New cars for new (Royal) families
Tuesday 04 December 2012
With the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, having just announced that a little bundle of regal joy is on its way, we thought we’d round up the best new family cars for those expecting a new family. So, as Wills puts his Ducati in the garage and they both head for a life of MPVs and taking the little ‘un to Sunday morning Polo matches, what would be their best automotive options?
Ford’s ingenious B-Max came onto the market this year and quickly emerged as a class-leader in the min-MPV sector. The unique, pillarless doors give unparalleled access to the wee princes and princesses in the back and the sliding rear doors makes it incredibly easy to get the offspring in and out at the Fortnum’s car park. Despite the lack of pillars, the car remains very strong and very safe – perfect for keeping the little prince and/or princess out of harm’s way.
Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
The Vauxhall Zafira was the first ever seven-seat ‘compact’ MPV and won praise after its introduction in 1997 for its innovative Flex7 rear seats, which could fold completely flat into the floor with great ease. Not the best driver or most practical car in the class, maybe the Royal couple will want to patronise a British brand (albeit one that also has family member from Germany – just like the Royal family, in fact). The new model looks much better than its predecessor and has a comfy ride that will keep the Royal offspring cosseted and unruffled as it is ferried around town.
While the Zafira was the first seven-seat compact MPV, the Scenic was the first compact MPV full stop. Renault’s people carrier has long been popular in this country and is now, like its Vauxhall rival available in Grand, seven-seat form. This will be perfect for running the little ones to school each morning (as well as their friends, we’re sure they’re going to lift-share) and for weekends away at Sandringham. Not sure what the Duke of Edinburgh would say about his progeny driving around in a French car, though…
Audi A3 Sportback
Moving away from the traditional MPV idea, perhaps their Royal Highnesses would prefer something a little more stylish. The Audi A3 Sportback is a more practical version of the standard A3 hatch, with a longer wheelbase and a bigger boot. It still has the Audi brand cache and it looks good. The sportier image should keep Wills happier and keep his credibility amongst the Polo set.
Should Her Royal Kateness have triplets, then maybe this’ll be the car for the happy couple. A gargantuan seven-seater, the Alhambra provides space and practicality by the bucket-load. Easy to use and with a premium-feel interior, this’ll provide everything the Royal couple (or any couple, for that matter) needs for a large brood. The back row of seats doesn’t impinge too much on the boot so all the accoutrements that come with children nowadays can be carried with the family to go and see the great-grandparents up at Balmoral.
By James Richardson