Once you have kids, it’s super common for your needs when it comes to a vehicle to change drastically. All of a sudden, instead of thinking about the 0-60mph times, you’re worrying about NCAP safety ratings and whether there’s a charging point in the back so that iPads don’t run out of battery on long journeys! With this in mind, I’ve been taking a look at Express Car Leasing to see what the best options are for family cars. Here are five of them:
The Nissan Qashqai is one of the most popular family vehicles in the UK and it’s not hard to see why. Bold 4×4 styling, a smooth, supple ride and intelligent safety features combine to make this crossover a smart, dependable vehicle. With low-emission variants such as the 1.6-litre diesel available, it’s affordable to run too. The interior is spacious and comfortable, and can easily accommodate today’s modern family.
One of the reasons you buy a Volvo is for its impressive safety credentials. The Volvo XC60 is a good case in point, with the family SUV awarded a five-star safety rating when it was crash-tested by Euro NCAP in 2017. The individual scores were incredible, with the XC60 scoring 98% and 95% for adult occupant protection and safety assist technology respectively. Safe in the knowledge that you’re doing your best for your children, what’s in it for you? Quite simply, this is one of the most sophisticated cars you can buy and it’ll look pretty cool even on the school run!
Range Rover Evoque
Speaking of the school run, you’ll turn plenty of heads arriving in the Range Rover Evoque – complete with rear seat centre armrest, auto climate control, air filtration and ISOFIX child seat anchor points. The smallest of the Range Rovers, there is still plenty of space inside and the 472-litre boot allows enough space to fit all your kid’s bags, buggies and books inside. With the Range Rover Evoque, you’ll not only look stylish sat at the steering wheel but also be confident in the knowledge your children are safe and secure.
The Skoda Octavia is a brilliant all-rounder that delivers on what matters most for families: competitive pricing, plenty of space and practicality, useful on-board tech and a range of efficient petrol, diesel and hybrid engines that mean the Octavia is a particularly appealing package. With a starting price of only a little more than £22,000, the Octavia represents great value, while the 600-litre boot and huge passenger space make you feel that you’re driving a much more expensive car.
It feels like nearly every family has owned a Sportage at some point in their lives and it’s easy to see why: great styling, with a rear-view camera as standard. You have to lift the buggy a bit higher into the boots of SUVs but the upside is good forward vision and a greater sense of safety. Best of all is the reliability track record of this car: it came top in the family SUV class.