Top 100 Cars 2016 Top 5 Large Family Cars

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1 BMW 5-series

BMW 5-series: The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars 2016: Best Large Family Car

Buy this and you won’t have to forgo the driving fun just because you need to be able to cart kids around: with its handling it puts many smaller, lighter cars to shame. The 5-series is, simply, brilliant. On offer is a range of four-cylinder and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, which are efficient and mostly muscular too.

Whatever variant you buy, you’ll almost certainly love it, but we reckon the best is the 520d, which can crack 60mpg while having a strong appetite for the cut and thrust of everyday driving.

  • Price: £33,315 – £51,270
  • Our pick: BMW 520d SE Touring, £34,815
  • Engine: 1995cc, 4 cylinders
  • Acceleration: 0-62mph: 8.1sec
  • Top speed: 142mph
  • Fuel | CO2: 61mpg | 122g/km

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2 Jaguar XF

Jaguar XF: The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars 2016: Top 5 Large Family Cars

Lighter, thanks to a new aluminium shell, and more spacious because of a longer wheelbase, Jaguar’s new XF handles impressively and delivers more luxury. There’s an all-new dashboard but the big news is under the bonnet: Jaguar’s Ingenium 2-litre four-cylinder diesel engine in 161bhp or 177bhp form. It’s a great powerplant — muscular, frugal, clean and smooth — but a tad vocal sometimes.

  • Price: £32,300 – £49,945
  • Our pick: Jaguar XF 2.0d Prestige auto, £34,550
  • Engine: 1999cc, 4 cylinders
  • Acceleration: 0-62mph: 8.1sec
  • Top speed: 136mph
  • Fuel | CO2: 65.7mpg | 114g/km

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3 Mercedes CLS

Mercedes CLS: The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars 2016: Top 5 Large Family Cars

Closely related to the E-class, this so-called four-door coupé looks more stylish and has more of a driving focus: the suspension is stiffer and the steering sharper. This makes for a much more involving car that can still accommodate four people (there’s no middle rear seat). Aimed very much at the premium end of the market, the CLS comes with huge amounts of equipment as standard, whatever variant you pick.

  • Price: £46,500 – £86,510
  • Our pick: Mercedes CLS 350d AMG Line Premium, £53,090
  • Engine: 2987cc, 6 cylinders
  • Acceleration: 0-62mph: 6.5sec
  • Top speed: 155mph
  • Fuel | CO2: 52mpg | 142g/km

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4 VW Passat

Volkswagen Passat: The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars 2016: Top 5 Large Family Cars

To some it’s anonymous and unexclusive, but if you appreciate fine engineering, are happy to blend into the scenery and value fit and finish delivered to a fetishistic degree, the Passat will give you a warm glow every time you climb inside.

Having realised that nobody in this segment buys a petrol engine, VW offers the Passat with a 1.6 or 2-litre diesel engine only, as a manual or automatic — or there’s a rather good (if costly) hybrid, the GTE.

  • Price: £22,320 – £40,150
  • Our pick: Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TDi 150 SE Business, £25,240
  • Engine: 1968cc, 4 cylinders
  • Acceleration: 0-62mph: 8.7sec
  • Top speed: 137mph
  • Fuel | CO2: 71mpg | 106g/km

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5 Mazda 6

Mazda6: The Sunday Times Top 100 Cars 2016: Top 5 Large Family Cars

The Mazda6 is the least expensive model in this category but it is no cut-price contender. It’s a spacious saloon that’s engaging to drive and — after a recent update — has an interior that matches the good looks on the outside.

Smooth petrol and diesel engines harness Mazda’s Skyactiv technology — essentially, they are lighter and more efficient. Equipped with a mini hybrid system that conserves energy that would normally be wasted, the Mazda6 can return decent real-world fuel economy.

  • Price: £19,795-£28,795
  • Our pick: Mazda 2.2 SkyActiv-D 175ps Sport Nav, £26,795
  • Engine: 2191cc, 4 cylinder
  • Acceleration: 0-62mph: 7.9sec
  • Top Speed: 139mph
  • Fuel | CO2: 62.8mpg | 119g/km

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Top 100 Cars 2016 contents
  1. Top 5 Sports Cars
  2. Top 5 Large 4x4s & SUVs
  3. Top 5 Luxury & Prestige Cars
  4. Top 5 Electric & Hybrid Cars
  5. Top 5 City Cars
  6. Top 5 Superminis
  7. Top 5 Hot Hatches
  8. Top 5 Two-seat Roadsters
  9. Top 5 Warm Hatches
  10. Top 5 Supercars
  11. Top 5 Family Convertibles
  12. Top 5 Coupés
  13. Top 5 Compact Crossovers
  14. Top 5 Large Crossovers
  15. Top 5 Five-seat MPVs
  16. Top 5 Seven-seat MPVs
  17. Top 5 Mid-size Estate Cars
  18. Top 5 Large Estate Cars
  19. Top 5 Mid-size Family Cars
  20. Top 5 Large Family Cars


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