Tips for buying a family car

Choose a car that you and your kids will love
There are so many vehicles on the market and the options can be overwhelming. If you’re looking to upgrade, check out our tips below to help you choose a family car that you and your kids will love.

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Safety is an important consideration when choosing a new family car. The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) crash tests new cars before giving them a star rating out of five. In addition to airbags, consider other safety features, such as child restraint anchors, reverse cameras, blind spot assist and rear traffic alert, lane change assist and adaptive cruise to help reduce risks out on the road.

Is the backseat easy to access?

It’s hard enough trying to get a toddler out of their car seat, but you don’t want to have to do this with a two-door hatchback.


Whether you have a newborn or a teenager, you’ll have a heap of stuff to carry in the car. From feeding supplies to strollers, car seats, booster seats, toys, food, bags and sporting equipment, internal space is crucial.

The car’s primary use

Select a car suited for your needs. For example, if you’re dropping or picking up the kids at school, a minivan or medium-sized car might be more suitable than a 4WD.

Consider one of these cars

Kia Carnival
Kia Carnival S MY20
Auto 8 seat Wagon Diesel FWD

Hyundai Tucson
Hyundai Tucson Active X MY20
Auto SUV Petrol FWD

Nissan X-TRAIL
Nissan X-TRAIL ST-L MY20
Auto SUV Petrol FWD

Mazda CX-5
Mazda CX-5 KF Series Maxx MY20
Auto SUV Petrol FWD

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Boot space

Boot space is just as important as cabin space! You don’t want to find yourself in a shopping centre carpark trying to squeeze the stroller and groceries into the boot.

Ease of use and practicality

Keyless entry is helpful if you have your arms full with bags and a sleeping child. Gesture-controlled boot tailgate opening is perfect for parents weighed down with bags.

Leather seats are easy to wipe those spills off and removable mats can also limit the time you spend cleaning your car.

How much car do you need?

If you are a small family, you don’t need a large SUV. A smaller car has better fuel economy and is more affordable. However, if you’re planning on growing that brood, make sure you get a car that can easily handle kids three and four. We recommend planning for the future and buying the right size car for your family today.

Consider one of these cars

Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Santa Fe TM.2 Active MY20
Auto SUV Petrol FWD

Volvo XC60
Volvo XC60 T5 Inscription

Auto SUV Petrol FWD

Skoda Octavia
Skoda Octavia NE 110TSI

Auto Wagon Petrol FWD

Volkswagen Tiguan
Volkswagen Tiguan Comfortline Allspace MY20
Auto SUV Petrol FWD


Your budget is always going to be a major deciding factor when buying a new car. Use our novated leasing calculator to help you estimate your weekly payments for different car prices.

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Next steps

Having kids can be overwhelming, leaving you with little time for anything else. We hope our car buying tips and novated lease calculator will help you choose a family car that you and your kids will love.

If you’re ready to take the next step, speak to the experts at nlc and we’ll take care of everything for you. From organising test drives to arranging paperwork and delivery of your new car to your home or work, we’ve got all your car needs covered. We can even help get a better price for your new car purchase and a better value for your trade-in. Call us on 1800 652 652 or visit to learn more.

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