Best Cars for Mums in 2017

When it feels like you’re constantly ferrying little ones to and fro and/or running errands, you need a family car that’s reliable and practical. But given that you spend so many hours on the road – and, let’s face it, quite a few camping out waiting for the kids to finish whatever activity they’re up to that day – you want one that’s not a total bore either.

With that in mind, we’ve pulled together a list of the very best family-friendly cars mums are sure to love in 2017. Whatever your budget or the size of your brood, there’s sure to be one you like the sound of.

Feel free to browse the full list, or jump to the cars that best match your budget using the links below:

1. £10k – £15k
2. £15k – £20k
3. £20k – £25k
4. £25k – £30k+


Best New Cars for Mums: £10k – £15k

Looking for affordable family cars with mum-friendly features and glowing independent reviews? We’ve got you covered.

New Volkswagen Polo – from £11,830


Boot space: 280 litres

Euro NCAP safety rating: 5 star

Family friendly features: Dust/pollen filter, ISOFIX Preparation 2 rear child seats, Bluetooth connectivity

One of the most spacious superminis and best small family cars around, the Volkswagen Polo is renowned for its low running costs and excellent handling, and you’d be hard pressed to find a car that’s received higher praise from industry experts – Auto Express gave it a 5* review and awarded it 2016 Supermini of the Year.

New MINI Cooper 5-door hatchback – from £14,225

Mini cooper
Boot space: 278 litres

Euro NCAP safety rating: 5 star

Family friendly features: ISOFIX child seat preparation, drive away door locking, acoustic seat-belt warning

If you love the look of a traditional MINI but know you’d struggle to wrestle a car seat into one, why not give the 5-door hatchback version a go? Though, as The Telegraph points out, “a baby buggy is still a tight fit” in the boot space – so best get that tape measure out before you buy!

New Peugeot 2008 – from £14,415


Boot space: 422 litres

Euro NCAP safety rating: 5 star

Family friendly features: Refrigerated glovebox, child safety lock, ISOFIX on outer rear seats

This hatchback-SUV hybrid – referred to by Top Gear as “208’s taller, flashier, more off-roadery cousin” – offers lots of head room and rear seats that fold flat, so there’s tons of space for your little ones (and all their stuff too).


Best New Cars for Mums: £15k – £20k

Below you’ll find some of the top-rated family cars under £20k. We regularly have some fantastic finance deals across our range – just click through to any car to see our latest offers.

New SEAT Leon – from £17,295

seat leon
Boot space: 380 litres

Euro NCAP safety rating: 5 star

Family friendly features: Child proof door locks, dust/pollen filter, rear top tether child seat ISOFIX attachment, Bluetooth handsfree phone connection

This family hatchback’s a solid performer on all fronts, from it’s fantastic handling and comfortable seats to its logically laid-out controls. And, as What Car? point out, “…there are plenty of cubbyholes for assorted clutter” which always come in handy with kids.

New Mazda CX-3 – from £17,795

mazda cx3
Boot space: 350 litres

Euro NCAP safety rating: 4 star

Family friendly features: ISOFIX system on outer rear seats, 60/40 split folding rear seat, USB/iPod/auxiliary input connections

Great looking and with attractively-low running costs, the Mazda CX-3 has also been praised by Auto Express as “possibly the best small crossover to drive”. Worth noting, though, that it’s not brilliant on rear seat or boot space, so isn’t especially practical for families with ‘2.4 kids’ or more.

New KIA Carens from £18,195

kia carens
Boot space: 100 litres (492 litres with third row of seats folded down)

Euro NCAP safety rating: 5 star

Family friendly features: Speed sensitive auto door locking, rear child proof door locks, Bluetooth audio streaming, ISOFIX child seat preparation

The KIA Caren is a versatile MPV and, according to Auto Car, “…should take a place on the shortlist of any aspiring buyer looking for a well priced occasional seven-seater”. It makes up for the lack of boot space with two underfloor compartments in the second row and larger-than-average glove and centre console boxes.

New KIA Sportage – from £18,250

kia sportage
Boot space: 503 litres

Euro NCAP safety rating: 5 star

Family friendly features: ISOFIX child seat preparation, rear child proof door locks, automatic unlocking of doors in case of impact, speed sensitive auto door locking

With a smart and spacious interior, this compact SUV is affordable to run and offers good access that makes it easier to wrestle little ones into their car seat. Plus, as What Car? points out, “the Sportage has one of the better boots in this class [that’s] more than big enough for a buggy”.

New Vauxhall Zafira – from £18,665

vauxhall zafira
Boot space: 645 litres (when third row of seats folded down)

Euro NCAP safety rating: 5 star

Family friendly features: Front seat backrest storage nets, ISOFIX system on outer rear seats, two individual fold flat third row seats, child locks on rear doors

This seven-seater’s big enough for the kids and their friends! Auto Express note that “with the innovative Flex7 seating arrangement, loads of storage compartments and a big boot with seats folded away, the Zafira scores very highly on the practicality count” – but it’s also got a cabin that feels especially luxurious for its price point.


Best New Cars for Mums: £20k – £25k

We’re here to help you find your perfect family vehicle. Below are some brilliant options from Peugeot, Audi, VW and Mazda.

New Peugeot 3008 – from £21,795

peugeot 3008
Boot space: 512 litres

Euro NCAP safety rating: 5 star

Family friendly features: Height adjustable front seatbelts, child lock control of rear doors and windows, ISOFIX on front passenger and rear outer seats

What Car? says that no other car in its class “equal the 3008 for upmarket feel.” This roomy model offers supportive driver’s seat, dusk sensing lights and rain-sensing wipers are standard throughout the range to give you a couple-less things to worry about.

New Audi A3 1.6 TDI 5DR – from £22,695

Audi A3 Sportback
Boot space: 380 litres

Euro NCAP safety rating: 5 star

Family friendly features: Manual rear child locks, ISOFIX child seat preparation and airbag deactivation, storage compartment under front seats, two USB ports

For those in search of a little luxury in their family car, the Audi A3’s a great shout. As spacious as it is stylish, it’s 380-litre boot is “easy to access and…practically shaped” according to What Car?. Plus the efficient diesel engine means there’s no tax to pay which adds up to lots of savings in the long run.

New Volkswagen Touran – from £22,795

vw touran
Boot space: 137 litres

Euro NCAP safety rating: 5 star

Family friendly features: ISOFIX on third row seats and second row outer seats, storage bins on all doors, second row centre seat converts into table

Auto Express says that drivers are sure to be “impressed with [the Volkswagen Touran’s] sheer functionality”. While it’s not wildly stylish, this family MPV is comfortable, sturdy, relatively affordable to run and infinitely practical.

New Volkswagen Tiguan – from £23,140

vw tiguan
Boot space: 615 litres

Euro NCAP safety rating: 5 star

Family friendly features: Seatbelt warning lamp and buzzer, ISOFIX Preparation 2 Rear child seats, first aid kit

The Tiguan borrows heavily from the enduringly-popular Golf, but boosts everything up a gear, adding an extra three seats and improved cabin quality. And as Top Gear handily point out “the body doesn’t heave and roll about like big MPVs of old, which bodes well for car-sick kids”.

New Mazda CX-5 – from £23,395

mazda cx5
Boot space: 503 litres

Euro NCAP safety rating: 5 star

Family friendly features: ISOFIX system on outer rear seats, front and rear curtain airbags, seatbelt reminder front and rear

“This car really stands out from behind the wheel,” says Auto Express, “as it’s possibly the best small crossover to drive.” Best suited to smaller families due to the reduced space to the rear, this is a fun family crossover that’s a pleasure to spend time in.


Best New Cars for Mums: £25k – £30k+

Looking for a high-spec family car with plenty of space and clever, practical features? You’ll find our top recommendations below.

New Mercedes-Benz GLA – from £25,260

mercedes gla
Boot space: 481 litres

Euro NCAP safety rating: 5 star

Family friendly features: ISOFIX rear child seat preparation, smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay, Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor, child proof door locks

Autocar says that “The GLA is the best-riding and most comfortable compact car that Mercedes has produced of late.” The cabin’s as high-spec as you’d expect with this well-respected brand, and the fake leather interior’s hard wearing enough to deal with the messiest of toddlers.

New SEAT Alhambra – from £25,380

seat alhambra
Boot space: 267 litres

Euro NCAP safety rating: 5 star

Family friendly features: Front/rear door stowage bins, ISOFIX child seat preparation, electrically operated child locks on rear doors

This especially large MPV is a true seven-seater that will be able to comfortably accommodate your kids right up until their teens. What Car? notes that inside “space and practicality are superb” and that “there’s a lot to help you and your family have a more comfortable, stress-free journey” – good news all round!

New Volkswagen Sharan – from £27,300

vw sharan
Boot space: 300 litres

Euro NCAP safety rating: 5 star

Family friendly features: Two individual folding third row seats, storage compartment in 2nd row centre console, easy folding rear seating system

“Practical, comfortable, safe and easy to drive” (according to The Telegraph) the middle row of the Volkswagen Sharan consists of three individual seats, which can all be folded or slid forwards and backwards individually for extra versatility, plus there are sliding doors that means it’s easy to load everyone – and everything – in.

New BMW X1 – from £27,850

bmw x1
Boot space: 505 litres

Euro NCAP safety rating: 5 star

Family friendly features: Rear door child safety locks, ISOFIX rear child seat preparation, auto door lock when driving, anti-trap function on electric window

Got a large brood in tow (or planning on expanding it soon)? According to The Telegraph, this class-leading, easy-to-drive 4×4 offers “all the room you could ever need” – there’s plenty of head and leg space, and the boot’s huge with a false floor under which you can store the kids’ bits and bobs.

New KIA Sorrento – from £28,795

kia sorento
Boot space: 605 litres (with last row of seats folded down)

Euro NCAP safety rating: 5 star

Family friendly features: ISOFIX child seat preparation, rear door child safety locks, 50/50 split/folding third row of seats, Bluetooth connectivity including audio streaming

With lots of clever storage solutions in the cabin and a generous boot space, the Sorrento’s an appealingly practical SUV. “Kia has concentrated on what matters most to family buyers: a comfortable ride,” notes What Car?, and it’s solid build provides you with extra confidence that you’re in safe hand.

New Audi Q3 2.0 TDI S Line – from £31,190

audi q3
Boot space: 460 litres

Euro NCAP safety rating: 5 star

Family friendly features: First aid kit, split folding rear seats, electrically operated child locks on rear doors, ISOFIX on front passenger and rear outer seats, seatbelt warning light

This nifty SUV is powerful and great fun to drive (a blessing if you’re stuck doing the school run every day) but it also ranks highly in the safety stakes – six airbags and electronic stability control come as standard. Auto Express rate the Q3 as a “practical, well-built and desirable crossover”.


Still not sure which car’s right for you and your family? Our team are happy to answer any questions you have about these or any other models – either give us a call to chat, or drop into your local dealership. Or if you’re ready to start looking at the cars we currently have available, you can start your search here

*** Please note, all prices shown are based on the MRRPs at the time of going live (Feb 2017). ***

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