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How to choose the best car for your family's needs

June 20, 2023

How to choose the best car for your family's needs

Choosing the right car for your family is a big decision that requires careful consideration. From safety features to seating capacity and entertainment options, there are lots of things to think about when finding a car that meets your family’s needs.

In this post, we guide you through the process of choosing the best car for your family, taking into account factors such as family-friendly features, car safety, comfortable seating arrangements and ample storage space. You’ll also discover how Drive Fuze, a leading UK car subscription provider, can assist you in finding the perfect family car in which convenience, safety and entertainment come together to create memorable journeys for you and your loved ones.

Exploring family cars: features and considerations

When you’re choosing a family car,you’ll need to factor in the needs of all your family members, both now and in the future. For example, if you have a young baby right now, you’ll be thinking about infant car seats – but it won’t be long before they’re a toddler needing a booster seat, and then a fast-growing child with demanding entertainment needs!

Space, comfort and versatility are the main attributes to look for in a good family car, along with key features such as:

●     Car safety technology – you’ll want to know that your family car has plenty of safety features and technologies that prioritise the safety and well-being of your loved ones, including advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS).

●     Car seating capacity – you’ll need enough space to fit all your family, with spacious seating arrangements and flexible configurations that can accommodate growing families and the different activities you might be planning.

●     Car storage options – you’ll need plenty of space for luggage, shopping, buggies and other equipment for family day trips and holidays.

We’ll come back to each of these in more detail shortly. At Drive Fuze, we have a great range of family cars tailored to different family sizes and lifestyles, giving you plenty of options to suit your own family’s needs.

Car safety features for your family’s peace of mind

Safety is paramount for a family car. Features such as adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and automatic emergency braking are now commonplace in brand-new cars and have become essential features in family cars today.

These features are part of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), which are contributing to accident prevention and enhancing overall safety. These use sensors to understand the environment around the car – such as road signs, lanes or obstacles –delivering this information to the driver as warnings or acting on it automatically to improve safety and give you peace of mind.

If you have young children, you’ll need to consider aspects such as car seat compatibility, ISOFIX fittings and rear-seat monitoring systems, all of which make it safer to transport your little ones. It’s also important to assess crash test ratings and safety awards when choosing a family car, as these will give you additional reassurance that your car is built to keep you and your family protected should the worst happen.

The safety metric to look out for is the Euro NCAP rating, which is a European car safety standard with 5 as its highest level. Opt for a car with a 5 Euro NCAP rating to be sure you’re getting a car that’s performed well in crash tests and has great onboard safety features.

At Drive Fuze, we’re committed to providing safe family cars in our subscription fleet, giving you the peace of mind that you’re making the right choice for your loved ones. Our family cars have superb safety features, such as the five-door Volkswagen T-Cross, which features lane departure warning, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control.

Comfortable seating and entertainment options for family

With the right seating and entertainment options in your family car, you might just get a break from the chorus of “are we there yet?” on long journeys. Comfortable, adjustable seats with ample legroom and versatile configurations are key to accommodating a growing family. Think about the number of seats you’ll need, too – if you plan on having more kids later down the line, a five-seat car will need to be changed, so you may opt for a saloon or SUV with enough room for six or seven.

Climate control is also an important part of staying comfortable, but it’s not always easy when the kids in the back are too warm while you’re too cold in the front. The answer: rear climate control. Add in USB charging points and cup holders and you have a comfortable car that the whole family can enjoy being in.

Infotainment systems in cars are better than ever, and they’re a must for keeping the kids occupied on long journeys in the family car. Look for rear-seat entertainment systems if you’ll regularly be driving long distances on your holidays, and make sure the car has good connectivity features – these are a great way to share playlist time with older children or listen to podcasts or tunes as a family.

Our subscription fleet of family cars is equipped with top-notch seating and entertainment amenities, providing a comfortable and enjoyable experience for all passengers – big or small.

For example, the Nissan Qashqai is a great option for a family car, with five doors for easy access, Apple and Android connectivity to keep everyone entertained and a number of fantastic safety features that include lane keep assist, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control. For similar features in an all-electric car, make it the five-door Kia Niro, which also has traffic sign recognition for added safety.

Whichever vehicle you choose, you can be sure we’ve prioritised the comfort and entertainment of your family in all the cars we have on offer.

Ample storage space: essential for family adventures

When you’re heading off for a family adventure, you need to know you’ll have enough storage space for everything you need to take with you – whether it’s a big family shop, a buggy,camping equipment or suitcases for all the family. If you have a four-legged member of the family, that will be a big factor as well!

Ample boot space is a must for a family car, but it’s also worth looking at your options for extra storage space. For example, look at whether it’s possible to add a roof rack or bike racks, and consider the options for interior storage solutions for smaller items. Also, check whether the rear seats will fold down when you need extra luggage space but fewer seats.

Our fleet of family cars gives you plenty in the way of generous storage options so that you can be sure you’ll have all the space you need for your loved ones and their belongings. The Volkswagen T-Roc is a great choice, with bars on the roof that make it easy to add extra storage space when you have lots of luggage to take with you.

Choosing a great family car

When you’re choosing the right car for your family, there are a number of different factors to keep in mind. First and foremost, family cars need to have the latest safety features to give you the peace of mind that they’ll keep your family safe. ADAS is a key feature for enhancing safety on the road, while the highest possible safety rating is a must.

Family cars also need to be comfortable for long journeys, with enough space for all your family and the things you’ll need to take with you. Good infotainment systems and connectivity will help keep the whole family entertained on a road trip, while additional storage options mean you’ll have more room to take everything you need along for the ride.

If you’re exploring the options for a new family car, a subscription from Drive Fuze could be the answer. Our fleet of family-friendly cars has all the features you need to keep your family safe, comfortable and entertained on the road. What’s more, your monthly subscription fee includes all your running costs, including road tax, comprehensive insurance,maintenance, tyres and breakdown cover.

This makes for easy budgeting that increases your peace of mind when you have a growing family, and you’ll have the added advantage of being able to change your car or cancel your subscription if your family’s needs change. Browse our cars and find the perfect family vehicle for your household.