According to the U.S. News & World Report, reliable small family cars include the Volkswagen Golf, the Kia Soul and the Mazda 3, as of 2015. Three reliable upscale small family cars are the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Audi A4 and the BMW 3-Series.
The Volkswagen Golf is a four-door hatchback that can seat five people. The ample cargo space and good handling make it an ideal family vehicle. The Kia Soul also holds up to five passengers and is praised for its comfortable interior and generous feature package. The Mazda 3 has room for five people, as well, and has high fuel economy and impressive performance.