The Audi A3 Sportback has been named the best-used family car in the United Kingdom, beating out Fiat, BMW, and Volkswagen.

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The Audi A3 Sportback has been named the best-used family car in the United Kingdom, beating out Fiat, BMW, and Volkswagen.

The Audi A3 Sportback has been crowned the best-selling family car in the UK, beating out Honda, Fiat, BMW, and Volkswagen models. A study of 2,000 parents with children under the age of 16 looked at their budget and criteria for their next family car, and the 2017 Audi A3 with petrol power was named the best option.

With an average budget of £15,500, families are seeking for qualities such as usability, low operating costs, and exceptional fuel efficiency.

When it comes to car types, they’re most likely to want a hatchback or an SUV.

Audi came up on top, followed by Fiat, BMW, Volkswagen, Honda, Toyota, and Mercedes.

Diesel is also a no-no, with only ten percent of parents preferring it to gasoline (33 percent) or hybrid vehicles (20 percent).

The study was conducted by CarGurus, an online automotive marketplace that recognized the 2017 Audi A3 1.0-litre TFSI as the ideal used family car based on the criteria established by parents.

The five-door hatchback is available with a 1.0-litre TFSI petrol engine, has a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating, and can return more than 50mpg in real-world driving conditions, and costs around £15,000 as a 2017 model with approximately 30,000-40,000 miles on the clock.

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 218i, Volkswagen Golf 1.0 TSI, Fiat 500X 1.0 Turbo, Toyota C-HR 1.2, and Mercedes B-Class B180 finished ahead of the Honda Civic 1.0 VTEC Turbo and HR-V 1.5 VTEC, as well as the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 218i, Volkswagen Golf 1.0 TSI, Fiat 500X 1.0 Turbo, Toyota C-HR 1.2, and Mercedes B-Class B180.

Meanwhile, the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer 218i and the Kia Carens 1.6 GDI are the seven-seater cars that best satisfy the needs of families with three or more children, according to the survey.

While SUVs and their smaller crossover siblings are in strong demand, the bulk of used vehicles available within parents’ average £15,500 budget tend to have diesel engines, higher mileage, or – if petrol-powered – lower fuel economy, averaging less than 50 miles per gallon.

“Using this research, we’ve built a shopping recommendation that prioritizes the needs of parents,” said Chris Knapman, editor at CarGurus.

“When analyzing the poll findings, our team of expert reviewers – who are also parents – aimed to strike a balance between the necessity for practicality, safety, and low operating costs, as well as the preferences voiced for.”

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