Buying Guide

Buying your next family car can be a daunting experience, but with new brands, new technology and even more choice available than ever before, it should be a really exciting experience! Let us help you understand what's available and what can make your new family car the best one yet!

Best Value Family Cars 2023

Double-cab utes still dominate the top of the sales charts, but the compact MG ZS and a range of mid-sized SUVs keep a family focus at the top of the sales race. Our 3-year ownership costs in the table below include registration, servicing, insurance and fuel/electricity. For more details see our full list of 2023 Best Value Cars.

Model
Seats
Price from (MRLP)*
3-year cost of ownership
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BYD ATTO 3

2023 BYD ATTO 3 Standard SUV FWD

5

$48,011

$10,643.11

Seats

5

Price from (MRLP)*

$48,011

3-year cost of ownership
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$10,643.11

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Mitsubishi Outlander

2023 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV ES 2.4L SUV 4WD Hybrid

5

$56,490

$10,817.53

Seats

5

Price from (MRLP)*

$56,490

3-year cost of ownership
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$10,817.53

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Kia Niro

2023 Kia Niro HEV S 1.6L SUV FWD Hybrid

5

$44,930

$10,824.69

Seats

5

Price from (MRLP)*

$44,930

3-year cost of ownership
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$10,824.69

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Hyundai Kona

2023 Hyundai Kona 2.0L SUV FWD

5

$32,000

$10,873.44

Seats

5

Price from (MRLP)*

$32,000

3-year cost of ownership
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$10,873.44

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BYD ATTO 3

2023 BYD ATTO 3 Extended SUV FWD

5

$51,011

$10,959.70

Seats

5

Price from (MRLP)*

$51,011

3-year cost of ownership
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$10,959.70

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Drive Marketplace: Family Cars for Sale

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2023 BMW X3

$109,990Drive Away
OdometerIcon1,589 kmsFuelIconPetrolTransmissionIconSports Automatic
LocationIconMoorabbin Airport, VIC
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2022 BMW 3 Series

xDrive 3.0L Sedan 4WD
$95,990Drive Away
OdometerIcon1,240 kmsFuelIconPetrolTransmissionIconSports Automatic
LocationIconMoorabbin Airport, VIC
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2023 BMW X5

1.5L SUV FWD
$129,990Drive Away
OdometerIcon6,327 kmsFuelIconPetrolTransmissionIconSports Automatic
LocationIconMoorabbin Airport, VIC
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2019 BMW 1 Series

xDrive 2.0L Hatchback 4WD
$55,990Drive Away
OdometerIcon25,504 kmsFuelIconPetrolTransmissionIconSports Automatic
LocationIconMoorabbin Airport, VIC
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2023 BMW 3 Series

40 TDI 2.0L Diesel Wagon 4WD
$76,804Drive Away
OdometerIcon10 kmsFuelIconPetrolTransmissionIconSports Automatic
LocationIconFullarton, SA
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2020 BMW X4

3.0L SUV 4XC
$85,198Drive Away
OdometerIcon65,131 kmsFuelIconPetrolTransmissionIconSports Automatic
LocationIconWA
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2023 Audi A4

3.0L Hatchback 4WD
$84,900Drive Away
OdometerIcon1,000 kmsFuelIconPetrolTransmissionIconSports Automatic Dual Clutch
LocationIconWest Melbourne , VIC
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2023 Audi A4

3.0L Hatchback 4WD
$79,990Drive Away
OdometerIcon1,023 kmsFuelIconPetrolTransmissionIconSports Automatic Dual Clutch
LocationIconWest Melbourne , VIC
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