Choosing the ideal family car is both an important decision, and one that too many people make in a hurry. It’s an inevitable fact of life that at the time a family car becomes a priority, time itself is squeezed by the demands of work and home life. It needn’t involve hours and hours of research, but there are some key factors to bear in mind when deciding which one to go for.
Naturally when transporting young children, safety is a top concern. Luckily that is an easy matter to assess thanks to the Europe-wide NCAP safety ratings which all cars sold in Europe have. Look for a car such as the Peugeot 407 which has an overall rating of five stars and also scores highly in protecting kids in the back.
The decision buyers make will naturally be determined by the size and lifestyle of their family. Nowadays no two families are the same, and you may be thinking of elderly parents as passengers as well as young children. The key is to think about the maximum number of people you will need to transport at any one time. If that’s likely to be more than five, look towards the people carrier as the best option. These generally carry up to seven, and tend to have back seats that can be folded away, creating more boot space when not required.
3) Child Seat Friendly
If you have young children, there is a good chance they will need car seats to raise them up and ensure they are strapped in tightly. Make sure rear head restraints can be removed, as they will sometimes need to be to fit a child seat. Look out for cars that have Isofix mounting points which make it easier to do this. If you’re not sure how to identify these, ask the seller. It’s also a good idea to take the seat along when you test drive cars, so you can be sure it does fit.
In car accessories such as Infotainment systems are likely to be much appreciated in family cars. Teenage children in particular will be wowed by the newest models which can be linked to smartphones via Bluetooth, meaning they can play the music on their phones through the car stereo system. Long journeys with the family may turn into pleasurable experiences, rather than endless repetitions of the old refrain: ‘are we nearly there yet?’