Not every vehicle can handle the rigours of motherhood - modern mums are a busy lot, dividing their time between work, play, looking after the kids and taking care of household chores.
That's why they need to have a trusty vehicle they can rely on to help them cope with the demands of the day. Safety, versatility and affordability are also key factors and here is a range of compatible cars - from small and fuel efficient to larger and more robust for those with a big family to ferry around.
Whether you're after something stylish when dropping the kids of at school, for long journeys, or travelling to the local bingo hall - the choice for family cars has never been greater.
Small, safe and smart
The mighty MINI One is bursting with get-up-and-go and dripping with charm. Safe, reliable and easy to park, you won't have to worry about not being able to get into tight spots. At the same time, it's roomy with plenty of space to fit in everything you need for an outing with your little one.
On the road you can rely on the MINI One to be your bodyguard as various sensors recognise dangers before they even have a chance to happen, allowing you to react in good time. In tricky situations, you're also supported by intelligent suspension and a smart braking system.
The MINI One is so popular that Wink Bingo have chosen it for giveaways and even have a MINI members club where bingo players in the UK sing its praises!
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For new mums looking for an affordable vehicle with plenty of boot space for prams and the million other things you have to carry around when you have a little one, the all-new Ford Fiesta boasts fine handling, good looks and impressive practicality.
It's also incredibly fuel-efficient and packed with plenty of handy features such as assisted parking, rapid heating and Bluetooth voice control to make driving with your little ones easier than ever.
Whether on the school run or travelling further afield, this nippy car can handle it all. On top of this, it comes in a variety of versions with a choice in the number of doors and engine size.
On the larger side
If you have more than one child in your family, you're going to need something with a little more room.
The Nissan Qashqai+2 comes with bags of charm and the added benefit of two extra seats so you don't have to endure the little ones fighting and screaming for extra space. It's ideal for mums on the school run and as it's well-built, comfortable and roomy - it should handle the job no problem.
Part sport utility vehicle, part estate and part hatchback, the Peugeot 3008 has a great blend of comfort, quality and design.
Winner of What Car? Crossover of the Year in 2011, it is also spacious - something which is essential when travelling around with young ones given the amount of things you need to cart around with you.
With seven seats this car will swallow up an army of kids as well as all their gear and with its distinctive shape, it's also an attractive vehicle for those concerned with style.