One major concern that every parent faces is finding the perfect car for their family. Ideally, a family car will have enough space inside to comfortably fit the little ones and it will also need to be reliable, safe and affordable. For those that live in urban areas, you may also want a small family car so that you can navigate the streets with ease.

Here are three of the best small family cars to consider in terms of affordability and reliability.

Ford Focus

The ever-popular Ford Focus has always been a UK best-seller and this is for good reason. It excels in every single area and this makes it a popular choice for families, young drivers, professionals, and everyone in-between.

The main reasons that it is such a good choice for a family are that it has a very spacious and comfortable interior for a hatchback, plus it also has low running costs (the ECOnetic diesel returns 83mpg). As a Ford, you know that this is an extremely well-built car too so it will not let you down. It can be relatively expensive to buy new, but you can easily find one for a fraction of the price at used car dealers like AA Cars.

SEAT Leon

SEAT cars are a smart investment for parents looking for reliable and affordable vehicles because they are owned by Volkswagen - this means that they are built to the highest standard but more affordable than VWs.

The Leon is the standout choice and very similar to the excellent VW Golf (but cheaper). It has a stylish design, fun driving experience, great practicality and roomy cabin. Another key selling point? It was awarded a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating.

Vauxhall Astra

In terms of value for money, you will struggle to find a better family hatchback than the Vauxhall Astra. It is ideal for families because it is well built with a stylish and well-equipped interior, plus it is one of the more economical automobiles on the market with the 1.6-litre diesel returning 85 mpg.

The Astra also comes with a host of modern technology that can improve both the driver and passenger experience greatly.

For parents seeking a small family car, any of the above three would be a great investment and perfect for transporting the kids around in the city. They are all affordable, reliable and have enough space inside for everyone to sit comfortably.

Published by Sunil Pandey