Looking for the best family car that’s just right for your clan? There are plenty of options to choose from. Today’s popular picks for families favour sportier SUVs, practical five-door hatches and multi-talented 4WD dual-cab utes. If you’re after something more traditional, you’ll still find some great classic sedans on the market. Take a look at our collection of the best family cars on Australian roads.
If you’re thinking of joining the SUV ranks, the Toyota RAV4 is a strong contender. This mid-sized SUV is big enough to comfortably seat a family of four or five, yet compact enough to be practical for urban streets and parking spots. It has plenty of safety features, lots of room in the cabin and boot (580 L of it), and petrol or hybrid engine options to boost fuel economy.
In the Mazda CX-9, you’ll be spoiled for space. This large seven-seater SUV comfortably seats five in the front and middle, and a couple of younger children in the back. There’s a huge 810 L of room in the boot if the rear seats are folded flat (230 L in a seven-seater layout), ideal for hassle-free packing to smoothly kick off your holiday.
Also equipped to seat a family of seven, the Honda CR-V is a stand-out in the medium SUV class. There’s ample room on board for both passengers and cargo. For little ones, the rear-seat access is baby-seat friendly and there’s plenty of space in the boot to fit a pram and baby essentials.
For families that have young children, the Hyundai i30 is a small five-door hatch that comfortably fits a couple of kids in the back seats. The benefits of a small hatch is that it’s smooth to handle, easy to park and reveals a deceptive amount of room in the boot that’s great for the day-to-day run around.
Toyota Camry Ascent
The 4-door Toyota Camry Ascent is proof that the sedan hasn’t been entirely eclipsed by the SUV just yet. Just shy of 5 m long, this sedan offers a spacious cabin and generous boot, respectable performance and stellar safety ratings and features at an affordable price tag. It also comes in a fuel-efficient hybrid system, too.
Eager to find sports style and performance thrills in an affordable, daily driver? Launched in Australia in 2017, the Kia Stinger sedan combines luxurious flair with a strong and fast engine. It boasts great on-road practicalities, while out-muscling its Kia Optima family sedan sibling. The Stinger isn’t short on tech features, offering a thorough range of safety-focused driver assistance systems plus the latest in touchscreen infotainment to keep energetic back-seat passengers entertained on longer trips.
The Ford Ranger is a fantastic option to fit the entire family and explore the outdoors in comfort. This dual-cab ute shines on off-road adventures, but it’s equally capable of handling the stop and start driving of the daily pick ups and drop offs. Although it handles rough terrain, it’s not rough around the edges—inside you’ll find comfortable seating and a tech-equipped cabin.
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