Matt Press is a car fanatic and the founder of The Drive Hive, a place where learners can book 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.