Matt Press is a car fanatic and the founder of The Drive Hive, a place where learners can book intensive driving courses.
Summer is upon us, which means it’s also holiday season. Road trips are all the rage and if you’re thinking of travelling in a car, then you’re going to have a great time. But whilst there are loads of guides on the best routes and the top things to see, what about the car itself? Because if you get behind the wheel of the wrong vehicle, this isn’t going to go well. Now, obviously much depends on your exact needs (such as how many people are going on your trip and what kind of terrain you’ll be tackling). But let’s take most things into consideration and give you the lowdown on the 5 best cars that’ll tick the most boxes (in no particular order).
Car 1: Honda Element
This car has been discontinued due to its love it or hate it appeal. However, it deserves a mention thanks to its sheer practicality. For starters, it has loads of room in the boot. But it can also tackle mud, sand and everything in between super-easily. Also, the four seats can be converted into a single bed – which is really handy if you’re travelling on your own or with a partner.
Car 2: Toyota Prius
If you’re planning on a long trip and fuel consumption is an issue, the Prius could be a godsend. The entry-level eco model will handle 600-mile journeys like they’re a walk in the park. Basically, what the car lacks in style and excitement is more than made up with value for money.
Car 3: Subaru Levorg
Is the family going on this journey? If so, this vehicle will give you the ride of your dreams. There’s loads of room for luggage and travel essentials, plus it’s a sports tourer. That means it’s a car that’s specifically built to offer a healthy mixture of speed, comfort and handling.
Car 4: Porsche Boxter
Okay, so this far from ideal if you’re planning on taking a longer-than-average road trip. It’s also not a family car and, at around £38,000 brand new, it’s hardly the cheapest either. However, you can roll down the roof in under 9 seconds and there’s a heck of a lot to be said for the ability to race down a deserted road with the wind in your hair. And you know what? At 150 litres, the boot is deceptively large and there’s an extra 130 litres available in the nose, so it’s not quite as impractical as it initially seems.
Car 5: Peugeot 308
When you’re on a road trip, the last thing you’re going to want to do is spend all your time looking at the fuel gauge and panicking that you’re about to run out of juice. The Peugeot 308 1.6 HDi has been voted one of the most fuel-efficient cars on the road, eating up miles and emitting just 120kg of carbon dioxide every kilometre. And if that wasn’t a big enough pull, consider the huge boot and the under-floor storage, too.