*This is a collaborative post* Finding the right car for your family is never the simplest of decisions; there are so many different models available that making your decision can feel like an almost impossible task.
However, the process of choosing your next family car can instantly become easier to manage if you choose to go back to basics. Establishing a firm list of what any good family car should provide gives you a constant point of reference as you begin to consider all of the options; a touchstone for what really matters. Here are four essentials that any family car should be able to provide.
#1 – Excellent safety features
For any parent, the safety of any vehicle will always be a critical concern – and thankfully, modern cars are the product of years of research and development, resulting in incredible safety advancements. Features such as traction control, anti-lock brakes, and autonomous emergency braking can all provide beneficial peace of mind, so keep an eye out for these when considering different models.
#2 – A spacious and user-friendly boot
There’s a few things to consider when it comes to the boot of a car, the first being the space that is available – essentially, the more there is, the better, especially if you regularly need to transport items such as pushchairs or camping equipment. Secondly, the boot also needs to be as easy to use as possible; models such as the Vauxhall Combo Life MPV offers remote boot opening – great for when you’re in a rush – and a boot light, which makes storing and retrieving things on dark winter evenings pleasantly straightforward.
#3 – Good fuel economy
Fuel economy is important for anyone considering a vehicle, but is especially crucial for families – what with the school run and needing to go back and forth to different extracurricular activities, average fuel usage tends to be rather high. To ensure you get the most driving time from each full tank of fuel, prioritise vehicles that offer a good “miles per gallon” (MPG); anything over 40 is good, and over 50 is better still.
#4 – Durable upholstery
When it comes to kids and cars, the occasional spill is to be expected, which in turn means that the upholstery of a family vehicle will be subjected to more than a few cleanings throughout its lifetime. A high-quality, durable interior is therefore a crucial inclusion in any car you choose.
#5 – A spacious interior
A spacious interior makes life much easier when travelling as a family. There’s more room to store items (such as cloths, school bags, or entertainment options that are needed when going on a long drive) that don’t really belong in the boot, and you’ll always be able to move more comfortably in a larger space – which is definitely handy when it comes to fastening seat belts.
By focusing on the basic requirements of a family car as detailed above, your search will be more targeted and efficient. This, in turn, will help you to make efficient decisions and ultimately find the perfect car for your needs.
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