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. They are all available used too; since in the current climate, we are all looking to save money where we can.
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. 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.
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.
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