BUYER’S GUIDE Best family-friendly cars of 2017

Keep your family moving seamlessly in torque-rific wagons that offer the most bang for your buck. 

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10 Mar 2017

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Volkswagen The new Tiguan
Volkswagen The new Tiguan
10 Mar 2017

Volkswagen The new Tiguan

PRICE From $161,400
FROM Volkswagen
WHAT Tagged as “the new standard for the cool dad”, the second-generation Tiguan boasts a panoramic sliding/tilting sunroof and a spacious interior. The elevated seating gives a better view of traffic on the road, while the driver’s seat features a memory function that allows you to store and call up individual seat settings ― which makes sharing the car with your spouse that much easier. The boot’s “Easy Open” system is a godsend when you have your hands full with wriggly kids, plus cargo. All you need to do is flick your foot under the rear of the vehicle and the tailgate opens automatically. Safety features include the “Front Assist”, which detects the distance of nearby cars and helps to reduce your stopping distance. Also worth mentioning is the “Proactive Occupant Protection System”, which initiates preventive measures when it detects a dangerous situation, such as automatically tightening a loose seatbelt.
PARENTS SAY “The spacious room at the backseat is great for all of my daughter’s soft toys and with the panoramic roof, her view is not compromised either. The Tiguan’s safety features makes it a front runner!” says dad-of-one K Sanjev. 

Honda HR-V
Honda HR-V
10 Mar 2017

Honda HR-V

PRICE From $107,999
FROM Kah Motor
WHAT Don’t let its compact-looking exterior fool you ― there’s more to this SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) than meets the eye. A big draw for young families include its economical price point and fuel efficiency. It has an eco-mode, which helps to save petrol consumption by “turning the car off” momentarily when it comes to a complete standstill, for example at traffic lights. There is also plenty of legroom and the rear seats flip and fold to accommodate cargo of any size. Standout safety features include an electronic parking brake button that only releases when you’re belted up and step on the accelerator.
PARENTS SAY Notes mum-of-one Jacintha Chong, “Because the seats are high, I can keep my 3-year-old in a rear-facing car seat with a mirror in front of him, so we can see each other. I travel a lot during the week ― to and from work, plus picking up my hubby and son at the end of the day. A full tank can last me almost a week and a half on eco mode.” 

Nissan Teana
Nissan Teana
10 Mar 2017

Nissan Teana

PRICE From $125,800
FROM Nissan
WHAT If sedans are more up your alley then look no further than the Nissan Teana. This car has set the bar high on safety by becoming the first car in the region to score a five-star rating for Child Occupant Protection, with 88 per cent compliance. It’s significantly improved exterior ― new headlights, V-shaped grille and bumpers ― matches it’s equally captivating interior. Expect luxurious seats and a high-quality Bose audio system complete with a subwoofer and nine speakers around the car. The ace up this car’s sleeve is its made-for-comfort zero-gravity seats, which promise to minimise driver’s fatigue. Perfect for those days when you’re stuck in your car running endless errands and chauffeuring the kids everywhere.
PARENTS SAY “It’s a great family car space-wise, while also providing a slick image with its classy touches and curves. Packed with a full-efficient V6 engine, this roadster is also perfect for long drives,” points out dad-of-two Peter Jayan. 

Kia Sorento
Kia Sorento
10 Mar 2017

Kia Sorento

PRICE From $157,999
FROM Kia
WHAT This seven-seater SUV has car cred up the wazoo ― six airbags, panorama sunroof, climate control, a reverse camera, touchscreen entertainment system, plus USB ports for both front and rear passengers ― just to name a few. The Sorento boasts more than 52.7 per cent advanced high-strength steel which reinforces the front, rear and sides, as well as high stress points throughout the body. It has also impressed in crash tests. An added bonus ― it comes with a five-year mileage and 10-year engine warranty.
PARENTS SAY “The car is such a looker and I love that there are three rows of seats. Even when I collapse the third row, I can easily fit in the kids’ scooters and bikes, with space to boot,” enthuses mum Christy Tham.  

Toyota Vellfire
Toyota Vellfire
10 Mar 2017

Toyota Vellfire


PRICE From $194,988
FROM Toyota
WHAT It’s first-class driving all the way in this exquisite six-seater multipurpose vehicle. Beyond the Vellfire’s imposing exterior lies a laundry-list of stellar features including a power-sliding door, lower rear seat access step for those little legs, an incredible amount of legroom and trunk space, plus 10 different seat configurations (recline, bring up the leg rest etc), so that you’ll be assured of ultimate comfort. The LED ceiling has 16 different colour settings to suit a variety of situations, and the tri-zone full-automatic air conditioning controls the temperature of the front left, front right and rear areas independently.
PARENTS SAY “Great for big families and road trips!” says mum Samantha Arul. 

Volvo S90
Volvo S90
10 Mar 2017

Volvo S90

PRICE From $235,000
FROM Volvo
WHAT This award-winning Swedish marque has been leaving strong impressions since it was unveiled a year ago. Its plush interior is functional, yet uncluttered and boasts a 19-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system. The Apple CarPlay technology lets you control your iPhone hands-free, either through the car’s steering wheel controls or the Siri voice function. There’s also an iPad holder secured to the back of the front seats, so little ones sitting at the back can enjoy some entertainment on the go. With Volvo so passionate about safety, you have nothing much to worry about, but the S90 does take things up a notch as it’s the first luxury sedan to be developed with semi-autonomous driving. Also known as the Pilot Assist system, it helps you to steer, accelerate and brake at high speeds, promising you the safest driving experience possible.
PARENTS SAY “The interior is simply top notch ― chrome-rimmed wood inlays, soft-touch leather and a steering wheel with real wood on the outside of the rim. Wow! The only thing better than that is how smooth the ride is.” enthuses dad Kevin Sng. 

Families come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s always a challenge to find the perfect “fam mobile” that can haul everyone and everything around ― fur kids and barang barang included. At same time, securing a comfy and safe ride is of paramount importance. And don’t forget to factor in its cost as well! 

If car shopping is sending you into a tizzy, you’ll be happy to know that we’ve worked hard to do the legwork, so you don’t have to! 

We rounded up of some of the most practical, efficient and reliable cars on the market now. Did we also mention these value buys boast state-of-the art technology and sleek designs?

Now, that we’ve finally gotten your attention, there’s only one thing left to do. Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!

Scroll through our photo gallery to find the best rides that’ll fit your growing family’s needs.

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