Road trips aren’t just for great American journeys…there are some beautiful places to visit in the UK, and more and more people will be taking advantage of these short breaks this summer with the beautiful weather we are being promised!
Here are Jack’s 6 top car choices for long distance driving, whether you’re looking to buy a new set of wheels or planning on hiring a car then take note. These cars are the best value for money, most aesthetically pleasing, practical and efficient for the longer road trips.
We’ve also chucked in some ideas for the best car journeys you can take right here in the UK during your Bank holiday or over the summer holidays!
Top 6 Cars For Road Trips
It’s not revolutionary, but you do get a lot of kit for your cash. 591 litres of boot space with the seats up and 1436 with them folded is nothing to snigger at, and there’s plenty of head and legroom for you army of little ones waging war on the seats…or if you’re off camping for the weekend and need room for lots of baggage then this is perfect!
It’s come along way since the original model launched in 1993 and is set to be a best seller this year. There’s very little to dislike on the inside. All major areas are made from soft touch plastics making it a comfy ride and great for long distance journeys! Passenger space has increased all round too and the boot is also much bigger.
Once on the move, it’s clear much has been done to improve refinement meaning the Sportage makes for a comfortable way to cover distances.
The new Kia Sorento is a car that anyone looking to replace their big seven-seater SUV should consider. The standard kit includes four-wheel drive, air conditioning, 17 inch alloy wheels, cruise control and reversing sensors.
The Sorento is very spacious and there’s plenty of room for tall adults so perfect if there’s a group of you going on an adventure.
Where it really feels at home is on the motorway. At a cruise in top gear the car’s 2.2-litre diesel engine is barely ticking over so there’s plenty of power in reserve for overtakes and tackling steep inclines.
Volvo v70 Diesel Estate
The V70 is built for comfort, and as such is most at home on the motorway, (often with blue lights on the roof.) Here, in its natural habitat, the soft, supple ride and uncertain steering help keep the car – and its driver – relaxed and composed.
The back seats of a V70 are very spacious and comfortable too making it a perfect road trip car.
Mazda 6 Tourer Estate
The Tourer is one of, if not the best, in it’s class to drive. If you’re looking for a stylish, practical and cheap to run family estate then you can’t go wrong.
It has a big boot, plus it has a wide opening and no load lip, which makes getting heavy items in and out pretty easy. When you fold the rear seats down, you’re presented with a pretty flat space, with no step between the boot floor and the seat backs…ideal for trips to the coast.
Vauxhall Insignia Estate
A well-built and comfortable family estate car. The Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer also works very well as a long-distance cruiser, thanks to its comfortable ride, good noise insulation and extremely supportive seats.
It’s also a more cost-effective alternative to cars like the Audi A4 Avant and Peugot 508, which works out more favorably for families on a tighter budget.
Now for the exciting part, 5 of the most beautiful trips you can take in the UK…
- Cheddar Gorge – Somerset, England
Cheddar Gorge, in the heart of the West Country, is located 10 miles south-west of Bristol and 8 miles east of Weston-Super-Mare. Causing many motorists to stare in awe, the road’s scenery appears as though the earth is opening up to reveal deep-sliced limestone cliffs. Expect twisting turns and the odd farm vehicle as you weave your way through this spectacular route.
Water world: Lake District
Hills and valleys on an epic scale combine with weather to match. Come rain or shine, you can’t help but fall in love in the Lake District. Take a stress-free drive on the A1M and A66 to Barnard Castle, passing through lush moorland on your way to the Lake District. Go through the steep Kirkstone Pass, known locally as “The Struggle”, to reach the grey stone cottages of cutesy Ambleside, on the banks of Lake Windermere. Park in a lay-by before the road plunges down into the town and look back at the grey of the asphalt weaving its way between green hillsides.
Eastern promise: East Anglia
The flat lands of East Anglia pave the way for open landscapes reminiscent of African savannahs. It all starts just an hour’s drive from London. Head south on the A12 road for lunch at Dedham, tucked away in a miniature valley. Head for Ramsholt before taking the winding B1084 through Butley to Orford for a night.
Heart of the matter: Central England
From power boating to underground exploration, curious art and Georgian luxury, you’ll be surprised how much there is to do. Head north-east along the pretty A607 road to Melton Mowbray for a round of golf in quintessentially English countryside – and a night in one of England’s finest stately homes. Swing north-west on the A606 to Holme Pierrepont for some wet and wild fun on the rapids.
Highland fling: Scotland’s back garden
Hit the Highlands, one of the last areas of the UK where you get truly open roads, surrounded by soaring mountains and icy lochs that will take your breath away. As soon as you leave Glasgow, you’re out into the big country. Head north on the M8, then onto the A82, hugging Loch Lomond. This is the start of the Highlands, where the land is awash with heather in late summer.
Hopefully this gives you some of ideas of where to head over the Bank holiday weekend if you’re looking for a romantic trip for 2 or an adventure with the family.
Make sure your car is in good nick before you set off and you’ve done all of the necessary checks!
If you have any places or great road trip cars that you want to share with us too, please comment below, we would love to hear from you!