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Volvo's Guide to Buying a Family Car

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Choosing a new family car is a decision that boils down to a few main factors centred around finding the best solution for your family’s needs, and deciding which choices in the process to prioritise. A new car is worth plenty of consideration in order to get the choice right, and Volvo offers some helpful tips.

WHAT IS A FAMILY CAR? 

A family car can be an SUV or even a smaller-sized vehicle, depending on the size of the family and the specific transport needs. The definition of a family car can mean one thing for one family and something completely different for another. The label ’family car‘ refers to a vehicle that has the ability to carry a family through daily routines or on longer holidays and road trips. When buying a family car, many people focus on certain vehicle specifications such as boot space, passenger-carrying ability, child safety, and general comfort.

The actual driving experience is also important, and some buyers will place particular emphasis on vehicle performance. If you are looking for a family car, you will know what desires need to be satisfied in your next vehicle. Having said that, when it comes to a family car checklist, there are some key factors to at least consider as you navigate the car-buying process with your family. From there, you will find a vehicle that suits both your needs and desires as a new owner. 

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CABIN SPACE 

When choosing the best family car cabin space is one of the top priorities. Whether the focus is headroom, legroom, shoulder room, or seat adjustability, parents and children have to fit in the vehicle firstly, and then secondly be comfortable during each and every drive. Whether the vehicle you are considering has built-in child booster seats (as featured in the Volvo XC60 and XC90) or expansive headroom, find the aspect of space you want to highlight and consider it within your decision. Both you and your family will be rewarded in the long run.

BOOT SPACE

The practicality of a family car centres on what you can actually do with the vehicle, and more importantly, what you want to do with the vehicle. Boot space in a family car is a specification to look closely at whether selecting an SUV, mid-size sedan or small car. How much can you fit in the boot? How much space does your family specifically need? Can the vehicle comfortably accommodate a pram with shopping bags and nappy bags, or other lifestyle accessories such as a mountain bike? 

 

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CONFIGURATION AND ADJUSTABILITY 

The adaptability of a vehicle is also something to consider when buying a family car. Can the seats fold down if extra load space is needed? Can an extra row of seats be deployed to take your children’s friends to netball or footy practice? As children grow and life transitions happen, a car that can adapt to your changing needs is something to consider. 

SAFETY FEATURES 

Car safety is always a huge priority when considering a family car, and it is important to research safety reviews as well as the particular specifications and features of the vehicles you are comparing to ensure that children will be safe in an accident. For example, how does the airbag configuration align with the age of your children and their size? Is it a modern vehicle that has side airbags and the ability to turn them on and off depending on the seat occupant? It is wise to align your family car decision with your particular situation in mind. There are many new vehicles out there, small and large, which satisfy your safety needs. It is just a matter of finding the one that suits you. 

COMFORT AND PRACTICALITY 

Vehicles are designed to get you from point A to point B, but you also want a vehicle that can get driver and passengers to the destination both seamlessly and comfortably. Life as a family is demanding enough, and any driving should be smooth and effortless. Take a particular look at the vehicle in terms of both driver and passenger comfort.

Are the seats nicely cushioned? Do the seats have ample adjustability? How is the ventilation and climate control system? What about in the back?

These are examples of details to consider, among many more, when it comes to choosing a family car. The bottom line is that a family car is only ideal if it suits your life. 

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