Buying your next family car is a meticulous process; when it comes to functionality, paint colour takes a back seat to the latest tech and features.

So, what are the must-haves for a family car in 2024?


Here we list the top 8 features to look for, from safety –  to storage –  to entertainment, to help you make an informed choice. 


Isofix Technology

Did you know that 9 out of 10 child car restraints are incorrectly fitted or improperly used? [1]. The Royal Children’s Hospital recommends children remain in car seats until they reach 145cm tall, regardless of their age [2], (that’s about 4ft 10in!) That’s many years in a car seat.

The safest way to install car seats is using built in, secure Isofix technology: our top tech must-have to look for when buying your next family car. A sturdy anchor point for your kids’ car seats means no more fumbling with seat beats to get that seat in place.


Boot Space

Prams, shopping bags, sporting equipment and dogs – one of the biggest factors in choosing a new car needs to be, “Will it all fit in?”

Ample storage space is among the most frequently requested features for family car buyers and it’s easy to see why; nobody wants their groceries trampled on under their kids’ feet on the way back from the shops.

Hands free boot opening technology makes getting everything packed away that much easier; with a wave of the foot you’ll save the blood sweat and tears and be ready to go in no time.


Wireless CarPlay

Many cars now have Apple Carplay and Android Auto available as a wireless feature, meaning less plugging in and loose cables for you.


Keyless Ignition

Hands full? Keyless ignition allows you to start your car with the press of a button and saves you sifting through your bags to find your keys.


Tilt Seats

Models like the Hyundai Santa Fe have a middle row of seats that tilt forward to allow access to the third row, meaning you can – wait for it – leave the car seats installed indefinitely!


Built in Touch Screen Displays

Entertainment for your little ones can mean the difference between a peaceful drive and an all-out travel disaster. Built in screens allow your backseat drivers to watch their favourite shows so that you can keep your eyes – and mind – on the road.


Rear Window Shading

Built in rear shades allow you and your passengers to control the amount of light beaming through the windows: keeping the glare off the screens and babies blissfully asleep. 


Safety Features

Safety is one thing that should never be skimmed over. Cars are now manufactured with many of the below features as standard. Expected safety and convenience features you should look for when buying a family car include:

  • Stability Control
  • Reversing Camera
  • Emergency Braking
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Assist
  • Auto Parking

The Takeaway

Manufacturers are continuously finding new opportunities to add fun tech to our cars. Features that enhance safety and your convenience are the ones to look out for. Remember what matters most to you and take your time to research which car may be best for your family in 2024.


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