Hoorah! Baby on board! Time to make some necessary lifestyle changes as you prepare to make your journey into parenthood a smooth one!
One particular change new parents make is the type of car they drive. Ferrying little ones around may require trading your 2-door sporty model in for a more suitable family friendly car.
Child-friendly features such as wide opening doors, ISOFIX technology, safety ratings and a generous boot space for your travel system are suddenly extremely appealing, when a little addition is on the way.
We understand a lot of research and consideration goes into preparing for your growing family – that’s why we’ve taken the pressure off. Here we reveal the 7 of the best baby friendly cars to make your life a little easier.
Boot capacity 650 litres
Two under two? Or perhaps you’re expecting twins? The BMW X5’s 650 litres boot space is big enough for all of your necessary baby gear and even a double buggy.
This luxury family friendly car is complete with high-tech fuss-free interiors and even has the option for head-up display, to help keep your eyes on the road at all times. A parking camera option supplements the standard model front and rear parking sensors, making manoeuvring a breeze.
The X5 is also the ultimate in comfort for long drives. With dual zone climate control, memory seats and cruise control, it’s perfect for when all the family are bundled in. It also scored five stars on the Euro NCAP safety test and comes with a wide range of safety features. The X5 is certainly an ideal family friendly car.
Boot capacity 445 litres
One of the strongest cars in its class, you’re in safe hands with the Volkswagen T Roc. With front assist system as standard, the T Roc will let you know if it detects a possible collision with audible as well as visual warnings. So if you don’t react in time, City Emergency Braking slows the car to reduce impact speed or even avoid a collision.
There are also six airbags, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system and ISOFIX child seat anchor points. And if you’re venturing off road, the 4MOTION Active Control allows you to safely set the driving mode to the weather and road conditions.
The T Roc’s head turning sporty design means you won’t need to compromise on practicality over style either. Create your own T Roc with a sporty body kit, various wheel designs, contrasting roof, tinted rear windows, interior ambient lighting and a choice of vivid dashboard and door trim colours to boot.
Boot capacity 450 litres
The latest Mini Countryman is bigger and more expansive than ever before. It’s also more spacious inside, now proving to be a truly practical family car.
With family friendly features including ISOFIX child seat mountings, Bluetooth phone connectivity and sat nav as standard. The latest Countryman also offers additional boot space and an optional sliding rear bench that allows you to prioritise either boot space or passenger room, with 350 litres increasing to 1,170 litres with the back seats down.
Ever the joy to drive, the MINI’s compact SUV crossover design Countryman offers great handling. Its dynamic steering ratio lets you navigate with ease around winding roads and gives you the ability to quickly avoid obstacles. The option for 4x4 is great for adding another dimension to your Countryman, enabling you to tackle off-road and tougher terrain with sharp agility.
Never ones to overlook style, MINI gives you room to be creative, with next level individualism when it comes to creating your custom designed family car.
Boot capacity 625 litres
Space is one of the biggest priorities for a car suitable for a new baby and the Skoda Superb delivers. Big on space and comfort, the Superb is very appealing for new parents. Buggy-friendly, with a large boot and lots of legroom for adults (as well as kids) makes this model a no brainer for value, practicality and safety.
Thanks to its electronic stability control system, seven airbags and a post-collision braking system, the Skoda Superb has achieved a five star Euro NCAP safety rating and consistently ranks highly as a top family car at the Auto Express Family Friendly Car Awards.
Boasting generous economy with reduced emissions for a greener future, the Superb's 60-litre tank is one of the largest of any ŠKODA vehicle - meaning you can cover even more miles before stopping to refuel. Ideal with little passengers in tow!
Boot capacity 460 litres
The new Audi Q3 appeals to everyone – but especially families, thanks to its perfect combination of practical and reliable SUV design with genius compact style.
Full of family friendly features: first aid kit, split folding rear seats, electrically operated child locks on rear doors, ISOFIX on front passenger and rear outer seats, seatbelt warning light – it’s a parenting dream.
This nifty SUV is powerful and great fun to drive, making the school run a breeze. It also ranks highly in the safety stakes with a SIDEGUARD Intelligent airbag system with driver, passenger and front side airbags for dependable all-round protection when you need it most.
Boot space: 502 litres
The iconic Toyota Prius has a lot to offer for new families looking for impressive full economy and spacious interiors to accommodate your family’s needs.
Keep yourself and those around you safe in the Toyota Prius, boasting multiple airbags, child safety locks, Traction Control, four-wheel anti-lock braking, Brake Assist, Daytime Running Lights and integrated turn signal mirrors. The Prius comes with Safety Sense® as standard, with a wide array of additional cutting-edge safety systems.
Specifically tailored for your lifestyle needs, the all new hybrid model is reshaping the world view on alternative energy vehicles. Conveniently charge your car battery at home or using a fast charger and you can drive for up to 39 miles using no petrol at all.
Boot space 550 litres
Mercedez have answered the call for an added-practicality family car option with the GLC.
Full of family friendly features including, sat nav as standard, keyless start and ISOFIX child seat anchor points, the Mercedez Benz GLC is a car fit for all the family. For additional peace of mind, you can take your pick from an array of advanced safety options too, including Collision Prevention Assist Plus and Attention Assist.
The 4-wheel-drive GLC also has plenty of room inside for your growing family, car seats, buggies and much more! The raised driving position provides excellent visibility on the road and the 2873mm wheelbase ensures ample headroom and legroom for all rear passengers, car seats and booster seats as your family grows.
While we can’t help you with the sleepless nights, we are on hand to give you any further advice on vehicle safety and model features you may require.
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