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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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  • Mazda 3 Saloon (2019 onwards) Review

    Four-door comes with all the best bits of the 3 hatch

    Parkers rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
    New price: £24,125 - £29,655

    PROS

    • More space than regular 3 hatch
    • Lovely, high-quality interior
    • Handles just like the hatch, too

    CONS

    • Just one engine available
    • Smaller tailgate opening
    • Fidgety ride on bigger wheels
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  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon (2019 onwards) Review

    The perfect premium saloon for those who feel a C-Class is too big

    Parkers rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
    New price: £27,215 - £44,320

    PROS

    • A-Class cabin design and voice control are highlights
    • Petrol and diesel engines are refined and efficient
    • Premium styling in a compact package

    CONS

    • Adds to a confusing line-up of small Mercedes-Benzes
    • If you want roomy and practical, look elsewhere
    • Some interior quality issues
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  • Citroën C4 Cactus Hatchback (2018 onwards) Review

    Comfortable and easy to live with, but too flawed for most drivers

    Parkers rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
    New price: £20,280 - £23,875

    PROS

    • Light, efficient and distinctively styled
    • Useful levels of practicality
    • More comfortable than old Cactus
    • Good value for money

    CONS

    • It's lost some of its character
    • Handling takes some getting used to
    • Over-reliance on touchscreen
    • Lacks rugged build quality of some rivals
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  • Nissan Leaf Hatchback (2018 onwards) Review

    A usable electric car that's starting to fall off the pace

    Parkers rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9
    New price: £31,145 - £39,395

    PROS

    • Easy to drive, silent and refined
    • Intuitive and easy-to-use E-Pedal set-up
    • The 62kWh Leaf e+ promises 215-plus mile range

    CONS

    • Strange driving position and lack of enthusiast appeal
    • Longer range, but still shorter than a tank of petrol
    • Unable to perform multiple rapid recharges on 40kW 
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  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback (2018 onwards) Review

    Impressive optional in-car tech, but prioritises style over substance

    Parkers rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1
    New price: £23,665 - £43,725

    PROS

    • Striking interior design
    • Effective voice controls
    • Impressive petrol economy
    • Refined and punchy diesel engines

    CONS

    • Some cabin quality concerns
    • Coarse A 200 petrol engine
    • AMG Line models could ride more smoothly
    • Some practicality and visibility issues
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  • Mercedes-Benz V-Class Marco Polo (2017 onwards) Review

    Mercedes has upped the ante with its glampervan

    Parkers rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3
    New price: £50,160 - £59,500

    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 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: £25,130 - £27,377

    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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  • Volkswagen California (2015 onwards) Review

    Iconic camper is pricey but brilliant - and now updated with a major facelift

    Parkers rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
    New price: £41,321 - £70,256

    PROS

    • Stunning piece of product design
    • 2019 facelift improves practicality and safety
    • Sleeps four people in style
    • Comfortable and easy to drive
    • Lots of clever packaging and storage

    CONS

    • Not cheap – but still good value
    • Unsurprisingly not that nimble to drive
    • Not every model gets a kitchen
    • Top sleeping area may be tricky to access
    • Limited engine range
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  • Volkswagen Caravelle (2015 onwards) Review

    Loads of space, a surprising amount of grace and now even more technology

    Parkers rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
    New price: £42,063 - £54,194

    PROS

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

    CONS

    • Not cheap (but worth it)
    • Finding suitable parking can be tricky
    • Not always the most composed ride
    • Less refined than conventional MPVs
    • Thirsty if driven hard
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  • Mercedes-Benz V-Class (2014 onwards) Review

    Luxury MPVs don’t come roomier than this

    Parkers rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
    New price: £49,865 - £88,865

    PROS

    • Massive interior can accommodate eight
    • Range of modern technology
    • Easy to drive despite its size
    • Updated engines are efficient and refined

    CONS

    • Expensive to buy
    • Noisy older engines
    • Still looks very van-like
    • Interior design is dated
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