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Steer This Way for the Best Family 4x4s

Steer This Way for the Best Family 4x4s

By Swansway Motor Group 07-01-2020

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4x4s don’t have to be rough and ready. When you’re in charge of a family, you need all the help you can get. Take your pick of some of the best family 4x4s.

The best family cars offer everything you need for a practical family life: bucketloads of space, superior handling, outstanding safety and lots of clever storage to hide away all of those necessary family bits and pieces! All of this, and more, can be found in a 4x4 SUV which adds a whole new dimension to family motoring. Whatever your priority - luxury, capability, or a bit of both - you’ll find a suitable family 4x4 to match your needs.

If you’re looking for your ideal family 4x4, there’s so much choice that it’s difficult to know where to start. It goes without saying that family priorities have to include safety, so all of the cars on our list are classified as 5-star by Euro NCAP (the European New Car Assessment Programme), which is currently the highest rating. Here are a few ideas…


Vivacious Volkswagen Tiguan

When it comes to space and handling, Volkswagen’s midsize SUV, the VW Tiguan, provides the best of both worlds. With a high driving position, excellent range of equipment and the usual VW quality build, driving is a pleasure with superb cornering and smooth suspension.

Volkswagen Tiguan

Driver assistance features, such as parking sensors, parking assist, lane assist and stability control mean that even with the distraction of children, you’ll always arrive at your chosen destination unflustered. The optional panoramic roof slides and tilts to provide passengers with a dose of fresh air as well as a front-row seat to a skyline view that will occupy little eyes with passing clouds, birds and aeroplanes while the ambient interior lighting provides a suitably soothing atmosphere.

The Volkswagen Tiguan’s 4WD, 4Motion option can be paired with a 2.0-litre diesel or petrol engine, and automatic or manual gearbox, providing up to 39.7 mpg (WLTP combined), handy to know for family budgeting. 


Handy Honda CR-V

Recently re-designed, the Honda CR-V offers plenty of features that could qualify it as the perfect family 4x4. Dual-zone climate control and ample legroom for everyone will keep both parents and children happy. Up to 561 litres of boot space* increases to over 1,000 litres when the rear seats are folded, allowing lots of practical space, with or without the kids on board.

For the economy-conscious, it might surprise you to learn that the Honda CR-V’s hybrid version also offers an AWD version, which adds a further option to your perfect family 4x4, along with a range of four different trim levels - S, SE, SR and EX.

Honda CR-V

As with all family 4x4s, reliability is a key factor - nobody’s family wants to be stranded at the roadside - and the Honda CR-V doesn’t disappoint with it consistently being reported as one of the most reliable cars in the UK. 


Jaunty Jeep Compass

With trims such as Night Eagle and Trailhawk, you’d expect every ride in a Jeep to be something of an adventure, however, off-roading doesn’t have to be rough and ready. The Jeep Compass is built to last and equipped for comfort as well as convenient family motoring. In fact, pound for pound, you might find that you get more value for your money than with other family 4x4s.

Jeep Compass

The Jeep Compass proves that a practical family 4x4 can be glamorous too. The aerodynamic sloping roofline, sweeping curves and iconic seven slot grille provides all the character you’ll need for an impressive arrival at school, at work or on your latest leisure pursuits.

If the Jeep Compass onboard gadgets don’t impress you, they’ll certainly keep the kids happy! First-rate connectivity via the Uconnect™ 8.4” screen provides Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™, enabling access to maps, messages, phones and music*. 


Awesome Audi Q5

Another bestselling family 4x4, the Audi Q5 doesn’t disappoint with either style or equipment. The extensive options list means that you can tailor a new Q5 to your family’s needs to include extras such as car seat underlay, protective boot mats, cool/warm box and even Rob the gecko - a wonderfully washable Audi-branded soft toy.

The refined and quiet cabin combines with suitably smooth, dynamic suspension to ensure a cosy snoozing environment for over-tired children and a bit of peace for the grown ups. Wipe-clean leather upholstery is a bonus for any little mishaps. The driver and front passenger also benefit from cocoon-like comfort with leather heated sports seats and side bolsters.  

Audi Q5

All Audi Q5 engine options (including the TFSI e hybrid) come with Audi’s famed quattro all-wheel-drive system to make handling a little easier on every terrain - the perfect complement to a range of stylish alloys from 18" star-design to 21” 5-twin-spoke with contrast inlays.


Spacious SEAT Tarraco

In need of more space in your family 4x4? You won’t go far wrong with the SEAT Tarraco which comes with 7 seats as standard. Its responsive steering helps maintain the manageable feel of an SUV, rather than a minibus, despite the extra seats. 

SEAT Tarraco

Rear seats are easily configured to accommodate any combination of passengers and all the paraphernalia that comes with family life. Even with all seats in use, you’ll still find a very helpful 230 litres of boot space.

Convenience-wise, you’ll find large bins in the front and rear doors as well as compartments and cupholders in the front armrest and console. Back-of-seat tables provide a usable space for rear passengers when they aren’t taking advantage of the sliding and reclining seats on the second row, or one of the three 12v sockets for recharging vital gadgets. All round, the SEAT Tarraco provides a comfortable and productive trip, whatever the age of those on board.


Whatever your idea of comfort and convenience, you have to admit that a family 4x4 ticks most of the boxes. Take a closer look at these models and more at your local Swansway Group dealership where you’ll find helpful advisors who can steer you in the right direction.

*depending on model

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