As new models come onto the market, appealing to a wider range of people, it can be a tough choice to decide which one is right for your families’ needs.
Our expert reviewers have pulled together their top choices for families.
From the moment you enter the cabin, you notice a high quality environment for this class and standard features list is extensive in most variants.
All of the must-have items are standard, including a rear-view camera, Bluetooth, digital radio, automatic on/off LED headlights (at least for Touring and GT), auto wipers, GPS sat-nav, cup holders galore, and dual-zone climate control. Going for the GT gets you a power tailgate, and, thanks to the 2018 update the Touring receives the latest head-up display system.
The seats are extremely comfortable, with a leather option practical and easy to clean. Seating space in the front and rear is at the forefront of the class too, helping the CX-5 remain as one of the best family-friendly cars on the planet.
The the larger SUV is offered with 7 seats, loads of safety tech, and innovative practicality. The interior space is among the best in class throughout the entire CR-V cabin. There are too many storage areas to count. Whether it be the huge dual level centre console or the massive door pockets, Honda has really thought out how to make the CR-V as practical as possible.
All CR-Vs are equipped with smart keyless entry and push button start, dual-zone climate control, multi-angle reverse camera with guidelines, electric park brake, LED daytime running lights, fog lights, tyre pressure sensors and a full-sized alloy spare wheel, just to name a few.
The Tucson is a fresh SUV loaded with features, offering low running costs with a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty, a neat and user-friendly interior, and a smart exterior design. It feels sophisticated without being complicated for this segment, and is comprehensive and detailed enough i n most of the important areas.
The standard power-operated tailgate ensures simple opening and closing at the touch of a button. Inside is a big enough boot to cater for the most ambitious of shopping expeditions. The boot floor is the perfect height too, so you can slide things straight in without needing to do any bothersome lifting.
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
Positioned between the compact ASX and the larger Outlander, the Eclipse Cross heralds a new direction for the Japanese carmaker. Its wedge-shaped design and high tail make it appear sporty, coupe-like and altogether very un-SUV.
A smart 7.0-inch touch-screen media interface offers sharp graphics, nice colours and tones, and a Lexus-inspired touch pad controller on the centre console. As a bonus the screen doubles as a display for the 360-degree parking camera system, with front, side and rear cameras.
Despite featuring a fashionable coupe-like swooping roofline, the Eclipse Cross does offer good headroom and legroom. In the top Exceed dual sunroofs go a long way to brightening up the overall decor, and the thick carpet mats make it feel like your lounge room floor.
Toyota Landcruiser Prado
The Toyota Prado is arguably the best family SUV on the market for many reasons. The first of them being its renowned reliability. The second being space and comfort. And the third reason is the amount of car you get for your money. It’s the family car you don’t really need to consider before you buy, you just dive straight in.
It comes packed with sat-nav, digital radio reception and a rear-view camera. Everything in the interior is friendly inside with no intimidating controls or hidden functions.
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