What is the most reliable family car

TÜV report 2020: buy a used family car

The demands on family cars are high, but the budget is often not. Those who do not want an expensive new car will find a wealth of suitable vans, station wagons or SUVs at more affordable prices on the used car market. But which models are recommended and with which popular family vehicles do you almost always have to be prepared for problems?

4.530 €

Skoda Citigo 1.0, gasoline

115,501 km
44 kW (60 hp)
08/2014

To the advertisement

Petrol, 4.4 l / 100km (comb.) CO2 101 g / km *

4.670 €

Skoda Citigo 1.0, gasoline

89,700 km
44 kW (60 hp)
06/2014

To the advertisement

Petrol, 4.4 l / 100km (comb.) CO2 101 g / km *

5.200 €

Skoda Citigo 1.0 Ambition mirror behave, gasoline

48,500 km
44 kW (60 hp)
03/2014

To the advertisement

Petrol, 4.5 l / 100km (combined) CO2 107 g / km *

5.600 €

Skoda Citigo 1.0 Elegance, petrol

78,571 km
44 kW (60 hp)
01/2014

To the advertisement

Petrol, 4.5 l / 100km (combined) CO2 107 g / km *

5.694 €

Skoda Citigo 1.0 Cool Edition, petrol

83,151 km
44 kW (60 hp)
10/2017

To the advertisement

Petrol, 4.4 l / 100km (comb.) CO2 101 g / km *

5.750 €

Skoda Citigo 1.0 Active, petrol

62,534 km
44 kW (60 hp)
03/2015

To the advertisement

Petrol, 4.5 l / 100km (combined) CO2 107 g / km *

5.890 €

Skoda Citigo 1.0 MPI Cool Edition, petrol

63,100 km
44 kW (60 hp)
11/2016

To the advertisement

Petrol, 4.4 l / 100km (comb.) CO2 101 g / km *

61267 Neu-Anspach, MTS Automobile GmbH - Neu-Anspach

61267 Neu-Anspach, MTS Automobile GmbH - Neu-Anspach

86633 Neuburg a.d. Donau, car dealership at B13 GmbH & Co. KG

83301 Traunreut, Autohaus Schlögl GmbH & Co. & KG

47226 Duisburg-Rheinhausen, Autohaus Minrath GmbH & Co.KG Duisburg

30966 Hemmingen, car dealership Rindt & Gaida GmbH

86899 Landsberg, Auto & Service PIA GmbH

Extremely popular, but not solid

The Ford Galaxy offers a lot of space. Unfortunately, there are also many shortcomings.

Popular family cars include the FordGalaxy, the VWSharan and its largely identical twin, the SeatAlhambra. These space gliders all impress with their space, functionality, variable luggage compartments and practical sliding doors. Another and less pleasant thing in common, however, is that they all score above average at TÜV.The wheel suspensions are often noticeable negatively. Broken springs and ailing brake discs are also typical problem areas that arise early on. No wonder, because vans are heavy cars. Even in their basic configuration, they usually weigh over 1.8 tonnes, and when they are fully packed, they often weigh over two tonnes. In addition, there is mostly intensive use and only neglected care. Obviously, chassis defects and early worn brake discs occur much earlier. However, that does not mean that these vehicles are entirely bad and should not be used. When buying a used car, you should look for specimens with reasonable mileage and carefully check the problematic points. Testing organizations such as the TÜV offer a technical check of the potential new vehicle for around 30 euros.

Not particularly popular, but convincing

The ToyotaVerso shows how it can be done better. The compact van is one of the most reliable family carriages and scores better than average in almost all areas at TÜV. The TÜV inspectors attest a solid appearance even to older specimens. Verso that are more than ten years old, at that time still under the name Corolla Verso, are also lacking in defects. Older Corolla Verso usually come to the TÜV test with very high mileage, but often pass these above average without defects. The Japanese, which offers a maximum of seven seats and can accommodate up to 1740 liters, has fallen victim to the SUV trend and has not been in production since 2018. As a used vehicle, however, it is a recommendation and available from 7000 euros with a reasonable mileage. The Corolla Verso, which was built until 2009, is available from 3000 euros. How To Cars shows in the picture gallery which family cars also impress with their long-term durability and which models cause problems.


* Further information on the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions and, if applicable, the power consumption of new cars can be found in the "Guide to Official Fuel Consumption", which is available free of charge at all sales outlets and from "Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH" (www .dat.de).