The Best Family Cars in 2021

When it comes to finding the best family cars, different things matter more to different people. It’s like with any car choice. True truly and definitely be able to find the best of the best, all things need to be in play. Here, that’s practicality, size, boot capacity, performance, affordability, and economy too.

Each is just as important as the last, and they all work together to give you some of the best cars on the market.

Mercedes A-Class

The Mercedes A-class is one of the more costly, luxurious and smallest of the best family cars you can buy at the moment. Despite all of that, however, it is still one of the most popular. 

Like most small four-door cars on the market, it comes in a range of different engine sizes and body styles too, providing as much luxury as you could need in one vehicle, all while still being able to fit the whole family inside.

Audi A4

The Audi A4 is one of Audi’s most affordable family cars, although it still does pack a fair price behind it. For new families and those on a tight budget, it might not be the most practical purchase.

Audi A4s are one of the most iconic saloon cars on the road, providing modest boot space while still being spacious inside. Even a car just 4-5 years old with a mileage of around 40,000 will still cost around the £20,000 mark.

Ford Kuga

The Ford Kuga is rapidly growing in popularity as time goes on. They are one of the most practical Ford models that you can find at the moment, making them easily one of the best family cars that you can buy.

As a frontrunner in Ford’s technological front, the multiple electrical options mean that it’s great no matter what kind of fuel you’re looking for in a vehicle. It’s also a 4×4 cross, meaning that you’ll find it just as comfortable out in the country on family days out as you would cruising around the city, and it’ll be highly economical in both too.

Skoda Scala

The Skoda Skala is a family car that has less of the wow factor than other cars on the list, but the great thing about that is that even despite it being one of the most unsung Skoda models, it’s still a great vehicle.

It offers a comfy and spacious inside alongside an incredible price tag, both new and used, and is generally a highly accessible way to get into the family car market at any level. What it doesn’t offer in speed, acceleration or responsivity, it makes up for in safety and reliability, all alongside value for money.

VW Tiguan

Like just about any Volkswagen vehicle, the Tiguan is one of the more expensive vehicles of its class. The spacious family-focussed 4×4 has all of the benefits that any smaller 4×4 has to offer, all alongside the renowned style, performance and reliability of the brand too.

As one of the most spacious small 4x4s on the market for internal space that’s offered, it really is a great fit for any family setup. Whether you’re looking for something to fit child seats, take the whole family on days out, or take the dogs for a walk as a family, it offers you whatever you need, whenever you need it.

BMW 3 Series

The BMW 3 Series is the smallest model of BMW that can still fit on the list of best family cars. Of course, as a BMW, it is far from the cheapest model on the list, but it is however still one of the most luxurious, high performing, and highly sought after too.

The 3 series is an incredible car for performance, safety and reliability, but the main downsides come simply from the prices that come along with it. Not only is it expensive to buy in the first place it may also cost a pretty penny to keep up to scratch too. Repairs aren’t cheap, optional extras might seem like the bare minimum in other cars, and all in all, you may well get much more for your money elsewhere.

Skoda Octavia

The Skoda Octavia is actually one of the biggest hidden gems in the whole car community, or so a large number of people who have driven them may tell you at the very least. Although Skoda isn’t the biggest of car brands in the UK, the Octavia is truly a remarkable vehicle, especially from the viewpoint of a family car.

The Octavia really is the best of everything all in one package here. It has a great price due to its smaller reputation compared to other brands in the UK. It’s safe, reliable, affordable and still a solid performing vehicle, all the while still having the space and the luxuries of even some of the biggest names in the industry. Don’t underestimate it.

VW Golf

Although it isn’t quite as big as some of the other cars we’ve looked at in the list, the Volkswagen Golf is time and time again proving to be a leader of any category it is placed in. Family cars are just another category it is a major competitor in, and it’s hard to argue with too.

The VW Golf has a little bit of everything. The main drawbacks to the vehicle are in the smaller size compared to others but despite that, it more than makes up the difference in affordability and performance too. Although some of the features may be less user friendly and slightly less comfortable, it’s still amazingly high quality.

Ford Focus

The Ford Focus is another of the classics in any category, including family cars. The key winning point for it however is that even in the smaller family car category, it’s still an amazingly affordable option from the most popular car brand in the UK. That does wonders for it if you’re an owner, even on top of the speed and performance it offers.

The price is incredible in both new and used cars, which is one of the main winning points, but as a result, so is the availability and repairability too. It’s incredibly easy to find parts or spares for the vehicle, as well as models in all kinds of conditions and specifications to make sure you find the perfect fit for your family’s current situation, no matter what it might ve.

Seat Leon

Finally, we have the SEAT Leon. As WhatCar’s number one rated family car for the 2021 year, the SEAT Leon has a huge amount to offer any driver, and as a family car, that’s no different either.

The SEAT Leon is a budget-friendly car by any means, and with all kinds of engine options from eco and hybrid builds through to fr and sport versions of the vehicle too, there is something to fit everyone.