5 of the best cars for your next road trip

Matt Press is a car enthusiast and the owner of Learn, Think, Drive – a driving school in the UK that specialises in intensive driving courses.

When it comes to exploring the world and having plenty of outdoor adventures, you can’t beat a road trip. But wherever you head off to on your travels, you’d better make sure in a good motor. With that in mind, I’ve shortlisted the top 5 vehicles that you’d want to be in.

Car number 1: Classic Volkswagon Camper Van

This is your classic road trip vehicle. It’s old school. It’s iconic. Okay, so it won’t help you if you’re heading off-road, but if you’re doing a fairly standard road trip, you’re going to save loads of cash with one of these. You can pick them up cheaply on eBay – just make sure you pack spare parts and a toolkit just in case.

Car number 2: An old Jeep Cherokee

Don’t let the age of this bad-boy dissuade you. If you find a decent old jeep on the cheap, you’ll be thanking me for years. Pick out one of these if you need to tackle more than concrete and don’t worry – it’s a bit of a tank. To be honest, it’ll probably outlast you.

Car number 3: Toyota Prius

Okay, it’s a bit of a dad car. But data doesn’t lie. The entry-level eco model is the cheapest and greenest Prius in the line up and will do 60 miles per gallon on the highway (so you’re sorted for 600 miles). Basically, if your road trip is a lengthy one, this is the car to go for.

Car number 4: 2019 Subaru Crosstrek

This is everything you need, really. It’s reliable, practical and fun to drive. With an awesome fuel economy rate, you’re going to be sorted if you’re on a long trip. And regardless of whether you’re in a couple or taking the family, there’s plenty of room. It’s also got all-wheel drive if you need to head off the beaten track.

Car number 5: Westfalia Sven Hedin CUV

This option is if you fancy all the fun and nostalgia of the VW camper van but without the headache and uncertainty that comes with driving a shell on wheels. This CUV is super-useful. It comes with tables, a bed, a half-bathroom (with a toilet and sink) and a kitchen (with a cooktop, fridge and storage). It’s obviously pricier, but probably less than a couple of months of hotel rooms.