Best cars for new parents with high safety and large boot space (2022)

Becoming a new parent is expensive, with the arrival of a newborn meaning a never-ending list of required purchases.

And a suitable baby-friendly car is likely to be right at the top of that list.

Wave goodbye to the two-seat sports car, top-down roadster or super-small city car you've been enjoying for years - what you now need is a capacious and safe vehicle that can transport your bundle of joy with the utmost ease and security.

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When you become a parent, the speed and style of a car drops down the priority list.

Invariably, safety ratings, space and the overall value of a motor takes precedent when purchasing your next set of wheels.

Some of the most important things to look out for in a child-friendly car is a spacious boot, wide-opening rear doors so you can easily install a car seat, a five-star Euro NCAP crash-test rating, Isofix attachment points for a car seat and any extra features that makes life easier with a little one in the back.

James Fairclough, chief executive of AA Cars, says:'This doesn't mean you have to go for something that's predictable or uninspiring.'

We asked him to pick eight baby-friendly cars across a range of prices.

All models featured have a five-star Euro safety rating and have examples produced after 2015, which means they will have Isofix mounting points for child seats as standard.

And if a new car is too much of a financial stretch, we've also listed the second-hand values of examples current for sale on AA Cars.

The Karoq is Skoda's latest SUV. It might be compact but it offers more than enough space for a folded pushchair in the boot

Skoda Karoq

New (most recent model): £18,000 - £30,000

Price of used car (all models post 2015 included): £17,000 - £27,000

Skoda's new Karoq is stylish, practical, safe (five-stars in Euro NCAP tests in 2017) and surprisingly affordable.

The comfortable seats, spacious interior and large boot, which boasts 521 litres, make it perfect for a new family.

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The wide opening rear doors means you can get children into car seats without any issue and there are a range of handy rear seat features that will make life a little easier.

These include a large box for gadgets and snacks between the front seats and foldable tables for small children to use in the back.

The i30 Tourer is a mid-size estate car with a cavernous 600-litre boot compartment

Hyundai i30 Tourer

New (most recent model): £17,405 - £25,905

Price of used car (all models post 2015 included): £7,279 - £21,995

The Hyundai i30 Tourer is deceptively spacious, economical and affordable.

It has a 602-litre boot - 1,650 litres with the rear seats folded down - which is great if you are transporting cots, pushchairs and other large baby items.

When it comes to safety, it's at the top of its game with an 84 per cent child occupant rating.

Every model also has built-in automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance and a front collision warning system to reduce the chances of a crash.

Vauxhall Crossland X

New (most recent model): £17,710 - £23,080

Price of used car (all models post 2015 included): £9,997 - £17,995

The Vauxhall Crossland Xhas been designed to maximise space, with excellent headroom in the back that makers installing a child seat - and then your child into it - easy.

Five stars in crash tests and an 84 per cent child occupancy rating means it's safe too.

On the road, the light steering makes the Crossland X easy to manoeuvre into parking spaces when you are nipping to the shops and its supportive seats makes it comfortable for long journeys.

With a boot that can hold 410 litres, and 520 litres when you opt for sliding rear seats, there is more than enough room for a pram or a pushchair.

The Superb is an enormous vehicle. A claim proved by the 625 litres of boot space. It's packed with smart features, too

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Skoda Superb

New (most recent model): £22,130 - £32,660

Price of used car (all models post 2015 included): £6,795 - £26,000

If you are looking for something with space and value for money, you don't need to look much further than the Skoda Superb.

This car has 625-litre boot space and 1,760 litres with the rear seats folded down.

It is quiet and low to the ground so it's smoother and more efficient to drive than a hulking SUV.

In addition to a large boot, there is also plenty of other storage, including a spot for umbrellas in the door - which is great when you're trying to unload kids when it's bucketing down with rain.

The five-star NCAP rating is bolstered by an 86 per cent child occupant protection score.

The Mazda6 has the highest Euro NCAP child protection score of all the models featured here

Mazda 6

New (most recent model): From £23,195 - £33,585

Price of used car (all models post 2015 included): £6,495 - £19,995

The Mazda 6 has practicality in abundance, affordable running costs and comfort in its arsenal. In fact, there are few better cars for long journeys.

It has a generous boot (480 litres) and wide opening doors, which makes getting children in and out hassle free.

The 6 is tuned for handling rather than comfort, While a hard ride might not be good for keeping the keeps asleep on a bumpy road, you'll get them to nursery in no time.

It offers plenty of protection to your nippers, too - Euro NCAP gives it a 91 per cent child occupant protection rating.

The Touran MPV has 7 seats, so is ideal for those with more than one child. This usable VW also boasts more than 50 storage compartments in the cabin

VW Touran

New (most recent model): £24,045 - £30,035

Price of used car (all models post 2015 included): £8,250 - £25,500

A child-friendly car is one packed with storage space, and few get close to the VW Touran for this feature. Incredibly, the seven-seat MPV has over 40 cubby compartments to keep food, drink, toys and other baby bumf.

It was cleverly designed with ample leg room in the back making it difficult for small children to kick the back of the front seats on long journeys - which is irritating as well as distracting.

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It also has an edge when it comes to boot space as when the third row of seats is folded away it can hold up to 927 litres, which is larger than most other vehicles.

When it was last crash tested by Euro NCAP, the safety group gave it a five-star rating and 89 per cent child occupant protection score.

The Volvo V60 is stylish and high quality. It's also super safer - as you'd expect from the Swedish car manufacturer

Volvo V60

New (most recent model): £32,410 - £38,270

Price of used car (all models post 2015 included): £6,294 - £27,750

If you're searching for safety then you need to look no further than a Volvo.

The Swedish brand has even resorted to announcing speed limiters for all its new cars from next year, meaningno Volvo registered from 2020 will be able to go over 112mph.

The Volvo V60 is the most comfortable and practical car on the range that doesn't burst your bank balance. And it's stylish too.

Quiet and smooth to drive, it is ideal for babies sleeping in the back.

It has a surprisingly spacious boot (529 litres) for such a sleek exterior and it also has the very latest safety gear that made a five-star crash rating a nailed-on certainty.

The Audi A6 is a top choice for those with a bit extra to splash on a child-friendly vehicle

Audi A6

New (most recent model): £38,640 - £42,000

Price of used car (all models post 2015 included): £10,177 - £39,990

The Audi A6 is for those new parents who want luxury as well as child-transporting practicality.

It's crammed with the latest tech, which might not be a priority for parents but should help to keep children entertained.

Despite the high price,the car is a great family model.

A large boot (530 litres) and spacious interior means you'll never be pushed for room, and a five-star Euro NCAP score gives peace of mind if the worst happens out on the road.

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FAQs

Which car has the widest boot space? ›

What 4x4 has the Biggest Boot Space?
  • Audi Q3. Seats Up: 530 litres. ...
  • BMW X3. Seats Up: 550 litres. ...
  • Kia Sorento. Seats Up: 142 litres. ...
  • Skoda Octavia Estate. Seats Up: 640 litres. ...
  • Honda CR-V. Seats Up: 561 litres. ...
  • Volvo XC90. Seats Up: 302 litres. ...
  • Nissan X-Trail. Seats Up: 565 litres. ...
  • Land Rover Discovery. Seats Up: 228 litres.
Aug 7, 2020

Which car is best for parents? ›

7 Easy-to-drive Cars For Elderly Parents And Senior Citizens
  1. Hyundai Grand i10. Mileage (upto)24.0 kmpl. ...
  2. Maruti Ignis. Rs5.35 - 7.72 Lakh* ...
  3. Ford Figo. Mileage (upto)25.5 kmpl. ...
  4. Tata Tiago 2019-2020. Mileage (upto)27.28 kmpl. ...
  5. Maruti Baleno 2015-2022. Mileage (upto)27.39 kmpl. ...
  6. Hyundai Venue 2019-2022. ...
  7. Ford Ecosport 2015-2021.
Sep 10, 2019

What is the safest car for a family? ›

Safest Cars for Children (2022): IIHS Safety Ratings of the Top Safest Cars
  • 2020-21 Honda Insight 4-Door Sedan.
  • 2020 Mazda 6 4-Door Sedan.
  • 2020 Lexus ES 350 4-Door Sedan.
  • 2020 Kia Stinger 4-Door Hatchback.
  • 2020 Audi A6 4-Door Sedan.
  • 2020 Mazda CX-3 4-Door SUV.
  • 2020 Mazda CX-9 4-Door SUV.
  • 2020 Acura RDX 4-Door SUV.
Jan 1, 2022

Which small family car has the biggest boot? ›

The Nissan Note has the largest boot of any small car. The Note has up to 411 litres, with the rear seats in place.

Which medium SUV has biggest boot space? ›

SUVs with the biggest boot space
  • Dacia Duster.
  • Skoda Karoq.
  • Peugeot 3008.
  • Mercedes GLE.
  • Skoda Kodiaq.
  • BMW X7.
  • Peugeot 5008.
  • Land Rover Discovery.
May 26, 2022

Which hatchback has the largest boot? ›

1. Skoda Octavia. The Skoda Octavia is renowned for having the biggest boot in the family hatchbacks range boasting an enormous 590 litres worth of space. That's almost double what you would find in most of the popular family hatchbacks.

Which car is best in terms of safety? ›

List of Top 10 Safest Cars in India
  1. Tata Nexon - NCAP Rating 5 Stars. ...
  2. Tata Altroz - NCAP Rating 5 Stars. ...
  3. Mahindra XUV 300 - NCAP Rating 5 Stars. ...
  4. Mahindra Marazzo - NCAP Rating 4 Stars. ...
  5. Volkswagen Polo - NCAP Rating 4 Stars. ...
  6. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza - NCAP Rating 4 Stars. ...
  7. Tata Tiago - NCAP Rating 4 Stars.

Which car brand is the safest? ›

Below are the top five brands with the highest average safety scores across all vehicles:
  • Ford (Tie) Ford F-150 Lighting production and safety tests | The Ford Motor Company. ...
  • Subaru (Tie) Average U.S. News Safety Score: 9.7/10. ...
  • Hyundai (Tie) Average U.S. News Safety Score: 9.7/10. ...
  • Volvo (Tie) ...
  • Mazda (Tie) ...
  • Genesis (Tie)
May 31, 2022

Are SUV safer than cars? ›

And, according to a recent research study, SUVs have been shown to be much safer than sedans. In fact, an SUV driver or passenger is at least 50 percent more likely to survive a car crash without suffering serious injuries than an individual riding in a sedan.

What small SUV has the largest boot? ›

What are the top 10 small SUVs for boot space?
  • BMW X1 sDrive18i.
  • Jaguar E-PACE P250 S. ...
  • BMW X2 sDrive18i. ...
  • Volvo XC40 T4 Momentum. ...
  • MINI Countryman Cooper. ...
  • Jeep Compass Sport. ...
  • Honda HR-V VTi. ...
  • Kia Seltos S. Very new to the local market, the Kia Seltos is based on the Hyundai Kona, but with its own distinctive styling. ...
Dec 16, 2019

Which 7 seater car has the most boot space? ›

Even with all seven seats erected, the latest XC90 can now hold up to 451 litres of luggage. That's more than most MPVs!

What is the best medium sized car? ›

TOP 10 BEST MID-SIZE CARS
  1. VOLKSWAGEN GOLF. Introduced in 1974, the Volkswagen Golf is a best-selling car for VW and a chart topper for many a top 10 list, including our own. ...
  2. FORD FOCUS. ...
  3. SEAT LEON. ...
  4. MAZDA 3. ...
  5. SKODA OCTAVIA. ...
  6. KIA CEED. ...
  7. BMW 1 SERIES. ...
  8. MERCEDES-BENZ A-CLASS.
Jan 11, 2021

What is the tallest mid size SUV? ›

The tallest SUV on the list is the Land Rover Range Rover that stands at 11.7 inches tall. It also costs quite a lot. At $90,900, the Land Rover comes with some mighty powertrain options. You can get a hefty turbo V6 motor producing 254 hp, or you could go for another more powerful engine – a V8 that generates 577 hp.

Which small car is the biggest? ›

The most spacious small cars
  • Volkswagen Polo. You know what you're getting with a Polo. ...
  • SEAT Ibiza. This supermini by SEAT is a best-seller and it's not hard to see why. ...
  • Honda Jazz. Because it's practical and comfortable, the Honda Jazz has traditionally appealed to older drivers. ...
  • Dacia Sandero. ...
  • Skoda Fabia.
Jul 23, 2020

Which BMW estate is best? ›

BMW 5 Series Touring

The latest 5 Series Touring shows BMW at the top of its game. This is a hugely appealing luxury estate car because it's comfortable, quiet and enjoyable to drive, with an interior that's as classy as it is practical.

How many suitcases can you fit in an estate car? ›

Estate / Small MPV

These vehicles have a large boot space and will fit at least 3 medium suitcases!

What car should I buy in 2022? ›

  • Maruti Swift. Starting at Rs 1 Lakh.
  • Maruti Wagon R. Starting at Rs 1 Lakh.
  • Hyundai Creta. Starting at Rs 10 Lakh.
  • Mahindra XUV500. Starting at Rs 10 Lakh.
  • Toyota Fortuner. Starting at Rs 10.25 Lakh.
  • Honda City. Starting at Rs 5 Lakh.
  • Hyundai Verna. Starting at Rs 5 Lakh.
  • Mahindra XUV500. Starting at Rs 5.8 Lakh.

How do I choose a car for my family? ›

Family Size

If you have a small family of say 3-4 members, going for a hatchback or sedan would be more than sufficient. However, if you have a family of over 5 members a seven-seater SUV/MUV would seem like a perfect choice since the comfort of the passengers is the utmost priority while choosing a car.

Which car has a strong body? ›

So - no doubts on Cars like Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner, Skoda Superb, MG Gloster, Zs EV, Skoda Karoq or other cars in segment as they are just the best in Build Quality Perspective.

What car has a 5 star safety rating? ›

MY2019 vehicles selected for NCAP 5-Star Safety Ratings testing
MakeModelBody style
KiaForte4 DR
KiaNiro HybridSUV
LexusES 3504 DR
NissanAltima4 DR
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What is the cheapest but safest SUV? ›

CR ranked the SUVs based on safety as well as vehicle performance, reliability, and consumer satisfaction.
  • 2021 Kia Sportage. The 2021 Kia Sportage received the highest CR ratings with a great score for reliability. ...
  • 2021 Hyundai Kona. Gold Pony. ...
  • 2021 Mazda CX-30. Ben Hardy.
Sep 20, 2021

Which car is safest in a crash? ›

For this reason, you want to be sure that your family is riding in the safest car possible.
...
Small SUVs:
  • Hyundai Tucson.
  • Kia Sportage.
  • Mazda CX-3.
  • Mazda CX-5.
  • Mitsubishi Outlander.
  • Nissan Rogue.
  • Subaru Forester.
  • Toyota RAV4.

Which cars get in the most accidents? ›

The 25 Vehicles That Have Been Involved in the Most Fatal Car Accidents
RankCarTotal
1Chevrolet Silverado8,777
2Ford F-1507,502
3Honda Accord5,368
4Toyota Camry5,023
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What is the cheapest safest car to buy? ›

10 Safest Cars under $20,000
  • 2017 Subaru Impreza — MSRP $18,395.
  • 2017 Mazda Mazda3 — MSRP $17,845.
  • 2017 Hyundai Elantra — MSRP $17,150.
  • 2017 Ford Focus — MSRP $16,775.
  • 2017 Kia Soul — MSRP $16,100.
  • 2017 Honda Fit — MSRP $16,090.
  • 2017 Toyota Yaris iA — MSRP $15,950.
  • 2017 Chevrolet Sonic — MSRP $15,145.

What is the safest SUV in a crash? ›

2022 Tesla Model Y

An electric, luxury SUV earns the number-one spot as the safest SUV by both IIHS and NHTSA. The Tesla Model Y has Good ratings all around for crashworthiness and crash avoidance.

What are the main problems with SUVs? ›

Sport utility vehicles (SUVs) have been criticized for a variety of environmental and safety-related reasons. They generally have poorer fuel efficiency and require more resources to manufacture than smaller vehicles, thus contributing more to climate change and environmental degradation.

Are heavier cars safer? ›

A bigger, heavier vehicle provides better crash protection than a smaller, lighter one, assuming no other differences. The part of the vehicle between the front bumper and the occupant compartment absorbs energy from crashes by crumpling.

What is the most unsafe car to drive? ›

ValuePenguin's report revealed the most dangerous vehicle in the United States is the Ford F-Series pickup. Over the period studied, the Ford F-Series was involved in 10,845 fatal crashes – the most of any car, truck, or SUV in their research.

What cars are death traps? ›

  • Reliant Robin.
  • Geo Metro.
  • Suzuki Samurai.
  • Chevy Cobalt.
  • Pontiac Fiero.
  • Ford Pinto.
  • 90's Ford Explorer.
  • Any old 911 or Corvair.

What is the world's most unsafe car? ›

A tour in the Brutus, the world's most dangerous car, delivers more adrenaline rushes than the fastest Ferrari. It's got nearly as much horsepower as a Formula 1 car, wrapped up in the fragile body of a vintage car.

Which UK estate car has the biggest boot? ›

Estate cars with the biggest boots
  • Skoda Superb Estate.
  • Mercedes E-Class Estate.
  • Volkswagen Passat Estate.
  • Peugeot 308 SW.
  • Citroen Berlingo XL.
  • Skoda Octavia Estate.
  • Dacia Logan MCV.
  • Skoda Fabia Estate.

What is the biggest car in the UK? ›

The biggest car in the UK! The 2021, £100K Super-Luxury Cadillac Escalade ESV. It runs a 420hp Petrol V8, and it's the very first model in Europe. For a sense of scale, we placed a Range Rover next to it, which is approximately half the length of the ESV.

Which Ford car has the biggest boot? ›

1. Ford Mondeo Estate 525 to 1,630 litres. This is a very practical estate car with split-folding rear seats. The boot capacity ranges from 525 litres to 1,630 litres with folded seats.

What is the biggest SUV in the UK? ›

Mercedes-Benz GLS

The GLS is ideal for people who think bigger is better – it's the largest SUV on sale in the UK today.

Which hatchback has the largest boot? ›

1. Skoda Octavia. The Skoda Octavia is renowned for having the biggest boot in the family hatchbacks range boasting an enormous 590 litres worth of space. That's almost double what you would find in most of the popular family hatchbacks.

What is the best selling car right now? ›

Top 25 Bestselling Cars, Trucks, and SUVs of 2021
  • Nissan Rogue (285,602 units sold) ...
  • Toyota Camry (313,795 units sold) ...
  • Honda CR-V (361,271 units sold) ...
  • Toyota RAV4 (407,739 units sold) ...
  • Chevrolet Silverado (519,774 units sold) ...
  • Ram Pickup (569,388 units sold) ...
  • Ford F-Series (726,004 units sold)
Jan 5, 2022

What is the most commonly bought car? ›

Ford F-150

Which SUV is biggest? ›

  • Rolls-Royce Cullinan. The Rolls-Royce Cullinan has been on sale since 2019. ...
  • Land Rover Range Rover LWB. The long wheelbase Range Rover measures in at 5.2m long. ...
  • Toyota 70 Series Land Cruiser Troop Carrier. The two-door Troopie looks like a block of wood on wheels. ...
  • Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class. ...
  • Nissan Patrol.
Mar 31, 2022

Which Audi has the biggest boot? ›

Even in saloon form, the Audi A6 has a large enough boot to earn a place on this list. The luxury car can swallow nine suitcases, which is enough to outdo all of its direct competitors except the Mercedes E-Class, which it matches.

How big is the boot on a Ford Kuga? ›

Having the seats in their normal position gives 412 litres of boot space - not much more than a Ford Focus - but that increases to 526 litres with the second-row seats moved forward, which just outshines the Skoda Karoq's 521 litres.

Which estate car has the longest boot? ›

Estate cars with the biggest boots of 2022
  1. Skoda Superb Estate (660 litres) 9/10. ...
  2. Mercedes E-Class Estate (640 litres) 8/10. ...
  3. Skoda Octavia Estate (640 litres) ...
  4. Ford Focus Estate (608 litres) ...
  5. Toyota Corolla Touring Sports (598 litres) ...
  6. BMW 5 Series Touring (570 litres) ...
  7. Audi A6 Avant (565 litres) ...
  8. Citroen C5 X (545 litres)

Which medium SUV has biggest boot space? ›

SUVs with the biggest boot space
  • Dacia Duster.
  • Skoda Karoq.
  • Peugeot 3008.
  • Mercedes GLE.
  • Skoda Kodiaq.
  • BMW X7.
  • Peugeot 5008.
  • Land Rover Discovery.
May 26, 2022

Which SUV has the most room inside? ›

SUVs With the Most Cargo Space
  • 2022 Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Yukon XL. Space behind front row: 144.7 cubic feet. ...
  • 2022 Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon. Space behind front row: 122.9 cubic feet. ...
  • 2022 Ford Expedition Max. ...
  • 2022 Toyota Sequoia. ...
  • 2022 Jeep Wagoneer. ...
  • 2022 Honda Pilot. ...
  • 2022 Ford Expedition. ...
  • 2022 Honda Passport.
Jul 21, 2022

Which is the best SUV to buy in UK? ›

Here are our favourites.
  1. Audi Q5. ...
  2. Land Rover Discovery Sport. ...
  3. BMW X3. ...
  4. Jaguar F-Pace. ...
  5. Skoda Kodiaq. ...
  6. Mercedes-Benz GLC. ...
  7. Alfa Romeo Stelvio. ...
  8. Volvo XC60.

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