In Pictures: Most Fun-to-Drive Family Cars

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The Volkswagen Golf is a nimble speed demon with a peppy five-cylinder engine and loads of interior space. This hatchback can hold up to 46 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats folded, which is an advantage for trips to IKEA and Costco. Though it’s big on the inside, its small frame means it gets 24/31 mpg city/highway in automatic models. For even more sportiness, you can opt for the performance-tuned Volkswagen GTI, which is based on the Golf but includes 30 more horsepower. If you opt for a four-door model, you’ll get a fun-to-drive car with an IIHS Top Safety Pick label to boot.

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