If you’re ever thinking about driving to a popular festival, then in all likelihood you’ll want something big enough to take your friends or family with you.
Ideally a car for a festival needs to be so practical that passengers will be able to sleep in it and take it off-road. With many festivals held on grass, mud or other low-grip terrain, a car taken to such an event needs to be versatile.
To help find you the answer, here are our picks for the top cars suitable for festivals. All cars featured on this list can be found new or used at select Perrys Dealerships nationwide.
Land Rover Defender
With its chunky tyres, high ground clearance and strong turbodiesel engine, the Defender should be able to handle any sort of slippery off-road terrain you may face going to a festival.
Not only this, but the Land Rover Defender is a highly versatile which can be specified to your needs. With three wheelbase sizes and 14 bodystyles to choose, the Defender can come as a pick-up, station wagon and as a soft-top.
You can from two to seven seats in your Defender and there should be plenty of space to carry the kit needed for the festival.
The Defender is currently priced from £21,415 and is available at Perrys Land Rover Dealerships in Halifax and Huddersfield.
Fiat 500L Trekking
The Fiat 500L Trekking is not only a practical motor but also carries a bright, quirky approach to styling both for the exterior and interior. This sort of styling approach should fit well within the mood of a fun, happy-go-lucky festival event.
The Trekking is the top specification in the Fiat 500L MPV range. Compared to other versions this car has a raised ride height and a Traction Plus driving feature designed specifically for tackling low-grip surfaces.
The 500L Trekking can also seat up to five passengers and has a boot with at least 310 litres of space. Move the rear seats forward and you can increase boot space to 400 litres, or fold the back seats down to get a whopping 1,310 litres in total.
There’s a lot of standard equipment on the 500L Trekking, including a panoramic sunroof, plus many options including even an espresso coffee maker if you fancy.
The Fiat 500L Trekking starts from £17,095 and can be bought at Perrys Fiat Dealerships in Amersham, Aylesbury and Portsmouth.
Provided the terrain is a little less tricky compared to what you can get at certain festivals, the large seven-seater cabin space of the Alhambra is great for taking a large group plus items on a summer’s trip.
A frequent winner of best MPV category awards from numerous popular publications and websites, the Alhambra is great not just for moving many things but staying in as well. The maximum storage space in the Seat Alhambra is a colossal 2,297 litres. That’s big enough to accommodate tent equipment and other large items you can think of.
There are some impressively efficient models like the Ecomotive S specification, which with the manual gearbox returns 50.4mpg and CO2 emissions of just 146g/km.
Standard equipment for the Seat Alhambra includes climate control and Bluetooth. The MPV currently starts from £25,340 and is available at Perrys Seat Dealership in Aylesbury.
The imposing Ford Ranger has the rugged qualities to tackle the most slippery terrain at a festival, and the loading capacity to take everything you want for such an event.
What’s also great about the Ranger is the variety of bodystyles to suit different circumstances depending on how many people or how much stuff you want to take.
There are three bodystyles for the latest Ford Ranger, including a 2+2 super cab form to go with the single cab and double cab specifications.
Engines for this pick-up include a 2.2-litre diesel with 123bhp or 148bhp and a 3.2-litre diesel with 197bhp.
New Ford Ranger models presently starts from £18,670. Find it now at Perrys Ford Dealerships in Aylesbury and High Wycombe.
Fiat Panda 4×4
The Fiat Panda 4×4 may not be what you’d call large, particularly next to the other entries in this guide. However this clever car may also surprise with its level of versatility. With its grippy tyres and four-wheel drive powertrain, potentially linked to a turbocharged TwinAir engine, the Panda 4×4 is more than capable on tough terrain.
In fact the Panda 4×4 was chosen as the SUV of the Year in 2012 by Top Gear magazine. The bodywork and suspension is of course toughened up compared to a standard Fiat Panda.
More than this though, the Fiat Panda 4×4 also has a cosy five-seater cabin and a clever layout which delivers superb practicality for a car this size.
The Panda’s boot can hold between 225 and 870 litres but what also helps is the large number of cubby holes surrounding the cabin. If you’re not planning on taking a large party of friends to a festival, the useful Panda 4×4 will fit fantastically well into this environment.
Find the Fiat Panda 4×4, which starts from £13,995 standard, now at Perrys Fiat Dealerships.