The survey found the Audi A3 Sportback considered the UK’s best used family car

The Audi A3 Sportback has been named the best used family car in the UK – ahead of models from Honda, Fiat, BMW and Volkswagen.

A survey of 2,000 parents with children under the age of 16 looked at their budget and criteria for their family’s next engine, and the 2017 Audi A3 petrol was voted the ideal choice.

According to the survey, the Audi A3 has been crowned as the UK's best used family car


According to the survey, the Audi A3 has been crowned as the UK’s best used family carCredit: Provided

With around £15,500 to spend on average, families are looking for practicality, low running costs and good fuel efficiency as key features.

When it comes to vehicle type, most of them want to drive a hatchback or SUV.

Audi is the most desirable brand, ahead of Fiat, BMW, Volkswagen, Honda, Toyota and Mercedes.

And diesel is a no-no, with only 10% of parents wanting the fuel, compared with gasoline (33%) or hybrid (20%).

Research conducted by the online car marketplace CarGurus, which has identified the 2017 Audi A3 1.0 liter TFSI as the ideal used family car based on the criteria given by the parents.

Costing around £15,000 as a 2017 model with around 30,000 – 40,000 miles on the clock, the five-door hatchback is available with a 1.0-litre TFSI petrol engine, has a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating and can return over 50mpg in real-world driving conditions.

The Audi A3 is ahead of the Honda Civic 1.0 VTEC Turbo and HR-V 1.5 VTEC, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 218i, the Volkswagen Golf 1.0 TSI, the Fiat 500X 1.0 Turbo, the Toyota C-HR 1.2 and the Mercedes B-Class B180.

Meanwhile, for families with three or more children, the study identified the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer 218i and Kia Carens 1.6 GDI as the seven-seat models that best met their requirements.

While SUVs and their smaller crossover siblings are sought after for body style, the majority of used models in the £15,500 average budget of parents tend to go with diesel engines. , higher mileage or – if on gas – poorer fuel economy, typically 50 miles per gallon lower on average.

Chris Knapman, editor of CarGurus, said: “Using this research, we created a buying guide that puts parental requirements first.

“In analyzing the survey results, our team of assessors – who are also parents – sought to balance the need for practicality, safety, and low operating costs with their physical preferences. available for certain brands.

“And in the previous generation Audi A3 Sportback, which best fits the criteria of the average family, parents get an excellent all-rounder that does everything well.”


1. Audi A3 Sportback 1.0 TFSI 2017

2. 2018 Honda Civic 1.0 VTEC Turbo

3. Honda HR-V 1.5 VTEC 2017

4. 2015 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 218i

5. 2018 Volkswagen Golf 1.0 TSI

6. 2019 Fiat 500X 1.0 Turbo

7. 2018 Toyota C-HR 1.2 petrol

8. Mercedes B-Class B180 2015

9. 2015 BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer 218i (for seven seats)

10. Kia Carens 1.6 GDI 2018 (for seven seats)

Research shows that two-thirds of parents see the family car as merely a tool to get them from A to B.

When it comes to the birth of their first child, only 34% say their vehicle was perfectly fit before they arrived.

Just over a fifth (22%) bought a new car before the birth, while 16% dissipated shortly after the baby was born.

But 6 out of 10 people (60%) are ‘very nervous’ about driving with their child for the first time as a passenger.

It also emerged that two-thirds (67%) consider fitting child restraints a difficult task and when families are on the move, 48% of parents consider their children to be constantly distracted. while sitting in the car.

Overall, more than a third (38%) of the parents surveyed via OnePoll do not currently have a vehicle that is perfectly suited as a family car.


CarGurus has partnered with safety expert, IAM RoadSmart, to give moms and dads some tips when traveling with their baby or child in the car.

1. Dress your child in comfortable clothes to keep him happy. If they don’t like their shoes, take them off. If it’s late at night and they like to wear pajamas, let them wear those.

2. Take off large winter coats before putting your child in the car seat as they will prevent the belt from tightening.

3. Get the car’s temperature right for your child, not just for you. Having a cranky, upset child in the car will make you stressed and distracted while driving.

4. Bring food and drinks – but stay away from foods your child could choke on or anything with too much sugar.

5. Consider what loose items such as beverage containers might do if they fly around the vehicle in the event of a crash.

6. Think carefully about which toys to get – they need to be something your child can reach and play with but not something that could hurt them.

7. For younger kids, plan activities – there are always games you can play and ways to pass the time on longer rides without relying on toys physics.

8. To manage your child’s expectations about the length of the journey, keep them engaged in the process. Let them know how long the trip will be, and also where you will be visiting along the way.

9. If you have older children traveling in the car with younger children, you can keep them entertained. It’s not always popular, but it can be a great way for them to earn some pocket money.

10. Plan longer trips and be prepared to go. Always have diapers, wipes, tissues and hand sanitizer ready. IAM Roadsmart recommends that families drive no more than two hours or 100 miles between breaks.

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