The uni run

The uni run

Profile: Parents with children at university

Average age: 50

Average income: £42k

Average number of cars owned: 5

Priorities: Space is important for parents with children at university, with 19% placing it as one of their main priorities. 16% also include the car engine and power as one of their top priorities when buying a car. 

Needs and wants

If your teenaged children find themselves ready to gain some independence at university, it’s likely they’re going to need you to ferry them and their belongings to and from the student accommodation. So ample space and suitability for long drives is a must. You’ll still need plenty of seating for family trips during the holidays, whilst also being able to enjoy your car for leisure when they’re away.


Suggested car: Volvo XC90

The Volvo XC90 is built for longer journeys – with an efficient, powerful engine. Its seven seats allow you to fit in your now grown up family, plus ample boot space makes moving home at the end of each term a whole lot easier. The latest model also comes equipped with a built in Wi-Fi hotspot, so that your family can stay connected to their friends.


Did you know?

In 1959, Volvo pioneered the three-point seatbelt which we still use today.


You could also try a…

Audi Q7. Includes 7 seats, a large boot space and electrically folding seats to fit more luggage.


Quick tip

When your children move to university they’ll be bringing all their possessions to their student digs. If your car is full, make sure your rear window isn’t obstructed. You could use a roof box to carry any extras if you need additional space.



Please note all cars mentioned are suggestions only – these are based on the needs and wants identified for each life stage from a survey conducted by Aviva on 2000 car drivers in Sept 2015. All the percentages quoted within the ’priorities’ mentioned for each car life stage group are taken from the Aviva Survey, as above.

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