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Let’s face it; our roads and cities weren’t developed with larger vehicles in mind (or in some regions with none in mind at all). However, those of us with growing families find larger vehicles as being advantageous to accommodate our needs. You may be paying more in MOT taxes, however, once you acclimate your family into a larger car, the extra quid will be well worth it.

If you have had your heart set on a 4×4 like a Range Rover, you may want to explore the option of a sporty utility crossover vehicle. They aren’t an over kill on size like the Range Rover, but they offer plenty of room while being cheaper on taxes and insurance. Furthermore, they offer greater buying options when it comes to car accessories.

Let’s examine some practical options. The Volkswagen Passat Estate is ideal if you are looking for a bigger boot to lug around your kid’s footie equipment. The car has been praised as offering a comfortable ride. However, poor sales seem to reflect the vehicle’s rather dull design. But if you fancy practicality and room over style, give it a look. In the meantime, you can read up on some new Volkswagen Passat Estate reviews and check out some quality images. Who knows, you may not even have an issue with the design.

If you want to motor the family around in class, consider the Mercedes E-Class Estate. This is a brilliant family car, and has received much praise for being comfortable, and fun to drive. Despite its large size, it isn’t too expensive on petrol. The price tag reflects the quality, but if you fancy something that meets refinement with a sporty edge, this is the car for you.

If you want to keep costs down without suffering in the luxury department, take a gander at the BMW 3 Series Touring. This car is rated highly as being fun to drive and comfortable. However, the boot is small considering its class.

Finally, the Skoda Superb estate is top-drawer all the way. It offers a massive boot and plenty of comfort with heaps of power. This is a perfect vehicle for weekend trips, as you can easily fit several bags into the boot, and all the bits and bobs to keep the kids entertained.

When you test-drive these vehicles take notes and rate them according to cost, fuel efficiency, comfort, boot size, aesthetic appeal, and performance. A ranking process will help you eliminate cars and narrow your choices down to 2 finalists.

You may want to consider investing in a dashmat to keep the car always looking new. Having kids can make this a real challenge. Also, research some driving school programmes and make sure your teen will be ready to drive the new car safely.

Ted Levin is a veteran journalist who is currently researching the dashmat and car accessories. You can keep up to speed with Ted’s on Google+.