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When it comes to purchasing a vehicle to get your family around in, safety and reliability are always the top concerns amongst most drivers.

Here I look at six of the most reliable family cars currently available on the UK market.

Honda Civic

The Civic has been a constant when it comes to lists on reliability and dependability for years. Offering great fuel efficiency and more than enough room to comfortably seat a family of four, the Civic is a top choice when it comes to looking at family cars.

The newer models feature the distinctive rear lights and come in a range of options, two petrol and two diesel, and for further fuel efficiency the latest models even feature stop start technology.

VW Passat

Offering plenty of space for you and your family, the Passat is as solid as any of the other family cars that make this list.

It might not be the most stylish of cars on the list, but it makes up for that by offering decent handling, good quality and a decent performance, so it is well worth a look.

Peugeot 308

The Peugeot 308 puts any myths that Peugeot’s may not be the most reliable of cars, straight to bed. The 308 comes in a variety of offerings. And the latest models offer fuel efficiency of 47.1 mpg and come in both petrol and diesel offerings.

The 308 looks good and also offers plenty of room for you and the family.

Ford Mondeo

Whilst it is no longer one of the best selling cars in the UK, the Mondeo still has plenty to offer the average family.

There are a number of Mondeo’s available on the market, some boasting the efficient Ecoboost engine and some packing a super frugal diesel.

There are even a number of sport models available for those really image conscious. So not only are you getting your family from A to B in safety, but you’ve got the looks and power under the hood as well.

Toyota Corolla

The Corolla has been a main stay in the family car listings for a number of years. A small competent car, the Corolla might not have the same kind of boot space as some of its rivals on this list.

The Auris has since taken over from the Corolla, revamping its look and feel, but offering similar reliability.

Mazda 3

The last Japanese car to make the list, they sure know how to make a solid, reliable family run around, the Mazda 3 hatchback boasts an excellent reliability record.

Reliability is paramount when it comes to looking at your next family car and with this list of the most dependable family cars on the market; you know you will be in safe hands.

Louisa Jenkins is an expert in family cars. She enjoys offering advice to people looking for a new car on a range of topics, from reliability to fuel efficiency.