The Best Family Cars
For your next self-drive road trip or city break
For your next self-drive road trip or city break
We all know that driving is quite different when you have kids in tow, and this means that your choice of car is likely to change. Performance and looks might still be important, but you’ll also want to prioritise safety and reliability and ensure that you have enough space to accommodate everyone.
If you’re wondering what the best family car is for you, take a look at our list of the best family cars in 2022. We’ve got great vehicles for every renter, budget and family size across our fleet in the UK, in Europe and around the world.
Bigger cars for bigger occasions
It’s not every day you end up travelling with a large group of friends, colleagues or family. Getting from A to B with multiple passengers poses its own unique challenges. Do you hire multiple cars and nominate numerous drivers? How do you ensure everyone follows the same route and arrives at the same time?
Fortunately, Avis has the perfect solution with our selection of minivans rental. Our top-of-the-range vehicles are spacious for bags, comfortable for people, a real joy to drive and will get you where you want to go in style.
Browse our range of luxury MVP rentals including our Mercedes people carriers and get the extra space you need.
All our people carrier cars have 5 doors, air con, and you can choose from manual or automatic. See here our 7-seater cars (Vehicles Group O, L and M) and learn more about what you get from our bigger cars.
Before you start the search for a people carrier hire, you need to know why Avis is the only company you should consider. Firstly, our price promise means you’ll always get our best prices when booking directly, or we’ll refund the difference. Secondly, if you cancel 48 hours or more before pick-up, there’s no cancellation fee. In fact, you can cancel right up to the last minute if you choose to 'Pay on Collection'.
Then there’s the added peace of mind that comes when you take out our comprehensive, zero-excess vehicle cover – whatever happens, there’s no need to pay or claim. Finally, there’s the ability to speed up your collection; sign up to Avis Preferred (for free) and jump the queue with pre-prepared paperwork. This way, you can get behind the wheel of your MPV rental before the kids (and grown-ups) get bored.
We have a great selection of 7-seater cars to hire, including the very spacious Citroën Grand Picasso 7 seater, with its seven very comfortable seats and large boot space that make it the perfect choice for families on the move.
For smaller families that have stacks of baggage, a more capacious car – where the back seats can be folded down – will ensure that bags aren’t squeezed into every available storage space.
The Citroën Grand Picasso 7-seater, is available at some of our UK locations along with a selection of brands. Why not rent from one of our airport locations. All our airport locations have a variety of people carriers / 7-seater vehicles, easily accessible without needing an airline ticket and longer opening times giving you the flexibility to collect and return your rental car.
The VW Golf’s blend of practicality, smooth handling, and low-key style has made it one of the best-selling cars of all time. It has a spacious interior with plenty of legroom, headroom, and visibility, and the cabin has impeccable materials and impressive build quality, which come as standard across the popular German manufacturer’s range.
Drivers with younger children will be particularly drawn to the Golf’s reputation for safety – it received the full five-star rating when tested by the Euro NCAP.
The Seat Leon's stylish looks will turn heads out on the streets, and it has a huge amount of space to fit three or four kids in the back (even with all their schoolbags and luggage coming along for the ride). The Leon also has very responsive steering and a great grip – who says family cars can’t be fun?
The hugely popular Ford Focus is one of the best all-rounders on the market, and its hatchback version packs everything you need into a compact, family-friendly car. Its interior is cosy, with an impressively modern infotainment system, and you’ll love the sharp exterior style of the later models. Most of all, the Focus is extremely enjoyable to drive, and its surprisingly powerful petrol and diesel engines also offer decent fuel efficiency.
The hatchback version of the Mazda 3 might be the best small family car out there right now in terms of looks. It has a sleek, streamlined body, and a sculpted front grille. The car also offers nimble steering that makes it a blast to take around city streets, and the kids will sit comfortably in the back of its high-end cabin. More recent Mazda 3 models have some impressively high-tech petrol engines, offering heart-racing speed and unprecedented efficiency.
No list of the best large family cars would be complete without the Skoda Superb. This road behemoth has over 600 litres of cargo space, which can be expanded even further if you fold the back seats down. If you’re driving with those seats up, your kids might feel like they’re being ferried around in a limo – there’s more than enough room in the interior for three adults to sit comfortably, let alone a group of little ones, with it being one of the best cars for a family of 5. The Superb also handles smoothly and has a range of efficient engines, along with a great reputation for safety and reliability.
This huge SUV has acres of cargo space, making it one of the best cars for dog owners on our list. Its comfy interior offers a little extra touch of class to go along with all the legroom and its sleek, minimalist dashboard adds some more luxury.
You can even get mood lighting and Nappa leather if you opt for one of the higher trims. Keeping the kids quiet in the back will be easy with the next-gen infotainment system, and there’s a decent amount of safety tech on board too.
A ground-breaking vehicle that popularised electrical engine power for the everyday driver, the Toyota Prius continues to be one of the best eco-friendly family cars, offering a great balance of practicality and performance. Its spacious cabin has more than enough room for four or five kids to sit comfortably. The car handles smoothly and looks great, and you’ll be impressed at how quickly it can zip you around town.
If protecting the environment and having a fun driving experience are both important factors for you, then Kia’s EV6 model will be your go-to family rental car. Its rear-wheel drive system offers truly engaging handling, at a family-friendly price point. Another key selling point is its impressive range – you can drive the EV6 for up to 300 miles, and its battery charges very quickly. The car also has a slick, futuristic style to match its next-gen tech.
Drive your family around in true luxury with the Audi Q7, which offers a supremely comfortable ride. The advanced air suspension protects your little passengers from every bump, and kids will love the spacious, supportive seats. The engine is whisper-quiet, without sacrificing any of the refinement and power you’d expect from this prestigious German manufacturer. This is also an ideal vehicle for holidays – there are over 800 litres of cargo space available with the back seats down.
Range Rover Evoque
The Range Rover Evoque is a potent combo of SUV practicality and the next-level four-wheel drive performance that’s associated. Trips out to the countryside with the kids will be a real blast in this one-of-a-kind vehicle, with unparalleled grip and truly engaging steering. The car looks great, and its impressively upmarket interior offers plenty of space and an advanced infotainment system. There are also a variety of cutting-edge safety features available as standard with the Evoque, to protect your family while you’re out and about.