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Ten of The Best Family Cars

We understand sifting through the many cars for sale on DoneDeal can be somewhat time consuming if you are not sure what exactly you are after. In this instance we are looking at 10 family cars at various budgets from our approved dealer list to highlight some options that will take you through approved used examples up to brand new vehicles to suit your families needs.

Budget: €10k - €15k

  1. Volkswagen Golf - Renowned for its reliability, comfort, and excellent driving experience. The Golf has always been a robust vehicle with reliable engines and impressive safety features. Expect more recent variants to have advanced tech features and improved fuel efficiency​ over older models. Our search is bringing us nice clean examples from 2014 to 2017 with average mileage. See for yourself right HERE

  2. Skoda Octavia - Offers great value with its spacious interior, large boot, and a variety of engine options, including a plug-in hybrid​ in the more modern versions. What we particularly love is the cabin layout and just how big it feels in the rear seats. We sourced vehicles with both petrol and diesel engines from model year 2014 to 1019 right HERE

Budget: €15k - €20k

  1. Ford Focus - Another firm favourite in Ireland topping the sales charts for many years. Ireland has always had an affinity with the Ford brand and a well looked after second hand variant can be an excellent buy for a small family. The budget spreads you across two generations from years 2017 to 2020. Click HERE to see our list.

  2. SEAT Ibiza - A compact and affordable option with good on-road manners, decent cabin space, and efficient petrol engines. The VW Polo probably beats it on interior quality but at this price point you are getting new car and it's hard to beat overall. Click HERE to view our picks from years 2018 to 2022.

Budget: €20k - €25k

  1. Peugeot 2008 - This small SUV boasts a stylish design, a well-made interior, and enjoyable driving dynamics. The electric e-2008 version is also available in this price bracket for those seeking an EV option​. We like the fact that the 2008 is aging well and there are plenty of nice examples on DoneDeal from model year 2020 to 2023 including right HERE.

  2. Toyota Corolla - Known for its reliability and fuel efficiency, especially in its hybrid variant. It features a comfortable interior and advanced safety features​ and it retains value well on the used car market. Get a good freshly NCT’d version and you could have a car for life! Pick from model years 2020 to 2021 by clicking HERE.

Budget: €25k - €30k

  1. Kia Niro - Available in hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric variants, the Niro is appreciated for its practicality, efficient performance, and value for money​. The fact that is reliable with an 8 year warranty has always made it a popular choice for Irish buyers. We spotted models from year 2019 to 2022 in Hybrid and Electric right HERE.

  2. Peugeot 308 - Features stylish design, good handling, and the option of plug-in hybrid systems, making it a strong contender in the small family car segment​. There are lots of lovely examples on our website but if you can stretch to one of the newer models, you will have one of the best looking vehicles on Irish roads. We found the new shape 2022 model in petrol or hybrid available right HERE.

Budget: €30k - €40k

  1. Volkswagen ID.4 - One of VW's first purpose-built electric cars, offering a good range, spacious interior, and comfortable ride quality, despite some criticisms of its infotainment system in the earlier models. It changed the game for Volkswagen and kicked off their journey to electrification selling in huge numbers. At this price point you can have a low mileage used or brand new car from the dealers listed HERE.

  2. Hyundai Tucson - Though more of a compact SUV, it’s particularly popular among families for its versatile engine options, including hybrid and plug-in hybrid, and its spacious, tech-rich interior​. The Tucson has been incredibly popular here in Ireland topping the monthly sales charts multiple times over.  It has also won the prestigious Irish Car of The Year Award. Click HERE to view our list.

We selected these cars based on their popularity, practicality, reliability, all whilst having the features suitable for small families. We do hope this aids you in your search on


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