When it comes to travelling with your loved ones in tow, child-friendliness and safety takes centre seat.

In between shuttling your little tots to and fro their extra-curricular classes and enrichment lessons, we know life would be made a whole lot easier with a reliable family car for the busy parents.

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Although when it comes to purchasing a car in Singapore, the first thing that pops into most Singaporeans’ mind would be the Certificate of Entitlement (COE) prices, with functionality and suitability of car coming in secondary.

However, COE prices aside, it is important to choose a car that serves the needs of your family. Of course, whilst still providing comfort and safety to avoid the hassle of public transport breakdowns or exorbitant peak hour cab surcharges.

To help you streamline your search, Carro takes you on a ride through the best family cars across a range of prices to suit your family needs.

1. Honda Odyssey

Best family car - Honda Odyssey

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When it comes to commuting, utility becomes an utmost priority for families as plenty of room is needed for bulky items. Imagine the baby prams, sports equipment or just countless bags of groceries, utility is something that the Odyssey promises.

It remains a top contender for the best family car as it seamlessly blends functionality with comfort and style, not to mention, state-of-the-art technology to assist in everyday driving. Being parents is not an easy task, but the Odyssey helps by taking the stress out of driving with their innovative functions.

2. Toyota Sienta

Which is the best family car - Toyota Sienta

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This 7-seater merges reliable utility with convenience as it comes with versatile seating configurations, abundant storage space options and packs a value-for-money punch.

One of its key features is the Power Sliding Doors – providing convenience as the kids can climb on and off board with ease. Safety is also highly valued and this is evident in the Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) that helps to enhance the stability of driving via automatic controls over the brakes and engine output.

3. KIA Sorento

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The KIA Sorento is a fairly posh sport utility vehicle (SUV) suitable for families that are looking for plenty of room and kid-friendly extras. A major plus point about the Sorento is the option of adding a third row of seats in the boot space – meaning the car accommodates to any future family expansion.

To keep the little ones entertained during any car journey, the Sorento comes with touchscreen infotainment systems with Apple CarPlay connectivity so that parents can focus on the driving instead.

Read a mummy’s review of Kia Sorento.

4. Volvo XC90

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The XC90 is touted by many to be a workhorse that can power through rough terrain and extreme weather conditions. While this is something that we would not need to worry about in Singapore, it does not hurt to have such a dynamic vehicle on hand.

The Swedish manufacturer has always been synonymous with safety and it helps to reassure parents during their daily commutes.

For example, camera and radar technologies are constantly scanning for surrounding vehicles, cyclists and even pedestrians. When it senses a potential collision, it can act autonomously if the driver is not swift to react to the situation.

5. Audi Q5

Best family cars - Audi Q5

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If you might have some spare change lying around, the Q5 could be the car of your family’s dreams. While many might not immediately associate an Audi as a family-friendly option, the Q5 is set to change your perception.

Engineered with German precision, this vehicle comes with high drivability scores to ensure enhanced safety to transport your kids. The roominess is favourable for larger families and the consolidated comfort features make it an all-rounder vehicle, elevating it to a class of its own.

This article was contributed by Carro.

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