Recent research from KwikFit tells us that more and more motorists in the UK are choosing to stay in Britain for their summer holiday. With this in mind its worth considering just what are the best suited cars for drivers and their family.
Ideally a family motorist is going to want something practical and spacious; therefore it will be large but preferably not overbearing and difficult to manoeuvre.
The car will also need to be well equipped to keep passengers comfortable and occupied on long trips and the vehicle should be clean and efficient to keep fuel bills and general running costs down.
Happily there are numerous cars available both new and used across the network of Perrys Dealerships. Ranging from MPVs, to crossovers and SUVs, here is our selection of cars which will greatly suit the driving tasks of a family summer holiday.
The Orlando is a compact MPV which can seat up to seven people in comfort. With prices currently starting from £17,620 the Chevrolet Orlando is also currently one of the cheapest seven-seater cars available new.
A Chevrolet Orlando is more than suited for taking a family to a distant summer holiday location, because it focuses on practicality. Not only does the car offer loads of seating and storage space but generous equipment levels to.
Standard equipment on entry-level Orlandos includes air conditioning, remote central locking, tinted windows and an adjustable steering wheel.
The engine options for the Orlando include a 141bhp 1.8-litre petrol unit and a 2.0-litre diesel with outputs of 130bhp or 163bhp. Any of these units are well suited for long distance trips.
The Chevrolet Orlando is available now at Perrys Chevrolet Dealerships in Dover and Rotherham.
Based on the incredibly stylish Fiat 500 city car, the 500L mini-MPV is a five-seater which offers bright, distinctive looks and practical elements.
The 500L has really been making a name for itself in the UK thanks in large part to Fiat’s promotional online viral video, the ‘Motherhood Rap’ which has received over 2 million views on YouTube.
The car itself offers a large amount of room and distinct trim levels, starting with Pop Star and Easy and followed by Lounge and Trekking. Pricing for the 500L currently starts from £14,995.
Engine options for the 500L include the efficient 104bhp 0.9-litre TwinAir petrol unit, an 84bhp 1.3-litre diesel and a 1.6-litre diesel with 104bhp.
Standard kit on all Fiat 500L models includes Bluetooth, cruise control and a radio which is operated by a five inch touchscreen.
Equipment found on the Pop Star trim includes a body-coloured dashboard and alloy wheels. The Easy trim meanwhile brings rear electric windows, rear parking sensors and a fixed glass roof to the 500L.
The range-topping Lounge trim includes climate control, 16″ alloy wheels and front fog lamps.
Order the Fiat 500L now at Perrys Fiat Dealerships in Amersham, Aylesbury and Portsmouth.
The Ford C-Max is a family car highly rated by many in the motoring industry due to its reliability and undoubted usability for families.
Priced from £17,850, the C-Max is available with various engines including the award-winning 1.0-litre Ecoboost petrol unit, well suited for taking the C-Max to distant holiday locations.
Other features for the C-Max include a panoramic roof, a DAB radio system and air conditioning. The C-Max now also has Ford SYNC which features a hugely-impressive range of in-car connectivity features such as emergency assistance, lane keeping aids, traffic sign recognition and other leading technological advancements.
The Ford C-Max is available for test driving or purchasing now at Perrys Ford Dealerships in Aylesbury and High Wycombe.
A new-generation Kia Carens was recently launched and the seven-seater MPV centres on a ‘dynamic space’ theme to suit family needs.
Priced from £16,895, the Carens uses the same platform as the highly-rated Kia Cee’d hatchback. Its high level of space and dependable choice of engines make it perfectly suited for taking a large family to a distant holiday location.
The engine choice includes a 1.7-litre diesel engine with either 113bhp or 134bhp, plus a 133bhp 1.6 GDI petrol engine. There’s also a 175bhp 2.0 GDI engine on offer with the new Carens.
Standard kit includes a CD/radio player, heated and electric mirrors, cruise control and air conditioning.
The Kia Carens can be found now at Perrys Kia Dealerships in Burnley, Preston and Rotherham.
The Mazda CX-5 has won plenty of praise as a family car thanks to its superbly efficient diesel engines available and the large array of onboard technology.
The car is a sizeable crossover SUV starting from £21,395. The CX-5 is smartly designed on both the outside and inside but is also capable of some rugged off-road driving duties.
Standard equipment includes cruise control, climate control and air conditioning as well as an infotainment system with an excellent 5.8-inch colour touch screen.
The touch-screen display can be used for onboard satellite navigation, provided by a reliable TomTom system onboard.
A Smartphone can also be connected to the CX-5’s infotainment system with ease and from there features can be accessed on the touch-screen monitor.
The CX-5 engine range includes the 2.2-litre Skyactiv-D diesel with a CO2 output from just a mere 119g/km. The CX-5 has low running costs and plenty to keep passengers occupied whilst on a journey to a holiday destination.
The Mazda CX-5 is available now at your nearest Perrys Mazda Dealership.
Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
The highly comfortable and spaciousVauxhall Zafira Tourer is a reliable five seater MPV, that’s more then up to the task for a summer holiday trip.
One particular stand out feature of this car is the famous Flex 7 seating system. Equipment levels are good and include DAB digital radio, alloy wheels, air con and cruise control as standard.
The Zafira Tourer’s FlexRide chassis, first seen on the Insignia model, also provide it an engaging drive for an MPV.
The engine line-up includes a 1.4-litre engine with 139bhp, a seperate 1.8-litre petrol engine also with 139bhp and three 2.0-litre CDTI diesel engines.
The diesels come with power outputs of 109bhp, 129bhp and 163bhp. The lower-power diesel engine in ECOflex trim is capable of a claimed 62.8mpg on the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 119g/km.
The Vauxhall Zafira Tourer range is available now at your nearest Perrys Vauxhall Dealership.
If you have a larger budget which can afford a more premium vehicle on the market, the latest Range Rover represents a worthy investment a great choice for a family car.
Highly capable both on and off-road the road, the luxurious Range Rover can seat five very comfortably within its cabin.
The new Range Rover has had a design overhaul for its latest iteration with a sleek, more aerodynamic front end, interior revamp and more luxury equipment.
The move upmarket means even base versions are more premium than ever before, making it the best luxury SUV on the market today. Pricing for the Range Rover currently begins at £71,310.
Engines include a range-topping 502bhp supercharged V8 petrol and two more frugal diesels; a 254bhp 3.0-litre diesel TDV8 and a 334bhp 4.4-litre diesel V8.
The latter offers a 22 per cent reduction in fuel consumption at 37.7mpg and just 196g/km of CO2 emissions – and for those who want an even greener drive a 169g/km diesel hybrid version is planned for 2013.
The new Range Rover’s equipment list includes satellite navigation, climate control and cruise control.
For driver and other passengers the Range Rover is very enjoyable vehicle to experience, even if the summer holiday destination is a very long drive away.
Find the new Range Rover now at Perrys Land Rover Dealerships over in Halifax and Huddersfield.