Having a baby is probably one of the biggest lifestyle changes you’ll experience. Suddenly there’s a permanent companion in your life that depends on you for love and protection around the clock.
This also means that they’ll be with you for pretty much the majority of the day, whether you’re out on the food shop, shuttling them to appointments or taking them to visit their doting grandparents. Just like you, they will be spending much of their time on the road, and you’re going to need a car you can depend on.
The three main priorities when seeking out a family car should be safety, space and spend. All the vehicles in the list below have been safety approved by Euro NCAP and will provide room, comfort and practicality = a recipe for success when there’s a baby on board.
So, here are five great cars for expecting parents…
Now, we’re aware that this model may not necessarily be everyone’s first choice when it comes to style. BUT for what this car might lack in aesthetic appeal – it more than makes up for in features.
The Yeti not only has the practicality of a four-wheel drive, but also enjoys all the affordability and user-friendliness of a hatchback. The generous boot space allows you to transport an impressive amount of baby cargo as well as having room left for the weekly shop!
Thanks to its SUV styling, there’s also plenty of room to the rear of the vehicle – whilst taking no additional road space to a standard hatchback, meaning you can still enjoy an easier driving experience.
MPV: 2014 Ford B-Max
It seems that Ford has managed to tap into the inner psyche of parents and what they truly want from their baby mobile. By design, this car is tall, so you needn’t worry about bashing your head to remove your child from the back seats. Better still…the sliding doors are a super practical addition when you’re trying to do this from tight parking spaces.
Now, you may think that the dimensions of this model must come at the price of driving performance, but the B-Max handles surprisingly well with little body lean, whilst also enjoying precise and direct steering. The height of the vehicle also makes for great visibility.
As a new parent, you’re going to want to rely on your vehicle when it comes to both performance and maintenance. You don’t want to be facing regular trips to the garage for expensive and unforeseen repairs. So if you’re thinking reliable, think Japanese manufacturing.
The CX-5 uses the ‘SKYACTIV’ manufacturing platform. ‘What’s this?’ we hear you ask… SKYACTIV essentially means that a car model has been designed with efficiency in mind – lighter weight, better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions. To top it all off there is ample boot and interior space, and the smooth driving performance will help to encourage nap times en route!
Citroen C4 Cactus
Though certainly a more striking choice in the looks department, the C4 Cactus is a great family car that enjoys low fuel consumption and will therefore prove kinder to your pursue, with cheap tax and purchase price.
You won’t be short for room, either. Again there’s plenty of head, leg and shoulder space for the tots in the back – whilst a large 358-litre boot means the Cactus will happily cope with the rigours of family life.
If you’re after something a little different from the standard family hatchback, the ASX is an option worth considering. Whilst producing a similar drive to the hatchback, this model also enjoys the benefits of a 4×4 performance.
Naturally, comfort is key to the driving experience and the Mitsubishi won’t let you down on this score. Whilst the interior may appear slightly on the drab side to some, there is plenty of interior space for tot transportation, and the comfortable and supportive raised seating allows for a better driving experience when you’re clocking up the big miles.
The stand-out exterior design and the practical features of the ASX just go to show that becoming a parent doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the looks or features of your vehicle.
With constant developments in technology and performance, and a wide variety of models and designs to suit the consumer, it’s never been easier to find a perfect model to suit your family’s needs for safety and convenience at affordable prices.