Inexpensive family cars

Family costs money. Here are five suggestions on how, at least when buying a car, the budget is not exceeded.
Family cars have to be big, variable, safe - and, last but not least, inexpensive. Five suggestions for suitable models below 35.000 euros.

Dacia Lodgy

The Dacia Sandero may be the cheapest new car in Germany, but its brand brother Lodgy is the price hit among family cars. The Romanian compact van offers up to seven seats, over 2.600 liters of trunk volume and plenty of space for mom and dad in the first row at prices from 13.637 euros. Equipment and optics are then correspondingly poor, but for a few thousand euros extra you get a presentable car. Tip for aesthetes: the “Stepway” equipment line, which with its off-road style add-on parts is a very effective embellishment.

Fiat Tipo station wagon

A hit in southern and eastern Europe, a gray mouse in Germany - the Tipo is Fiat's golf competitor, but with a star price of 17.536 euros for the spacious station wagon variant, it is significantly cheaper than the competition from the north. The equipment is already quite decent in the basic model, but an excessive number of extras cannot be booked via the option list either - the Tipo is a classic budget model. The petrol engines are particularly recommended, for the diesel quite high surcharges are due, which should hardly be worthwhile even for frequent drivers.

Opel Combo Life

High-roof station wagons are generally an inexpensive alternative to the classic compact van. Like its sister models Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Rifter and Toyota Proace City Verso, the Opel Combo Life is one of the most modern representatives of this class. Compared with older models, which are often still strongly attached to their commercial vehicle genes, driving behavior, ambience and equipment options are much closer to the passenger car. This also applies to the range of assistance and comfort systems, which even include a head-up display that is exotic in this class. Prices start at 22.080 euros for the basic model. A better choice is likely to be the next higher “Edition” equipment, which offers a second sliding door on the side.

Mitsubishi Outlander

Admittedly, after eight years on the market, the large Mitsubishi SUV is no longer one of the freshest in its class. But its core virtues still score: the very good space, the optional third row of seats, the solid workmanship and currently also a good price. The basic model costs 24.165 euros and comes with a 110 kW / 150 PS 2,0-liter petrol engine and extensive equipment. These include two-zone automatic air conditioning, cruise control and audio system. Even with all-wheel drive and better equipment (18-inch rims, seat heating and roof rails), you stay just under 35.000 euros. With many direct competitors in the mid-range SUV segment, the price list only starts there.

Renault Trafic Combi

A large family can hardly get past a minibus. A fact that is very expensive, especially when you look at the market leader from VW, which can hardly be pushed below the 35.000 euro limit even in the economically equipped basic variants. If you can do without the sophistication and prestige of North German, you will find similar MPVs from other manufacturers. At Renault the model is called Trafic Combi, offers a comparably simple ambience and not the very best variability, but in return it is available for inexpensive 32.400 euros, for 812 euros more in the "Grand", which has been extended by 40 centimeters to 5,40 meters. Variant. Admittedly, the equipment is then rather poor, but there are up to nine seats and generally ample space. Only diesel is available for the drive, in the base the 2,0-liter four-cylinder has 88 kW / 120 PS.

 

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