Best affordable new family cars

Best affordable new family cars

New car options for families on a budget.

There’s no doubt most Australian families are always working to a budget and sometimes it’s the family car that just doesn’t hit the top of the priority list.

But, I’ve been having a bit of a think about what’s available in Australian new car dealerships for families on a budget and I think there’s certainly a chance to get something new, with a full ANCAP safety rating, and enough room for five, without cracking $35,000.

Yes, they are all small SUV/crossovers and all come with maximum safety, flexibility, room and features, for the minimum outlay.

Over in the U.S. the guys at Kelley Blue Book recently named their best family cars of 2015, straight off the bat there are a couple of offerings there that will get you well and truly on the road well under that $35,000 barrier.

Best affordable new family cars

Best affordable new family cars - Honda CR-V.

One of those offerings is the Honda CR-V. Priced from just $27,490, the most affordable variants of the Honda CR-V are powered by a 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine that delivers 114kW and 190Nm.

With a starting price under $30,000 for both manual and automatic variants, and with standard features including 17″ alloy wheels, tilt and reach steering adjustment, a reverse camera, flexible folding seats and plenty of cargo space, the Honda CR-V is pretty hard to beat.

Yes, it comes with five-star safety, a four-star green rating and fuel consumption is really reasonable – just 7.8L/100km combined.

Best affordable new family cars

Best affordable new family cars - Honda CR-V.

Check out our most recent Honda CR-V review.

Best affordable new family cars

Best affordable new family cars - Ford Kuga.

Another new car option for families on a budget is the Ford Kuga. Yes, another small two-wheel drive five seat SUV, none the less quite an attractive package that’s well-worth a test drive.

Ford Kuga pricing starts from $27,490 manual and $28,990 for an automatic. Again, you get five-star safety and a 110kW/240Nm 1.5 litre turbo-petrol engine that uses even less fuel than the Honda – just 6.3L/100km combined.

In the entry-level Ford Kuga you get tilt and reach steering adjustment, leather steering wheel, push-button ignition and a similarly sized cargo area.

Best affordable new family cars

Best affordable new family cars - Ford Kuga.

Check out our most recent Ford Kuga review.

Best affordable new family cars

Best affordable new family cars- Kia Sportage.

You can also get into a new Kia Sportage for less than $35,000, in fact you can drive a new Sportage out of a Kia dealership, even an automatic one, for less than $30,000!

Again, another five-seat small SUV with a petrol engine, two-wheel drive and five-star safety, the Sportage comes with something that the other’s don’t – an industry leading seven year warranty!

The engine in the base-model Kia Sportage Si offers 122kW and 205Nm and fuel consumption is about 8.4L/100km combined. Pick a Kia Sportage Si and you get 16” alloy wheels, tilt and reach steering adjustment and all the usual extras – cruise control, power windows etc.

Premium paint, basically anything but white, will set you back $520.

Best affordable new family cars

Best affordable new family cars - Kia Sportage.

Check out our most recent Kia Sportage review.

Best affordable new family cars

Best affordable new family cars - Nissan QASHQAI.

Last, but certainly by no means least, is one of the most impressive small SUV/crossovers getting around, the new Nissan QASHQAI.

The name might be weird and potentially a little off-putting for some (the Qashqai was a conglomeration of clans of different ethnic origins), but a new Nissan QASHQAI can be yours for even less than $30,000.

In fact, you should be able to drive out of a Nissan dealership in a QASHQAI with a super-impressive diesel engine and auto transmission, if you are willing to spend right up to our $35,000 budget.

The base model petrol QASHQAI (which I haven’t driven) is priced from just $25,850 manual and $28,490 (CVT auto) and delivers 106kW and 200Nm, combined fuel consumption is 7.7L/100km.

But, spend the extra and grab a diesel Nissan QASHQAI TS and get 96kW and a much meatier 320Nm with fuel consumption of just 4.9L/100km combined!

Standard features in the QASHQAI TS include 17” alloy wheels, tilt and reach steering adjustment, reverse camera and an electric park brake – as well as the usual power windows, mirrors, Bluetooth etc.

Nissan charges $495 for premium paint, that’s anything but white or black.

Best affordable new family cars

Best affordable new family cars - Nissan QASHQAI.

Check out our most recent Nissan QASHQAI diesel review.

So there you go, four quality vehicles that can be in your driveway for around, or less than $35,000. Don’t like the look of them? Well, others to consider include the new Suzuki Vitara, Subaru Forester and Volkswagen Tiguan.

Joel Helmes

About the author

Simon Lai

Simon is a writer and sometime contributor to the podcast. He also takes care of video production and product reviews. He met Joel through radio school and has worked with him on other ventures, reading news, producing and presenting radio content for regional networks. Simon doesn’t profess to be a car nut but enjoys driving first and foremost and has a penchant for hot hatches. He helps to provide the everyday-man perspective.

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