4 of the best family SUVs under $35,000

March 14, 2019 1:17 pm | Peter Warren, peterwarrenhonda.com.au, peterwarrenhyundai.com.au, peterwarrenkia.com.au, peterwarrensuzuki.com.au

Families – you love them, but trying to fit everyone and all their gear into a sedan or hatchback can be nothing short of a nightmare. When you've got kids or teens, you need all the space you can get in your car.

That's why families looking for a new vehicle ought to consider an SUV. There's a huge range of SUVs on the market in 2019, and you can snag yourself a great one for under $35,000 with a little careful shopping. Let's a take a look at five of the best family SUVs around.

1. Honda HR-V

For a small family, the Honda HR-V can't be beaten in terms of value and practicality.

While only two doors may slow down loading, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the ample cabin space. Both the front and back offer plenty of leg room – even with the driver's seat pushed back to accommodate the tallest in the family. 

Storage is a particular strong suit of the Japanese marque, and the Honda HR-V really drives that home. The boot comes in at 437 litres with the rear seats in place, or a massive 1462 litres when you don't have the kids in tow. Honda's trademark Magic Seats allow you to flip the base of the back seats up so you can store objects securely on the ground – there are 18 unique combinations you can achieve with the Magic Seats, so there's always a storage solution when you're heading away for the holidays.

With the maximum 5-star ANCAP safety rating, the Honda HR-V is also one of the safest SUVs on the market. Prices start at $26,990.

2. Hyundai Kona

Having a family shouldn't mean you have to sacrifice style. The Hyundai Kona is an SUV with oodles of customisation options for the family who likes to look and feel good on the road.

Available in Acid Yellow, Tangerine Comet, Ceramic Blue, Pulse Red or Lake Silver, the Hyundai Kona offers bold statement colours so you can stand out on the road. You also have the option of a two-toned roof and various interior trim colours (Acid Yellow, Red & Black). These pops of colour bring the car to life inside, flashing across the dashboard around air vents and the steering wheel, as well as in the stitching on the beautiful leather seats.

The Kona is also a lot of fun to drive! With a real pep to its proverbial step, the Kona can zip throughout the suburbs and city streets with unmatched agility. Roll back the sun roof and bask in the beauty of your Hyundai Kona, with prices starting at $25,990.

3. Suzuki Vitara

The Suzuki Vitara has stood the test of time, being one of the oldest SUV models in Australia after its introduction nearly 30 years ago.

Today, this bold SUV offers families an on-the-go lifestyle at a comparably low price. All the standard features are available with additional connectivity and convenience to boot. From the touchscreen control panel, operate your built-in satellite navigation, a reversing camera and fine-tune your interior climate. All the while, blast your favourite tunes with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

You can drive with full confidence in the Suzuki Vitara. The 5-star ANCAP safety rating is achieved with the help of six SRS airbags and electronic stability control. For a greater investment, you can also enjoy additional assistance features, such as automatic emergency braking, lane departure warnings, weaving alerts, blind spot monitors, adaptive cruise control and rear cross-traffic alerts.

4. Kia Sportage

The immutably modern feel of the Kia Sportage makes it a must-have option for the practical, forward-thinking families of today.

Starting at $31,990, the Kia Sportage puts you on the road with power and luxury unmatched by other SUVs in the same grade. Starting with the frugal, yet powerful, 2.0-litre petrol engine, you'll love the feeling of 114 kilowatts under your foot.

The touch of luxury in a Kia Sportage comes with all the fantastic finishes and accessories. An ergonomically designed interior and wide dashboard put all the convenience of a modern SUV at your fingertips. Add heated and ventilated front seats to keep the morning drive to school that little bit more comfortable no matter the season, while second-row vents ensure the back seats stay temperate as well.

Keep your devices connected with wireless charging up-front and USB ports for the kids in the back. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto keep the longest drives fun, enabling family jam sessions while the JBL premium sound system ensure every beat is as crisp and clean as the last.

Get your family on the road with style, grace, safety and comfort. Talk to Peter Warren Automotive today to arrange a test drive in a family-friendly SUV of your choosing.