Choosing the Perfect Family Car | A Wagonex Guide

In family life, few decisions carry as much weight as choosing the right car. Whether it's shuttling the kids to school, embarking on family road trips or simply running errands, the family car is a hub for countless memories and practical needs. 

This guide will help you find a vehicle that suits your family's lifestyle, budget and safety requirements by highlighting some key factors to consider.

Play it Safe

It's important to ensure that your family car is equipped with ample safety features and advanced technologies that help prioritise the safety and well-being of your loved ones.

Car safety technology has evolved significantly over the years, with advancements aimed at reducing accidents, minimising injuries and ultimately saving lives. Modern vehicles are often equipped with an array of safety features that utilise cutting-edge technology to enhance driver awareness, prevent collisions and provide protection in the event of an accident. 

Features such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and automatic emergency braking are often commonplace in brand-new cars and have become essential features in family cars. These features are part of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) which contribute to accident prevention and enhance overall safety. 

When searching for a family car, it’s important to check the Euro NCAP rating which is a European car safety standard. This rating evaluates various aspects of vehicle safety, including occupant protection, pedestrian protection and safety assist features. The scale ranges from 1-5, with 5 as its highest level. Opting for a car with a 5 Euro NCAP rating ensures you’re getting a car that’s performed well in crash tests and has great onboard safety features.

Make Sure You Have Enough Space

One essential consideration for car buyers is making sure you have the right number of seats and enough space, particularly for families, those who frequently car share or those who transport groups of people. 

A few factors to consider are…

Interior Space: The size and layout of the vehicle's interior plays an important role in determining its seating capacity. Larger vehicles like SUVs and vans generally offer more seating options than compact cars.

Seat Arrangement: Depending on the size and preferences of your family, you'll want to think about what seating options best suit you, ensuring everyone travels comfortably and safely. Some smaller vehicles might only have space for 4 passengers and some cars might have configurable seating, particularly those that have the option to seat more than 5 passengers.

Legroom and Comfort: While a vehicle may technically seat a certain number of passengers, comfort levels can vary based on the legroom, shoulder room, and overall space available to each occupant. Other factors, such as seat material and design also play an important role in ensuring a comfortable ride, making it essential for families to consider these aspects when choosing the right vehicle.

Car Storage 

Think about what storage options you might need to accommodate the mountain of things you often have to take with you when driving your family around. Having adequate storage space is essential for ensuring comfort, convenience and organisation while travelling. 

Many cars feature fold-flat rear seats or configurable seating arrangements, allowing for expanded boot space when needed; and vans often have removable or configurable seats, providing ample space to suit various lifestyles. 

Modern vehicles often come equipped with a variety of interior storage compartments and features to keep personal belongings organised and easily accessible. Glove compartments, door pockets, and seat back pockets are common storage areas for items such as documents, sunglasses, water bottles, and electronic devices. You might also want to consider whether your vehicle is able to support additional features such as roof boxes and bike racks. 

Some vehicles also come equipped with towing packages that can tow trailers, boats or caravans, providing additional storage options for transporting bulky or heavy items. Make sure you check what’s required and what towing capacity different make/models of vehicle have. 

Car storage is often key for families with busy lives.


Finding the Perfect Ride with Wagonex

At Wagonex, we recognise the significance of selecting the right family car. As a subscription marketplace, we bring together a diverse range of vehicles from our trusted partners. This means we have a variety of makes and models to choose from, helping every family find their perfect fit. 

By including essential services like roadside assistance, road tax, maintenance and servicing in our monthly price, we make managing your family's transportation needs as hassle-free as possible, ensuring you won’t be hit with any unexpected costs. 

Our commitment to flexibility enables our customers to easily swap cars throughout their subscription, ensuring your vehicle can adapt as your family's needs evolve.

Whether safety features, ample seating capacity, or smart storage solutions top your list of priorities, Wagonex's extensive range of cars ensures you'll find the right ride.

Go on, join the car subscription revolution today.

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