What makes a great family car in Singapore? It really depends on your family’s needs! We recommend our top-rated SUVs, sedans and MPVs from Volkswagen and ŠKODA to suit every family
Whether you’re after a family car with the most space, a car that’s big on style or a car complete with futuristic functions (because who doesn’t want to feel like Ironman while driving?), we used our best mama instincts to suss out the best set of wheels for your fam. Volkswagen and ŠKODA are two great brands with family-friendly vehicles, with intuitive design, clever features, great space and value-for-money in mind.
Keep scrolling to check out these 6 fab family cars:
1. Volkswagen Passat: Sporty, Stylish & Stable Sedan
People hear “big sedan” and think “boring and slow”, but in reality the Passat is a strong blend of sporty performance, cool technologies, a touch of luxury and family-friendliness. High tech features include intelligent safety assistance and infotainment including smartphone connectivity via App-connect. Hook up your iPhone and you can start playing your favourite Spotify playlist! Thanks to a long wheelbase, the Passat doesn’t roll at corners and is so blissfully quiet even when going through bumpy roads, so little ones onboard won’t even notice. The Passat is ready to take your kids to and from school in style and safety. Plus, there is even a built-in massage function in the driver’s seat (mamas, you’ll love this feature!).
2. Volkswagen Tiguan: Roomy Yet Compact 5-seater SUV
The VW Tiguan is a tough-looking SUV that’s comfortable to drive, easy to see out of and is a doddle to manoeuvre around tight car parks (so common in Singapore!). It has a comfortable driving position while the good all-round visibility means inching through traffic won’t feel like pushing an over-laden shopping trolley through a crowded supermarket. Speaking of shopping, VW Tiguan has more than enough space for a week’s groceries in its generous boot! The roomy back seats can be reclined for more comfort, or slid forward to increase the boot’s capacity (expands to 1,655L with seats folded). The van-like space will make easy work of carrying the family around.
The Tiguan also packs a reassuring load of six airbags, ‘Adaptive Cruise Control’ which keeps a safe distance from the vehicle in front and ‘Front Assist’ which warns you of impending collisions and brakes automatically. You’ll also find neat features like a panoramic sunroof to delight the kids, foldable tray tables for on-the-go snacking and a hands-free sensor-controlled tailgate. The Tiguan stands proud amongst SUVs costing well within $150,000.
3. Volkswagen Touran: Versatile, Kid-friendly Favourite
Versatility is the word here. Three individual seats in second row with middle armrest can be individually adjusted and two individual seats in third row comes with ‘Easy Fold’ function so there are virtually limitless combinations.
Versatility aside, an entire armada of progressive assistance systems is also available in this compact MPV, including Cruise Control, Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert. The latter makes it safer for mamas when reversing out of a parking lot or changing lanes, while the convenient cruise control makes it possible to take your foot off the accelerator at cruising speeds (useful for long drives).
The current-generation Touran also stands out with one of the largest luggage compartments in its class (up to 927L with five people on board), ISOFIX for 5 child seats on rear seats and a three-zone automatic air-conditioner. In fact, it even has Air Care Climatronic, which keeps pollen, fungal spores and particulates out from entering the car – allergies be gone!
4. Volkswagen Touareg: Futuristic Features for Techies
Now this is one futuristic SUV that comes loaded with top-of-the-line innovations. The Touareg is a fully-loaded tech powerhouse packed with a 12.3-inch digital cockpit display, a 15-inch infotainment screen (one of the largest on the market) and a highly intuitive system with gesture control (swipe screen with hand motion).
Aside from making Dad feel like Tony Stark , the Touareg is also big on safety. It comes with features such as Front Assist With City Emergency Brake & Pedestrian Monitoring, which applies emergency braking in critical situations when it senses moving obstacles to prevent accidents with other road users. There is also the Travel Assist, which takes over steering, acceleration and braking functions for semi-autonomous driving and safe progress in times of jams or start-stop traffic. Another useful feature is the self-correcting steering (Lane Assist) which pulls the car back into lane if the car veers too close to either side of the lane.
5. ŠKODA Octavia: Spacious, Safe & Smooth
The ŠKODA Octavia is a cleverly designed compact sedan with so much to offer. Where the ŠKODA Octavia shines the most, is in its massive 590L boot – great for families who pack big picnics for BBQs at the beach. Its liftback-style tailgate makes loading and unloading a breeze. Fold the rear seats, and 1,580L is at your disposal. You can even slide a full size adult bicycle in! In fact, ŠKODA OCTAVIA has won its third Red Dot Award for outstanding product design.
Mamas will also appreciate the Octavia’s suspension, which is tuned to deliver optimum ride comfort, making the way home smooth even on bumpier roads (and we all know how car rides home make for the best naps!).
With active and passive safety features, like Blind Spot Detect with Rear Traffic Alert, rear-view camera with Park Distance Control (PDC) and 7 airbags, you can count on the Octavia to keep you and your fam safely out of trouble at all times.
6. ŠKODA Kodiaq: The Do-it-all SUV
Is there really an ultimate SUV? The everything-you-need-in-one car? ŠKODA’s seven-seat SUV, the Kodiaq, crams so much into one package it could well be just that. With seven seats, all onboard will enjoy the panoramic sunroof, the adjustable second-row seats, plus the plentiful legroom and headroom. The third row can fit two adults (fine for short trips), though your little ones will fit there much better. The boot is BIG – there’s a possibility of fitting up to 2,005L worth with all rear passenger seats folded down!
For drivers, it’s things like the Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detect, autonomous front, emergency braking, automatic parking system, 360-degree view camera, a slick, hi-res 9.2-inch touchscreen with fully modern features like navigation and smartphone connectivity that makes the driving experience just as enjoyable in the Kodiaq.
So which car is the best fit for your family, mama? Head down to the Volkswagen and SKODA showrooms to check out these sweet rides for yourself!