Family car is a term that’s pretty far reaching. In the eyes of some motorists it doesn’t mean all that much – simply an umbrella term which covers cars capable of accommodating a reasonably-sized family. As a term, it’s also peculiar and doesn’t have the most specific meaning – leaving it open for pretty wide interpretation.
And the number of types of car available on the current market is pretty large. Hatchbacks, MPVs (multi-purpose vehicles), CUVs (crossover utility vehicles), saloons, cabriolets, and estate cars have all been classed as family cars in the past. Though, because of the open-endedness of the way in which they can be defined, there may be some disagreement regarding them.
One thing regarding family car models that is for certain is their popularity – that definitely can’t be questioned. You could go out for a walk down most streets in the UK and you’d see at least a couple of models from the big manufacturers either parked or being driven round. There are hundreds of thousands on the UK’s roads – ranging from Vauxhall Zafira, Mazda6, Volkswagen Beetle, to the Renault Mégane, Peugeot 508, and Citroen Grand C4 Picasso.
In order to help you avoid confusion when looking for a car to accommodate the small family unit, we’ve detailed some of the different types of vehicles that could be considered to be a family car.
Hatchbacks offer motorists the best of both worlds – the practicality of a roomy interior, five seats and plenty of boot space, and the stylishness of a sleek, contemporary body design. As the term indicates hatchbacks are those that feature a rear-door which swings up, as opposed to the boot lid of many cars. This provides motorists with far easier access to store away luggage in the boot. Most car manufacturers produce a three-door and a five-door variant of their hatchback models. Obviously, the five-door models lend themselves more towards serving the purpose of good family cars than the three-door variants.
MPVs are far taller than hatchback models, and offer a far greater amount of space. They’re typically the vehicle of choice for motorists with larger families. You could easily visit one of the big car manufacturer’s car showrooms and find an MPV fitted with seven-seats, and one fitted with nine-seats. Being designed for multiple purposes, MPVs are also incredibly versatile. With most cars it’s possible to remove some of these seats to increase the capacity for luggage.
Estate cars are ideal for families in that they feature enough space for additional passengers, and extra boot space, whilst offering the kind of driving experience typically supplied by a saloon car. Again, much like the MPV, the estate car has become popular as a family car because of its versatility. Yes, it can be used to transport the kids on the school, but it could quite as easily serve you well on a trip to the DIY store, or a holiday, for example. You’re not restricted – which is an important factor to consider when buying family cars.
Louisa Jenkins is a blogger based in Grimsby. As a mother, Louisa is well-versed when it comes to buying Peugeot family cars. She regularly provides tips for those looking for their ideal model.