Let’s face it; not everyone can afford the latest and greatest big family car. Vehicles like the RAV4 or a Land Rover Defender sure seem like the perfect car to drive your kids around in. However, they cost three arms, two and a half legs and a foot just to buy them in the first place. And we haven’t even mentioned the running costs.

On top of that, you have to factor in the everyday cost of a family. So, yeah, having a big car like those is really going to take a bite out of your wallet.

But what’s the alternative?

Now, I’m guessing a lot of you never really thought of using a small car as a family car, right? But it works! In fact, we drive a 2012 Hyundai i10 as our family ride.

It’s small and compact, but it really gets the job done! More on that later.

Running Costs

One of the biggest bonuses for small cars is the amount of petrol (or diesel) they use compared to bigger cars! And when you need to budget for your kids as well, any savings help!

For example, here’s a breakdown of our typical outgoings when it comes to running our car;

  • Average of £30 per week on petrol, driving roughly 400 milew in a week.
  • Car tax costs just £20 for a full year.
  • 5 year warranty

All in all, it’s the cheaper and more financially viable of the available choices. We could have gone for a bigger car, but in the end, we decided it was important have to something where the running costs were low. This is especially true when you consider that we drive roughly 450 miles per week at the moment.

Space

The next big thing that you need to consider when it comes to a family car is the space inside of it. Now, the i10 is a small car, but don’t let that fool you! We’ve been able to get my wife, my daughter, myself (6′ 1″), a week’s worth of shopping and two folding pushchairs into the car, comfortably!

No one was cramped, nor did they have any shopping on them. There was more than enough room! In short, the car is deceptively small, and I’m not just saying that as a sales tactic!

Reliability

We bought our Hyundai i10 as an approved used car from an official Hyundai dealership, over a year ago now. And do you know how much issues we’ve had (on a used car) since then? One.

And that was just the fact that the brakes needed replacing, because the previous owner hadn’t changed the break pads at all. So it wasn’t even the car’s fault! It was human error (as most things in the world are), so in terms of issues caused by the car itself, we’ve had none!

It’s probably the most reliable car I have ever driven! It is built strong and the engine just keeps going and going!

And That’s All Folks

All in all, I would say that the Hyundai i10 is actually a really good alternative to those big family cars that we see everywhere! The reliability and strength of the car is great, and really makes you feel like your family is going to be safe inside the car. On top of that, the small nature of the car means it is easy to manouver, and you’re less likely to have other car’s basically touching your doors on motorways!

On top of that, the running costs are so cheap that you’ll have a huge amount of extra money around! That way, you can treat yourselves or your kids to some more nice little things!

So it’s a win-win situation! I would definitely recommend going for a test drive! I did, and I ended up buying one!

Have you driven an i10? Do you use a small car? Would you prefer one to a big family car? Let me know in the comments below!

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