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In the market for a new family car? See our list of top family cars you can buy.

Subaru Outback

Volkswagen Passat GTE Saloon

Volkswagen Passat GTE

The new Passat is one of the most pioneering family-sized cars. It’s the first Passat with a plug-in hybrid drive system, delivering zero emissions.

Thrills haven’t been forgotten either because, in GTE mode, the Volkswagen sprints like an athlete.

The car is well-built, and the seats are comfortable. Leg and headroom are very good as well, while the boot is gigantic. This is possibly green family motoring at its best.

Jaguar XE

Jaguar XE 

This new Jag comes brimming with technology, ultra-efficient engines and sharp-suited aesthetics. Inside, there are slabs of wood, leather and brushed aluminium, bringing the XE level with other family-sized premium saloons.

There is plenty of capacity for adults in the front, and just enough legroom in the rear, hinting at what you get in German rivals.

Also, with 455-litres of boot space you’ll easily get the family luggage in. The Jaguar has accomplished an amazing balance between ride comfort and handling prowess.

Where competitors like the BMW 3 Series sit on the dynamics side of the fence and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class prefers luxury, the XE achieves both.

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SEAT Alhambra

Seat Alhambra

The new SEAT Alhambra is many things: dynamic, top quality and flexible. It can be equipped with three rows of seats, with space for up to seven passengers. All chairs in the second row can be equipped with integrated children seats.

The easy-fold seats can be folded away to create a load volume of up to 2,430 litres. Clever stowage cubbies keep items in order, too.

With its enormous versatility, and spirited drive, the Alhambra is a perfect companion for family life.

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Ford Galaxy

Ford Galaxy

Ford's new Galaxy is an upmarket family holdall. Indeed, it has always been a vehicle designed around the needs of seven.

It enriches comfort for rear seat passengers with a dedicated climate system and a feature that raises third-row seats at the push of a button.

The galaxy delights with advanced technologies, including Intelligent Speed Limiter (a windscreen-mounted camera which monitors road signs and detects speed limits, reducing the vehicle's maximum speed automatically), and Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection (a radar and camera technology which scans the road ahead and, if there’s a risk of a collision, provides a warning to the driver).

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Subaru Outback

Subaru Outback

The new Outback sports a fresh exterior design, a higher quality interior and a number of new safety tech.

The Subaru is available with diesel or petrol power, and has been developed to offer space, practicality, safety and all-terrain versatility, too.

This makes it a very adaptable family motor. The boot capacity has increased against the departing model to 559 litres, with a new Smart Power Tailgate for greater ease-of-use.

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Audi Q7

Audi Q7

Although the exterior dimensions have been reduced, the new Audi Q7 offers more interior room, and has the all-important seven seats.

All Q7s come with heaps of kit, including keyless go, cruise control, and 19-inch alloy wheels. All seats in the second and third rows have ISOFIX fixtures for child seats.

Parents can therefore mount up to six child seats in the new Audi Q7. This Audi ticks all the boxes needed to be a success thanks to its large family carrying practicality, classy interior, powerful performance and relaxed ride.

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Ford C-MAX

Ford C-Max

The stylish new five-seat C-MAX and seven-seat Grand C-MAX, with a sleek exterior design, beautifully-crafted interior and smart new stowage ideas.

It also offers major fuel efficiency and emissions improvements over its predecessors. The C-MAX introduces advanced tech, including Ford’s SYNC 2 voice-activated connectivity system, Perpendicular Parking and improved Active City Stop.

The new Grand C-MAX continues to feature Ford’s innovative twin sliding doors and “walk-through” seat design for greater convenience, space and flexibility.

Both the new C-MAX and Grand C-Max now offer a Hands-Free Tailgate, making family life easier when it comes to loading up.

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ŠKODA Superb Estate

Skoda Superb Estate

The new ŠKODA Superb Estate is possibly the definitive companion for everyday family life. The car not only delights in terms of space, but also in its practicality.

The Superb Estate is a larger, heavier version of its recently launched hatchback sibling, but this doesn't affect its dynamic ability.

All the key controls feel smooth and well-weighted – classy, even. And the Superb goes about its business in a hushed, unruffled manner, irrespective of the engine you choose.

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Ford Mondeo Vignale

Ford Mondeo Vignale

This is the first vehicle to be introduced as part of Ford’s new Vignale luxury brand.

Available in four-door and estate body styles, the Vignale Mondeo provides superior family car refinement, with a quilted and tuxedo-stitched leather interior.

It delivers a comfortable ride and incorporates enhanced sound insulation to better isolate road noise. The Ford Vignale Mondeo is available to order now at new flagship Ford stores, currently opening across the UK.

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Honda Jazz

Honda Jazz

The new Jazz features a bold yet sophisticated exterior and interior design, with unrivaled interior space and versatility.

As well as increased refinement, advanced safety and infotainment technologies (in-car media devices that deliver entertainment and information content), the small family car delivers a highly efficient and dynamic driving experience.

For load-lugging, the new Jazz again trumps the competition with class-leading cargo space. Boot room has been increased to 354 litres with the rear seats in use and 884 litres with the rear chairs down.

At launch in the UK this summer, the Jazz will be available with Honda’s highly responsive 1.3 litre i-VTEC petrol engine.

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