When you were young you dreamed of owning a red Ferrari and zooming down the highway, or taking to the roads James Bond-style in your very own Bentley. And then children came along, and everything changed. Having children is the most wonderful thing that can happen in life, but it means that you have to adopt a new mindset to so many things, from what you do in your leisure time to how you plan your finances, to the car that you drive.
Family cars don't have to be boring though. The smartest car manufacturers have realized that parents want cars that are both practical and exciting. Let's have a look at the things that are most important when choosing a family car:
• Versatility, so it's great for urban runs and trips to the coast
• Space, you'll always need more than you think
• Value for money, it's a buyers market
• Economical to run, cut down on fuel and insurance costs
• Aesthetic appeal, there's no need to compromise on looks.
Here are five of the best family cars on the market today, which one is perfect for your little angels?
The original mini was an iconic car, but not very practical. American automotive giants Chrysler have taken the concept, and improved upon it. Superminis are increasingly popular, but few have the looks or charm of the Chrysler Ypsilonsupermini, and with 5 doors, it's perfect for carrying your kids, the family pet, and enough toys and teddies to keep them happy for any length of journey. It scores highly in the value for money stakes as well and there are currently 0% APR car finance deals available on this model, always a prime consideration for a clued-up parent.
Hyundai Santa Fe
The Santa Fe isn't exactly compact, but that's what makes it so useful for larger families. It has seven well designed seats, so you can take your children and their friends on a family friendly outing and let them look up at the sky through the glass sunroof.
Seat Leon SC
The SC is the sportier version of that family favourite, the Seat Leon. There's enough room to ferry your children around, and to fit the weekly shopping in, but the car's been given a more ergonomic look and there's more power available when you put your foot on the pedal. Seat has long been associated with success in the world of rallying, but this vehicle combines the best of both worlds.
Ford Focus Ecoboost
The Ford Focus is one of the most popular cars available today, but the Ecoboost model has improved an already fantastic vehicle. Fuel economy is one of the biggest concerns for family cars.
With the cost of gasoline and diesel rising all the time, switching to a greener vehicle not only helps the environment, it helps our bank accounts too. The Ecoboost has only a 1 litre engine, but the smart Ford technology means that it gets every last drop out of it. You won't need to switch to an electric car just yet.
Jeep is a classic motoring brand. If the original Jeeps were reliable and powerful enough to transport soldiers across the battlefields of World War Two, their modern offerings have got to be good enough for the school run, right? The Jeep Wrangler is the most family friendly model, and is becoming more and more popular among families who want to use their vehicle for both the business of transporting the kids, and leisure. It's big, but not too big, and its looks are a real head-turner.
When you have a car that you love just as much as your children, you'll know that you've made the perfect choice. Any of these vehicles will give you a family car to be proud of that won’t break the bank.
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