Choosing the Right Family Car
Do you need help choosing the right family car? We can help you out.
Here are a few important questions to answer that will help you figure out which type of car would suit your family’s needs and budget
- Have you had family cars before? What did you like and what did you dislike about them?
- Are you only interested in getting a new car or are you considering used cars as well?
- Will all or most of your family members be using the family car daily or most days?
- How do you feel about sedans / SUVs / hatchbacks / minivans, respectively?
- How important is storage space – for daily trips, long drives and getaways?
- Should the car you choose be easy to turn / park / drive / manoeuvre?
- Are you in a carpool club? If not, do you plan on joining/starting one?
- Do you need or value things like cup holders, split-seat folding, etc.?
- How many children do you have? Do you plan on getting more?
- Is fuel efficiency a high, medium or low priority for you?
- Do you often drive groups of kids/people around?
- Are you interested in specific safety features?
- Does the car need off-road capabilities?
- What is your budget?
Car Types to Consider
Hatchback: A hatchback is a great option for a family of three that lives and spends most of their time in the city. They are generally affordable, fuel efficient and easy to drive, park and maintain. In terms of space, split-folding seats have become fairly standard for those times when you need that bit of extra room for loading or moving objects. Hatchbacks are also great cars for driving lessons.
Minivan: A minivan can be very valuable to any family, especially a family of 4+. Owning a minivan means there’s always room for friends, other family members – and everyone’s luggage (sometimes there’s even extra space for a comfortable rest during longer trips). Minivans can also be more fuel efficient than SUVs. Plus, they’re not much harder to drive or park than sedans.
Sedan: Sedans are always popular family cars because of their size, price and appealing balance between economy and performance. Their safety (less prone to tip over) and security features (proper, lockable boot) are also important advantages. Plus, with a lower weight than minivans or SUVs, sedans are more fuel efficient (with better acceleration and braking). More streamline versions also burn less fuel, meaning less pollution.
SUV: There’s no doubt about it: SUVs are fun, attractive and adventure-ready cars that work well for many families (especially if you have pets). If you enjoy a clear view of traffic, that big-car feel, off-road adventures and comfort, an SUV could be the right car for your family. SUVs are generally one of the safest car types and becoming more fuel efficient as the need for economy increases.
Once you’ve answered the questions and understand the car types, you should be able to determine which option would suit your family best. Now’s it time for the fun part: choosing the right car for your family!