Best family cars of 2020

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Finding the best family car can be difficult. After all, there is a lot to consider, including size and storage space, safety, and cost. After carefully considering all these things, along with style, features, and more, we’ve chosen the Volkswagen Golf as the best family car for UK motorists. The VW Golf is not only consistently one of the best-selling vehicles in the UK, but it is also a frequently named one of Car and Driver’s 10 Best Cars.

In the review below, you’ll find out what makes this eighth-generation vehicle stand out over all the others.

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Introducing the Volkswagen Golf GTI

a leading family car for UK motorists. The VW Golf GTI, in gun metal grey.
Yr 2020, Volkswagen Gold 2.0 GTI 5 Door in Gun Metal Grey.

There are multiple models of Golfs available, so we’ve settled on the GTI as our top picks. It’s known for its upscale interior, excellent cargo capacity, supportive seats, nimble handling, turbocharged engine, and numerous driver assistance features.

Overall Performance

The GTI is equipped with a 228-hp 4-cylinder engine that provides instant response and substantial acceleration, though its power is not too overwhelming. It’s quick to react, has phenomenal brakes, takes corners with ease, and is designed for secure handling. You have the option between the easy to use a manual transmission and the dual-clutch automatic.

Fuel Economy and Cost of Owning

The GTI scores very high when it comes to fuel economy. On the highway, it averages 34-36 mpg. In regards to C02-based road tax, all GTIs cost £145 per year to tax.

Interior Comfort, Cargo, and Appearance

The GTI’s interior looks good and caters to drivers with small families. Designed to accommodate 5 people, the seats are large and comfortable and offer ample lumbar support and head and legroom, which is surprising considering its compact exterior. The interior is equipped with easy-to-fold seats, lots of in-cabin storage cubbies for drinks, snacks, and papers, and a flat load floor that offers excellent luggage space when travelling. (The rear hatch has 22.8 cubic feet of cargo space.) As a bonus, there are two LATCH connection seats in the back, making it easy for parents to install car seats safely. Here is information on Isofix LATCH connections.

Infotainment

The GTI includes a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system that allows for touch and voice operations and functions similarly to a smartphone. The high-quality graphics are easy to read and use. Apple CarPlay, MirrorLink, and Android Auto are all standard. The 2020 GTI also has CAR-Net, providing reliable traffic and navigation information, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and allows owners to start the car and check the petrol level remotely.

Driver Assistance and Safety

There are plenty of standard driver assistance features, including a rear view camera, pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, and forward-collision warning. Additional features are available, such as perpendicular and parallel park assist and rear and front parking sensors. In crash tests, the GTI earned perfect scores across the board, which is undoubtedly impressive. Additionally, it scored a full 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating for adult and child protection, matching the Mercedes A-Class.

How much does it cost?

The VW Golf GTI indeed tends to be one of the more expensive compact cars, with a starting price of around £25,845. However, you do get what you pay for, and the GTI tends to hold its value well.

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a sturdy family car that retains value, the Volkswagen Golf GTI is one of the best family cars of 2020 should be high on your list of possibilities. It only has too much to offer not to be.

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