The Fiat Bravo is a great car for meeting all your family’s needs as well as your own. Enjoy optimum comfort with seats that have been designed using ergonomics and sports research so that they fit comfortably against your spine, and make the most of the Dual-zone climate control system which will keep everybody happy by allowing you to set different temperatures for both the driver and the passenger. If your passengers want to enjoy blue skies on a sunny day in the car, you can use the optional SkyDome. Just flick the switch and the roof will move back in seconds, revealing the sky above when you’re feeling stuck inside on a long drive.
There are loads of features which will make your journey more enjoyable in the Bravo, especially with children on board. You can keep everyone entertained with the MP3-compatible radio and CD player which offers clear, crisp, top quality sound. You can enhance this with the optional Blue&Me system which allows you to play music and make phone calls without taking your eyes off the road or hands off the wheel. You’ll be able to control the system with just your voice, or use the buttons on your steering wheel instead.
The Bravo provides a high level of safety for your family, and has achieved a five star Euro NCAP rating for it. Six airbags surround you and your passengers from the front, sides and windows, and you’ll have total control over your braking with the high-performance braking system, which includes anti-lock braking as well as electronic brake force distribution, so when you need to stop suddenly, your brakes won’t fail and you’ll remain in control.
The Ford Galaxy is ideal for those who are worried that buying a family car will mean they have to miss out on the fun of driving. It gives a high enough performance that it still feels like you’re driving a standard car rather than an MPV, and there’s enough space inside for seven adults to fit comfortably. With all seven seats upright, you’ll have a limited 308 litres of boot space, but when you fold all the rear seats into the floor, you’ll create 2325 litres of space which you can use for storing larger items. You can access all seven seats easily and the hatchback-style boot lid makes loading and unloading easy and quick.
The Galaxy has been awarded five stars in the Euro NCAP crash safety tests, and includes front and side airbags, as well as side airbags for passengers in the rear and a knee airbag for the driver. There’s also electronic stability control and traction control to keep you steady and give you a firm grip on slippery ground. The driver’s position is perfect – low enough that you feel a connection with the road but high enough that you still have great visibility.
The Fiat Qubo Mini MPV is ideal for combining family and work life because it gives you all the space and practicality of an MPV as well as the ease of driving of a city car. With all the seats in place you’ll have a 330 litre boot space, or 650 if you measure all the way to the roof. You can increase this space by folding the seats down, or even removing them completely. Once you’ve removed the back seats and folded down the front passenger seat, you’ll have created 2500 litres of storage space.
The Qubo is built for safety which makes it a great choice for families, especially with young children. The rigid body shell and impact-absorbing bonnet will protect you in the event of a collision, and the driver, side and passenger airbags will surround your family in a cloud of safety. 3-point seatbelts will keep your passengers safe and secure, and the automatic door closure feature will make sure your doors are shut fast when you reach speeds of over 13mph. The DeadLock feature will ensure children cannot accidentally open the doors, either from the inside or the outside, and the electric windows feature anti-pinch sensors which will stop small fingers from being trapped or hurt.
In the Qubo there are lots of features to ensure you have a pleasant journey, including heated and electrically adjustable mirrors, a front armrest, a lumbar support in the driver’s seat, a large windscreen and Fiat’s easy-to-use Blue&Me system. The Blue&Me system allows you to control your mobile or music player from your car using voice control. Tell it when you want to change the song or call somebody, all without taking your hands off the wheel.
The Volkswagen Sharan is a highly capable car which provides lots of space, seats seven people comfortably and feels more like a car than a van to drive, which is a big advantage to those who enjoy driving. It’s easily accessible with rear sliding doors and it’s built to withstand whatever family life can throw at it. There are seven seats inside, with 375 litres of boot space, but when you fold the passenger seats down, you’ll be able to use 2297 litres of boot space.
You can choose between three driving modes – normal, sport and comfort – which all feel different, so that your drive is as enjoyable as possible, and sound insulation keeps any wind or road noise to a minimum. The car also comes with seven airbags, as well as electronic stability control to ensure your drive is as safe as possible.
Fiat 500L MPW
The Fiat 500L range of MPVs is an excellent option for families. The 500L is slightly bigger than the 500, but with just an extra 20 centimetres in length, it provides the space for an additional two seats in the back, making it suitable for larger families. You can move and fold the seats down so you’ll have lots of room for luggage and storage in the car, including a 3-level adjustable shelf. There are 22 storage compartments located in various places around the car so you’ll be able to keep your things organised and easy to access.
Included in the 500L is the Uconnect Radio system which lets you control all you multimedia devices such as your MP3 player or mobile from a colour touch screen in your car. This includes eco:Drive LIVE, a program which will give you tips on how to improve your driving style to conserve fuel and be more environmentally friendly. You can even choose the optional Unconnect Radio Nav which gives you all the same functions as well as a satellite navigation system which will help you find your way and choose the quickest and easiest routes.
If you’re a lover of music, the Uconnect Radio system alone may not be enough for you. The optional HiFi music system from Beats offers crisp, clean, high definition sound which will give you a listening experience similar to what an artist experiences in a recording studio.
Many people choose their family cars based on safety and the 500L takes safety seriously. Six airbags will surround you and your passengers, and you’ll be kept safe from the outside as well with anti-lock braking, electronic stability control which will give you optimum grip even on slippery surfaces, electronic brakeforce distribution which will keep you sturdy during sudden stops and the Hill Holder system which will help you to start off easily and safely when you’re parked on a hill.