7 of the Best SUV Family Cars from Swansway Group
As your family gets bigger, your needs start to change when it comes to deciding which car to buy. Practicality nearly always wins out, meaning that you’ll probably need a vehicle that can fit car seats, prams, and maybe even a couple of dogs in the boot. Instead of speedy little roadsters in the form of the best sports cars, your efforts turn to seeking out the best 7 seater SUV or perhaps the best small SUV.
While different shaped cars suit different families, the SUV must surely be one of the best family cars. With a high roof and generous boot, the best SUVs provide plenty of space to transport your brood and everything you’ll need for a family day out. But, even when you know what style you want, it can still be difficult to decide which car to buy with so many options available.
Don’t worry, Swansway Group is here to help you find the best SUV for you!
Forget about the hassle and stress of deciding which car to buy. Read on to discover the best family car to suit your needs and budget with the input of our resident Motoring Journalist John Swift!
Land Rover Discovery
Another great contender for best family car, Land Rover’s all new Discovery model was awarded the title of Best Large 4×4 at the 2017 New Car Awards, and for good reason. This high-quality SUV has plenty of space for all the family, boasting accommodation that can fit up to seven adults. The three rows of seats are tiered so that those sitting in the back can still see out of the front windscreen – perfect for those sightseeing trips!
The Land Rover Discovery is also one of the best 7 seater SUVs. It’s equipped with the latest tech too, with a ten-inch touchscreen on the dash and screens fitted in the back of the headrests to keep even the biggest kids in the back entertained on long journeys. Some models even have electronic blinds on the rear windows so passengers can block out the sun and any distractions when it’s time for a nap.
John’s Verdict 10/10
Likes: On and off road brilliance, 24 carat interior. Seven seats ideal for families.
Dislikes: That silly boot shape for the number plate.
Jaguar is a brand not often associated with best family car, but the British icon didn’t disappoint with its first SUV! The Jaguar F-Pace retains the style of a Jaguar and combines it with all the functionality of an SUV, including a big boot for storage. The split-folding rear seats allow for even more storage space when needed, even with three passengers in the back of the car. The vehicle is equipped with a touchscreen infotainment system to keep the kids happy, and even has a wi-fi hotspot.
The reassuring quality is reflected in the price but what you get in return is worth every penny. It’s pleasurable to drive, comfortable to ride in, and provides you with everything you need to keep the family happy on long car journeys. With an excellent mpg, the 2.0-litre diesel engine provides great economy as well as the luxury synonymous with a Jaguar.
John’s Verdict 9/10
Likes: Jag’s fastest ever selling new car. With insatiable demand for SUVs this is the right car at the right time in the right place.
Dislikes: Is Jag cannibalising sales from sister company, Land Rover?
At the more compact end of the SUV market, the sleek Peugeot 3008 is still plenty spacious enough to make it one of the best small SUVs out there right now. It’s a smooth drive with an even smoother design. High-quality, modern interior materials and a premium on-board infotainment system make it an equally tempting option for Teletubby DVDs or audio books – let’s face it, when else do you get chance to read?
The Peugeot 3008’s boot is expansive and can even be made bigger by folding down the rear seats. It’s an ideal car for smaller families who require a lot of boot space, no matter what you’re carrying. If safety is your main priority when deciding which car to buy, then this Peugeot model is a definite challenger for best SUV with Euro NCAP awarding it a five-star rating in its crash tests.
John’s Verdict 9/10
Likes: The driving environment. Brilliant. Capable, stylish, top car. Proof that Peugeot is getting serious again.
Dislikes: Not much.
Another well-presented compact SUV is the Audi Q3. It offers both a sporty-looking design and a spacious interior. The roomy front of the car will keep occupants in the front comfortable over long drives, while the rear of the Q3 is spacious enough for two adults or up to three children.
The Audi Q3 has also been awarded a five-star rating by Euro NCAP, with airbags in the front and rear of the car protecting passengers from impacts. The car’s controls add to its safety, as well, with voice controls helping to keep the driver’s hands on the wheel and volume that automatically adjusts itself based on road and engine noise. However, you’ll have to adjust the volume yourself to hear anything over the squeals of approval from the passengers in the back seats!
John’s Verdict 8/10
Likes: Sharp set of clothes for this mini SUV. Clean and chic styling lifts the hatchback it’s based on into something really on trend for today’s market.
Dislikes: The price compared to equivalent Audi A3.
Available with both two and four-wheel drive, this highly adaptable SUV is made to suit your needs and tastes. If comfort is your main priority, the Honda CR-V has it in spades for both the driver and passengers. The front seats are heated, available in either leather or fabric, and equipped with power lumbar support. In the back of the car, the seats have reclining backrests and plenty of legroom and headroom. The rear seats can also fold down to increase the already impressive boot space.
As with any vehicle hoping to be considered the best family car, safety is also a top priority in the Honda CR-V. Its curved side mirrors help to reduce the driver’s blind spots and contribute to its Euro NCAP five-star rating. Other features such as Lane Departure Warning and Vehicle Stability Assist help to keep you and your family safe on your journeys.
John’s Verdict 8/10
Likes: Anyone towing a caravan, horse box etc ranks this as the best in its class. Honda reliability makes you ask why all cars can’t be built this way.
Dislikes: Not as fashionable as most rivals.
Citroën C4 Cactus
Another option for best small SUV is the Citroën C4 Cactus, which is incredibly light considering its size, so if ease of handling is important when choosing which car to buy, this could be the one for you. Its weight also makes it impressively fuel efficient and cheaper to run as it allows for a smaller engine to power it compared to larger SUVs.
We’re so impressed that the Citroën C4 Cactus had made it onto our recommended list of the most economical cars. There’s plenty of room for a family of five to travel comfortably, along with the spacious 358-litre boot in the back for your carry-alongs.
The handy plastic Airbumps down the side of the vehicle are designed to protect the sides of the Citroën 4 Cactus from scrapes that might arise from careless parking or other mishaps. The Citroën C4 Cactus is one of the more affordable SUVs on this list, starting from just £16,395* brand new.
John’s Verdict 8/10
Likes: Lovely left field styling from Citroen again.
Dislikes: Not everyone likes those air bumps’ on the doors which give it the left field styling!
Another new kid on the block is SEAT’s first SUV, the Ateca. There’s plenty of choice with the Ateca, which is available with a petrol or diesel engine, two or four-wheel drive, and manual or automatic transmission. The SEAT Ateca is a top option for the best family car and boasts great affordability, with the lower range versions of this model starting from a little over £18,000*.
Equipped with two USB ports and a wireless charger, the SEAT Ateca will never leave you low on battery. This makes the Ateca a popular choice for best SUV amongst the kids in the back who crave their smartphones and tablets. For the grown ups, there’s plenty of space for its five seats to be occupied comfortably and to manoeuvre car seats in and out of the back. To top it off, it also has a large, spacious boot. The SEAT Ateca has been awarded a five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP, helped by safety features such as a 360-degree view parking camera and Park Assist.
John’s Verdict 10/10
Likes: Multi-award winning class leader. Drive it and you’ll see why. Just so good in every single area.
Dislikes: Absolutely nothing.
John’s Choice: Now I’ve driven it, the SEAT.
Which car to buy? You decide…
There you have it – seven of the best SUVs that are all equally worthy of the title of best family car, and fit to transport you and your clan. But which really is the best family car? Choosing which car to buy among these options will depend largely on your individual tastes and requirements. Decide what your priorities are and browse the options to see which is the best small SUV, the best 7 seater SUV or the best family SUV for you.
Safety should be a key feature of any family car, which can help you choose which car to buy by eliminating any options which don’t offer optimal safety features. Beyond that, you should ask yourself a few key questions to help you narrow down your decision of which car to buy. For example, do you need seven seats or is five sufficient? How much boot space do you need for transporting luggage? If you’re unlikely to use seven seats, then an SUV with five seats and a larger boot might be the better option. Will you be taking long journeys in the car? If so, entertainment facilities, such as in-car screens, may be a necessity for keeping the kids happy over long periods.
The best family car will look different for every brood, so enjoy looking at these top SUVs to decide which car to buy. If you need any advice on choosing the right car for your family or are ready to buy, then get in touch with your local Swansway Group dealership for our expert advice and excellent new car deals on all of the best SUVs.
*All prices correct as of Oct 2017