For those in the market for a new family car, safety is paramount.
In this blog then I look at a four very different vehicles that I think make really safe family cars, as backed up by strong NCAP ratings, without compromising on the looks and other features we always look for in a family car.
The Peugeot 308 was launched in 2007 and continues to make an appealing family car for those looking to blend the use of a car to ferry the kids in, as well as getting to and from work every day.
The diesel engines of the 308 are particularly appealing – if you add the Active trim into the mix as well, you’ve got a solid motor, combined with lots of kit, the Active trim comes with cruise control, allots, automatic lights and wipers and Bluetooth for the tech savvy out there.
It delivers a good rate of return on the fuel efficiency too, with claims of up to 70.6mpg being available.
Last year the Renault Clio showed off its family car possibilities with excellent results when it comes to protection for adults, and positively outstanding results for children protection. Not only that but it scored an impressive 99% for Safety Assistance.
If price isn’t too much of an option, you can opt for a model such as the impressive Dynamique MediaNav trim – it gives access to the great touch screen infotainment option and if you opt for the diesel you can expect upwards of 78.5 mpg, although even the petrol options can offer as much as 62.8pmg.
Of course as a supermini it looks the bees knees too, so is again probably similar to the Juke in the fact it might be one for those not quite ready to give up on rocking up in a fancy looking car…and then getting the baby seat and four bags of groceries out the boot.
So you’ve got a young sprog to take to school and back, but really aren’t ready to full give up on driving a fancy car – in that case why not try the Nissan Juke? It certainly looks the part, and while the quite limited leg room at the back might be an issue once little Timmy or little Jenny grow up a bit. It’s still an interesting alternative to the usual family car options out there.
Hyundai Santa Fe
You have no choice about the engine, it currently only comes in a 2.2 diesel option, but of course there a number of trims available including seven seat and five seat options. So if you’re after a decent sized family car capable of seating seven, as well as boasting a number of safety options including seven airbags as standard.
At 46.3mpg fuel efficiency isn’t the best, but when you move into the range of bigger family car options, you sometimes have to compromise the efficiency somewhat. The Crdi Style seven seater is recommended as it comes with allows, reversing sensors, and let’s not forget, air condition and Bluetooth.
As Hyundai’s most popular car in the UK, you’ll certainly be in the company of plenty other family types and it stills comes a fair bit cheaper than the Honda CR-V and Land Rover Freelander.
Louisa Jenkins is a keen automotive blogger who specialises in offering advice on family cars, big and small. She blogs in everything from the latest 308 to bigger 4×4 and mpv alternatives.