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Family Cars For Sale Under £5,000

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By Ryan Child for RAC Cars
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Defining a family car is becoming increasingly complicated in today’s market, with the options of MPVs, SUVs and crossovers all bringing their own individual appeal.

Then, of course, there are estate cars, family saloons and even larger hatchbacks that would also meet the necessary criteria of being practical, versatile, economical, comfortable, safe and spacious. It’s a big ask for manufacturers but they are undoubtedly getting better at it every year.

Here’s a guide to just a few of the used cars we have on RAC Cars that would make perfect family cars and cost less than £5,000.

Nissan Qashqai

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The Nissan Qashqai has been an overwhelming success story since it was launched back in 2006. Built at the Sunderland, Tyne and Wear plant, the Qashqai quickly became an adopted favourite.

By 2015, for example, it had already become the UK’s 5th most popular car, according to autoexpress, outselling stalwarts of the UK market including the Vauxhall Astra, VW Polo, and MINI.

This pioneering crossover changed the way larger SUV vehicles were seen in the UK, and has been credited as the catalyst behind massive increased sales across its class. Suddenly consumers were drawn towards sportier family vehicles, offering comfort, all round visibility and acres of legroom.

An exemplary safety record has also served the Qashqai well, although there have been raised eyebrows about what can sometimes be a ‘bouncy ride.

Nissan Qashqai - What Do You Need To Know?

  • Economic diesel engine
  • Average ride
  • Spacious interior
  • Poor resale value
  • Good deals to be found in used Nissan Qashqai

Performance

The Nissan Qashqai first edition was in production between 2006 and 2013. It featured front-or four-wheel drive and early models were available in seven seat format called Qashqai+2.

The car was powered by two petrol engines 1.6 and 2.0-litre, as well as three diesel units – 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0-litre. Transmission was courtesy of a five or six-speed manual gearbox, a CVT or a six-speed automatic.

The average 1.5-litre diesel engine will achieve about 52 MPG while the 1.6-litre petrol engine delivers about 42MPG. Insurance ratings range from 13 to 20.

Watch out for diesel models with ultra-low mileage as the diesel particulate filter can easily clog up. Another issue on earlier models concerned the dampers so listen out for any rattling from the rear suspension.

You can read our full reviews of the Nissan Qashqai models on RAC Drive and view all used Nissan Qashqai models costing less than £5,000 on RAC Cars.

Honda CR-V

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The Honda CR-V has a well-respected reputation as a classy 4x4 vehicle that is very big on space, comfort, technology, safety and practicality. Early models that were all four-wheel drive were actually built in Swindon, as well as Sayama, Japan.

The CR-V is recognisable with its well-known Honda Civic base. There’s also a fair bit of familiarity with it’s brilliant reliability record.

Honda CR-V - What Do You Need To Know?

  • Excellent 2.2 litre diesel engine
  • High Carbon Dioxide emissions
  • Known for their reliability
  • Dated interior
  • Above-class handling

Performance

The Honda CR-V was originally launched with a single 147 bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine - a 2.2-litre diesel powertrain arrived in 2005.

If possible, this is the engine to look out for as it can sprint from 0-62mph in 10.6 seconds yet achieves combined fuel economy of 42mpg. Insurance ratings are from 25 to 30 and the fuel economy ranges between 30 mpg and 42mpg.

Honda prides itself on the build quality and reliability of its vehicles and apart from an ignition switch issue, there are very few reliability problems to look out for on the CR-V.

You can read our full reviews of the Honda CR-V models on RAC Drive and view all used Honda CR-V models for less than £5,000 on RAC Cars.

Kia Sportage

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Kia is definitely a company going places and the Sportage can claim responsibility for much of the South Korean company’s rise to glory in recent years. The vehicle’s development also offers a glimpse into the company’s changing fortunes.

First powered by a Mazda Bongo engine when production started in 1993, the Kia sportage was stuffed full of Ford technology and Mazda components. All of which was tidied away under the Kia Sportage early shell design.

Fast forward a few decades and you’ll find an exterior inspired ‘by fighter jets’ powered underneath with a 1.7 or 2.0 litre diesel or the 1.6 litre petrol engine. And with all of that they offer 7 years free warranty.

In 2016 the Sportage outsold the Nissan Qashqai in the UK. And not many vehicle of any type do that.

Kia Sportage - What Do You Need To Know?

  • Chunky, sporty design
  • Lots of hard plastic in the cabin
  • Long warranty
  • Economical diesel engine
  • High powered but uneconomical petrol version

Performance

Out of the diesel options, the 114bhp 1.7-litre is economical (55MPG), but lacks a little fire-power. The 134bhp 2.0-litre is more powerful, but can be quite expensive to run (40 to 47MPG).

On the petrol side of things, the 133bhp 1.6-litre engine delivers the best response but fuel economy is not great (44MPG). Finally, the 161bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine offers the best driving dynamics but is thirsty (35MPG).

You can read our full reviews of the Kia Sportage models on RAC Drive and view all used Kia Sportage models costing less than £5,000 on RAC Cars.

Ford C-Max

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Ford’s C-Max evolved from the Focus C-Max to claim its own identity and hasn’t looked back since. Thanks to its Focus roots, the car boasts great driving dynamics proving a good all-round performer that is easy to drive in busy city centres, but can also hold its own on faster motorways.

The latest models of the C-Max are hybrid models and represent a new, more environmentally aware step with these larger vehicles. It’s fair to say, too, that these older C-Max models were an innovation in terms of sporty, sleeker crossovers.

A number of Ford C-Max models up to the year 2010 will be affordable with a budget of £5,000. And because depreciation is fairly steep, it means there are some great bargains to be had on the second hand market.

Ford C-Max - What Do You Need To Know?

  • Driving dynamics better than class
  • No seven seat option
  • Holds its value well
  • Wide selection of engines to choose from
  • Can be noisy at high revs

Performance

The Ford C-Max is a practical family car with respectable running costs and reasonably priced insurance ratings between group five and 12. Earlier models were available with a choice of diesel or petrol engines.

The 1.6 and 1.8-litre petrol units deliver better all-round driving dynamics but are quite thirsty averaging between 35 MPG and 40 MPG. The 1.6, 1.8 and 2.0-litre diesel engines are less powerful, but are far more economical achieving between 49 MPG and 60 MPG.

The C-Max has had some reliability issues mainly regarding the turbo on the diesel engines. Minor electrical faults have also been reported.

You can read our full reviews of the Ford C-Max models on RAC Drive and view all used Ford C-Max models costing less than £5,000 on RAC Cars.

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