Best Cars for Dads and the Rest of the Family

Being a parent can be tough sometimes especially when it comes to choosing your car. Gone are the days where you could pick the souped up, sleek sports car without a care in the world. Now you have to worry about getting your mini passengers all aboard in a comfortable and safe manner. Alloy wheels? Turbo injection? Spoiler? Well here’s the real spoiler, those modifications and features are long gone; welcome to the reality of buying family cars!

Okay, so just because you have to prioritise the family, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your next car won’t be great to drive. You don’t even have to compromise massively on style because car manufacturers feel your pain and know that there is high demand for family cars that don’t look like your typical, boring family cars. There are all kinds of awesome makes and models out there that serve a dual purpose – to transport the family and to keep you looking relatively cool. Also, there are many viable second hand options for parents to consider, meaning you could make your budget go even further.

Here are some of the best out there:

Audi A8 – If you have a bit of flexibility in your budget then the Audi A8 is the ultimate Dad car. In the sense that it is probably the most wanted car that will still provide the practical features that you need to transport the family. The Audi A8 is powerful and easy on the eye, did we mention it does 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds? You don’t have to mention that bit to the wife.

Ford Ranger – When you’re looking for a car that is more of a machine than a mode of transport, the Ford Ranger could be the ideal option. As well as easily fitting the family in comfortably, the Ranger is great across different types of terrain and the hilly landscapes that we are so used to in Yorkshire. If you want a beast of a car yet still need it to pass as a family car, then the Ford Ranger is the one for you.

Vauxhall Astra Hatchback – If your budget won’t quite stretch to the Audi A8 and you’re looking for something a bit more street friendly than the huge Ford Ranger, then take a look at the Vauxhall Astra Hatchback. The various models offer a range of sporty designs and good performance stats, so you can still enjoy the handling of a car that is fun to drive. There is plenty of room for two kids in the back, and this is one of the more affordable family cars. It is also comparatively low to run.

Hyundai i30 Hatchback – Hyundai have been releasing some surprisingly good cars of late, and the Hyundai i30 is no exception. If you’re looking for a family car that is modern and stylish, you will enjoy this one.

Just because you’re a Dad it doesn’t mean you have to buy a boring car, there are loads out there that will ensure that you love your car, while still being very practical of course.

Karl Young

Part-time daddy and lifestyle blogger. Father of 2 boys under 2. Golfer, scare-fan, tea-lover, traveller, squash and poker player. I write on the @HuffPostUK

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