Here are the best cars for a summer road trip
If you’re planning a driving staycation this summer, these could be the best cars for the job.
With lockdown restrictions easing across the UK, many of us have been excited at the prospect of spending a little time away from home for the first time in over a year.
However, with foreign travel still quite tricky, UK road trips will be high on the agenda. With that in mind, here are six vehicles that would be perfectly suited to hitting the open road.
Jaguar XF Sportbrake
If you’re looking for an estate that’s big enough to carry all your stuff without being too intimidating to drive, the Jaguar XF Sportbrake is a great shout. It’s sleek and stylish on the outside while the interior is the highest quality. Meanwhile, a wide range of powertrains means there’s something for everyone.
At the complete other end of the scale is the Mini Convertible. Buying a drop top can add a whole new dimension to your trip, bringing that wind-in-your-hair feeling as you run around the countryside or breath in that fresh seaside air.
Fortunately, the fabric roof takes seconds to put in place, meaning you can hide from the inevitable rain showers.
As the Mini proves, you don’t need a big car to have a big adventure, and the Skoda Fabia is one of the best small cars you can buy if practicality is key. Although it doesn’t have big car proportions, the Fabia is a smooth and relaxing drive, even at motorway speeds, as well as having a spacious cabin and a range of efficient engines to complete the picture.
If your road trip is likely to take you off the beaten track, there are few better-suited to the job than the Jeep Wrangler. The new model can be pretty pricey, but the previous generation has all the same abilities but for a lower price.
One cool feature is that, if the sun does shine, you can take the doors and roof off for a true open-air experience.
BMW 5 Series Touring
Want SUV practicality in a more refined package? The BMW 5 Series Touring has long been the favourite of those who need a big boot and excellent mile-munching abilities. It looks great and has a fantastic interior, even if you don’t opt for the latest model. With a recent update, nearly new previous generation models can be picked up for a bargain, too.
Land Rover Discovery
In the adventure road tripping game, there are no rivals that can truly compete with the mighty Land Rover Discovery. It has excellent on road manners, can take you further off-road than just about anything, and particularly in newer models, has a lovely cabin.