The 19 Best Cars for Mums in 2018

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 2018. 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 – £17k
2. £17k – £20k
3. £20k – £22k
4. £22k – £25k+
5. £25k – £30k+


Best New Cars for Mums: £10k – £17k

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

New Volkswagen Polo – from £11,970

New Volkswagen Polo

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 Kia Soul – from £14,510

New Kia SoulBoot space: 354 litres

Euro NCAP safety rating: 4 star

Family friendly features: DAB radio and Bluetooth, folding rear seats, ISOFIX child seat anchor points

You’ll either love or hate the chunky body shape of this small SUV… Offering great visibility and plenty of space on-board, it comes with Kia’s industry-leading warranty, plus What Car? notes that the build quality feels “a cut above rivals such as the Nissan Juke and Renault Captur”.

New Kia Stonic – from £16,295

New Kia StonicBoot space: 352 litres

Euro NCAP safety rating: 3 star

Family friendly features: ISOFIX on outer rear seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, roof rails

Kia have a reputation for producing especially reliable cars, and the Stonic – “a handsome car” according to Auto Car – falls firmly into that category. The higher ride height means you’ll have a good view of the road (and makes wresting kids into car seat just that bit easier). It’s worth noting too that the safety rating rises to 5 stars if you opt to upgrade the entry-level safety kit.

New Peugeot 2008 SUV – from £16,495

New Peugeot 2008 SUVBoot 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).

New SEAT Arona – price TBC

New SEAT AronaBoot space: 400 litres

Euro NCAP safety rating: 5 star

Family friendly features: Autonomous emergency braking, ISOFIX child seat anchor points, infotainment system

Launched in late 2017, this compact crossover is, as The Independent points out, “a smart, well-made entry into a very popular part of the market.” The interior feels really spacious given the cars diminutive dimensions, and the boot space leaps up to 823 litres when the rear seats are folded down.

 


Best New Cars for Mums: £17k – £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 Ateca – from £18,670

New SEAT AtecaBoot space: 510 litres

Euro NCAP safety rating: 5 star

Family friendly features: ISOFIX on outer rear seats, USB connectivity, side airbags

Named ‘Best small SUV’ in the What Car? Car of the Year awards 2017, the SEAT Ateca handles brilliantly and offers an especially refined drive. Getting properly comfortable is easy thanks to the highly adjustable steering wheel and driver’s seat, and there are plenty of handy storage options in the cabin.

 

New Mazda CX-3 – from £18,695

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

The Mazda CX-3 is a stylish, compact SUV designed to turn heads – Auto Express loves its “neat exterior styling”. Boasting Mazda’s award-winning SKYACTIV Technology engine, it’s a pleasure to drive whether you’re heading out on the motorway for a family day out or running a few errands around town.

New Volkswagen T-Roc – from £18,950

New VW T-RocBoot space: 445 litres

Euro NCAP safety rating: 5 star

Family friendly features: Six air bags, eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, ISOFIX child seat anchor points

Undoubtedly one of the strongest cars in its class, the T-Roc is great fun to drive (The Telegraph highlights its “crisp steering” and “agile chassis”) and offers competitive running costs. There are plenty of personalisation options to choose from, and there’s lots of room in the back for three.


Best New Cars for Mums: £20k – £22k

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

New Vauxhall Zafira – from £20,200

New Vauxhall ZafiraBoot 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.

New Audi A3 – from £20,365

New Audi A3Boot 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 MINI Clubman – from £20,730

New MINI ClubmanBoot space: 360 litres

Euro NCAP safety rating: 5 star

Family friendly features: Sat nav as standard, ISOFIX child seat anchor points, centre console with storage compartment, two USB plugs and two cupholders

This family hatchback is ideal for those who don’t want to have to prioritise practicality over personality. The latest evolution of the Clubman is more spacious than its predecessors (Autocar says this ensure it’s “one of few MINIs that can genuinely be used as a proper family car”), and offers the same BMW-standard build quality we’ve come to expect from MINI.

New Audi Q2 – from £21,660

New Audi Q2Boot space: 405 litres

Euro NCAP safety rating: 5 star

Family friendly features: MMI infotainment system, ISOFIX child seat anchor points, folding rear seats

The Q2 boasts a driving experience that’s hard to beat – gear changes are slick, it handles brilliantly and the driver’s set up is highly adjustable so getting comfy’s easy. What Car? have praised its “classy, user-friendly interior”, and this is certainly the kind of car you won’t mind spending lots of time in.


Best New Cars for Mums: £22k – £25k

Looking to invest a little more in your new family car? Here’s our suggestions for the ‘up to £25k’ price bracket.

New Volkswagen Passat Estate – from £22,025

VW Passat EstateBoot space: 650 litres

Euro NCAP safety rating: 5 star

Family friendly features: Nine airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchor points, touchscreen display

It may have been around for over 40 years, but there’s nothing outdated about the Volkswagen Passat. As The Telegraph points out, this large estate is “hard to fault” when it comes to space – there’s plenty of legroom, a cavernous boot and the rear seat fold completely flat when you need extra loading space. You can find out more about the Passat by watching the video below.

New Peugeot 3008 – from £22,765

New 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 MINI Countryman – from £23,035

New MINI Countryman

Boot space: 450 litres

Euro NCAP safety rating: 5 star

Family friendly features: ISOFIX child seat mountings on outer rear seats, Bluetooth phone connectivity, sat nav as standard

Boasting “better space, greater efficiency and more advanced tech” than previous versions (according to Auto Express), the latest Countryman also offers an optional sliding rear bench that allows you to prioritise either boot space or passenger room as and when needed.

New Mazda CX-5 – from £23,995

New Mazda CX-5Boot space: 503 litres

Euro NCAP safety rating: 5 star

Family friendly features: Adaptive LED headlights, blind spot monitoring, lane-keep assist

The long family drive’s sure to fly by in the Mazda CX-5. What Car? awarded the CX-5, five stars and called it “a very practical family car with some clever tricks up its sleeve to take the stress out of daily life”. Plus the i-ACTIVSENSE safety technology features provide you with an extra level of reassurance.


Best New Cars for Mums: £25k – £30k+

If you’re looking for a high-spec family car with plenty of space and innovative, practical features, you’ll find our top recommendations for 2018 below.

New BMW X1 – from £26,900

New BMW X1Boot space: 505 litres

Euro NCAP safety rating: 5 star

Family friendly features: Automated emergency breaking, sat nav as standard, parking sensors

Auto Express have called the BMW X1 “one of the best small crossovers around”. The door pockets are large – handy for the kid’s bits and bobs – and the cabin’s well-designed to accommodate the needs of the whole family.

New Audi Q3 – from £27,910

audi q3Boot 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”.

Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV – from £36,425

New Mercedes GLCBoot space: 550 litres

Euro NCAP safety rating: 5 star

Family friendly features: Sat nav as standard, keyless start, ISOFIX child seat anchor points

Top Gear have highlighted the GLC’s “Refinement, solidity, space, [and] off-road-ability”. The 4-wheel-drive GLC has plenty of room inside and if filled with premium finishes as standard. And, for additional piece of mind, you can take your pick from an array of advanced safety options including Collision Prevention Assist Plus and Attention Assist.


Still not sure which car’s right for you and your family? Our teams 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 (Jan 2018). ***

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