As lockdown eases it’s easy for thoughts to wander to holidays. Here is the Sterling guide to 10 of the most comfortable cars for a family road trip.
As lockdown eases it’s easy for thoughts to wander to holidays but with overseas trips still out of the question you’ll need to pack the family and a shed load of accessories into a comfortable car for a staycation.
Whether you aim for the ruggedness and romance of the Cornish coast, the serenity of the Scotish Highlands or the bright lights, ice cream and candyfloss of Blackpool, you’ll need a comfortable car to get you there.
Here is the Sterling guide to 10 of the most comfortable cars for a family road trip.
1. Jaguar F-Type Convertible
We kick off in style with the drop head, drop dead gorgeous Jag. For the ultimate road trip it has to be a convertible with the top down and the wind in your face. It looks great and boasts levels of comfort you just cannot imagine. It glides, magic carpet-like, is crammed full of comforts and is spacious, but not spacious enough for the whole family, so think again.
2. Range Rover (any Range Rover)
Come on, even the Queen’s partial to driving a Range Rover. Built for comfort, speed and, occasionally, off road high jinks, everyone loves a Range Rover. The ride is refined, seating armchair-like, and engine noise minimal as you take your elevated position and enjoy the trip and the view from this extremely comfortable car. You can get everything, including the kitchen sink, in the rear and it’s great for towing too so hook up the horsebox, trailer or caravan.
3. Mercedes-Benz GL
Staying up market the GL is like Dr Who’s Tardis, bigger inside than it looks from the outside. It has three rows of seats so it can take a large or extended family with ease and there’s heaps of space for luggage too. And the even better news is, that if you suffer a backseat driver, they will never imagine how fast you are going because of the whispering power train.
4. Skoda Superb Estate
People stopped making jokes about Skodas years ago. The Superb is, just like it says on the label, superb. It’s a very comfortable car, particularly roomy in the back, excellent for long-legged teenagers and the gadgets they seem attached to. The boot is cavernous too – more than 600 litres of space so there will be no need to leave any of those staycation must haves (hair driver, sports gear, kettle, hot water bottles etc etc) behind.
5. Toyota Camry Hybrid
You wont get an adrenaline rush driving the Camry but you won’t get back ache or eye strain either. It’s an extremely comfortable car with plenty of legroom. Instrumentation is simple, visibility is panoramic, and the 2.5-litre engine and powerful electric motor for a combined 215bhp has plenty of pep, even when fully laden. And, obviously, being a hybrid you won’t be spending a fortune on fuel.
6. Renault Kadjar
The Kadjar boats refinement, comfort and economy in spades. It’s great on a motorway but performs just as well on the urban cycle, meaning you can lead the way no matter where you are heading. It will seat five pretty comfortably and the interior is uncluttered – meaning there’s plenty of space for stuff needed to keep the children quiet on route to your staycation destination.
7. Subaru Crosstrek XV
Subaru describes the Crosstrek XV as “bold, sporty, confident. Compact, capable, reliable” and who are we to disagree? Impressive performance and lots of safety enhancements make the driving easy in this very comfortable car. The self-charging hybrid crossover lets you drive longer and waste less time filling up with fuel. It’s spacious too, taking five adults with ease and all the luggage they will need in a generous boot.
8. Volvo S90 Saloon
It’s not flash. It was designed to be a calming, relaxed road cruiser able to get the driver, passengers and heaps of luggage where they need to be in a refreshed, recharged and rather relaxed state. Less is more in the spacey and rather minimalist interior. This is a comfortable car aimed at executives but it is just as capable as a family runaround and would be super for a long and leisurely road trip.
9. Vauxhall Combo Life 7-Seater
With loads of space, premium comfort and smart safety features, Combo Life is an ideal family vehicle for weekends away, trips to the seaside or camping adventures. This 7-seater comes with an optional panoramic glass sunroof, overhead storage console, ambient LED lighting and an electric sunblind to help you avoid the glare and keep cool when things are hotting up this summer. A little odd to look as, but a very comfortable car.
10. VW Passat Estate
Passats have been on the road for almost 50 years and from the start the focus seemed to be on comfort rather than handling but the more doden models handle remarkably well despite their prodigious size. Of course, those external dimensions convert to acres of space and comfort inside the car making the Passat a top contender for a lengthy road trip this year and next, because when the German’s build a family estate, they build it to last.
However many miles you plan to drive, wherever your staycation takes you (when permitted) and whatever you plan to travel in, make sure to take Sterling breakdown insurance with you. It costs from as little as £46.80 a year.
Sterling also has a range of insurance packages for every sort of car, van and campervan — including specialist VW policies — with prices starting from £125 a year. The best insurance rates are only available over the phone: 0344 381 9990.