The Volkswagen Passat is another contender; it is an extremely accomplished car with a level of finish not often seen on a car of this class. The cabin is roomy and comfortable and rear passengers won’t complain about feeling cramped. The boot is huge with approximately 565 litres of space. If you opt for the Volkswagen Passat 140 TDI thanks to the low emissions it falls into the 18percent company car tax and returns 48.7 mpg. The most cost effective Volkswagen Passat would be the Bluemotion the 2.0 TDI returns 57.6mpg and is in the £120 per year tax band. Prices start at £16,435 for the standard Volkswagen Passat 1.4 TSI 122S.
The Toyota Avensis is a handsome car, plenty of space for heads and knees in both the four and five door models. Three adults can sit comfortably in the rear and the boot space is excellent at 509 litres although the rear seats do not fold over. ABS brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist are fitted to all models as are vehicle stability control and traction control, seven airbags are also standard. The Toyota Avensis has clean engines the petrols are in VED Band G and the 2.0 diesel in E plus good fuel economy makes the Toyota Avensis reasonably cheap to run for a saloon. Prices start at £16,985 for the 1.8 V-matic 147 T2.
The new Mazda 6 is a comfortable family saloon with a subtle ride that irons out road perfections. There is an impressive amount of legroom in the rear and it boasts a good sized and well shaped boot. Every Mazda 6 comes with dynamic stability control, anti lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and emergency brake assist. There is also driver and front passenger airbags front side airbags and full length curtain airbags which have ensured the Mazda 6 scored a very good result in NCAP’s new crash test scores, a massive 81% for child safety. If you opt for the Mazda 6 diesel it emits just 149g/km Co2 emissions and is comparatively cheap to run. Prices start at £17,210 for the Mazda 6 2.0 TS.
Finally the new Toyota Prius which is not only spacious for the family but clean and economical. With an official Co2 emission of just 89g/km you pay nothing on road tax. Fuel consumption averages at 72.4mpg and the new Toyota Prius comes with a long list of standard safety features including driver and passenger front airbags. Room inside is very spacious with plenty of room for five adults, thanks to the flat floor in the rear middle seat passengers have somewhere for their feet. The boot is generous in size at approximately 445 litres. Prices for the Toyota Prius 1.8 T3 Auto Hybrid start at £18,390.