What is The Best Family Car in NZ?

You may remember a time when you saw large family cars on the road in New Zealand and could not see yourself ever owning one. Fast forward a decade, you now have children and may be finding the small car you currently own is just not practical any more. Your ideal next family car will largely depend on how many children you have now and whether you have plans for more or indeed an extra baby already on the way.


When choosing a new car look at the safety features such as air bags, steering and braking assistance as well as applicable ratings for the age of the car. Aim for 5 star Ancap or Eurocap ratings for recent models to better protect your family.


If you have only two children then your choice of cars is not limited to larger SUV's or family wagons. You can choose pretty much any 5 door option and be able to buckle 2 children into their bulky car seats without too much trouble as long as the car is fitted with anchor points. As soon as you have 3 children in car seats fitting them across the back seat can become problematic and force you to buy specially designed slim fit child car seats.


More than 3 children and you have no choice but to consider models that are 6 seater plus. Some larger vehicles are only occasional 6 or 7 seats meaning you lose valuable storage space to the third row of seats. Some makes of car have easily removable seats whilst others fold up. Some fold up to create a flat space or up against the windows.


When looking at cars with multiple seat configurations make sure you slide and move them around to see how easy it is to change the layout to suit your family. Depending on the age of your children will determine how flexible the space is for you as it can be hard to get to the back row to do young children's seat belts if the middle row also has a child's car seat with an attached anchor! Check out the boot space, can it handle grocery shopping and a stroller? What about 2 adults, 4 children and 6 suitcases for heading to the airport ?


Possible options for large families include:

- Honda Odyssey 

- Kia Carnival 

- Kia Sorento 

- Volkswagen Caravelle 

- Citroen Picasso 

- Suzuki XL7 

- Toyota Previa (Estima) 

- Mazda MPV 


Go to a car sales yard and look at as many cars as possible, move the seats around, check out the boot space with all available seats up, take them for test drives. Read as many reviews as you can and look for any issues with mechanical failures etc. for those you add to your wish list. Once you have your list of possible cars, look to see what age and mileage you can buy within your budget.


If you plan to carry additional children or grandparents then consider going even larger than a standard 6 or 7 seater family car and look at a Kia Carnival or Nissan Elgrand with 8 seats. Need more than 8 seats, then you are in minibus territory!

The answer to the question, 'What is the best family car in New Zealand for your family?', is not an easy one to answer as all families are different with a mix of ages and needs. To check out the range of used cars in Porirua visit the website www.motoringplusltd.co.nz Motoring Plus. 


Motoring Plus are Porirua car dealers with a great range of family sized vehicles. For finance and Toyota, Nissan, Mazda and more car sales in Porirua visit the showroom of Motoring Plus.



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