Best used family cars 2021

Rory White

15 Oct 2021

Children are expensive, so a family car needs to be great value. Buying used could be the answer. Here are our top 10 used family cars.

1. Skoda Octavia

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The Skoda Octavia is the ultimate box ticker. It's fairly bland to behold, but it's simply huge inside, has a massive boot to go with it and you have a choice of economical petrol and diesel options. It simply has to be on your list of used family car options.

2. BMW 5 Series Touring

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If your budget stretches a bit further, the BMW 5 Series Touring is often in people's dream garage as the do-it-all car. It looks great on the outside, is spacious and very high-quality inside, has a fantastic infotainment system, big boot and is superb to drive.

3. Skoda Kodiaq

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Another Skoda, but another very worthy addition to this list. The Kodiaq comes in five or seven-seat forms, has plenty of interior and boot space in either configuration and comes with efficient petrol and diesel options. It's also priced sensibly.

4. Volvo XC60

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The Volvo XC60 is Volvo's best-selling model in the UK, and for good reason. It comes with Volvo's typically classy interior, a comfy, quiet drive, the option of plug-in hybrid tech if you want it and All the space a family could need.

5. Volkswagen Tiguan

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Volkswagen's Tiguan is a household name in the UK. Its combination of sensible prices, solid interior and comfy drive have put it on thousands of driveways across the UK. Happily, that means there's a huge choice for families buying used.

6. Ford Focus

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Talking of household names, what about the Ford Focus? It has been in the top 10 best selling cars for years, proving fantastic value for money for a family. It's great to drive, cheap to run and spacious inside, plus there are literally hundreds of examples for sale at any one time.

7. Seat Ateca

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Seat's first SUV was a huge hit when it was launched in 2016. That means you'll find loads of these great-to-drive, stylish family SUVs waiting in the classifieds for you to choose from.

8. Ford S-Max

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For larger families, an MPV is still the easiest way to ferry the kids about. The S-Max is probably the best looking MPV there is, but also the best to drive thanks to Ford's handling know-how. Seven adults will sit comfortably and it has Isofix points on all its passenger seats too.

9. Toyota RAV-4

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The latest RAV4 hasn't been out for too long, so why not consider the previous generation as a used buy. It's every bit as roomy inside, naturally still gets Toyota's legendary reliability record included and the Japanese firm's superb hybrid tech as an option too.

10. Land Rover Discovery

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If your budget is healthy and you need seven-seat, not many large, luxurious SUVs do it better than the Land Rover Discovery. It seats seven adults with ease, has a classy cabin, beautifully smooth engines and an off-road ability unmatched by any of its peers.

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Rory White

15 Oct 2021