There’s been one news story grabbing the headlines this month – the arrival of Harry and Meghan’s baby boy, Archie.
But while the new royal will no doubt be travelling in style, what kind of car would be good for the average UK family?
We’ve put together a list of 10 models that are great options for new families.
The smaller of Volkswagen’s popular hatchbacks is a fantastic option for a new family. Combining a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating and a 280-litre boot space, the latest version of the Polo also comes with 2 Isofix child seat fixing points on the rear bench as standard. Polo models also start off at a reasonable price, with Volkswagen asking £15,735 for the entry level SE.
It’s no surprise that this highly adaptable model is the UK’s most popular car. Starting from £15,670 for the base Zetec spec, the small hatchback features a good level of safety equipment as standard, while the NCAP pack provides lane-keeping assists and a speed limiter. Isofix points are fitted on the rear seats as standard, with Euro NCAP awarding the Fiesta its top 5-star rating.
If you want to get a better idea what the Fiesta is like, why not check out our review here?
If you’re after a more premium model in the hatchback segment, the Mercedes A-Class fits the bill. With high safety ratings in the main categories for Euro NCAP as well as a 5-star score, the A-Class is well equipped in the safety department. Add to that a comfortable and well-appointed cabin for top-end comfort, the Merc comes with all the credentials of a great compact family car. Prices start from £23,080.
SUVs continue to be popular vehicles for families in general – so if you’re a new family, why not start at the smaller end with the XC40? The safety pioneers at Volvo have made one of the most secure small SUVs around with a series of assistance systems, while you can have an Isofix point on the front passenger seat as well as the standard points on the rear bench by adding one of the firm’s safety packs. The premium compact model starts from £28,965.
The premium hatchback is full of quality options, such as the Audi A3 that comes with a 5-star safety rating and plenty of storage space for all the things needed for family life. Isofix points in the rear and on the front passenger seat allow for maximum adaptability, whilst the A3 also comes with 380 litres of boot space for to help out with carrying all the things you need. In the Sportback SE Technik trim, prices start from £22,725.
When the next generation 208 hits the forecourts, new families will be able to choose between conventional and all-electric options that offer the same level of safety and capability. The cabin for the next iteration of the hatchback comes with a series of storage solutions, while the 311-litre boot is excellent for a model of this size. Prices for the new 208 are yet to be confirmed.
If you want a practical model that has little to no impact on the environment when it’s on the road, then the all-electric Nissan Leaf may be the family car for you. Boasting no car tax, good range and a raft of safety systems, the Leaf also comes with a 435-litre boot to provide more than enough space for a new family. Isofix points also feature on the passenger seat and rear bench for additional adaptability. Prices for the EV start from £27,995.
Skoda Fabia Estate
Starting at £14,160, the compact estate comes with a well-sized boot – 530 litres – as well as a welth of safety features. Isofix points are fitted to the outermost rear seats, while front assist emergency braking comes as standard to help prevent accidents. The Skoda also comes with excellent reliability and a good level of equipment, so it’s well worth a look.
With a series of efficient hybrid and petrol powertrains, the hatchback Corolla is a quality entry into the hatchback segment. Toyota always adds excellent safety gear to its vehicles as part of its Safety Sense setup, while the 337-litre boot is large enough to pack in all those new family essentials. Prices for the model start from £21,300.
If SUV styling is more your thing, Mazda offers the compact and stylish CX-3. Starting at an affordable £19,395, the model comes with an impressive level of technology as well as a series of safety systems. The boot is a good size at 350 litres, while Isofix points are installed on the rear bench for child seats.
Want to see if any of these options are available on the used market? Check out the AA Cars Used Marketplace