There are few better ways to explore the world, whether at home or abroad, than by automobile and over the years the road trip has become something of a right-of-passage. The scenic qualities of certain driving routes, from Stelvio Pass in Italy to Route 66 in the United States, has led to the road trip becoming as much about the journey as the destination itself. The quality of the road trip, alongside the route taken, depends upon the car chosen to make the journey.
The Jaguar XJS, built from 1975 until 1996 and assembled at the Browns Lane plant in Coventry, is the perfect option for anyone wishing to undertake a road trip in elegance and style. This two-door coupé, designed for long-distance driving at speed and in comfort, was powered by a formidable Jaguar 5.3 litre V-12 petrol engine and was also available as a convertible.
The Volvo XC90, a luxury five-door sports utility vehicle (SUV), is an outstanding choice of vehicle for a road trip due to its sturdy build and capacious interior. The XC90, drawing on the Swedish automobile manufacturer’s reputation for the creation of safe and reliable vehicles, is a favourite transport option for families and has proven popular for journeys ranging from the school-run to long-distance family outings.
BMW 3 series
The BMW 3 series, produced from 1975 until current times, has several models to choose from that are suitable for long-haul road trips. Manufacture of the 3 series, whose models range from the two-door coupé to the five-door hatchback, has spanned six generations and has gained a reputation as the vehicle-of-choice for adult getaways and family excursions alike.
The Ford Transit van, manufactured from 1965 until the present day, has become one of the most famous and recognisable vehicles in the decades since it first appeared on the roads. This classic van has the durability, engine power, fuel economy and storage capacity required for lengthy road trips. Those planning on hiring a Ford Transit for a road trip should purchase van hire excess insurance just in case something goes wrong during the journey.
The Vauxhall Zafira, a five-door multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), is an excellent choice of vehicle for a road trip for a family or a group of friends. The Zafira, produced in various models from 1999 onwards in both petrol and diesel, is capable of seating up to seven people in three rows and possesses a spacious boot that is capable of storing ample provisions for an extensive road trip.
A road trip, whether undertaken with friends or with family, will be defined as much by the vehicle used as by the journey taken. Seating space, storage capacity and fuel economy should be taken into consideration when planning a road trip while it should be remembered that long-distance driving will be a more comfortable experience in an automobile built for luxury than for performance alone.