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The Best vehicle for your Road trip this summer

Which vehicle should you take?

Choosing the best vehicle for a road trip will depend on various factors that we outlined in last month’s blog.

Once you’ve given them some thought, here are a few options to consider.

Compact car

If you’re travelling on your own, or in a small group, a compact car makes for a practical and affordable option. It’s a budget-friendly choice if you’re travelling with minimal luggage, although you may be surprised just how much you can fit in a small hatchback if you get creative with packing.

Compact cars usually offer good fuel efficiency and are easy to manoeuvre. This makes them great for both long-distance and urban driving – so whether you’re travelling through crowded cities or crossing wide open roads, compact cars will perform well.

And while compact cars won’t give you as much room as larger vehicles, there’s often a surprising amount of legroom in many modern compact cars.

But make sure you factor in terrain. While compact cars are great for driving on paved roads and motorways, they might be unsuitable for rough or unpaved terrain.


SUV’S s are versatile cars that offer loads of space for passengers and luggage. If you’re taking multiple passengers, you’ll have room for a comfortable and relaxed journey for all your friends or family. You should also have space for any extra equipment you might be taking.

While they aren’t as fuel-efficient as compacts, they often deliver decent fuel efficiency.

Most modern SUVs have a range of features that will make your journey more comfortable. Think adjustable seats, climate control, connectivity options and entertainment systems – a huge bonus if you’re travelling with small children.

SUVs are also very safe vehicles to drive. They’re often equipped with adaptive cruise control, emergency braking and lane departure warning – and their higher vantage point offers better visibility on the road.

The SUV is a good all-rounder for longer journeys and a great option for a road trip.


If you are travelling with a large group or with a large amount of equipment, you might want to consider using a minibus.

Depending on the size of the vehicle, you should be able to comfortably seat at least 15 people. Plus, the room for storage will mean you can bring everything along for your trip without having to take more than one vehicle or think about adding rooftop carriers or trailers.

Minibuses offer a comfortable trip for drivers and passengers. Many boast adjustable seats, air conditioning, ample legroom and entertainment. They offer unmatched convenience for passengers of all ages and mobility levels, with large doors and steps. They are generally very safe vehicles to drive, often offering stability control systems and cruise control options.

It’s worth keeping in mind that minibuses can be tricky to manoeuvre if you’re inexperienced. Care must be taken when driving a minibus, taking into consideration their size when on the road or when parking.

They’re not as suitable for off-road driving or challenging road conditions as SUVs. They’re also not as fuel efficient as smaller vehicles, so this should also be taken into account when budgeting for your trip.

Please also note that you will need to be covered on your driving licence for a Category D1 vehicle.

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