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# buying advice
Looking for a new family car? 3 underrated models you should probably check out
We look at the family models which don’t always get their dues.

THERE ARE MANY very competent and well-known family cars on the market, some of which have become household names. The Nissan Qashqai, Citroen C4 Picasso and Ford Focus have all earned their place as popular models with families, picking up significant sales figures along the way.

But if you’re looking for something that’s a bit different, or a car that might be a little underrated we’ve compiled a list of some that might be worth a look.

1. Honda CR-V

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Honda isn’t the first name that many people think of when it comes to SUVs, but the CR-V has been around for several years. It packs in plenty of practical features into its design, not to mention a generous boot and a diesel engine that’s one of the best around.

2. Citroen C4 Cactus

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Few other cars can divide opinion quite as much as the C4 Cactus. While the second generation is just arriving on Irish roads around now, its predecessor is just as interesting a proposition. Falling more into the crossover category, it drives remarkably well, thanks in part to its low weight.

The petrol engine is our preference, but both it and the diesel provide low running costs. Those air bumps on the side should save it from any car park dings from less considerate drivers. Some parents may prefer the fact that the rear windows don’t slide down, but only pop open at the rear.

3. Fiat 500X

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No, not the cutesy supermini but the slightly more substantial crossover. People love to knock Fiat at the very mention of its name, but we think that reputation isn’t deserved.

The 500X isn’t the most spacious in the small SUV segment but its raised driving position, good infotainment system and most importantly, fuel-sipping engines with tax-friendly emissions make this one that’s deserving of a second look.

Do you have a family car that you think is underrated? Let us know in the comments section!

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