Family cars with sliding doors give you the choice to open both front doors, or just one of them. The latter is useful if you want to get in and out of the car faster when carrying a child in your arms, or whenever you need to open a door as soon as possible. Let’s take a look at some of the best family cars with sliding doors available today.
Family cars with sliding doors that offer ample room and a high level of safety are hard to come by, but we’ve made it easy for you. Here are our top family cars with sliding doors you can buy online.
List of the best family cars with sliding doors
The best family cars with sliding doors are the ones that give you a sense of security. They are durable, safe and comfortable. Whether it is a sedan, crossover or SUV, the most important thing to look for in a family car is security.
Despite being smaller than the majority of cars on this list, the B-MAX presents the widest door opening of any car – by some margin. This is achieved thanks to the lack of a pillar in the middle of the car – known as the ‘B’ pillar. It’s one of the few five-seater cars with sliding doors.
This design allows the front door to open as you would expect, but the sliding side door to roll all the way back and create a gigantic chasm into which you can access both the front and rear seats with consummate ease.
You might be thinking that safety could be compromised by the lack of a pillar strengthening the chassis, but the B-MAX achieved an impressive five stars out of five in the Euro NCAP safety assessment, scoring maximum points in the side barrier test.Search Used Ford B-MAX
Citroen are masters of the practical, spacious family car, and the Berlingo is a strong example of that. The latest generation has been around since 2018, replacing the much-loved but aging second generation.
It is of course initially based on the Berlingo Van, and inherits its sliding side doors from the world of commercial vehicles where they are simply essential. Comfort, technology and material quality is in another league compared with the van model, however.
There are two versions, M and XL, and both come with sliding side doors. The XL offers a larger boot and the option of seven seats, so if you’ve got a big family, that’s the one to go for.Search Used Citroen Berlingo
Peugeot, Citroen and Vauxhall are owned by the same people – the PSA group. When they launch a new vehicle, they tend to be adapted by each of the brands for their respective audiences, and the Rifter is no different. It is the Peugeot version of the Berlingo.
That means it has all of the space and practicality, of the Berlingo, including the plethora of interior storage spaces and an airplane-style locker that drops down from the roof.
The Rifter does offer a different look to most MPVs. SUV-style body cladding, Peugeot’s corporate front nose and a nice choice of alloy wheels do wonders for the aesthetics – it’s not bad looking at all.Search Used Peugeot Rifter
Vauxhall Combo Life
The final entrant into the PSA MPV with sliding doors trio is the Vauxhall Combo Life, and what’s true about the first two is true about this one too. The British-based company has done a good job of making it look like a Vauxhall however, with a distinctive front and rear end design.
It too is available in M and XL versions, and all three of these models are notable for being able to fit three child seats in the back thanks to the individual rear seats as opposed to a bench.
Petrol and diesel models are available, and the Combo Life is very safe – scoring 91% and 81% for adult and child protection safety in the Euro NCAP assessment.Search Used Vauxhall Combo Life
Time for a step up in luxury now with Mercedes-Benz, a somewhat surprising entrant into the sliding side doors segment of the car market. The V-Class trumps many of the cars in this list not just because of its prestige badge, but also due to the electrically-powered sliding side doors on both sides – a nice touch.
Further nice touches on the inside include seating for up to eight passengers and a well-finished dashboard and individual leather seats. The tailgate is electrically powered, too.
This is a large vehicle, and is capable of carrying a full load of passengers and their luggage. It’s ideal for those runs to the airport.Search Used Mercedes-Benz V-Class
The Sharan name has been around for a long time, and it feels like Volkswagen finally nailed the design brief with the facelifted second-generation version that went on sale in the UK in 2015, proving to be a big hit with the minicab crowd.
Spacious, practical and able to seat seven people in complete comfort, the Sharan has everything you would want in a family car; including electric sliding side doors that can be operated remotely using the key fob.
On the inside, there’s good quality materials that are typical of used Volkswagens from this era, and the excellent levels of standard safety tech contributed to its strong showing in its Euro NCAP crash test.