The best cars for an outdoors lifestyle
The great outdoors - what’s not to like? Wide open spaces, plenty of fresh air and - sometimes in the UK - good weather. There’s a lot to tempt people about spending time in the British countryside. With lockdown measures easing but with people favouring a ‘staycation’ over travels abroad, it’s likely that the UK’s outdoors is going to be immensely popular this year.
But what type of car should you choose for an
outdoorsy lifestyle? After all, you have to get
to the great outdoors before you start. So let’s take a look at some of the
best cars for the job.
The Volvo XC90 is a straightforward choice for those who enjoy an active outdoors lifestyle. It’s supremely comfortable, spacious and has a decent amount of off-road prowess too. It’s also extremely safe, which is an added consideration for outdoorsy families.
With space for seven the whole family can come along for the ride, while a range of accessories such as roof rails and bike racks make the XC90 a flexible outdoors option.
Audi A4 Allroad
If you want to combine the go-anywhere nature of an SUV with the practicality of an estate car, then you’ll want the Audi A4 Allroad. It incorporates everything people love about Audi cars - great build quality, refined driving experience and plenty of tech - in a package that’ll handle any adventure.
It uses Audi’s excellent quattro all-wheel-drive system too, while a raised ride height allows you to take it further off-piste than a normal estate car.
It would be hard to organise this list without mentioning an SUV, don’t you think? They’re experiencing a huge surge in popularity, with people flocking to SUVs because of their raised driving position, imposing looks and excellent practicality.
The Mercedes GLE is by far one of the most refined in the class, and it’s good to look at too. It’s a great option for those who want to get to their outdoors location in comfort and style.
BMW 3 Series Touring
The BMW 3 Series Touring has been around for several decades now and the latest-generation model is better than ever. It’s sharper to drive and sharper to look at too, while the interior incorporates plenty of features designed to make lives easier.
Plus - and most importantly for this list - it’s spacious and practical, with a clever split-open boot giving clever and easy access to the rear load area.
There’s no reason why you can’t go further afield in an electric car, particularly one as practical and well-mannered as the Jaguar I-Pace. With a range of well over 200 miles, there’s enough in the EV tank for a decent-length trip, while plenty of boot space and decent cabin room means it’s geared up for an adventure.
You might need to plan in some charging locations if you’re going on a very long journey, but for most other length trips the I-Pace will manage just fine without being plugged in.
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