Why Your Family Car Doesn’t Have To Be A Hatchback

06/03/20193rd June, 2019
Filed under Car Topics

If you’re in the market for a new family car to replace the old banger on your driveway, the chances are that you’re looking at hatchbacks. There’s nothing wrong with these vehicles, but sometimes you want something a little more exciting for your set of wheels.

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Before your brood, you enjoyed a different motor every couple of years, loved the thrill of putting the pedal to the metal and adored the need for speed.

However, since your family have come along, your priorities have shifted. You care more about safety ratings, space in the back seat and cruise control. Take a look at these other types of car that may float your boat more than a hatchback.

VW Camper

If you’re more into all things retro and you have recently jumped on the vintage bandwagon, you might be keen to explore the mid-century style vehicles on offer. While they may require more maintenance, they come with bundles of charisma and heaps of fun.

VW campervans are perfect for those families who like heading off on road trips on a whim and love nothing more than getting back to nature. Being a home away from home, your VW camper could be the perfect way to spend more quality time together as a family.

Many of these 1960s and 1970s originals have been pimped up so that they are a luxurious little five-star cabin fit for a family of kings when out on the open road.


The SUV market was once targeted to those individuals who wanted something more rugged, even though they may have lived in a city center.

Nowadays, SUVs are heavily marketed towards the family market as they have supreme safety records, they’re spacious for bigger broods, and they look pretty impressive. Venture down to a used car dealership like Car World and you can have your pick of SUVs.

Take a look at the fuel economy and go for the one that best fits your family’s lifestyle. More chunky than a hatchback and way more fun to drive.

Used Or New

Whatever vehicle you plump for in the end, whether the trusty hatchback or a 1960s Cadillac, you need to make sure that you get the most bang for your buck.

Watching the pennies means heading to the used car dealership. Yes, you could buy a brand new car with its extended warranty, but the moment you drive it from the forecourt it has depreciated in value.

Focus instead on fuel economy, safety records and whether there is enough space for your growing family. Don’t get too hung up about color and go for reliability.

If your next used car lasts you three or four years without much maintenance, then you have done well. If you’re not sure about what to look for when viewing cars, take someone knowledgeable with you.

Buying a new car can be hugely stressful; more so when you are considering the wants and needs of your family. Be sensible, look at what’s available on the market and go with your head rather than following your heart.

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