Best big family cars

If you have a big family, you’re going to need a big car. Here are eight practical and spacious SUVs, people carriers and estates

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Dec 11, 2020

There never seems to be enough room in a family car. One minute you’re perfecting the art of cramming pushchairs, buggies and baby paraphernalia into a boot, the next minute your children are demanding more headroom, legroom and space for their sports kit, double bass or surfboard.

When you start to outgrow your house, you can build an extension or convert the attic. With a car, short of fitting a roof box or towing a trailer, your options are limited. Put simply, if your current car is about to burst, you need a family-friendly big car.

At BuyaCar, we deliver the car to you, so you don't need to worry about finding gaps in the kids' weekend schedule to travel to dealerships all over the place. Use our search function to find a car that is cavernous enough for your children, spacious enough for your sports gear and broad enough for your growing brood.

Then you can complete the entire transaction at home. In your comfiest chair. Simply find the car you want, choose the appropriate payment method, and enjoy our safe and secure contactless delivery process. Your big family car could be with you sooner than you think.

Big cars for the family

1. Volkswagen Touareg

Used deals from £36,975
Monthly finance from £567*

The Volkswagen Touareg is big and it’s clever. Launched in 2018, the current Touareg is the largest SUV in the Volkswagen range and it shares the structure it's built around with some highly desirable cars. It’s like a more affordable version of the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus, as all of these models are made my brands within the VW Group.

A Bentley for the price of a Volkswagen? Where do we sign? The Touareg offers class-leading interior space, with room for five adults and a boot that’s large enough to shame many supersized estate cars. Refreshingly, there’s no seven-seat option - Volkswagen has focused on maximum practicality and comfort rather than fitting additional seats.

While some family SUVs give the impression that passengers travelling in the back are consigned to the cheap seats, this isn’t the case in the Touareg. The rear seats slide backwards and forwards up to 160mm to create more legroom or extra boot space. You can even recline the seats by up to 21 degrees for ultimate comfort. Perfect for permanently tired gangly teenagers.

VOLKSWAGEN TOUAREG BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Skoda Superb Estate

Used deals from £16,000
Monthly finance from £275*

Allow us to use a quick supermarket analogy for a moment. Picking a Skoda Superb Estate over a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate or Audi A6 Avant is a little like buying your groceries in Lidl rather than Waitrose or M&S Food. In short, you’ll get more for your money.

It’s not as though the Skoda feels any less special than its pricier rivals. The Superb Estate feels a cut above other Skoda models, while there’s enough room inside to see your children through from pre-school to university. With a twin pushchair in the boot, you’ll still have enough room for half a dozen bags of shopping - regardless of whether those are Lidl or Waitrose bags.

That's because the Skoda Superb Estate is so much less expensive than the Mercedes or Audi that you can afford to shop in the supermarket of your choice. The most affordable Superb comes in at around £5,000 less than the E-Class Estate or £10,000 less than an A6 Avant and you can expect similarly substantial savings with used models. Every little helps.

SKODA SUPERB ESTATE BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Kia Sorento

Used deals from £20,548
Monthly finance from £337*

Launched in 2015, the third-generation Kia Sorento is a seven-seat SUV that’s aimed squarely at growing families. It speaks volumes that we’d consider the Sorento to be a genuine alternative to the Land Rover Discovery Sport. It really is that good.

From the chunky styling to the upmarket interior, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were looking at a car with a much higher price tag. Then there’s the level of equipment, which is generous, even on the entry-level Sorento. Front and rear air-conditioning, a digital radio, 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, rear parking sensors and rear privacy glass are standard on even the basic model.

Higher trim levels feature the likes of ultra-bright xenon headlights, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, rear side window blinds, a panoramic sunroof and a system that will park the car for you. All of these tasty treats are washed down with a glass of seven-year warranty. How’s that for a starter?

KIA SORENTO BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Mercedes-Benz B-Class

Used deals from £12,495
Monthly finance from £238*

The Mercedes-Benz B-Class could be one of the best kept secrets of the family car world. It’s a more spacious, practical and versatile alternative to the A-Class, which happens to be one of the most popular hatchbacks in the country.

Pick an A-Class, and you’re likely to demand more space when your children start ‘big school’. That won’t be the case in the B-Class, because there’s greater headroom and significantly more legroom in the back, along with a sliding rear bench that allows you to choose between maximum legroom or a larger boot.

Even the most affordable B-Class comes with a pair of seven-inch displays, too, along with a slick voice control system that works in a similar way to Alexa or Siri. It’s even possible to upgrade to a pair of 10.3-inch displays. Your children will feel right at home staring at a screen on a long journey.

MERCEDES B-CLASS BUYERS' GUIDE

5. Vauxhall Vivaro Life

Used deals Limited stock

Is it a van or a people carrier? In truth, the Vauxhall Vivaro Life is a bit of both. Maybe we should call it ‘Supervan’? If impractical family cars are your kryptonite, it doesn’t take x-ray vision to discover that the Vivaro Life is up to the challenge.

OK, enough of the Superman references. The British-built Vauxhall Vivaro Life is offered with a choice of seven, eight or nine seats, with the option of second and third row seats that swivel to face opposite each other. In nine-seat mode, there’s room for nine adults, but you’ll have to put up with a small boot.

The Edition trim is a bit basic, but the Elite version is as plush as a family SUV. Leather seats, a seven-inch touchscreen media system, panoramic sunroof, dual-zone air-conditioning, 17-inch alloy wheels and driver’s seat with a massage function are just some of the highlights. It might be a little expensive when new, but values quickly drop for used models, so you could find a nearly new or used model for less than you think.

6. Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer

Used deals from £17,335
Monthly finance from £279*

The Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer is arguably the most stylish seven-seat people carrier you can get. It looks more like one of those fast trains you’d see hurtling across the French countryside than a car, with an interior that looks fresh and futuristic, too.

There are five independent rear seats, including a second row with three Isofix points for safely mounting child seats. Overall, there’s enough space for five adults, plus a couple of children in the third row - or even a pair of average height adults. If you don’t need all seven seats, the Grand C4 SpaceTourer offers luggage capacity to rival a large estate car.

An update in October 2019 means the Grand C4 SpaceTourer is better than ever. Even the entry-level Touch Plus features a 12-inch central display, reversing camera, rear parking sensors, 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control and puddle lights in the door mirrors.

CITROEN GRAND C4 SPACETOURER BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Volkswagen Transporter Shuttle

Used deals Limited stock

If normal people carriers aren't big enough for you, you need to switch tabs in the BuyaCar site and look at the BuyaCar vans section. On there, you’ll find vans of all shapes and sizes, including a range of family-friendly van-based people carriers and minibuses that are perfect for growing - and fully grown - families.

The Volkswagen Transporter Shuttle is the coolest of the crop. Great for school runs and trips to the supermarket, as it offers enormous amounts of room for passengers and luggage, the Volkswagen badge means it will also look good parked in a beach car park in Cornwall.

A nine-seater version may not be quite big enough for an entire football team, but we’ll stop short of recommending a school bus. The SE trim features the likes of adaptive cruise control, 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors and body-coloured bumpers making this a desirable choice. You also get sliding rear doors and the option of an electric tailgate.

VOLKSWAGEN TRANSPORTER BUYERS' GUIDE

8. Ford Tourneo Custom

Used deals from £17,995
Monthly finance from £353*

Sticking with the van theme, the Ford Tourneo Custom is overlooked by many families after a large car. They’re missing out, though, because the Tourneo Custom is essentially a nine- or eight-seat version of the Transit Custom van.

Not that it feels like a van. The interior is carpeted and trimmed like a traditional people carrier, while the high driving position is reminiscent of an SUV. It's an excellent all-rounder. Predictably, there’s plenty of headroom and legroom throughout the Tourneo Custom, although it can be a little tricky getting to the third row.

The basic Shuttle Bus feels a bit, well… like an airport shuttle bus, but the Zetec and Titanium models do an excellent impression of a people carrier. You can even get an SUV-inspired Custom Active, which offers seating for eight, plus cosmetic and mechanical upgrades designed for light off-roading and a tougher look.

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta Titanium:

Monthly payments over 48 months: £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage allowance: 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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