Guide to the Best Family Cars Available in Australia

There are many great cars for families currently on the market, which means that making a decision to purchase one can cause a serious headache.

All of the major manufacturers offer great family vehicles and there are a number of alternative or less well known models that are also well worth considering.

In this article we will take a look at the most popular station wagons on the market, given that we have covered the top family SUVs in this article, along with the best people movers in this article previously. As mentioned to above, the range of family cars is very diverse, so it pays to take a good look through your options before heading out to local car dealerships.

Holden Sportwagon
The Holden Sportwagon is based on the Australian favourite, the Holden Commodore. It features a 3L V6 petrol engine with six speed automatic transmission. It also has a full five star safety rating from ANCAP.

Fuel economy is good on the open road, but a little thirsty around town. As you would expect, the Sportwagon features plenty of cargo room and a comfortable interior. It is one of the best known options in this category and if you are looking for a quality station wagon then this is a very solid choice.

Subaru Liberty Wagon
The Subaru Liberty is a family car with top quality performance and it is a lot of fun to drive (for a family car). Despite the performance boost it also has very good fuel economy for a wagon. It has plenty of room for cargo and has a very comfortable cabin.

The major downside of this is the relatively low quality plastics being used in the interior. All in all it is a solid choice for any family.

Hyundai i40 Wagon
The i40 wagon shows a new direction for Hyundai with an impressive sleek European design. It also impresses with a long list of features and a quality interior. It is also one of the cheapest cars in this class, which is why it makes this list.

Unfortunately, the performance of the vehicle is really what lets it down from being a true standout. The engine really loves to be revved and the 2L petrol engine just doesn’t feel responsive enough for a vehicle of this size. In addition to this, the noise from the engine and the road noise let this vehicle down.

Ford Mondeo Wagon
The Ford Mondeo is the stylish new entry from Ford. It has a very impressive interior which has plenty of room and lots of style. This vehicle also features a great turbo diesel engine option, but the 2 L petrol engine is less impressive. The Mondeo has an excellent ride and handling. The diesel option is a bit more expensive, but it is the standout variation of this vehicle. The petrol engine struggles with fuel economy and it is not recommended.

Mazda 6 Wagon
The Mazda 6 Wagon is one of the top-selling cars in this class. This is because it is a fantastic daily drive as well as being a great holiday vehicle. It is a fantastic option for those who don’t want to upgrade to the larger Mazda SUV. The main downside is the diesel variation does not come with an automatic transmission. There is also some minor tyre noise and the plastics used in the interior could have been slightly higher quality. We have provided a comprehensive review of the Mazda 6 here. All in all, this is one of the top cars in this class.

As you go about narrowing down the list of potentially suitable vehicles, be sure to include some of the above in your short-list. In addition to the SUV articles referenced at the beginning of this article, another article worthwhile viewing if you are in need of additional space is our guide to Australian 8 seater cars.