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What to look for in a family car

Whether you’re starting a family, or you already have a family finding a family car can be no easy task. Read on to find out what to look for when looking for a family car.

Safety Rating

When travelling with family safety is a priority. Therefore, one of the first things you should do is check the Euro NCAP rating. The Euro NCAP works on a five-star safety rating system where 1 star means there’s marginal crash protection compared to 5 stars which mean overall good performance in crash protection and well equipped with robust crash avoidance technology.

Check out Euro NCAP’s safest family cars in 2018 and 2017 here


Another priority is the space you have. You will want to make sure you can fit the whole family in so in some cases you might need to consider an MPV with extra seats. What’s also important is that you can fit plenty in the boot or else you’ll find yourself making more than one stop to your destination whether that’s shopping or taking the family on a day out. Furthermore, you’ll want to make sure when it comes to picking a family car that there’s plenty of storage compartments as it will come in handy with children’s toys, food, drinks and any electronic devices.


Doors in a family car need to open wide enough so you can install a car seat easily or help get children into the car. In most cases, 5 doors is a no-brainer over 3 doors. Also, consider sliding doors that are often found on MPV’s. These are convenient as they can be opened up fully plus you’ll avoid denting the door against other cars or objects you’re parked beside.


You will want to make sure any extras are child-friendly features!

For instance, have you considered sun-blinds or UV filtering tinted rear windows for your children?

When it comes to interior think about opting for dark interior as it will help disguise any stains or spills. Plus, you will also want to consider the material of your upholstery. Leather is easier to wipe down than nylon/polyester upholstery.

In terms of technology, parking sensors can be a handy addition as well as making sure you have plenty of power sockets in the car to keep your children entertained with their gadgets, especially for longer journeys.

If you need help picking a family car get in touch with DFC Belfast today to find the ideal family car for you on contract hire! Call 028 9073 4222, email sales@dfcbelfast.co.uk or request a FREE no obligation vehicle leasing quote at http://onlinequote.dfcbelfast.co.uk