If you knew that the average person spends almost 4 years of their life behind the wheel, wouldn’t you want to make sure that your car is up for the job? Long daily commutes can turn a small inconvenience into a major problem… that is why it’s a no-brainer to find the best commuter car possible which offers great efficiency, comfort, and connectivity. Let’s go through some of our brand favourites so you can turn those irritating long commutes into a pleasure!
It’s hard not to mention the Vauxhall Astra when exploring the best cars for long commutes in the Vauxhall range. The Astra is a reliable all-rounder that is perfect for those looking for a small family-sized car that can just keep on going. Every engine on the Astra is efficient and drinks fuel as if it were on an IV drip, with recent models boasting over 65mpg on the diesel variants!
Of course, you will find Bluetooth connectivity and the like, but what about the seating? Well, they are incredibly high quality, ergonomic, adjustable, and situated within a heat and sound-insulated cabin. The Vauxhall Astra has also received a full five-star NCAP safety rating, making it one of the best in its class, even for affordability!
Looking for something a little bigger for your commuter car, giving you a fresh driving experience? Then the Vauxhall Insignia has got you covered. If you are taking this commuting business seriously, then the diesel engine variants will be your best friend here. These offer over 60mpg and pack a good acceleration for those motorway runs.
In terms of driving, the Insignia was designed as a company car in Europe, so you can expect a clean, refined performance that promotes long-distance comfort. This sleek coupe is integrated with a responsive suspension, smooth gear shifting and a spacious interior that brings a pleasant drive that is far from tedious.
As a stylish mid-sized family car, the Peugeot 508 is a great option if you are interested in long-distance estates. Like the Insignia, the 508 offers over 60mpg with the powerful diesel engine variant, but also offers a higher driving position which may suit your more. The smooth automatic transmission brings a great deal of ease into those long rides, supported by calm and responsive steering.
The inside of the 508 brings in the same stylish looks from the outside, integrating easy-to-use technology and a cabin design that brings a bang for your buck. A plug-in hybrid model may also suit your lifestyle with its additional range of up to 39 miles.
Since its revamping a while ago, the Peugeot 208 has risen through the ranks to become a staggeringly efficient car. If you are looking for something a little more personal than those larger-sized commuters, then the 208 might be the one for you. Offering over 60mpg and even more on the diesel variants, the quiet engines make it a great long commuter car.
As a reliable choice that holds firm against its competitors, the 208’s low emissions also keep its taxes low, so you will be squinting to find the upkeep prices of this vehicle. There’s plenty of tech for commuting too, including cruise control so that your journeys are optimised for comfort and focus.
The Hyundai i30 is a great all-rounder that is confident to handle day trips and long commutes all the same. For those long-distance trips, we’d recommend the 1.6L diesel engine which offers a staggering 70mpg. The i30 is a quiet-sounding car with excellent connectivity so that you can listen to what you want without the background fuzz.
While it is arguably less flashy by taking on a more practical form, you will be guaranteed a refined interior with its easy-going and comfortable seating and accessories. The i30 holds a deceptively impressive boot space and rear, able to easily accommodate multiple people if you are looking for a family commute. Check out the i30 range here, there is a wide array of options to suit any budget need!
Exploring the Hyundai range for the best commuter cars will inevitably lead us to something electric. In this case, it’s the IONIQ 5. This is one of the leading EVs in terms of reliability and fast charging, offering a 10-80% charge in just 18 minutes. The IONIQ 5 was built for long commutes, where its range of up to 315 miles means you can drive as far as you need to, stop for a 20-minute charge, and do it all again. Easy.
If you are considering an electric long commuter, then the IONIQ 5 deserves a place at the top of this list. It also ticks the boxes of a stylish exterior and a connective and customisable interior with touch screens and relaxation seats – perfect for long family or solo commutes!
Like the idea of an electric commuter but need an SUV? The MG ZS EV might just be for you. This SUV fits comfortably into the ‘affordable’ bracket of your budget needs considering how much you get out of it. The incredibly safe ZS EV offers up to 273 miles of electric range and a boot space of 470L, making it perfect to pack tons of equipment in the back for work or family commutes.
The MG5 EV is a great option for MG fans who are looking for a comfortable electric estate. This vehicle was awarded Best Large Electric Car for Value and Best Electric Estate at the 2022 What Car? Awards, making it a very persuasive and affordable option. The MG5 can handle almost every journey without ever needing a charging stop, but if you do, you can reach full charge in around an hour which is perfect if you need a quick morning top-up.
The flashy Mazda range turns many drivers into fans, and the CX-30is no exception. The bright and breathable interior with brown accented components takes the monotony out of driving and instead inspires something refreshing, even after long journeys. The radar cruise control on the CX-30 deserves praise and works in unison with the smooth manual transmission, while additional tech like the lane departure warning does the hard work for you. While not an electric car, the CX-30 is quiet, and you will never need to raise your voice or turn down the music to speak.We are excited to show you our stunning infotainment system with slim running costs - what more could you want?
The Mazda SUV range handles long commutes incredibly well, and that’s why the CX-5 deserves a mention. As a reliable compact SUV, you are offered excellent traction and handling without ever needing to worry about a lack of space. Long commutes are taken care of with climate control, heated seating and a ventilated cabin. Additionally, the 2.2L diesel engine variant can return over 50mpg which is excellent considering its size.
Whether you are ready to make a switch, need to browse, or just generally need to speak to someone, we are here to help you find you the best commuter car. You can contact our experts through our enquiries page or simply give us a call so that we can find the best deal for you and your lifestyle.