The size of your family and distance to school are often the biggest considerations when choosing a family car. But what are the best cars for the school run? Here are a couple of makes and models recommended by us to ensure your morning school run is hassle-free.
If safety is at the top of your list of requirements for a school run vehicle, look no further. This second-generation mid-sized SUV boasts groundbreaking safety tech which has led to a EuroNCAP rating of 5 stars, as well as a commendation. The seats and upholstery will be familiar to previous Volvo buyers, but why change something so successful and brand-defining? The XC60 offers plenty of space for the whole family with a choice between two petrol engines, three diesel options and a plug-in petrol/electric full-hybrid.
People often assume that all families need a large vehicle such as a 7-seater or a bulky SUV which looks the part. However, more compact cars can do the job just as well depending on your requirements. If you’re in the market for an eco-friendly vehicle for your morning school run, this all-electric supermini by Renault is certainly worth considering. With an improved range, the Zoe can now complete around 180 miles which should more than cover drop-offs, pickups, your journey to work and all the errands in between.
Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport
If you require a mid-size car that looks the part for business, but still needs to be practical for your family and your budget, the second-generation Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport is a great contender. While fans of the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class or Audi A4 may overlook this model due to its badge, we urge you to take another look as the quality and technology on offer really is that good.
If you’re looking for something more compact, this hatchback is surprisingly spacious. Boasting a 390-litre boot and lots of other storage areas, the i30 should take care of all the school necessities. While Hyundai is planning to release a plug-in hybrid version when the model undergoes a facelift in time for 2020, for now, you have a choice of both petrol or diesel engines.
Boasting a simple, yet perfect mix of space, functionality and value for money, Skoda is offering a seven-seat option for the very first time with its Kodiaq model. The large family-sized SUV is extremely practical and packed with lots of features. Some argue that it appears to be the complete package, after all, it took on the most extreme school run without hesitation…
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