One of the main challenges we face when starting a family is having to buy a flurry of new things to accommodate the increase in people you have to provide for. As well as needing to upgrade to a bigger house and invest in more child-friendly furniture, one of the things families often find they need is a new car.

However, finding the time to search for the perfect family vehicle can be difficult during this particularly hectic period of your life. So, we at Cuuver.com have decided to lend you a helping hand and have named our top family cars to save you from spending hours searching the showrooms for your next ride.

Here are our best family cars of 2018.

Skoda Octavia

The Skoda Octavia, which was crowned What Car? family car of the year back in May, is one of the most reliable choices when it comes to family transportation. With models available from just under £18,000 when new, the Octavia is good value for money, and includes a healthy range of useful features as standard. There’s plenty of storage space too, which can be increased by rear seats that fold down flat, making it a particularly practical vehicle. There are even small bins within the storage compartments on the inside of the doors, which are excellent for keeping it free of empty crisp packets during long journeys.

Volkswagen Passat

The Volkswagen Passat is another award-winning option. The most recent model was named as European car of the year, and although it is more expensive than some of the alternatives, it is fully able to justify the higher price tag. It comes equipped with a barrage of safety features, such as a collision avoidance system and an emergency driver assistant, which will take control of the car if the driver suffers a medical emergency. As well as this, it has a comfortable interior, and is a very smooth drive, making it an especially family-friendly car.

Citroen C4 Picasso

Although some may consider the Citroen C4 Picasso to be too big and cumbersome for family use, its size makes it a practical family hatchback. It’s very spacious, which is useful for storing extra luggage when travelling to family holidays, and the roomy seats make it a comfortable ride.

For its size, it’s impressively cheap to run, too, with a fuel economy of 74 miles per gallon. The Picasso’s true pièce de résistance, however, is its panoramic glass roof, which floods the car with natural light, and allows your little ones to look up at the sky as they doze off on long journeys.

SEAT Leon

The SEAT Leon is tangible evidence that family cars don’t have to be boring. Its sleek, sharp design and spacious rear seats make it an attractive option for families that don’t want to sacrifice style for practicality. There is ample boot room, which an be increased significantly when the rear seats are folded down. It is also very well built, making it reliable and safe to drive your kids in. The car itself is good to drive, with particularly good handling, and with prices starting from just under £18,000, it is good value for money, too.

Vauxhall Astra

The Astra is as common on Britain’s roads as trees are in the rainforest, and not without good reason. The Astra may not be at the top of many people’s wish lists, but it offers everything that is required from a family car; comfort, practicality and safety.

Its stylish interior is very well-built, making it more than capable of withstanding toddlers’ temper tantrums, and there is plenty of space for booster seats in the rear seats. It’s also a particularly safe vehicle, with lane keep assist and emergency breaking both included. New models are available from as little as £17,500.