Yes, I love spending time in Los Angeles, but my other travelling passion is a stylish British countryside road trip. I’m just back from one in Yorkshire and the Lake District, where we actually managed to crash ours into a wall, leaving us without it until the end of the month. So, i’ve had cars on the brain recently and i’m currently planning another road trip to the North Yorkshire Dales in November. Hopefully this time we don’t have any collisions! I thought i’d share with you my favourite stylish cars for a UK countryside staycation. Whether that’s a scenic drive in Scotland or week doing all the best things to do in the Cotswolds. They are all available used too; since in the current climate, we are all looking to save money where we can. Buying a used car is a solution for that.
Now Coronavirus has made international travel a little bit too risky, if not altogether out of the question; many of us have found ourselves looking closer to home for our holiday needs. Fortunately, the UK boasts plenty of incredible things to see and do – from sprawling countryside manor houses to windswept hiking trails. Let’s embrace this chance to have a UK staycation! Naturally, the city centres are the least fun places to be at times like this, which means that you’ll need to rely on a car to get from place to place over the course of the trip. Not only will you question what to pack for a UK road trip, but which used cars are best suited to this particular job and look quite chic too? Let’s consider a few worthy candidates…
Citroen C4 Cactus
If you’re moving from place to place, often over rough terrain, then you’ll need a ride that’s as comfortable and smooth as the one provided by the Citroen C4 Cactus. With low running costs and a sizeable engine, it’s a pleasure to drive over the course of a week or so – but the interior looks a little on the cheap side.
The older version of the Q7 arguably beats out its replacement, with extra room inside and the company’s quattro four-wheel drive system. Look for a version with air suspension unless you’re intent on a rally-style drive through the countryside.
Check out my post on Exploring the North Yorkshire Dales
The spacious xc90 provides room enough for everyone – even if you’re taking a party of adults along for a trip. You’ll also get reliability, which is an absolute godsend when you’re taking a second-hand car out into unfamiliar territory for weeks on end. The downside here is fuel economy, which tends to suffer on certain models. Do your research and shop accordingly.Land Rover Discovery
You’ll need to fork out a little extra for the badge, here – but in return, you’ll get all of the proven quality that goes with the Discovery brand. The Land Rover will conquer a range of different surfaces – if you’re buying used, it’s worth checking the underside for any nicks, scrapes or corrosion caused by over-enthusiastic off-roading. This is the perfect car for a UK road trip and would be a great one for the Yorkshire wild camping experience i’ve been eyeing up.
I had a lovely adventure in the Cotswolds and at Bicester Village.
This SUV is perfect for families, providing a pleasing compromise between compactness and capaciousness. There are 1-litre petrol and 2-litre petrol and diesel engines out there. Look for the diesel if you’re putting in a lot of annual miles, and the petrol if you need a little more oomph from a standing start.Volkswagen Camper
The Volkswagen Camper is a road trip classic. If you’re looking for a vehicle that’s a little more free-spirited, which is also roomy enough for you to spend the night, then it is the ideal choice. You can literally park it up at your chosen beauty spot and have everything you need for a great holiday right there.
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