It can be difficult to know where to start when buying a used family car, particularly on a budget!  

Depending on the size of your family, and the age of your children, your requirements could vary considerably!  If you have older children as opposed to younger children, who require car seats, then a medium sized hatchback may be adequate for your needs. With ‘small cars’ now being much bigger than they once were, ‘medium cars’ have also increased in size, making these much more appealing to families.

Quality, reliability, space, safety and running costs are all the main considerations when looking for a family car.  We have looked at some of the best-used family cars, on a budget of under £10,000.  These include everything from medium sized hatchbacks to MPV’s, all of which make a perfect companion to family life!

Ford Focus

The Ford Focus is a great choice for a family car and is currently the most popular family car in the UK. Cheap to run and fun to drive, the Ford Focus offers a great family hatchback with a good amount of space, at a great price!



We have more than 355 Ford Focuses in stock with 162 under £10,000! Click here to view all our Ford Focuses

Vauxhall Astra

Spacious inside with a choice of efficient engines, the Vauxhall Astra is a great drive! It is relatively cheap to buy with a huge variety of engine sizes and spec to choose from.  It is also fairly cheap to maintain making it a good family hatchback!


We have more than 235 Vauxhall Astra’s in stock, with 206 under £10,000!  Click here to view all our Vauxhall Astra’s

VW Passat

A large family car which is relaxing to drive, very well equipped, and spacious. Competitively priced, it offers an executive feel and holds its resale value very well.


We have more than 25 VW Passat’s in stock with 12 under £10,000! Click here to view all our VW Passat’s

VW Golf

If you are on a budget the VW Golf is not the cheapest option! It is, however, a very comfortable ride, has a spacious and classy interior, handles incredibly well, and has impressive safety standards, which are a huge plus for a family car!



We have more than 100 VW Golfs in stock with 20 under £10,000! Click here to view all our VW Golf’s

 Citroen C4 Picasso

Exceptionally good value for money, the Citroen C4 Picasso is a brilliant family car! It’s cheap to buy and to run, offering 70mpg and zero road tax! More importantly, though, it boasts the five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, making it overall a very impressive large family car!



We have more than 30 Citroen C4 Picasso’s in stock with 12 under £10,000Click here to view all our Citroen C4 Picasso’s

Nissan Qashqai

The Nissan Qashqai is the ideal family car.  Featuring in the top 10 best-selling cars in the UK, this SUV is a versatile family car with the running costs of a hatchback, making it a great choice for families!



We have more than 100 Nissan Qashqai’s in stock with 5 under £10,000! Click here to view all our Nissan Qashqai’s

Seat Leon Estate 

An excellent car, and a great family choice boasting a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.  It offers the build quality, for which cars from the VW group are known, and it’s also very pleasing to the eye! With low running costs and plenty of space, the Seat Leon Estate is a great family car!


We have more than 10 Seat Leon Estates in stock with 5 under £10,000! Click here to view all our Seat Leon Estates

Skoda Octavia

Though it is often seen as a sensible choice, with a Skoda Octavia, you are essentially driving an Audi A3 or a VW Golf, just without the price tag! Enjoyable to drive and incredibly spacious, with huge boot space, this family car is great value for money!


We have more than 35 Skoda Octavia’s in stock with 7 under £10,000! Click here to view all our Skoda Octavia’s

At AvailableCar, we have over 5,000 quality used cars, including a massive range of family cars!  With more than 30 different brands and 1,000 cars under £7000! Browse all our cars at

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