When searching for a new family car, there are several things to take into consideration: reliability, safety, fuel efficiency, practicality, passenger and luggage space, comfort, warranty and price range.
Taking these factors into consideration, we have made the following list of top five family estates for 2014.
This model only hit the forecourts in January.
The best choice of engine in terms of a performance / consumption ratio is the 110bhp 1.6-litre TDI diesel ‘Ecomotive’, with CO2 emissions at just 87g/km and 856 mpg consumption, with a stop-start system included.
The boot capacity is 587 litres with the rear seats raised, which increases to 1,470 litres when folded.
Safety features include Front Assist, High Beam Assist, Lane Assist, Tiredness Recognition System and the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System.
Price range: £18,375 – £24,630
Citroën is a brand famous for its comfort, always offering innovation in this field, and the C5 Tourer is no exception.
The most efficient engine is the 1.6-litre e-HDi Airdream diesel, which returns 61.4mpg and emits 117g/km in CO2.
The boot capacity is 505 litres with the rear seats raised, which increases to 1,462 litres when folded.
Their reliability has been hampered by electrical and mechanical glitches, however the safety features are top rated. Traction control and ESC are available as standard.
Price range: £21,555 – £27,260
In terms of reliability, Mazda is a proven manufacturer.
The most efficient engine for this model is the 2.2-litre turbo-diesel, with a consumption of 64.2mpg and CO2 emission of 116g/km.
Mazda have developed a unique ‘i-stop’ system, which saves fuel by automatically shutting off the engine when the vehicle is static. There is also an innovative energy recovery system called ‘i-Eloop’, which stores energy when the vehicle is not accelerating and also enhances fuel efficiency.
Bluetooth connectivity, air-conditioning and a 5.8-inch touch-screen come as standard. There is plenty of leg room and the ride is very comfortable due to the softer suspension type.
The maximum boot capacity is 1,632 litres with the rear seats folded down. Safety features consist of six air-bags, ESP, ABS, hill hold assist, a radar-based Smart City Braking system and Lane Keep Assist, and most of these come as standard.
A 3-year or 60,000-mile warranty is also offered on this model.
Price range: £21,315 – £28,295
Over the past few years, Hyundai has become known for its reliability and overall consumer satisfaction, which puts the i40 estate model high on this list.
The entry-level diesel engine, including a stop-start system, emits only 113g/km with a fuel consumption of just 65.7mpg.
The boot space is 533 litres with the seats raised and 1,719 litres when folded.
Some of its first rate safety features are the inclusion of nine air-bags and adaptive lighting. High-spec i40 models include cruise control, sat-nav, xenon lights and heated seats at a very reasonable price compared to the competition.
Basic equipment includes automatic headlights, electric windows, air-conditioning and alloy wheels.
All of the Hyundai models come with a standard 5-year warranty.
Price range: £20,115 – £29,570
This car is at the top of our list because of its great value. Based on the VW Golf, the Octavia is a very similar vehicle, but more affordable.
The best choice of engine is the 1.6-litre TDI diesel, with a fuel consumption of 74.3mpg and a tax-free 99g/km emission of CO2.
The car offers plenty of passenger room in the front and back. The boot has a class-leading 610 litres of loadspace with the seats up and 1,740 litres with the rear seats folded.
Soft suspension assures a very comfortable ride, and a cooled glovebox comes as standard, along with electric front windows and 16-inch alloy wheels.
Being a member of the VW family, reliability is high. Safety features include ESC, ABS and a post-collision braking system that applies the brakes automatically once it senses an impact.
A 4×4 model is also available.
Price range: £17,115 – £24,565
These five models represent the best options in the new-car-category for this year, although a growing number of people are looking to find used cars with AA Cars in order to get a great deal.
As prices of new cars decrease, there are also some great deals on used cars to be found.
Our top five list shows that there are great family cars out there to suit every family’s requirements.
Whether your priority is safety, efficiency or reliability, and whether you go for new or used cars, there’s a great family car out there for you.