Top 5 family cars on subscription

Here’s our rundown of the best family cars that are available on subscription.

Top 5 family cars on subscription
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✔️  A subscription service provides flexibility for families.

✔️  There are family cars available on subscription to suit all sizes and budgets.

✔️  Subscriptions are an easy way to manage your monthly outgoings with no hidden costs.

Family life is an adventure. It can be hectic and exciting in equal measure. That’s why the flexibility of a subscription service can be particularly beneficial to families.

With a subscription service, you’re not tied into a long-term contract. Everything barring fuel (or electricity) comes in one pre-determined monthly payment. Plus, you have the freedom to change your car choice as your family grows or your circumstances change.

Whether you’re making that first trip with a new arrival or ferrying your eldest off to university, there’s a family car to suit every occasion. Here are 5 of our top picks.

1. Volvo XC90 Recharge

Source: Audi Press
  • Engine: Petrol plug-in hybrid
  • Fuel economy: up to 91.1mpg (claimed)
  • 0-62mph: 5.5 seconds
  • Cost: £949 per month (Volvo Care)

Volvo has a wide range of practical and comfortable family SUVs that ooze Scandinavian cool. Frankly, we could have chosen any one of them, but it’s the top of the range XC90 Recharge that arguably showcases the Swedish manufacturer at its best.

The plug-in hybrid system on the XC90 Recharge offers the best of both worlds. It can run on electricity alone – in virtual silence – for up to 31 miles. But the electric motor is also combined with a powerful 2-litre petrol engine. Together, they produce 390hp – enough to catapult the XC90 Recharge from 0-62mph in a sports car-baiting 5.5 seconds.

On a more practical note, all XC90s come with 7 seats as standard, so there’s plenty of room for a growing family. Volvo’s impeccable reputation for safety is another selling point. The XC90 is loaded with driver assistance functions and comes with the top 5-star rating from Euro NCAP.

2. Kia Sorento 1.6 T-GDI HEV3

Source: Kia Press
  • Engine: Petrol hybrid
  • Fuel economy: 40.9mpg
  • 0-62mph: 8.7 seconds
  • Cost: £735 per month (Wagonex)

Two things that can make or break a family car are space and versatility. The Kia Sorento has both in spades. If you need a full 7-seater, this is one of the most spacious SUVs around for those travelling in the third row of seats.

Even with the rearmost seats in use there’s still room in the boot for a pushchair. Fold those down and you get spacious seating for five adults, plus a huge boot that holds more than 600 litres – that’s room for six large suitcases.

The Sorento comes with 4-wheel drive as standard, so it’s great for trips off the beaten track. It also offers two hybrid options – a self-charging hybrid that we’ve picked here and a plug-in hybrid with an electric-only range of up to 35 miles.

3. Hyundai Kona Electric Premium SE

Source: Hyundai Press
  • Battery: 67.5kWh
  • Range: 300 miles (WLTP) / 245 miles (real-world estimate)
  • 0-62mph: 7.9 seconds
  • Cost: £559 per month (Onto)

The Hyundai Kona Electric is proof that affordable long-range electric vehicles are now a reality. It’s not as large as the other cars in our rundown, but with 5 decent seats and comparable boot space to a mid-size hatchback it’s perfect for small families.

The big news is that the Kona Electric will cover up to 300 miles between charges (Onto estimates 245 miles as a real-world figure) which means it’ll take longer trips in its stride. It’s fun to drive too, with acceleration that’s close to hot hatch territory. Plus, it’s comfortable and quiet on the go.

Onto’s monthly price of £559 even includes charging, which makes this a very affordable route into electric motoring.

4. Ford Kuga 1.5L EcoBoost ST-Line

Source: Ford Press
  • Engine: Petrol
  • Fuel economy: 41.5mpg
  • 0-62mph: 9.7 seconds
  • Cost: £479 per month (Cazoo)

Ford has a reputation for bringing a little extra dynamic sparkle to everyday family cars. The new Kuga is very much part of that tradition, with sharp steering and agile handling that make this large SUV surprisingly satisfying to drive.

Importantly, it gets the basics right too. Rear seat space is among the best in class, the boot is a respectable size and all models come generously equipped. You can fold the rear seats at the touch of a button to give a large loading area with a completely flat floor, which makes it easy to slide boxes in for those all-important trips to Ikea.

We’ve picked the sporty ST-Line trim with the 150PS EcoBoost petrol engine, but there’s also a torquey diesel engine and no less than three different petrol hybrid options.

5. Audi A6 Avant TDI Ultra S

Source: Audi Press
  • Engine: Diesel
  • Fuel economy: 64.2mpg
  • 0-62mph: 8.2 seconds
  • Cost: £677 per month (Wagonex)

Don’t fancy following the herd? SUVs might dominate the family car market these days, but there’s still a lot to be said for a large estate. For a start, they tend to be more comfortable and more responsive to drive than the equivalent high-riding SUV.

That’s certainly true of the Audi A6 Avant. Not only is it better to drive than its SUV equivalent, the Q5, but the 565-litre boot on this example is actually the bigger of the two, making it an extremely practical choice.

The 2-litre diesel engine is torquey, responsive and impressively economical. It’s also very quiet, making the A6 Avant a relaxed motorway cruiser. Perfect for those school holiday getaways.

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This article was written by our expert car reviewer, Chris Pickering. He has hands-on experience with the latest cars. Read more about his experience.

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