If only you can’t afford changing your car every month, choosing this vehicle is definitely a complicated task for you. There are so many features of a car that should be taken into consideration before you decide which model to buy and if this car is going to be used for transporting your children, the process of choosing one becomes a real challenge. That is why we have created this article describing some of the most kid-friendly cars which are also quite affordable as well as their unique features that make these cars so convenient for the entire family. The prices for the models of family vehicle listed in this article start from £10,000.
Clever car seats
Clever car seats is a highly useful feature while you are driving your children no matter whether your final destination is a local school or the opposite side of the continent. You never know when your kids get tired or feel unwell during the trip, so being able to adjust the car seats to their needs will be a great feature of your family car.
Certainly, many car models allow you to transform the seats in different way, but travelling with children, especially with small children might demand from you some rapid actions on the go. Sometimes you will not be able to stop your car in the middle of the road and fetch the seats for your children. In order to avoid such situations, you should consider getting a car with clever seats that can be controlled by an app. A great example of such a car is the latest Discovery model of Land Rover. Its car seats can be arranged completely remotely. For this purpose, you will need only an app on your smartphone. You can just push a button and make the seats folded completely flat.
In case you find this model expensive, you can also pay attention to Honda Jazz which is also featured by highly practical seats, albeit, they can be folded and unfolded only with the help of a special lever.
Sliding rear doors
Needless to say, many children have some problems with clambering into the car as well as with getting out. It will be far more easier for your kids to do it if the doors of your family car are sliding. The models of cars with sliding doors usually have an additional third row of seats which is a great option for big families. Still, if you have already considered such an option and checked the models of cars with sport sliding rear doors, you might have noticed they are typically not featured with a sleek or attractive design. Some popular examples of such cars are Ford Galaxy, Volkswagen Sharan or Citroen Grand C4 Spacetourer.
Fortunately, some of the models with sliding doors are quite compact. The Ford’s B-Max model is one of the most notable of them.
A reversing camera
One of the most complicated tasks many parents face on a daily basis is parking a car full of lively children and stuffed with bulky luggage. Making parking manoeuvres can be a great issue but it is possible to address the problem in a quite effective way. All you need is a reverse camera in your car. Rear parking sensors are available in all the SE models of Hyundai Tucson. It is also a standard option in Kia Sportage.
Furthermore, you can choose one of even more advanced car models that are using the radar technology for assisting the parking process. Such cars do not need almost any help of their drivers in order to complete the parking manoeuvres flawlessly. If you are interested in purchasing one of such cars for your family, you can check the Nissan’s models with the Around View Monitor system for athematic parking or Ford’s S-Max MPV with Active Park Assist.
An additional rearview mirror
Even though a reversing camera is a fantastic device for parking your car under unexpected conditions created by your kids, you should still have an opportunity of keeping an eye on the kids themselves. Obviously, this can be done with an extra rearview mirror.
Citroen C4 Spacetourer, Citroen Grand C4 Spacetourer and Ford B-Max are some of the best models of cars with a convenient additional rearview mirror. Yet, you can find even more advanced family cars on the market that are equipped with a dashboard screen compatible with the GoPro cameras. Thus, you can install such a camera in the rear which will allow you to monitor your kids. In addition to it, you will find an extra large panoramic mirror that is itself useful for observing your kids.
The best family cars
As you can see, we have discussed several car features that can be useful for families with children. You have also seen many examples of great car models in this article. Still, if it comes to a combination of additional equipment and space, pay your attention to the following models:
- Seat Ateca
- Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer
- Nissan Qashqai
- Renault Kadjar
- Seat Alhambra
- Volvo XC90
- Land Rover Discovery
- Dacia Duster.