The Best Family Cars of 2015

There's a lot to consider when choosing the perfect family car, luckily we have picked out some of this year's best MPVs, SUVs, Hatchbacks & Saloons.

Jun 16, 2015

It isn’t always easy choosing the perfect family car. The first thing to think of is practicality; who will be travelling in the car, the kids, the in-laws, the dog? You will want a family car that suits all of the family’s needs. Other things to take into consideration are fuel economy, reliability and the model’s versatility. We have compiled a list of the best family cars of 2015 so far, whether you are looking for a hatchback, MPV or SUV you will find out all that you need to know. 


Kia Cee’d

The Kia Cee’d combines innovative technology, fuel economy and design to match its rivals. The Kia Cee’d features a clever voice recognition system enabling access to some of the car’s functions as well as being able to make hands-free calls. Handy for when you are juggling the unpredictability of family life, other great features where the Cee’d excels is the technology and space that it has on offer.

With a superior exterior and excellent value costing around £2,000 less in comparison to some of its rivals, and emissions as low as 96g/km.

From £14, 305 at Sandicliffe and with savings of up to £1,250, the Kia Cee’d is a great value for money family hatchback. We also offer an optional three-year servicing plan!

Ford Focus

Euro NCAP, Europe’s leading authority on auto safety awarded the Ford Focus as the ‘Best in Class’ in the small family car category. Recognising the vehicle’s advanced safety technology and crash test rating, the vehicle was awarded based on these technologies;

  • Driver Alert, designed to detect driver fatigue
  • Forward Alert, which uses radar technology to scan the road ahead and alerts the driver if a collision is likely,
  • Active City Stop, which helps to avoid or mitigate accidents at low speeds
  • Lane Keeping Aid technologies, which warns and assists drivers who unintentionally stray from their lane.

From £13,995 at Sandicliffe and with savings of up to £2,100, the Ford Focus 2015 is one of Ford’s most technically advanced family cars to date.


With stylish looks and efficient engines, the Mazda 3 may just be enough to sway customers from competitors, the Ford Focus & Volkswagen Golf.

A smart design; 18-inch alloy wheels, colour-coded door handles, mirrors and the SE-L also features bi-Xenon headlamps with LED running lights. As for the performance, the Mazda3 is dynamic, has a strong grip, excellent chassis control and smooth steering which make this family car a winning choice.

From £15,545 At Sandicliffe and with savings of up to £1,750, the Mazda 3 is a sporty, fuel efficient hatchback that is cheap to run and fun to drive. Also available on finance for just £211 a month!

Ford Mondeo

The sleek, sophisticated Ford Mondeo really makes a statement as the family car. The biggest advantage of the Mondeo is the size, with lots of handy storage units, a vast boot and generous leg space. Particularly suitable for families with teenagers with comfortable, adjustable seats

As for performance, the Mondeo has a precise gearshift and a light clutch, enabling smooth operation. The 150 diesel engine is strong and agile, not to mention a family hatchback that is fun to drive.

From £20,691 at Sandicliffe and with savings of up to £844, the Ford Mondeo is a refined, spacious family car that is a joy to drive. Ford Finance Contribution up to £1,500 is also offered!*


Ford B-Max

If you are looking for the practicality of a family car but in a smaller vehicle then look no further than the Ford B-Max. Compact, yet spacious with a big sliding rear door for easy access getting in and out. The B-Max boasts a stylish cabin, 70.6mpg and has emissions of 104g/km and not to mention it is fun to drive for a mini MPV.

From £11,995 at Sandicliffe and with savings of up to £1,800, the Ford B-Max is the tardis of cars, compact yet spacious for complete family car functionality.

Ford S-Max

The seven-seat MPV is another family car from Ford that proves that you don’t have to sacrifice family practicality for a model that is fun to drive. MPVs are often said to not be that fun to drive, well the Ford S-Max is proof that they can be!

The S-Max doesn’t feel like an MPV but it certainly makes the most out of being one with its superb practicality. The S-Max boasts 285 litres of boot space even with all seven seats! The rearmost seats are also suitable for children, with many small storage spaces and offers ultimate comfort for a family car.

From £22,995 at Sandicliffe and with savings of up to £1,500, the Ford S-Max is a sleek, seven-seater that is not only fun to drive but boats clever interior & technology to help you get the most out of your driving experience. 

Kia Carens

Designed with the familiar Kia family look, the Kia Carens is a budget seven seater but by no standards does it feel that way. Making the most out of the space available, with the third row seats folded flat, it can store the weekly shop, buggies or bikes with ease. The Carens can even seat seven adults, pricier versions also offer seat-back trays with cup holders, particularly useful for children when on a long journey.

The soft suspension means that bumps are no longer noticeable, the steering is also light making the Carens a very manoeuvrable seven-seater. The touchscreen sat-nav is also one of the best, displaying upcoming traffic and information on length and tailbacks.

With the standard Kia seven-year 100,000 mile warranty and features on offer even when opting for the 1 spec, the Kia Carens provides family value for money when it comes to seven seat MPVs.

From £17,295 and with savings of up to £1,700, the Kia Carens is an appealing and practical affordable MPV with an excellent 7 year/100,000 mile warranty. Also available on finance for just £202 per month!

And the winners are…

If you want a family car that has been tried and tested by the experts, then opt for one that has bagged itself an award or two. This is the best way to guarantee a particular model based on your own individual needs. Here are some of the Whatcar? Car of the Year 2015 Award Winners.

Skoda Octavia – Best Family Car Overall Winner

Winner for two years in a row and a firm favourite of the Whatcar? Team, the Skoda Octavia stays ahead of the race from its strong competitors, the Nissan Pulsar & Audi A3.

With a five star Euro NCAP safety rating, spacious interior, cutting-edge engine and innovative technology, the Octavia offers value for money with a price tag that won’t cost the earth with both low running costs and low CO2 emissions. Big incentives when searching for your perfect family car!

From £16,525 at Sandicliffe, the Skoda Octavia is a luxurious and dynamic award-winning family hatchback that perfectly blends practicality with affordability. Low monthly payments are also available!

Nissan Pulsar – Best Family Car Winner

Another great family car that offers incredible value, with the entry-level Visia offering air-conditioning, 16-inch alloys, electric windows, Bluetooth and six airbags for less than £15,000!

With a comfortable interior, a five-inch colour screen, Bluetooth, steering wheel mounted controls and a versatile range of engines. The Pulsar’s performance also offers good body control, sharp throttle response and a six-speed manual gearbox.

There is plenty of legroom in the back and a spacious boot to store anything from pushchairs to sports equipment. With a five star crash rating standard safety kit, this is just another reminder of why the Pulsar is an award winning family car.

From £14,995 at Sandicliffe and with savings of up to £1,046, the Nissan Pulsar is a bold, family hatchback available in four trim options, the Visia, Acenta, N-Tec and Tekna. Also available on finance from £149 per month!

Mazda CX-5 – Best Large SUV Winner

The Mazda CX-5 offers a combination of performance and practicality with a sleek and dynamic design that not only looks great on the road but feels great to drive too.

The CX-5 is a formidable SUV with the four-cylinder diesel engine offering smooth operation and excellent traction for all weather conditions. Well-equipped with a colour touch-screen, cruise and climate controls, front and rear parking sensors and the sat-nav option is only a reasonable £700 addition.

From 20,395 at Sandicliffe and with savings of up to £2,555, it is no surprise that the sleek, fuel efficient Mazda CX-5 has won countless awards for best SUV from What Car, Auto Express & FleetWorld. Low APR finance is also available!

Nissan Qashqai – Best Small SUV Overall Winner

Runners-up Citroen Cactus and Range Rover Evoque fail to take the Qashqai’s crown with the small SUV being awarded the winner for the second year in a row. The SUV offers efficiency, reliability and comfort, with a raised driving position.

A practical cabin, a chassis that is designed for British roads and the 109bhp diesel engine is impressive with just 99g/km Co2 emissions! Added features are also impressive, sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, DAB radio, keyless entry and a lane departure-warning system. 

From £17,499 at Sandicliffe and with savings of up to £1,281, the Nissan Qashqai won What Car’s 2014 Car of the Year being described as an intelligent, comfortable and smooth small SUV. Also available on finance for just £149 per month!


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