Choosing a vehicle is never easy. So when it comes to a family car that will have to carry all your little tribe, the choice becomes Cornelian. SUV or sedan? Monospace or break? To find your ideal family car, we offer a selection of the most popular models by the French.
Buying an SUV: Choosing a 4 × 4 Carved for the City
For several years, sport utility vehicles (SUVs) have dominated sales rankings of family cars. At halfway between a 4 × 4 and a sedan, these vehicles impress with their versatility allows them to be as comfortable on road and on track. Offering a modern style and real driving comfort, these models have all the ingredients to seduce families, as evidenced by the Peugeot 3008, the Dacia Duster and the Renault Kadjar in particular.
- Peugeot 3008: the undisputed family car
In addition to dominating the SUV classification of the head and shoulders, the Peugeot 3008 has been ranked third in all categories in France in 2018. If his style agrees with everyone, the tri-color SUV also seduces with its large interior space and large 520-liter trunk . Offering a wide choice of engines – gasoline, diesel and even hybrids – the 3008 can also count on a very good staffing, of which the i-Cockpit is the best example. Launched in 2009 and renewed in 2016, the French SUV is available from € 27,000 .
- Dacia Duster: the best value for money
Although its level of finish is slightly lower than the competition, the Dacia Duster has a weighty argument: its unbeatable price. However, it offers excellent benefits, an honorable driving pleasure and a beautiful interior space. Highly appreciated by families on a limited budget, the Duster has even achieved the feat of being the 4th SUV best-selling in France in 2018. Not bad for a model released in 2010 and marketed from 11 990 €.
- Renault Kadjar: the tricolor alternative
There are those who swear by Peugeot and others who prefer Renault. For these, the obvious choice will be Kadjar. Launched only in 2015, the compact SUV has already sold more than 450,000 copies. Its powerful engines, offering up to 165 horsepower, and its restyling of 2018 allow it to perfectly meet the needs of families . Perfect alternative with the 3008, the Renault Kadjar displays a price slightly lower than its rival: from 26 200 € .
- Volkswagen Tiguan: the timeless SUV
Since its launch in 2007, the Volkswagen Tiguan is a must-have model in its segment. Driven to more than 5 million copies, the German SUV has returned to the taste of the day in 2016. A restyling that allowed him to gain style, agility and lightness. Add to that powerful engines – up to 240 horsepower with the 2.0 TDI – and you get all the ingredients for success. Offered from 26 350 € in 5-seater version, the Tiguan also exists in 7-seater version, called Tiguan Allspace, at a price of € 37,650.
Opt for a family sedan: the preference of big wheels
Although they are less popular than in the past, road sedans remain a safe bet for families. More dynamic and elongated than SUV, they offer a real driving pleasure. Spacious, comfortable and secure, they are perfectly adapted to long road and motorway journeys : ideal to swallow kilometers without even realizing it. The Peugeot 508, the Skoda Octavia and the Renault Talisman are also good examples of the benefits of the sedan.
- Peugeot 508: the tri-color sedan par excellence
Launched in 2011, the Peugeot 508 has had a makeover in 2018, allowing it to adopt a style resembling its German rivals. Even sportier than in the past, especially with the 2.0 BlueHDi 180 engine, the French also pleases thanks to its high level of equipment and dynamic chassis. If passengers appreciate comfort and space, the driver will prefer driving pleasure. Qualities that still have a price: from 32 200 € .
- Skoda Octavia: the historic family
Marketed since 1996, the Skoda Octavia is one of the deans of our selection. The Czech sedan has not yet taken a ride, as evidenced by its third generation released in 2014. Not necessarily the most glamorous or the most powerful, the Octavia has other arguments to make: high-end services, a beautiful build quality and a large interior space , all at a reasonable price ( from 21 490 € ). Assets that allow him to enjoy a success that does not falter, attests the bar of 4 million copies produced that the sedan has exceeded.
- Renault Talisman: the other family sedan made in France
Launched in 2012 and followed by a second generation in 2015, the Renault Talisman has excellently replaced the Renault Laguna. Offering a wide choice of powerful engines, including the 1.6 dCi biturbo of 160 horses which will suit the big rollers , the hexagonal sedan is an alternative solution to the Peugeot 508. Very pleasant thanks to its chassis 4Control, it is also distinguished by its interior more welcoming than his rival and a bigger chest. All from 32 500 € .
Treat yourself to a break: the comfort of a sedan in XXL version
For some time now, the breaks have been losing steam. Already slowed down by sedans, this segment is now facing competition from SUVs. However, the wagon remains the family car par excellence . First model for large families to have been marketed, it takes the lines of sedans to lengthen them longer. The result ? An elongated vehicle with a large cabin and a trunk more importantly. Features that the Peugeot 508 SW and the Ford Mondeo sublimate wonderfully.
- Peugeot 508 SW: a break whose elegance is no longer to prove
Unveiled in 2011, the Peugeot 508 SW takes all the advantages of the generic version. A version that can boast of having been elected the most beautiful car of the year 2018. The proof of an elegance that we did not really know anymore at breaks. Since its second generation released in 2018, the 508 SW has an impressive length of 4.77 meters . What allow him to offer even more interior space and a trunk volume for the least generous. Such benefits have a non-negligible price: from € 33,600 .
- Ford Mondeo SW: the upscale family
Commercialized since 2014, the 4th generation of the Ford Mondeo SW has nothing to envy to its rival tricolor. It must be said that with its great modularity, its double clutch gearbox and its dynamism, especially in TDCi 180 Powershift version, the American wagon combines many advantages . Since its restyling in 2019, which notably saw the arrival of a hybrid version, the Ford Mondeo SW can even count on a more modern style to make a difference. Count nevertheless at least 38 300 € to enjoy it.
Buying a minivan: the choice of very large families
Although minivans are about to disappear, they are still an interesting option for very large families. Thanks to their gigantic proportions, they can propose up to 9 places and a trunk volume without comparison. Ultra-flexible and often equipped with sliding doors, minivans are conducive to long trips to many. Two models are especially noteworthy: the Renault Grand Scenic and the Mercedes B-Class.
- Renault Grand Scenic: volume first
Since the launch of its 4th generation in 2016, the Renault Grand Scenic has an impressive length of 4,634 meters. What offer him a trunk volume of 718 liters and 7 comfortable seats. Dilemma with the large SUV Peugeot 5008, the minivan is differentiated by its lighter lines and excellent vision on the outside. Especially since its € 26,000 master price is a significant asset.
- Mercedes Class B: the minivan in German version
Marketed since 2005, the Mercedes B-Class is a real favorite for large families. This is even more true for its 3rd generation, released in 2019, which displays mastered dimensions despite a beautiful interior space. Available from € 31,550, the German minivan seduces with its modern lines, high-end services and a real driving pleasure.
Choose a MPV: a family car as a utility
Even if the choice on MPV segments is still limited, this model has something to seduce thanks to its great practicality. Based on the bodywork of a utility vehicle , these vehicles prefer the interior space and the volume of trunk, without really worrying about the design . Like the Citroën Berlingo or the Dacia Dokker, MPVs are primarily for families who like to go to the basics: efficiency at a reduced price.
- Citroën Berlingo: the precursor MPV
Launched in 1996, the Citroën Berlingo is one of the very first MPVs on the market. Although it has modernized, its 3rd generation released in 2018 is still straight to the point. In addition to being able to accommodate 5 or 7 seats, it has a boot volume of up to 1,050 liters . Ultra-flexible, the Berlingo can even be used as a van during the holidays. A choice all the more interesting that the French MPV is available from 21 850 €.
- Dacia Dokker: the low cost lugospace
Marketed since 2012, the Dacia Dokker is the cheapest MPV on the market: from € 9,650 . Despite this unbeatable price, it has undeniable advantages: practical sliding doors, gigantic volumes, easy modularity and incomparable versatility. What to largely forget about finishes a little behind in the entry-level versions.
From the Mercedes B-Class to the Peugeot 3008, via the Dacia Duster and the Citroën Berlingo, all these models are sure values. Amply acclaimed by the French, each of these family cars combines advantages that are their own. The hardest thing will be to make a choice, even if the SUVs stay one step ahead of their competitors.