How to find the perfect family car

When you have a family, things change. Not just because you have to care for a small person or two, but because you have to change your requirements for things.

From the size of a house to where you can go for meals and even on holiday, you have different variants to factor in. One big thing that changes, which you probably use every day, is your car.

Gone are the days of two-seater sporty numbers, and in are the more practical vehicles. But, finding that family car can be difficult, do you opt for a huge Jeep, a Peugeot 5008 SUV or something smaller that can get you from the front door to the school gate and back again.

In case you’re unsure of what to look for, the list below should help you decide.

Space to sit

The first thing to do is to make sure the vehicle has plenty of space. This is mostly aimed at the back of the car, as you’ll need to fit the car seats and not just the children. So, make sure it can fit at least three car seats, as this will cover you should you choose to increase your family. Obviously if you have more children, then you’ll need a car with a few more seats.


Crucial to your expenses, make sure you calculate how much petrol or diesel you’ll be using. Consider how much you’ll be using the car and how much it’ll use, based on its engine, and you’ll know if it’s the right one for you.

The boot

Space doesn’t stop with seats. Making sure you have enough space in the boot is crucial. This is perfect for the big family shop or days out, as you’ll need to fit one or more prams in there. But, with 17% of Brits planning a staycation this year, a big boot will ensure you can fit all your holiday needs in the car.


While this may not cross your mind, making sure the doors are big will be a huge help. This will help you to get car seats and the children in, while also being able to get in yourself to ensure everyone is fastened in properly.

Of course, there are many things to consider when it comes to buying a car for your family, with the cost of the car and the impact on your day-to-day life being the main one. But, when it comes down to everything else, this list should see you through the buying process.

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