Top 10 small family cars

“A family car has to be big, slow and not particularly good looking.”

We don’t know who said that totally made-up quote, but we do know that it’s complete and utter rubbish. The world of the family car has changed and today there are plenty of small, good looking and powerful family cars available. From handy hatchbacks to hybrid heroes, there’s a lot of choice for parents nowadays.

We’ve looked around the wonderful worldwide web to find the top 10 small family cars on the market today, from reviews and opinions from What Car?, the Telegraph and Car Buyer.

If you’re looking for a car for your growing family, think a little smaller and take a look at this top 10.

Top 10 small family cars

  1. Audi A3 hatchback
  2. Volkswagen Golf
  3. Vauxhall Astra
  4. BMW 1-series
  5. Hyundai i30 hatchback
  6. Skoda Octavia hatchback
  7. Toyota Prius
  8. SEAT Leon
  9. Renault Megane
  10. Mazda 3

Everyone loves variety

The list above is about as varied as it gets. The Prius offers a hybrid option for any families looking to lower their carbon footprint a little.

The Audi A3 is a great option for anyone looking for a practical family car, without sacrificing all the fun. There are some shiny new cars in there, and some slightly older favourites that still stand out amongst the rest (and have the advantage of slightly cheaper used car costs).

What to look for in a small family car

The two most important things for any family car are space and safety. You need to know that you can fit the whole family in the car easily and that everyone is as safe as possible while they’re in there.

The cars above have a lot of space crammed into a small package, with boots that give the TARDIS a run for its money. And they’re all as safe as safe gets, which is a winning combo in our eyes. Oh, and they all look pretty good as well. Win-win-win!

So, if you’re looking for a family car, don’t think so big… small can be just as good. Promise.

We don’t want to put you off getting a family car… but driving with children is driving British parents round the bend.

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