Finding the best family cars in Egypt could be a difficult task. To help guide you, we consider what makes a good family car. One of which is reliability. Surely you want a car that will not breakdown on your way to a far destination like El Gouna. Imagine your kids crying in the back, your partner trying to calm them down, the dog barking endlessly, and you scrambling through your phone looking for someone to call for help, all under the scorching Egyptian sun.
Safety is another key consideration, especially in Egypt where many people drive like maniacs and put everyone’s lives around them at risk. Chinese cars with cheaper prices do not prioritize safety. Keep in mind that they frequently fail safety tests and banned from most western markets. To make things worse, non-Chinese cars in Egypt are often stripped of new safety features to maximize agents’ profits.
We also look at space and practicality, which is important if you have a big family. Cars with a comfortable ride that can iron out the bumpy Egyptian roads are more likely to feature in our recommendations. So do cars with a good resale value, and brands with good maintenance service.
The Škoda Kodiaq is the best 7-seater family car in Egypt. There is a lot to like about the Škoda Kodiaq starting with its size. This is a big car designed to haul around mom, dad, the kids and even a grandparent or two. It is good value for money as most cars of this size will come with a price tag exceeding a million Egyptian pounds but the Kodiaq starts at around EGP 590,000 for the 7-seater version. The Kodiaq achieved a five star Euro NCAP safety rating making it one of the safest family cars in Egypt. Škoda’s new sole agent in Egypt is Kayan and they are determined to bring back Škoda’s glory days in Egypt following the failures of the previous agent. So far, the maintenance service is good and the car has been performing well on Egyptian roads with very few reports of major faults. In terms of resale value, the Škoda Kodiaq has recently entered the Egyptian market so there is not enough data to determine its resale value but given the brand’s reputation and the agent’s determination, the outlook is positive.
The Hyundai Tucson is one of the best selling cars in Egypt. It is a competitively priced SUV with excellent reliability. It handles road bumps without much fuss and feels well put together. Space and practicality is good. It can fit a family of five and plenty of luggage without problems. Hyundai enjoys an excellent reputation in Egypt thanks to the efforts of Ghabbour Auto, its sole agent. The maintenance service is good but can get busy with long waiting times. Spare parts are readily available and mechanics are familiar with Hyundai’s engineering due to the brand’s popularity. All this results in excellent resale value, especially if the car has not been involved in an accident. The Hyundai Tucson has been awarded a five star safety rating by Euro NCAP making this another excellent option for a family car in Egypt.
Peugeot is back with its new design language and Egyptians are loving it. The Peugeot 5008 is a very capable 7-seater family car that looks remarkable on the Egyptian roads. The interior is fresh and futuristic and feels high quality. The suspension soaks up little bumps but stiff enough to handle bends very well. The Peugeot 5008 enjoys a five star safety rating by Euro NCAP, as does its smaller sister, the Peugeot 3008. In fact, if you want a slightly smaller car than the 5008, the 3008 is equally brilliant and looks even better on the outside. Peugeot’s maintenance service in Egypt is generally good and there are no major issues with the new generation of the Peugeot 5008. You will also find that Peugeot’s agent in Egypt strips away less safety features than other agents.
If you are not interested in an SUV, then the VW Passat is one of the most sensible family cars you can buy. This spacious sedan offers acres of room, excellent build quality, a comfortable ride, and handsome interiors. The Passat has been awarded the maximum five star rating by Euro NCAP making it one of the safest family sedans on Egyptian roads. If you decide to purchase the Passat you can take comfort in the fact that you can recoup a large part of your investment when you decide to sell it later on. Volkswagen’s agent in Egypt regularly has a shortage of spare parts and mechanical failures can be costly but routine maintenance is quick and problem-free.
Another VW option is the Tiguan. Buyers in Egypt tend to fall in love with their Tiguans thanks to the build quality, plush interiors and a suspension that is very well suited for the rough roads of Egypt. The Tiguan has been awarded the maximum five star safety rating by Euro NCAP. It is a little more expensive than other SUVs but if you want top quality German engineering in a practical and reliable package, the Tiguan is a great choice.
The Volvo XC60 looks gorgeous from any angle and the inside is no different. The minimal Swedish design is elegant and modern. This luxury family car may not be the cheapest in Egypt but when it comes to safety, Volvo is king. The Volvo XC60 glides along Egyptian roads and insulates passengers from the deafening car horns. Egyptians have been buying Volvos for decades and the brand enjoys an excellent reputation in the country. Resale value is good but the maintenance leaves a lot to be desired. Problems can be expensive, not just because the XC60 is an intricately built luxury car, but also because Ezz El Arab, the brand’s agent did not receive much positive feedback from their customers.
7Citroën C5 Aircross
Kasrawy Group, the new agent for Citroën in Egypt is working tirelessly to revive the french brand in Egypt. The Citroën C5 Aircross may not be to everyone’s taste with its polarizing design but one thing we cannot fault is the comfort level. An advanced suspension system gives the C5 Aircross a ride comparable to a Mercedes E Class. This car effortlessly glides and wafts over Egypt’s bumpy roads. In terms of safety, the C5 Aircross was awarded a four star rating by Euro NCAP but Kasrawy Group has brought the SUV to the Egyptian market with a lot of the extra safety features you get in western markets, which is not very common in Egypt. The C5 Aircross is spacious and features very comfortable seats but there have been a few complains about build quality with more scratchy plastics than expected.
The Renault Duster is a relatively affordable SUV by the French automaker. Renault is one of the best selling brands in Egypt and the Duster is one of the most popular SUVs on the roads. In terms of safety, the Duster achieved a four star rating by Euro NCAP. Not five stars like other family cars in this list but for the price, it is difficult to find a car with the highest safety rating. While it is not the most refined ride, it offers plenty of plus points. These include a high ground clearance to deal with Egypt’s big road bumps, plenty of space for luggage, good leg room, and a reputed agent that offers an excellent maintenance service.
This big SUV is a favorite among Egypt’s moms. The Toyota Fortuner has a commanding presence on the road with its aggressive truck-like styling and muscular dimensions. Toyota is known for its reliability so we were not surprised to learn that the Fortuner has the least number of problems out of the vehicles listed here. This beast can seemingly run forever without breaking down. It is not the most refined ride and the interiors should be better quality given the price. However, the maintenance service is good and resale value is strong. The Fortuner can also handle a bit of off roading, which Egypt buyers could require from time to time.
The Kia Sportage shares many of its underpinnings with the Hyundai Tucson. The biggest difference is the design which is polarizing, not just in Egypt but around the world. If you prefer the Sportage’s design to the Tucson, by all means go for the Sportage. This SUV is safe, practical, and very reliable. Korean brands have upped their game and Egyptians can’t get enough of them. In fact, this is one of best selling family cars since its introduction to the Egyptian market. The Sportage’s resale value is excellent, maintenance is exceptional, and spare parts are readily available. The Sportage is somewhat refined but some of the other European cars in this segment offer better suspension, insulation, and all round comfort.
Now it’s your turn. Let us know if we’re missing any great family cars in Egypt in the comments below. If you’ve had a particularly good or bad experience with any of the cars listed above, please let us know in the comments section. Want to get in touch with us? Just click here and drop us a message.