Amidst the cost of living crisis and rapidly increasing oil and fuel prices, it’s never been more important for families to cut costs wherever possible. Although the rocketing value of petrol and diesel seemed to slow in recent months, the average price per litre now stands at 162.78p and 182.17p respectively. If you’re looking for cost-effective ways to reduce your transport outgoings each month, consider taking these economical family cars out for a spin:  

What to consider to save money – Even with rising costs and volatile oil prices, it’s still possible to save money on transport each month. Important factors to consider if you’re looking to make savings include your choice of car, your choice of insurance (third-party isn’t always cheaper) your choice of fuel (it’s best to avoid paying extra for premium), how often you drive and your regular routes - by simply changing just one of these, you could dramatically affect your balance at the end of each month. By regularly checking and maintaining your car and covering your vehicle with gap insurance in case the worst should happen, you should be able to avoid preventable financial loss and make your money go further on the roads. Let’s take a closer look at 4 economic family vehicles that could help you to save cash:    

1. Skoda Octavia - This practical and relatively cost-effective family car has been Skoda’s biggest-selling vehicle since first launching as a hatchback. While the Octavia has become known as a premium family car over the years (being compared favourably to the Audi A3 and Mercedes A Class), it’s still considered in the same bracket as mainstream models such as the Ford Focus and Seat Leon. 

2. Audi A3 - Inspired by the angular aesthetics of classic Italian supercars, the Audi A3 is as sleek and stylish as a family hatchback can get. While the last generation of A3 was championed for its outstanding status as a family car, the newest model provides familiarity and extra flexibility - drivers may choose either a petrol, diesel, mild-hybrid or plugin-hybrid engine for the vehicle.  

3. Peugeot 308 SW - This compact and robust family estate has been a popular choice with drivers looking for more bang for their buck in recent years. The Peugeot 308 SW enables buyers to choose a petrol, diesel or plugin-hybrid engine, with a potential pure electric driving range of 37 miles - this could help you to make significant savings when it comes to running your vehicle. 

4. Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer - This family-friendly estate is a roomy and stylish vehicle that also enables drivers to pick their own type of engine: petrol, diesel or plugin-hybrid powered. Boasting plenty of boot space and a roomy interior, this attractive family car is a cost-effective choice whether you’re looking to drive to work, set out on a family holiday or go cruising on the motorway.