The sheer variety in different styles of cars on the market nowadays is testament to the differing needs between one motorist and another, from a small, nippy city car to a large off-road wagon. Mums, too, have their own specific needs when it comes to motoring and finding the ideal car for your needs can be trickier than it might first appear.
Whether you need a car for the school run, taking the kids to clubs and sports events, ferrying their friends around or just to carry all of the gear that goes with being a mum in the modern age, it goes without saying that space and storage is one of the primary concerns. That, though, needs to be balanced with a car that’s small and sleek enough to manoeuvre through tricky school car parks and tight gaps in the rush-hour runs. This is where the small MPV/SUV market comes into its own.
Cars such as the Nissan Qashqai blazed the trail in this sector, allowing families to have the space and comfort of an MPV or SUV without the cumbersome handling or huge body size to have to deal with. In more recent years, other manufacturers have got on board with models such as the Citroen C3 Picasso and Ford B-Max aimed at the young family market. Newer models such as the Fiat 500L have taken the concept and moved it on a step, creating a cool and stylish car whilst maintaining the space and comfort which is required if you have a young family.
Many of the models available on the market have different variants, with Fiat’s MPVs 500L, for example, available as an MPV with two extra seats and a Trekking model for added attitude. For those who are concerned about emissions and costs, many models also have different engines to choose from, including small diesel engines for economy and practicality to larger petrol engines for speed and performance.
The important thing to remember is that the ideal car is almost definitely out there, such is the sheer amount of choice on the market in the modern day. Navigating that market is the tricky thing, so your first port of call should be to prioritise what you want from your car. Is space more important than maneuverability? Should fuel economy and emissions come above speed and performance? Once you’ve listed and ordered your priorities, finding your ideal car should be much easier.
Once you’ve done that, it’s time to narrow down your list of options. A good cross-market selection to start with would be the aforementioned Ford B-Max, Nissan Qashqai, Fiat 500L and Citroen C3 Picasso, as well as models such as the Peugeot 3008, SEAT Alhambra, VW Sharan and larger models such as the Hyundai Santa Fe, Range Rover Evoque or Volvo XC90. These ten models will give you a good range across the market from which to start your search in finding your ideal car. Good luck!