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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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  • Mercedes-Benz A-Class Saloon (2019 onwards) Review

    Could this new four-door tempt executive car buyers to downsize?

    Parkers rating:not rated yet
    New price: £0 - £0

    PROS

    • C-Class looks at an A-Class price
    • Should appeal to more traditional tastes
    • Stylish cabin mirrors the Hatchback’s

    CONS

    • We know very little else about it so far
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  • Nissan Leaf Hatchback (2018 onwards) Review

    The go-to electric hatchback just got a whole lot better

    Parkers rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3
    New price: £27,290 - £32,890

    PROS

    • Easy to drive, silent and refined
    • Intuitive and east-to-use e-pedal set-up
    • Boot larger than it was, and bigger than many hybrid rivals

    CONS

    • It’s not a driver’s car, thanks to lifeless steering
    • Longer range, but still shorter than a tank of petrol
    • No SUV version available yet – you need to wait until 2020
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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: £22,850 - £33,835

    PROS

    • Striking interior
    • Effective voice controls
    • Strong petrol economy
    • Refined diesel engine

    CONS

    • Steep initial PCP finance costs
    • Interior quality underwhelming
    • Coarse A 200 petrol engine
    • AMG Line models could ride more smoothly
    • Some practicality and visibility 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: £18,090 - £21,040

    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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  • 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: £50,410 - £59,615

    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: £40,571 - £54,039

    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
    • Thirsty if driven hard
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  • Volkswagen California (2015 onwards) Review

    Original factory-built camper van is pricey but brilliant

    Parkers rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
    New price: £43,295 - £62,829

    PROS

    • Stunning piece of product design
    • Sleeps four people in style
    • Petrol and diesel engine range
    • 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: £23,792 - £28,998

    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: £49,355 - £56,290

    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: £18,915 - £22,465

    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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