Big decisions require a lot of thought beforehand, especially if they happen to be joint decisions. When you are after a family car there are many things to think about, encompassing more than just the top speed and how well it handles around corners.

When children arrive in your life, they won’t care about how economically your car performs, they will just want all of the stuff they need. With this in mind, what specific aspects ought be considered when looking for a family car?

We’ll start with how much space you might need, and the flexibility it offers. Hopefully your kids will have plenty of friends to play out with, but this often means you’ll have to drop them off from time to time. The more children you end up with, the more seats will inevitably be needed, so forking out for a 7-seater car may be better in the long run, especially if another little one makes its way into your life a few years down the line.

Sliding doors are also an option to help get those child’s car seats into the vehicle, and this is particularly pertinent if you often only have one hand free. Everything is a little harder to manage when you are carrying so many things. Making it easy to do stuff whilst juggling a few things in the other hand with something hanging from your teeth is essential for ease of use.

Also very relevant is trunk space; you could well need to get a couple of pushchairs and all sorts of child-friendly items in the back, at the same time as fitting in your weekly shop, so a large capacity trunk can come in very handy.

Safety is obviously a key marker in your decision, and it is easy enough to check out the NCAP rating system. It performs crash safety tests on each car so you can see how safe each model would keep your family should you unfortunately crash.

Knowing you can establish these essential factors is key, and so visiting a reliable car dealership can help assuage any fears about safety or space, as you know you can ask the questions you need and not be palmed off with a small car for your family of 6.

Should you feel it is worth paying out for, adding additional features such as a DVD player or tablet screens on the back of the front seats can be a great way to provide a welcome distraction over long journeys. How valuable such a feature is will depend on how often you do these kinds of distances, and if it’s more than just the yearly vacation it could be worth the investment.

There are many family cars that are also good for the environment and perform well, and it is possible to get a car that can do all of the things you need for you and your family, just make sure you define your specifications before looking to buy.

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