for a number of reasons, but chief among these is a residual value of 47 percent, which means PCP deals can be had extremely cheaply indeed.

We’ve picked what we consider to be the best trim for value, and paired it with the better of the two diesel engines on offer and all-wheel drive just in case it snows.

Version to go for: 2.0 CRDi KX-2 5d 
Kit highlights: sat-nav, reversing camera, rear parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, lane-keeping assistant, speed limit display
New price: £18,250 – £31,995
Used price: £12,350 – £27,665
Fuel economy: 37 – 61 mpg
Boot size: 491 litres

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Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso - best family cars for £25k

They don’t come much more practical than the seven-seat Grand C4 Picasso. Citroen has a strong record for building impressively designed MPVs, and with the French very good at building smooth diesel engines too, this has all the hallmarks of a great-value buy.

We’ve picked one of the latest line of diesels to power our choice, and for that reason it’s also one of the most efficient cars in this article.

Version to go for: 1.6 BlueHDi Exclusive 5d 
Kit highlights: sat-nav, reversing camera, dual-screen display for infotainment system
New price: £22,475 – £29,900
Used price: £7,820 – £19,620
Fuel economy: 44 – 74 mpg
Boot size: 165 litres (with seven seats) or 790 litres (with five seats)

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Peugeot 508 SW 

Peugeot 508 SW - best family cars for £25k

Another oft-overlooked large estate, the 508 SW is comfortable and remarkably well-equipped for the cash, not to mention boasting a massive boot and lots of space in the cabin. It’s currently a smidge over our budget of £25k. 

Our chosen version gets the new BlueHDi diesel engine along with some luxuries on the kit list that are missing from other cars in this article.

Version to go for: 1.6 BlueHDi (120bhp) Active 5d 
Kit highlights: electrically adjustable heated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera, sat-nav, DAB radio
New price: £25,635 – £34,035
Used price: £3,670 – £19,830
Fuel economy: 44 – 74 mpg
Boot size: 512 litres

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Nissan X-Trail 

Nissan X-Trail - best family cars for £25k

Another seven-seater, but this time it’s optional. However, at time of publication Nissan is offering the third row of seats (worth £900) for free.

You can only have a bottom-spec X-Trail for our budget, but that doesn’t mean a particularly parsimonious specification. You will have to settle for two-wheel drive, though, despite this Nissan’s off-roader styling.

Version to go for: 1.6 dCi Visia (Smart Vision Pack) (7 Seat) 5d
Kit highlights: five-inch touchscreen, DAB radio, Bluetooth, cruise control, speed limiter
New price: £22,800 – £36,730
Used price: £11,915 – £25,750
Fuel economy: 44 – 57 mpg
Boot size: 130 litres (with seven seats) or 550 litres (with five seats)

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Have you seen the Nissan X-Trail 4Dogs concept car, aimed at dog owners?

Hyundai i40 Saloon

Hyundai i40 - best family cars for £25k

If you like your cheap and practical cars with a dose of style too, how about the Hyundai i40 Saloon and its swooping lines? It’s another car the general public often ignores, but that doesn’t mean it’s incapable. Far from it.

We’ve picked one with the proficient 1.7-litre diesel engine, which means good fuel economy, and you get Hyundai’s five-year Triple Care plan thrown in as well, netting you a warranty as well as breakdown cover and heathchecks for the duration of the term.

Version to go for: 1.7 CRDi Blue Drive SE Nav 4d 
Kit highlights: front and rear parking sensors, touchscreen sat-nav, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel
New price: £19,995 – £27,875
Used price: £4,265 – £17,595
Fuel economy: 42 – 67 mpg
Boot size: 525 litres

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Mazda 6 Estate 

Mazda 6 - best family cars for £25k

If you fancy something a little different, the 6 is definitely worth a look. Its distinctive styling hides a very capable chassis and engines that offer a brilliant blend of power and low running costs.

The version we’ve pin-pointed is in a trim we’re fond of in many of the Japanese firm’s cars, sitting one below the top and offering a useful mix of equipment for the money.

Version to go for: 2.2d SE-L Nav 5d 
Kit highlights: automatic lights and wipers, touchscreen sat-nav, Bluetooth, DAB radio, cruise control
New price: £22,825 – £29,295
Used price: £7,715 – £20,490
Fuel economy: 47 – 67 mpg
Boot size: 522 litres

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Volkswagen Touran 

VW Touran - best family cars for £25k

The incredibly popular Touran boasts 47 storage compartments in the cabin. That’s the level of practicality we’re dealing with here. It’s also a seven-seater, which adds yet another string to its bow.

We’ve picked one with a 1.2-litre petrol engine. Think that’s not enough for such a big car? Go and test drive one, and we think you’ll come away impressed.

Version to go for: 1.2 SE 5dr 
Kit highlights: front and rear parking sensors, automatic wipers, DAB radio, Bluetooth, air-con
New price: £22,795 – £32,060
Used price: £13,450 – £25,405
Fuel economy: 49 – 65 mpg
Boot size: 137 litres (with seven seats) or 743 litres (with five seats)

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Honda CR-V 

Honda CR-V - best family cars for £25k

We’re big fans of the CR-V at Parkers. Its clever folding ‘Magic Seats’ are among the best in the business, tumbling away easily with the touch of a lever. Honda has a fabulous reliability record too, so it’s unlikely it’ll ever break down.

Our chosen model has our favourite engine – the powerful yet refined 1.6-litre diesel – and comes with loads of kit despite its low position in the trim rankings.

Version to go for: 1.6 i-DTEC S 2WD (Nav) 5d 
Kit highlights: sat-nav, Bluetooth, cruise control, climate control
New price: £23,275 – £36,710
Used price: £7,900 – £26,915
Fuel economy: 36 – 64 mpg
Boot size: 589 litres

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