10 stylish and comfortable family cars that isn't a minivan

January 22, 2021

image for 10 stylish and comfortable family cars that isn't a minivan Got a big family but hate the stereotype that comes with minivans?

We’ve rounded up our top picks of the most stylish and sexy but comfortable cars big enough to fit a Kardashian-sized family.

1. Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace

The Tiguan Allspace is designed to turn heads and fit the biggest of families, with its seven seat configuration.

With a list of safety features as long as your arm, the entire family will be safe with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) that operates at speeds up to 250km/h, lane-keeping assist, pedestrian detection and airbags for all three rows, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring and reverse AEB. Unsurprisingly, it was awarded a five-star ANCAP safety rating.

New models start from $40,990.

2. Mazda CX9

The seven-seater CX9 was named 2017 Car of the Year by Wheels magazine and it’s easy to see why.

Powered by Mazda’s only turbocharged engine, the CX9 is backed by a torque converter-equipped eight-speed auto transmission and comes in front and all-wheel drive models. Unlike some seven-seat SUV’s, the third row will fit adults. However, boot space behind the third row is lacking as it is with most cars when the third row is up, so fitting in enough luggage for seven on a family holiday might be a struggle.

Safety features such as advanced driver assistance systems will help you avoid getting into a nasty accident. These include adaptive headlights, driver attention alert, forward obstruction warning, lane keep-assist, lane-departure warning, and autonomous emergency braking that works at highway speeds and can detect pedestrians at night.

New models start from $45,920

3. Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 is a great choice for well-to-do families. Top Gear aptly described it as a “big posh box” providing practical luxury for up to seven people.

Most Q7’s will serve as a family vehicle, so safety features are important and luckily they are aplenty. Fitted with autonomous driving aids like auto parking functions, adaptive cruise control, parking cameras and sensors, autonomous emergency braking, anti-lock brakes, collision avoidance assist and intersection crossing assist will make driving a breeze.

New models start from $103,300

4. Skoda Kodiaq

The Skoda Kodiaq is similar to the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace in that it uses the same 2.0 litre turbo petrol engine, the same AWD driveline, and the same seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

However, you have to pay extra for the safety features that come as standard in the Tiguan Allspace. If you want lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, you’ll have to fork out $3,400 for the optional Luxury Pack.

One thing the Skoda Kodiaq does have going for it is cool hidden features like pop-out edge protectors that activate when the doors are opened, little rubbish bins in the front side pockets, and umbrella compartments hidden in the doors.

New models start from $46,390.

5. Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

If you love your on and off road adventures, the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport is for you.

Boasting a 2.4 litre turbo diesel, 133kW of power and 430Nm of torque the car handles well off road with a version of the SuperSelect II 4WD system.

All the features you’d expect to find are there: cruise control and speed limiter, reverse camera, rear park sensors, keyless entry and start, single-zone climate control, tilt- and reach-adjustable steering, auto up/down power windows, and full LED headlights, DRLs and fog lights.

New models start from $46,990.

6. Kia Sorento

The Sorento is Kia’s biggest SUV and certainly packs a punch.

Standard features include quilted Nappa leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats, heating for outer seats in the middle row, a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, auto high-beams, a huge panoramic sunroof and more.

The second row has manual sun blinds (perfect for shielding kids from the sun) eight-cup holders and heaps of storage throughout to shove away the toys.

There are tons of safety features to boot, like autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with cyclist and pedestrian protection, and oncoming vehicle detection that will hit the brakes if it detects oncoming traffic when making a turn.

Other features include adaptive cruise control, rear cross traffic alert, lane following assist, driver attention warning and a blind-spot view monitor (only on GT-Line).

New models start from $45,850.

7. Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe has all the makings of a great family car with 625 litres of boot space, a seven-seat configuration and a choice of either a fuel-efficient diesel or powerful V6 engine.

Safety is paramount in this vehicle with the SmartSense active safety suite, which includes autonomous emergency braking lane keep assist, blind-spot detection, driver attention warning and rear cross-traffic alert. However, the third row doesn’t have side-curtain airbags so maybe put your least favourite child/in-laws back there.

New models start from $43,990.

8. Holden Acadia

The Holden Acadia looks like a truck and drives with a 3.6-litre V6 making 231kW (at 6600rpm) and 367Nm (at 5000rpm), while a nine-speed automatic shifts gears.

It’s got an impressive range of safety features too with autonomous emergency braking, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, lane keeping assistance and lane departure warning, plus lateral impact avoidance which will automatically swerve to avoid idiots on the road who drift into your lane. Unlike the Santa Fe, the Holden Acadia has side curtain airbags that extend all the way to the third row so your least favourite child/in-laws can breathe a sigh of relief.

New models start from $43,490.

9. Toyota RAV4

It’s Australia’s biggest selling SUV for good reason with a long list of standard features and tech as well as the option between petrol efficient or hybrid.

It may not be the most exciting car to drive but it’s a family car you’re buying - not a Ferrari.

There’s all the safety features you’d expect to find like autonomous emergency braking, pedestrian and cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping aid, current-speed-limit notification, auto high-beam on/off, and blind spot and rear cross-traffic monitoring.

New models start from $31,695 making it the most affordable car on our list.

10. Bentley Bentayga

And in complete contrast, here’s the most expensive car on the list!

If it’s a stylish family car you’re after, it’s impossible to go past the Bentley Bentayga - but you’d better have deep pockets. Affluent families need only apply as this car is expected to cost upwards of AUD$340,000 making it one of, if not the most, expensive SUV’s in the world. Ah well, we can dream!

Due for release in Australia early 2021, high rolling families can opt for four, five or seven-seat cabin configurations.

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