5 Best Cars For Small Families

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We’ve decided to put together this list for the benefit of our readers who may be parents or prospective parents planning to get car(s) that will suit their needs. While some families might need a large car, we wanted to shout about some of the smaller cars that punch above their weight when it comes to being family friendly.

We’ve decided to put together this list for the benefit of our readers who may be parents or prospective parents planning to get car(s) that will suit their needs. While some families might need a large car, we wanted to shout about some of the smaller cars that punch above their weight when it comes to being family friendly.

Whether you want a car that you can easily park in tight town centre parking spaces and narrow car park bays, or you’re looking to upscale from a two-seater for something a little larger, the below cars remain some of the best options out in the market.

#1. Volkswagen Golf Hatchback - 2014

The 2014 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback is popular both for the strong diesel torque and its high fuel efficiency, especially on the highway. This model retains its position as one of the best family cars out there, despite its age. It's practical, tidy to drive, comfortable, and the infotainment system is very well equipped and easy to use. If you're looking for something that's more affordable than prestige-badged models, and has a bit of upmarket presence and feel, then the Golf merges those two worlds very well indeed.

It has lovely spacious interior with plenty of legroom and a boot big enough to fit even the most unwieldy buggy, making it a popular choice for parents with babies and young children. What’s more, the Golf is equipped with a great safety equipment list as standard. The Golf 2014 has a gas mileage of 24 mpg City/32 mpg hwy with a powerful engine of Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 2.0 L.

#2. Toyota Camry - 2012

The Toyota Camry has been around for donkey years. It is a perfect small family car as it is a complete package that is available at an affordable price. This model is endowed with fascinating designs and range of features. The handling and steering have found a greater level of sophistication than ever before, while its cabin offers plenty of room for four. The engine drives smooth and offer impressive economy.

Overall, the 2012 Camry rides in a more refined, responsive way and the features have been much improved. Thanks to some very significant weight savings, the base four-cylinder Camry performs better than ever, while the V-6 fills a niche for those wanting a particularly strong, refined (yet still budget-priced) family sedan. The 178- horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that was introduced for model-year 2010 remains the base engine in the Camry, and it's uncharacteristically smooth in the way it starts.

When compared to the more cockpit-like layouts among mid-size sedans, the Camry feels downright airy from the front seats. Toyota redesigned everything to increase interior space and the perception of roominess; roof pillars are reshaped in a way that will appear thinner from the inside and door-trim panels have been reshaped for more front knee-room. Chances are you know someone who has owned a Camry or have been in one, so the brand recognition and quality has really been passed down generations.

#3. Ford Focus - 2013

The 2013 Ford Focus changed the nameplate's image when it was new in 2012, taking it from lackluster to lap-worthy. The power shift dual-clutch automatic transmission in general does a good job keeping the revs up when you need it. This model is very spacious and fun to drive, it’s no wonder the Ford Focus is one of the best-selling cars in the world and well worth considering for your family. There is no doubt that the Ford Focus has claimed back its old spot as one of the best new cars for small families with its outstanding handling and superbly pliant, well-resolved ride.

The instrument-panel design doesn't hold back inside, and while some may find it overly swoopy, its vertically-oriented vents and pleasant surface sculpting look and feel original in a crowded class of look- alike small family cars. Focus offers several trims to cover a wide range of expectations. The Ford Focus also tends to look best in the top Titanium trim, where all the details are well coordinated. The 2.0-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine powers and produces 160 horsepower and 146 pound-feet of torque; it's paired with either a five-speed manual gearbox or six-speed power shift dual-clutch automatic. That's pretty much the same, but what's new for 2013 is a high- performance Focus ST variant that can get to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds and to a top speed of 155 mph.

Having arguably been in slight decline, one of the best-handling small family car in history is undoubtedly back to its very best on driver appeal. Not only does it drive better than ever, there's also a host of clever technology which makes it more up-to-date than rivals.

#4. Nissan Altima - 2015

Another car perfect for small families is the Nissan Altima. The Altima scores points for a quiet cabin, very supportive seats, excellent fuel economy, and an optimized base model that makes it hard to argue to spend more. The 2015 Nissan Altima is also available with a bigger V6 engine that produces 270 hp. This model does not just look sporty, but it also gives a sporty feel when on the road. With a big trunk and a capacity that would comfortably seat 5 adults, the Altima also passes the practicality test.

The Nissan Altima is equipped with the latest technologies such as a smart touchscreen navigation system, which can be paired with the driver’s smartphone. These modern features are perfect for small families interested in technology. The vehicle's fit and finish is mostly a success. For the 2015 model, Nissan has standardized many of the safety technologies for Altima 3.5 SV and 3.5 SL models. On both four and six-cylinder Altima SV sedans, Nissan fits remote start; alloy wheels; a rearview camera; a more advanced blue-tooth system with inbound text reading and outbound pre-programmed responses for phones. This Altima's infotainment system also permits streaming from Pandora.

The Altima also boasts of a premium cabin with enough space to make fitting a child seat in the back quick and easy. What’s more, it is supremely well-constructed and suave inside, efficient, precise and refined.

#5. Hyundai Accent - 2017

If you have a desire to buck the system and drive a smaller, more economical car with a child or two, the Hyundai Accent is an attractive option. With the 2017 Accent, Hyundai has decided that utterly predictable acceleration and handling is the key to economy car success. The Accent's direct-injection 1.6-liter inline-4 is very fuel-efficient, and it mates well with the smooth shifting 6-speed automatic that includes a sport mode and manual control. The manual gearbox, which has a light clutch, is also a good choice, allowing better acceleration performance, better economy and more enjoyable driving. The 2017 Hyundai Accent also gives parents an affordable car that doesn't sacrifice style or personality.

Furthermore, the Accent's 1.6-liter inline-4 churns out 138 horsepower and 123 pound-feet of torque. It builds speed deliberately, taking about 10 seconds to hit 60 mph, revving the engine above 3,500 rpm draws as much power out as quickly as possible and thankfully, the Accent sounds relatively smooth at those engine speeds. This model has standard front-wheel drive, all-disc antilock brakes with brake assist, an electronic stability system with traction control, active front head restraints and six airbags, including side curtains for both rows. The best feature is that the base model and the top-trim Accent have the same safety features, which adds to its values for families.

It’s great to drive, reliable and fairly cheap to run - essential with a growing family. But where the accent will truly win you over is with its sleek, spacious interior with plenty of room for all your bits and pieces. Aside from its’ wonderful small family car features, Hyundai Accent ticks almost every box, with low pricing, a smooth ride, decent handling, a good infotainment system and amazing rear seat space.


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