When you’re shopping around for used cars for the family, you want to get something you can really rely on. Whether it’s the school run, picking the kids up from football practice or those longer journeys during the school holidays, the family car is a definite workhorse.
We know exactly what’s needed, which is why we’ve put together a list of the top four used cars for families. These choices work well, look stylish and come in at some genuinely affordable prices.
SsangYong Korando SUV
If you don’t know the name SsangYong yet, then you should definitely get to know it. It’s one of the top South Korean brands and, with its Korando SUV, it really gives some of the names we’re more familiar with over here a run for their money.
Being an SUV, it gives you a nice high driving position so you can always see what’s happening on the road ahead, even if distracted by squabbling youngsters! The diesel and petrol engine options are optimum, and you also get a choice of either four-wheel drive or front-wheel drive depending on how adventurous you plan on being!
We’ve all heard of Mitsubishi and with the ASX this Japanese manufacturer has done itself proud. This one has a nice chunky look to it and the front end in particular really looks like it means business! If you like a car that has a good bit of presence on the road then this one definitely ticks that box. It also gives a real sense of safety on the motorway for those longer journeys with a full car.
It has a 2.0-litre petrol engine and you get a choice of a 5-speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic, so whether you like to feel really involved when you’re behind the wheel or take a more relaxed approach, Mitsubishi have you covered.
If you’re a bit of an adventurous spirit, then when you hear the brand MG you probably think of a dinky little sports car with a distinctly British feel to it. Well, with this model, you get something a little different….
The MG ZS is an SUV, so it has a quite attractive, sharp and well-executed design. Sumptuously styled with distinctive LED daytime running lights and athletic bodywork, the MG ZS stands out and boasts a gorgeous interior with soft touch materials. Inside and out, the ZS impresses and it offers plenty for technology fans to get excited about, with an 8” touchscreen infotainment system which comes as standard on Excite and Exclusive models. In short: a real performer, spacious and practical family vehicle.
Spanish manufacturer Seat is probably best known over here for the Ibiza – perhaps more due to the memorable name and Ibiza’s popularity as a holiday resort than for anything to do with the car itself! The Ateca is an SUV that makes for a great family car option. It’s stylish, looking as good in a hearty covering of mud and dust as it does when it’s freshly waxed and gleaming in an urban environment.
There’s a range of engine types and sizes, from the 1.0 turbocharged petrol through to a 2.0-litre diesel. And whichever engine you go for, you’ve got a really good amount of space in the front, back and boot – ideal for a big family.