Starting a family doesn’t have to mean switching down a gear when it comes to your car. On the contrary, you’ll be amazed at how many auto manufacturers offer family-friendly cars with track-inspired features. Read on as we spotlight the top 10 family cars that are fast, with options for every budget. And yes, you can absolutely strap a kid’s car seat into the back of a Porsche!

1. Volkswagen Golf R

The Volkswagen Golf R may be small, but it packs a punch underneath the compact body. Under the hood is a monstrous TSI engine that will take you from 0 to 62 mph in under five seconds. Wherever you need to be, the Volkswagen Golf R will get you there fast.

You won’t want to hit the top speed of 155 mph with the kids in the back seat, but you can definitely put this model through its paces on an adults-only drive. The 4MOTION all-wheel drive system offers lots of traction and control, while an impressive 977 litres of cargo capacity (including the boot and rear seats) offers plenty of room for all your luggage.

2. Porsche Taycan

If budget isn’t a barrier, it’s hard to look past the Porsche Taycan as one of the best family cars that are fast. We love the 4 Cross Turismo model, which combines sporty styling with a spacious interior and an extra-large boot. The powerful engine propels the car from 0 to 62 mph in a little over five seconds, so you’ll want to make sure your shopping is secure before you set off.

3. Mercedes AMG E-Class Saloon

If you’re looking for speed, the Mercedes AMG E-Class Saloon will knock your socks off with acceleration of 0 to 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds. It’s all thanks to a huge 612 horsepower engine designed to unleash serious power. Don’t worry, there are plenty of practical features packed into this beast.

The MBUX infotainment system makes getting from A to B a cinch. Perfect for if your Saturday morning involves trips to various different sports fields! Whether your kids insist on The Wiggles or Little Mix, the Burmester® surround sound system will make them sound incredible.

4. Audi RS6 Avant

The high-performance Audi RS6 Avant has well and truly earned its place on our countdown of the best family cars that are fast. From music lessons to football games, the 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo TFSI engine will get you there in double time. To be more specific, you can hit 0 to 62mph in 3.6 seconds. Fold down the rear seats and you can unlock a huge 1680 litres of luggage capacity.

5. Mercedes-AMG A35 4MATIC

This sleek model combines design, performance and, you guessed it, family-friendly features. With a 421 horsepower engine and a top speed of 168 mph, it’s basically a supercar you can do the school run in. One thing’s for sure, it’ll definitely get heads turning as you pull up at the gate.

6. BMW M5 Competition

When it comes to performance saloons, it’s hard to look past the BMW M5 Competition. The outrageous BMW M TwinPower Turbo 8-cylinder petrol engine packs in a huge 625 horsepower and 750 Nm of torque. As well as being a great family car, it can get you from 0 to 62mh in a mere 3.3 seconds.

7. Audi e-tron GT Quattro

Powered by the same electric motor and battery as similar Porsche models, the Audi e-tron GT is more track-inspired than you might think. You’ll get from 0 to 62mph in just over four seconds. The spacious interior is perfect for growing families, making this one of the best family cars that are fast.

8. Citroën ë-SpaceTourer Electric

On the hunt for an electric MPV that ticks all the boxes? With space for nine people, the Citroën ë-SpaceTourer Electric offers enough space for your whole family, plus furry friends and extra luggage. It’s packed with safety features, making it a top choice for eco-conscious families.

Now let’s talk about speed. It doesn’t exactly offer the same lightning-fast acceleration times as other models in this roundup of family cars that are fast. But it is more than capable of maintaining speeds of 80mph. When you consider the size of this model, that’s a pretty impressive feat. Even better, you’ll enjoy a benchmark range of 136 miles. This makes it great for longer trips with the family.

9. BMW Alpina D3 S

If you love the idea of a family-friendly diesel car that doesn’t compromise on speed, you’ll adore the BMW Alpina D3 S. The Touring version is perfect for fast-paced families, with loads of storage space and a top speed of 168 mph. Put your foot down and you can take this model from 0 to 62mph in just 4.8 seconds. In just over 18 seconds you can hit 124mph – though, of course, not with little ones in the back seats!

10. Range Rover Sport SVR

Marketed as one of the fastest Range Rovers of all time, this model delivers big power from its 5.0 litre V8 engine. The muscular design immediately captures attention, with superior handling making it great for city driving and longer trips.

And let’s not forget performance. The supercharged engine brings a huge 575 horsepower to the table. Pair this with a top speed of 176mph and acceleration of 0 to 60mph in 4.3 seconds and the Range Rover Sport SVR is essentially a race car disguised as an SUV.

These family cars that are fast prove that family life doesn’t mean you have to slow down the pace. Ready to upgrade your tired estate car and get behind the wheel of something a little more exciting? Use our car finance loan repayment calculator to crunch the numbers and see how far your budget can take you. Whether you’re shopping for a second-hand MPV or a shiny new Range Rover straight from the showroom, we can help you pile your family into your dream car.

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