It's time to accept it; you have a family now, which means trading in your sporty two-seater for a more practical family car. But what do you get?

Whether you are looking for a brand new car coming out this year or a second hand car that can be found amongst the used cars for sale from Freeads, there is something for everyone – whatever size your family and whatever your budget!

So, here are seven of the best family cars this year, to give you some inspiration.

1. Skoda Octavia Hatchback

This Octavia hatch has to be high up on the list after it was named as the What Car? Car of the Year – Best Family Car [1] overall winner for the third time in a row in 2016! This means the car has excellent practicality, with enough room to serve the needs of a typical family, flexible, low-cost purchase options and low running costs. It is comfortable and easy to drive in town as well as on long trips and has a good amount of safety kit. This car is definitely more comfortable and spacious than any of its predecessors, with more headroom, legroom and luggage-room!

Skoda Octavia (PD)

2. Audi A3 Sportback

The A3 Sportback is ideal for those who don’t want a 'traditional' family car, as it perfectly harmonises practicality and sporty appeal. The Audi was among three winners in the What Car? Car of the Year – Best Family Car 2016. The car has plenty of space, with enough room for five adults along with a boot that is big enough to cater for family life.

3. Vauxhall Astra

The new Vauxhall Astra is the cheapest of the winning cars in the Which Car? Car of the Year – Best Family Car 2016. The car is spacious both in the seating area and the boot, as well as being great value for money, making it ideal for a growing family.

4. Toyota Prius

The Prius led the green car revolution, so the new generation is definitely relevant in a marketplace filled with plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. 
The design is more futuristic-looking than ever before and promises efficiency improvements. It will be on sale from the spring this year, with prices starting at around £25,000.

5. Renault Mégane

The latest generation of the Mégane is set to join the competitive family hatchback market this year. It is lower, wider and longer than before, with a modern eye-catching design and upgraded cabin. This will also be on sale in the spring from £16,000.

6. Mazda 6

If you are looking for a family car that will stand out from the crowd, the Mazda 6 is the one for you. This car is good to drive and very reliable. It is also has plenty of legroom and a decent sized boot – ideal to accommodate the whole family.

7. Ford Focus

This five-door family hatchback has appeared on many ‘Best used family cars for 2016’ lists as it is refined, safe and economical. Headroom and legroom is impressive in the front, while legroom is generous enough for children and most adults in the back. The boot is also a good size, at 316 litres when the rear seats are up.

Now all you have to do is decide which one is best for you and your family!

[1] http://awards.whatcar.com/family

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