GREAT CARS FOR A GREAT BRITISH ROAD TRIP
Forget trying to light a barbecue in the rain. What better way to spend a gloriously long bank holiday weekend than to head out onto the open road and get lost somewhere new?
For that, of course, you’ll need a car that turns long journeys from a chore into a delight. From saving you cash with competitive fuel economy to simply being spacious and fun to drive, we’ve got just the car for the trip…
… in fact, we’ve got five. Let’s start things off with a little look at:
THE FIAT 500C
Sun out, roof down. Fiat’s flagship convertible model is a joy to take on a weekend adventure, and you’ll look damn good doing it.
The exceptionally responsive steering and zippy performance makes the 500C very well suited to both busy urban and deep rural environments; you’ll have no problem nipping in and out of inner-city traffic, and it makes light work of those winding, backwater roads leading off into the great beyond. Being able to do it all with the sun on your back and the wind in your hair is a delightful bonus, too!
THE PEUGEOT 3008
We can’t think of a better Peugeot for a cross-country roadtrip than the revamped 3008, and there’s more than a few reasons to love this beautifully designed SUV.
The sleek (and radically updated) styling of the 3008 is instantly apparent, but on the inside you’ll be treated to an impressive amount of space - essential if you’re going the distance with kids in tow. There’s also a gigantic 591 litre boot, something which equipment-laden campers will no doubt appreciate.
And while the kids are happy in the back, you’ll be having the drive of your life up front. Seriously, the award-winning iCockpit - which comes as standard in all new 3008s - is one of the most inspired and driver-friendly cockpit designs we have ever come across. We won’t go into all the details here, but we will just say that the sales team at our Wokingham dealership never get tired of showing it to instantly impressed customers.
Throw some powerful drive performance on top of all this, and you’ve got an SUV which you’ll want to drive all bank holiday long.
A frequent winner of Best Family Car awards, the Mazda6 is one of the best large family saloons on the road… and unlike most other family saloons, it’s extremely high up on the ‘fun to drive’ scale.
The list of features as well as the well thought-out design - both inside and out - is everything you’d expect from a Mazda. One thing that is surprising, however, is the fuel economy; despite the big pulling power of the engine, you’ll be soaring along at well over 60 mpg in the diesel option (with CO2 emissions at a competitive 119g/km).
The Mazda6 is designed for those who love driving. If you’ve ever planned a road trip purely based on how long you get to spend traversing fun-looking roads, this car has your name on it.
THE VAUXHALL ASTRA
As one of the most popular cars ever sold in the history of British autosales, the Vauxhall Astra needs no introduction.
Packed with safety features? Check. Fun to drive? You bet. Impressive fuel economy? Double check. If this isn’t a superb car for a road trip across our fine lands, we don’t know what is.
THE HYUNDAI TUCSON
Need something a bit bigger for that weekend away, but don’t want to go into full SUV territory? Look no further than the Hyundai Tucson, a spacious and handsome compact SUV that takes comfort to a whole new level.
The Tucson is a dream when it comes to longer journeys. Cruising along the motorway, and one of the first things you’ll notice is how zen-like the drive is - barely a peep of engine or road noise enters the cabin, and everything in the cockpit feels like it was placed there specifically for you on a millimeter scale. Space-wise, you’ll easily get four tall adults in the Tucson with room to spare and more than enough headroom.
Plenty of safety kit and a value for money price tag seal the deal and help make the Hyundai Tucson top of the class when it comes to road tripping.