Top 10 best large family cars for under £10 000
If the family's expanding and you need a bigger or newer car, there's a huge amount of choice out there. A budget of £10,000 will provide you with a great deal of options. We have used Parkers advice for picking the top 10 family cars for under 10k.
1. Ford Mondeo Estate (07-14)
Pros: Enormous boot, great to drive and stylish
Cons: Large size can make it hard to manoeuvre
With pricier German rivals firmly in its sights, the Ford Mondeo Estate makes an excellent large family car for under £10k. Arguably more comfortable than offerings form BMW and Audi, the Mondeo takes family-friendly refinement to a whole new level. It's cavernous boot and configurable rear seats make it a practical car, with elegant styling disguising its spaciousness. The cabin features high quality soft-touch plastics, and despite myriad trim levels, all feature plenty of kit. Most popular is the Zetec trim, which gets climate control, an MP3 audio socket and fog lights. On the road, the Mondeo is composed and agile; you don't lose the great driving dynamics of the hatchback by stretching it. Again, there is a multitude of engine options so do some research to help you pick. Our favourite is the 1.8-litre TDCi, offering low emissions and fifty miles to the gallon. Given how well the Mondeo measures up, the Germans should certainly watch their backs.
Used price range: £2,679 - £20,110
Pick of the range: 1.8TDCi Zetec
2. Peugeot 5008 (10-)
Pros: Good to drive, upmarket features and versatile seating
Cons: Firm ride, looks ungainly
Combining driver appeal and versatility, the Peugeot 5008 is a popular, good value compact people carrier. Suitable for families who need extra seating, the 5008 can carry seven in reasonable comfort thanks to its intelligent layout. Practicality is also excellent, with the 5008 capable of swallowing up to 1,754 litres with the seats down. Like all good family cars, the cabin is well laid out and functional, with storage space throughout. The 5008 also gets plenty of equipment with the Exclusive trim toting a heads-up-display, Bluetooth and parking sensors. This being a family car, Peugeot even throws in a boot-mounted torch. The ride is a little firm, but it feels sharp on the road despite its height. It's the 1.6-litre HDI diesel engine that offers the best compromise between performance and economy.
Used price range: £5,529 - £17,841
Pick of the range: 1.6HDi Exclusive
3. Skoda Superb Estate (10-)
Pros: Refined, great value and enormous in every direction
Cons: Length makes it hard to park
It's hard to imagine a more complete family car than the Skoda Superb. Despite being priced against the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra, the Superb delivers, well, superbly by any test of a family car. Excellent ride quality, combined with acres of legroom and a quiet, refined cabin make the Superb a lovely place to be. It's full of family touches; cubby holes everywhere, a flat boot, rechargeable torch, self-drying umbrella in the door and 1,856-litres of boot space with the seats down. Cars rarely get more practical than this. Power comes courtesy of petrol or diesel engines, ranging from 1.4 to 3.6 litres in size. Mated with a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox, all are perfect for long distance cruising. A 1.6-litre Greenline gives an impressive 64mpg, but if you intend to use that monster boot to full capacity, plump for a 2-litre diesel.
Used price range: £5,612 -£24,528
Pick of the range: 2.0 TDi CR SE
4. Mazda 6 Hatchback (07-12)
Pros: Great styling, spacious and good to drive
Cons: Ride can be unsettled, interior quality could be better
One of the best looking cars in this list, the Mazda 6 is a strong contender as your next family motor. Despite being a hatchback, it has plenty of legroom and passenger space; all packaged in an upmarket, sporty body packed with toys. You even get a Bose audio system on the range topping Sport Luxury model. The interior switchgear does feel a little cheap, but it's still refined and there's minimal sound intrusion. Mazda has been generous with storage throughout, with the luggage area swallowing 1,702 litres with the rear seats down. The 2.2-litre diesel offers class-leading capability.
Used price range: £3,479 - £13,680
Pick of the range: 2.2TS
5. Ford S-Max (06-)
Pros: Vast cabin, tight handling and powerful engines
Cons: Awkward handbrake and no air conditioning on Edge trim
Carrying seven in comfort, with sporty styling and a truly fantastic drive, the Ford S-Max is a very convincing family friendly package. Based on Ford Galaxy underpinnings, the S-Max takes practicality seriously; its seats fold completely flat giving you a huge load space and you get 27 cubby holes. It's comfortable, and has plenty of kit. However, it's a shame that air-con isn't included on the entry level Edge model. The 2-litre TDCi is the best compromise, and still offers competitive performance.
Used price range: £3,371 - £25,685
Pick of the range: 2.0 TDCi
?6. Mitsubishi Outlander (07-13)
Pros: Comfortable and good to drive,VW diesel excellent
Cons: Narrow boot and cramped rearmost seats
Perfect for larger families requiring something with a bit of o_ -road pedigree, the second generation Outlander is a versatile and surprisingly well-built choice. It handles well on the road, with accurate steering keeping the body under control when cornering. Switchable four-wheel drive makes it capable in all conditions. The available VW diesels are refined and have plenty of low-end shove. On the inside, the boot accommodates 541 litres with five seats up and is generally well built. Some cheap plastics remain, and the legroom of the folding rear seats is disappointing. Kit levels are good value, with air conditioning and electric windows as standard.
Used price range: £4,918 - £18,470
Pick of the range: 2.2 Di-D GX3
7. Volvo XC90 (02-)
Pros: Comfortable, classy and excellent diesel engines
Cons: Sluggish automatic gearbox, poor handling
The XC90 is a car that ticks all the boxes; hugely practical, very safe and refined throughout. It has a classy image, and has a very comfortable ride whether on the motorway or around town. Parents also praise its practicality, in particular the split tailgate makes a perfect bench for taking o_ muddy wellies. The boot carries 615-litres with five seats up, and still takes 215-litres when using seven. In the cabin quality lives up to the Swedish firm's reputation, and is generous with equipment. The one available 2.4-litre diesel has plenty of shove, and is reasonably refined.
Used price range: £2,506 - £34,465
Pick of the range: 2.4 D5 SE
8. Volkswagen Passat Estate (05-11)
Pros: Great motorway cruiser, excellent build quality
Cons: Rivals bigger, VW badge costs
The Passat Estate makes for an upmarket family car. As you would expect from a VW, the build quality and cabin refinement is exceptional and a significant step up from the predecessor. It's supremely comfortable, especially on long journeys, and has a spacious cabin. The SE model is the pick of the bunch with leather upholstery, heated seats and a multifunction infotainment screen. Power comes from a variety of VW engines, the best being the 2-litre TDI also seen in Audi's A4. Our only gripe is the Passat's boot isn't as big as rivals.
Used price range: £1,850 - £12,380
Pick of the range: 2.0 TDI SE 4MOTION SWB
?9. Vauxhall Insignia Hatchback (09-)
Pros: Decent standard kit, refined and comfortable
Cons: Not as good to drive as the Mondeo, poor efficiency
Coming from a long line of family favourites, the Vauxhall Insignia is a comfortable cruiser, along with being great value for money. Our choice, the Tech Line, features sat-nav, a DAB radio and plenty of connectivity, making it a great-value proposition. New engines make the Insignia quieter and more refined than ever, and in 2013 the new 2-litre diesel powerplant manages 76mpg and emits just 99g/km of CO2. Handling still lags behind the Mondeo as it lacks composure while cornering.
Used price range: £3,899 - £18,564
Pick of the range: 2.0 TD CR Techline
?10. Citroen Grand C4 Picasso (07-13)
Pros: Family friendly cabin, comfy ride
Cons: Cheap interior plastics and jerky semi-auto gearbox
With classic Citroen good looks, and plenty of family friendly touches, the Grand C4 Picasso is an enjoyable car to live with. The cabin is light and airy due to the enormous windscreen, and has extremely versatile seating. Rear seat DVD players, tray tables and an inbuilt air freshener on VTR+ models make this a great car for families on long trips. Seats fold flat in seconds to create a huge load space, and the C4 has plenty of cubbyholes. Kit levels are good value; a cool box, rechargeable torch and air conditioning are all included on the VTR+. Handling is not its strong point, with the car rolling in the corners and the steering lacking in feel. The 1.6 HDi returns 48mpg and will suit most owners' needs, it also doesn't come with the erratic semi-automatic gearbox.
Used price range: £2,186 - £15,876
Pick of the range: 1.6 HDi VTR+
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