[Philkotse pick] 5 kid-friendly cars for who wants to start a family

Nov 12, 2019 | Same topic: Best advice for car buyers
Philkotse.com lists down five child-friendly cars young families should look out for. What are you waiting for? Let's continue reading!

For some families, especially with infants and young children, it can be hard to find a vehicle with specs that fit their needs. Luckily, the past years have provided better and safer options for parents. 

Some buyers do not realize that not all affordable cars can provide what they are looking for. Some vehicles in the leaner price range can often give leaner features, too. Families look for vehicles that are suited to children’s needs. And on this list, we suggest car brands that have a good reputation for providing so.

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Some buyers do not realize that not all affordable cars can provide what they are looking for

What’s our basis for the list below? Here’s what we considered: 

  • Vehicles that can seat at least five people comfortably with enough room for the young ones’ car seats. 
  • Reasonable pricing while offering the most important features parents look for. 
  • Cars with at least a 1.3-liter engine that is normally aspirated.
  • Improved safety with stability control and hill start assist (HAS) features. 
Model
Price range
How is the car?
Mitsubishi Xpander
₱999,000 - ₱1,175,000
It is the best-selling MPV of 2018 and contributed to the brand’s success this year. 
Toyota Rush
₱968,000 - ₱1,100,000
This is Toyota’s answer to the Xpander and has given the company good sales because of its performance and reliability. 
Honda CR-V SX DSL 9AT AWD
₱2,138,000
Honda’s flagship compact crossover does not disappoint, despite being one of the most expensive options on the list.
Toyota Vios
₱662,000 - ₱1,113,000
The Toyota Vios is one of the bestselling subcompacts with specs worth its price.
Volkswagen Santana
₱998,000
A new entrant that’s built-in China and offers better specs than other Korean brands; at a cheaper price!

Are you ready to get a detailed comparison between these 5 models and make your final decision? Keep reading and check it out with Philkotse.com.

Performance

 
 
Displacement
Horsepower
Torque
Power train
Drive train
1.499 cc
105
141
Front-Wheel Drive
4-speed Automatic and 5-speed Manual
1499 cc
102
134
Front-Wheel Drive
4 Speed Automatic or 5 Speed Manual
1.6-liters
118
300
All Wheel Drive with Torque Indicator
9 Speed Automatic with Electronic Gear Selector
1.3 – 1.5 Liters
107
142
Front-Wheel Drive
Continuously variable transmission (CVT)
1,395 -
1498cc
110
150
Front-Wheel Drive
4 Speed A/T or5 Speed M/T

 

 
 
Brakes front, back
Suspension front, back

 Seats

Fuel
Euro 4
Mitsubishi Xpander
Disc, Drum
MacPherson Strut with Coil Spring and Stabilizer / Torsion Beam
7
Gasoline
Yes
Toyota Rush
Disc, disc
MacPherson Strut / Multi-Link
5-7
Gas
---
Honda CRV
Disc, disc
MacPherson Strut, Multi-link
5-7
Diesel
---
Toyota Vios
Disc, Disc
MacPherson Strut with Stabilizer,
Torsion Beam w/ Stabilizer
5
Gas
---
Volkswagen Santana
Disc, Drum
MacPherson w/ Coil Spring,
Torsion Beam w/ Stabilizer
5
Gas
--

>>> Check out: Driving with kids in the car: 10 essential safety tips to follow

Safety

 
 
No. of airbags
3 pt. ELR seatbelts
Pretensioner, load limiter
Stability control
Hill Start Assist
Mitsubishi Xpander
2
Yes
Yes, no
Yes
Yes
Toyota Rush
6
No
No
Yes
Yes
Honda CRV
6
Yes
No, no
Yes
Yes
Toyota Vios
7
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Volkswagen Santana
4
Yes
No
Yes
Yes

 

       
Front, rear sonar
Rear camera
Isofix mounts
ABS, EBD, BA
Blindspot monitor
Mitsubishi Xpander
--, --
Yes
Yes
Yes, yes, no
No
Toyota Rush
No, yes
No
Yes
Yes, yes, no
No
Honda CRV
Yes, yes
Yes
Yes
Yes, yes, no
No
Toyota Vios
No, no
No
Yes
Yes, yes, yes
No
Volkswagen Santana
Yes, no
No
Yes
Yes, yes, no
No


Dimensions

 
Length
Width
Height
Mitsubishi Xpander
4,475 mm
1,750 mm
1,700 mm
Toyota Rush
4,435 mm
1,695 mm
1,705 mm
Honda CRV
4,571 mm
1,855 mm
1,667 mm
Toyota Vios
4,425 mm
1,730 mm
1,475 mm
Volkswagen Santana
4,475 mm
1,706 mm
1,469 mm

>>> Read more: Driving with kids in the car: 10 essential safety tips to follow.

Comfort and Convenience

 
Steering wheel controls
Auto AC, Multi-Zone
1-DIN, 2-DIN
GPS, Bluetooth, Apple Carplay, Android auto
Power windows
Mitsubishi Xpander
Yes
Yes, no,
No, yes
 
Yes
Toyota Rush
Yes
Yes, yes
No, yes
Yes, yes, no, no
Yes
Honda CRV
Yes
Yes, yes
No, yes
Yes, yes, no, no
Yes
Toyota Vios
Yes
Yes, no
Yes, yes
Yes, yes,
Yes
Volkswagen Santana
No
No, no
Yes, no
Yes, yes, no, no
Yes

 

 
Power locks
Keyless entry
Autostart button
Speed-sensing door locks
Leather seats
Mitsubishi Xpander
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
---
Toyota Rush
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Honda CRV
Yes
Yes
---
No
Yes
Toyota Vios
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Volkswagen Santana
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes


Exterior

 
HiD, Halogen, LED headlamps
Fog lamps front, back
Auto headlights
Auto wiper
DRLs
Third brake light
Mitsubishi Xpander
No, yes, no
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
Toyota Rush
No, no, yes
Yes, yes
No
No

 No

Yes
Honda CRV
No, no, yes
Yes, no
No
No
Yes
Yes
Toyota Vios
No, yes, no
Yes, no
No
No
Yes
Yes
Volkswagen Santana
No, yes, no
Yes, no
No
No
Yes
Yes

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Any of the top 5 kid-friendly cars for starting families is a good choice because they are backed up by a track record of reliability and with the standard safety feature loadout. With everything that cars for starting families will need, which is the most important consideration.

Source: Norjan Ismail Abbas