Best cars for kids

Want your kids to like your next car as much as you do? Family cars needn't be boring. Here are eight perfect cars for both kids and parents

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Oct 22, 2020

If you asked a bunch of kids to design a car, the chances are it would look a little different to the family wagon parked outside your house. What would it feature? A pair of rockets instead of an engine? An ice cream machine between the back seats? Television screens instead of side windows?

At BuyaCar, we can’t promise to deliver a rocket-powered car, although you can find many cars with entertainment screens in the headrests. And we can promise a range of family cars to suit all budgets, from child-friendly city cars to seven-, eight- and even nine-seat MPVs (people carriers) that are guaranteed to keep your kids happy on a long journey.

We’ve selected eight of the best cars for kids below. When you’re car shopping, you’ll need to consider things like seat comfort, ride quality, cup holders, legroom in the back, USB ports for charging smartphones, doors that open wide for easy access, and a panoramic sunroof to allow light to flood into the cabin. Having windows that start low enough in the cabin to give kids in the back seats a good view out can also be valuable, as this helps to limit the chance of children getting car sick because they can't see out.

Choose one of the following cars, and cries of 'are we nearly there yet?' could be replaced by a plea to take the long way home from the beach. Remember, finding the perfect set of wheels should be, ahem…child’s play. Another thing that's child's play is ordering a car with BuyaCar. Find the one you like online, place your order and the car will be delivered to your door with a 14-day money-back guarantee.

Best cars for kids

1. Volkswagen Caravelle

Used deals from £33,495
Monthly finance from £469

Your kids will be delighted if you buy a Volkswagen Caravelle. It’s the cool MPV. The one that doesn’t look out of place amongst the SUVs on the school run. The MPV that rocks the surf look on the trip to the Cornish coast. It could be the best car for kids, full stop.

Seven seats come as standard, so your children can enjoy taking their friends along for the ride. The Caravelle also features a pair of electric sliding doors for easy access, two swivel seats in the centre row, a double USB charging socket in the back, plus a three-seater bench with reclining function in the third row.

If you need more space, a long wheelbase Caravelle is available, too, with the option of eight seats. Your kids will also appreciate the sunblinds on the rear side windows, all of the windows are also heat insulating incidentally, and the multi-function table should provide the perfect space for entertainment purposes. This is before you start having fun with the different colours, alloy wheels, accessories and personalisation options. With all sorts of colourful options including two-tone finishes, you're bound to find a colour combination that excites the kids.

2. Peugeot 5008

Used deals from £7,999
Monthly finance from £156

The Peugeot 5008 looks well sick. That’s what your kids might say if you drove home in Peugeot’s seven-seat SUV. We understand ‘well sick’ is a positive thing. It has nothing to do with how they might be feeling after spending any time in the third row.

That said, in common with many cars of this type, space in the very back is a little tight, but it’s fine for kids. There are many reasons why the 5008 is totally down with the kids. It’s available with a panoramic glass roof, which can be opened up to 16 inches. An electric roller blind is also included, along with blue ambient lighting flanking the glass panel. The panoramic roof is standard on top trim levels and an option on the others.

Higher trim levels also feature tray tables on the back of the front seats, window blinds in the second row, plus a smartphone charging plate, so you don’t need to plug it in to charge it up. All versions come with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a smooth and easy to use eight-inch touchscreen media system.

PEUGEOT 5008 BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Range Rover Evoque

Used deals from £17,998
Monthly finance from £276

Is the Range Rover Evoque the coolest compact SUV on the planet? It certainly has the right badge, while the styling will cut a mean figure on the school run. Your kids will love being collected from school in a Range Rover and sitting high up for a good view out.

You can choose from a metal roof, fixed panoramic or sliding panoramic roof. We’d recommend the latter, as it allows light to flood the cabin when it’s shut, or fresh air to enter the cabin when it’s open. You lose a bit of headroom, but your children are unlikely to notice.

We’d also recommend the optional Click and Go integrated base unit, which allows the kids to mount their tablets on the back of the front seats. The mounting mechanism even comes with a USB charger, so there will be no fighting over who gets to use the charging cable.

Digital television is another option, so the children won’t have to listen to your ‘greatest love songs of the 1980s’ playlist on the way to the beach.

RANGE ROVER EVOQUE BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Ford Fiesta

Used deals from £7,999
Monthly finance from £135

The Ford Fiesta is Britain’s most popular car. It’s also one of the best superminis you can buy, so it’s ideal if you’re looking for something small and nippy to ferry your children in the city.

It makes our list of cars for kids for its openable panoramic roof. Almost the entire roof is replaced with glass, which features a solar reflective coating to keep the interior cool when closed. The front section opens if you’re after some fresh air, while a sunblind provides some shade if required. It’s a standard feature on Vignale trim and optional on the others.

The five-door model is the best option for children. You also might want to consider opting for the retractable door edge protectors. These pop out when the car doors are opened to provide a protective barrier between the Fiesta and neighbouring cars. Perfect if your kids are a little careless in a car park.

FORD FIESTA BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Skoda Kamiq

Used deals from £16,300
Monthly finance from £227

The Skoda Kamiq is one of the most practical compact SUVs you can buy. There’s enough room in the back for even the tallest of passengers, so your kids will have plenty of wriggle room and space to stretch out. The large rear windows also help to make the cabin feel light and airy, which means that children shouldn’t feel sick on a long journey.

It’s clear that the Kamiq was designed with rear seat passengers in mind. The optional winter pack includes heated rear seats to keep your kids warm on a chilly day. It’s also possible to fit a pair of USB ports to the centre armrest for use by rear seat passengers. The days of squabbling over a charging port are over.

It gets better, because the optional folding pack includes folding tables on the back of the front seats, plus an extra storage compartment in the rear. You can even add leatherette protection to the back of the front seats - so that little spills needn’t lead to a big drama.

SKODA KAMIQ BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Toyota Verso

Used deals from £9,395
Monthly finance from £157

We’re not going to pretend that the Toyota Verso is the most exciting car for kids. This is a people carrier you buy with your head more than your heart, but there’s a lot to be said for practicality and flexibility when you’re buying a family car.

It’s a seven-seater, but while the third row is best reserved for small children, the middle row is perfect for teenagers and adults. It’s all thanks to Toyota’s ‘Easy Flat’ system, which provides 32 different seating permutations. The second row has a sliding range of 195mm, while the third row has reclining seatbacks. So if your kids like fiddling around with the seats, they're bound to be kept busy here.

A massive panoramic sunroof is standard on Design models, while the optional Family Pack is worth hunting down when choosing a used Verso. It features two screens with an independent DVD player, plus leather upholstery for the first and second row seats. Single or double iPad docks were also available when new providing additional distractions for kids.

7. Seat Alhambra

Used deals from £12,980
Monthly finance from £216

The Seat Alhambra is one of the best family cars you can buy. It offers seating for seven adults, so your kids will have plenty of growing room, while the sliding rear doors are a boon for easy loading and unloading. The doors are electric on all except the entry-level Alhambra. Sliding doors should also mean no more banged doors in tight car parks.

One thing we like about the Alhambra is the fact that sitting in the third row doesn’t feel like you’ve been relegated to the cheap seats. Three-zone air-conditioning comes as standard, so the third row passengers won’t be left in the cold - or too much heat - and there’s also a light, cup holder and storage box in the very back.

When the rearmost seats aren’t in use, the Alhambra offers estate car levels of luggage space, with a low boot lip helping to make loading as easy as possible. The side windows come with integrated sunblinds, while the underfloor storage areas are useful for hiding valuable items when you’re on the beach.

SEAT ALHAMBRA BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet

Used deals from £21,995
Monthly finance from £295

How about this for a wildcard? Kids love travelling in a convertible, but they’re hardly practical for family life. Boot space and rear seat accommodation tend to be compromised, while headroom is restricted, unless you lower the roof.

We’re not saying that the Volkswagen T-Roc Cabriolet is the last word in practicality. The boot is a little on the small side and space in the back is tight for adults. But if you have young kids and you want to enjoy the best (and worst) of the British summer, the T-Roc Cabriolet is a superb left-field choice, giving you the high driving position of an SUV and the kids a true convertible experience.

The electric roof opens in nine seconds but, more importantly, it closes in 11 seconds, which is handy to know if you experience a sudden downpour. Treat the kids to some new shades and hats, pack your sunscreen, and enjoy one of the most interesting new cars you can buy. Your kids will remember it for the rest of their lives.

VOLKSWAGEN T-ROC BUYERS' GUIDE

 

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