Best cars for mums

Fancy a car that’s practical but with some added glamour and desirability? Mums of Britain, your chariots await

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Dec 9, 2020

With parenthood comes a responsibility to protect your children. Which is why car safety is such an important consideration when choosing a car. A five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating, lots of Isofix points for securely mounting child seats and a suite of driver assistance systems are the order of the day. Safety first, if you like.

Which is all very admirable, but let’s put the needs of your children to one side for a moment. It’s time to consider you. An excuse for some ‘me time’. Or ‘you time’. Well, you know what we mean...Choose wisely and you should be able to find a vehicle that works for you, as well as your kids.

We’ve pulled together a list of eight cars that are great for mums. Cars that are practical, spacious, safe, yada, yada, but also desirable, comfortable, lavish and plush. As at home on the school run as they are when you’ve got a night off from the kids and are going out for dinner.

Mums, it’s time to get serious. These are the cars that are great for you and your children. Go used and they could cost a lot less than you might expect per month on PCP finance, too.

Best cars for mums

1. Ford Kuga

Used deals from £8,595
Monthly finance from £156*

We start with a Kuga. It ticks all the usual boxes associated with good family SUVs: plenty of room in the back, rear doors that open wide, a large boot, low running costs and cheap second-hand prices and finance costs. But this isn’t about your kids. This is about you.

You’ll appreciate the raised driving position, which provides a commanding view of the road ahead. You’ll also like the fact that all recent Ford Kuga models come with a heated windscreen, air-conditioning, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and keyless start.

However, because this is all about you, may we suggest a Kuga with optional Active Park Assist and Park-Out Assist for added peace of mind? This means the car will steer you into parallel or perpendicular parking spaces, before helping you manoeuvre out of a parallel space again. We’d also recommend the Winter Pack, as this comes with a heated steering wheel to keep you cosy on those cold mornings.

FORD KUGA BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Audi Q3

Used deals from £16,999
Monthly finance from £241*

We get it: you really fancy an Audi Q3, don’t you? It’s understandable, because the Q3 offers the style, quality and equipment of a large Audi SUV, in a smaller and more affordable package. It also makes the Audi A3 hatchback seem a little humdrum.

The current Audi Q3 arrived in 2018, quickly establishing itself as one of the most desirable compact SUVs you can get. Yes, it’s more expensive than many of its mainstream rivals, but we’ll let you into a secret: the Q3 is only marginally less practical than the larger and considerably more expensive Audi Q5.

Even the entry-level Sport versions include the kind of equipment that will make the right impression in the gym car park. Stylish 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and xenon headlights standard on the outside, plus a 6.5-inch media system, sat-nav and sport seats on the inside. To paraphrase Robin Thicke, you know you want it.

AUDI Q3 BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Range Rover Evoque

Used deals from £17,150
Monthly finance from £248*

What if we told you it was possible to get a used Range Rover Evoque for the cost of a new Ford Fiesta. Would you be interested? Of course you would. The Evoque still looks as fresh today as it did when it first hit the catwalks in 2011 - with a little help from Victoria Beckham, who contributed to the design.

A decade on, which has aged better: Beckham or the Evoque? We’ll let you be the judge of that, but while you might have grown out of your clothes from 2011, the Evoque remains the perfect fit. Like a little black dress, the Evoque is a car for all occasions. And seasons, since most versions have a sophisticated four-wheel drive system, which offers greater grip on wet or snowy roads to help you get moving.

Following an update in 2016, the first-generation Evoque was available with 15 different alloy wheel designs and in 13 different colours, so buyers were faced with the same sort of dilemma you have to deal with when looking in your shoe cupboard. We'd recommend that you're not swayed by the good looks of the three-door version, because the five-door is much more practical as a family car.

RANGE ROVER EVOQUE BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Mini Countryman

Used deals from £12,250
Monthly finance from £166*

What do you do when you’ve outgrown your Mini? No, we’re not talking about your skirt, we’re here to discuss the Mini hatchback. We know why you like the Mini: it’s fun to drive, great to look at, loaded with neat features, and is as fashionable as whatever Grazia proclaims as the ‘hot new look’ for the coming season.

The Mini Countryman takes everything you like about the Mini hatchback, but with the photocopier setting on ‘supersize’. It’s like the comfortable oversized sweater you wear on a Sunday morning after a heavy night on the town. Or a sleepless night looking after teething toddlers...

It’s practical enough for your little ones, but you’ll appreciate the standard-fit Apple CarPlay, 6-5-inch media system with sat-nav, digital radio, parking sensors, automatic headlights and LED mood lighting. You even get illuminated door handles and the fancy logo projection your friends have been going on about. Watch as the Mini logo appears on the pavement at night.

MINI COUNTRYMAN BUYERS' GUIDE

5. DS 7 Crossback

Used deals from £19,487
Monthly finance from £273*

The DS 7 Crossback is probably the plushest and fanciest SUV you've never heard of. It’s positively dripping with French chic. It’s like one of those oh-so-fancy perfume ads you might see on loop while waiting at an airport departure gate or in the run-up to Christmas. Absolutely fabulous, darling.

Inside, the DS 7 Crossback feels more like a boutique than a car’s cabin, with swathes of leather and soft-touch materials. On higher trim levels, there’s even a B.R.M clock, which glides up from inside the dashboard when you press the ‘start’ button. There’s a lot to take in, but shouldn’t good design divide opinion?

It’s very well-equipped, with all models getting a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, a 12-inch touchscreen media system, two USB sockets in the back, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice control and something called DS Active Scan Suspension. The system uses a camera to assess the road ahead, adapting the suspension settings accordingly. Clever stuff.

DS 7 CROSSBACK BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Volvo XC60

Used deals from £20,995
Monthly finance from £317*

One of the reasons you buy a Volvo is for its impressive safety credentials. The Volvo XC60 is a good case in point, with the family SUV awarded a five-star safety rating when it was crash-tested by Euro NCAP in 2017. The individual scores were incredible, with the XC60 scoring 98% and 95% for adult occupant protection and safety assist technology respectively.

Safe in the knowledge that you’re doing your best for your children, what’s in it for you? Quite simply, this is one of the most sophisticated cars you can buy, with a cabin and driving experience that’s as relaxing as taking a hot bath surrounded by candles. You can add your own mood music.

All cars come with a smooth eight-speed automatic transmission, keyless start, front and rear parking sensors, and a nine-inch tablet-style touchscreen media system that’s more slick than many actual tablets. The heated leather seats are the most comfortable thing this side of your favourite armchair, too.

VOLVO XC60 BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Land Rover Discovery Sport

Used deals from £18,000
Monthly finance from £260*

The Discovery Sport is one of the cheapest Land Rovers you can buy for its age, but the badge and styling would suggest that you’re driving something much more expensive. It’s also highly versatile, with seating for seven in all but the entry-level version.

If the school run or your morning commute requires you to climb a few mountains or ford a couple of streams, you’ll, ahem… discover that Land Rover’s trademark off-road abilities come as part of the package. That dropped kerb outside Costa shouldn’t be a massive obstacle.

Options include a full glass fixed panoramic roof, ambient lighting and rear-seat entertainment screens, so you can keep your children happy on a long journey. You can even get a dual-view touchscreen media system, so that you can use the sat-nav, while the front-seat passenger watches a DVD or TV. Maybe you should let somebody else take the wheel, so you can enjoy it yourself.

LAND ROVER DISCOVERY SPORT BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet

Used deals from £15,995
Monthly finance from £280*

We end with a wildcard. A car that puts you first. Something that will turn heads on the school run and will look great on your Instagram feed. May we recommend the ‘Juno’ or ‘Crema’ filters?

The Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet is almost a car without rivals. Unlike many other convertibles of this size, the drop-top E-Class can seat four adults in comfort, so there’s plenty of room for your children. The roof opens or closes in less than 20 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph, too.

You’ll love the Airscarf vents, as well, which blow warm air across your neck on cold days. Roof up or roof down, the E-Class Cabriolet is classy, sophisticated and utterly charming. A bit like you, then.

MERCEDES E-CLASS BUYERS' GUIDE

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

Buyacar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.

 

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