8 of the Best Cars for Families, Animal Lovers, Country Folk and Urbanites!
Is your dream car the same as it was 10 years ago? In this article we share 8 of our favourite cars sure to suit your needs.
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We all want a car that represents who we are, and it goes without saying that most of us probably see ourselves as a Lamborghini or a Ferrari. However, slick and snazzy as these cars might be, they're not necessarily going to be appropriate in every situation.
Today we’re going to be looking at the requirements you need to meet before you make a decision, and which car will best suit your day-to-day needs.
Many people see moving out of the gridlocked city and into the countryside as a goal, and we can’t blame them; the safety of small town living, the vibrant vistas around every bend and the sweet, clean air all sound very attractive. But how is your sports car going to handle flooded roads and knee high mud come the autumn?
Our first recommendation is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the Land Rover Range Rover. This SUV boasts a JLR’s Terrain Response System, enhancing its off-road capabilities and configuring the car’s systems for surfaces such as rock, snow and mud. The Range Rover’s height is going to give you an unobstructed view of the road ahead and, thanks to its superb handling, the famously narrow, twisted bends of Britain’s country will never give you hassle.
Next up, we have the MINI Countryman, and don’t let the name fool you. While it keeps the iconic mini design, the Countryman is the biggest MINI model and offers sharp handling, unparalleled traction and incredible ground clearance, making it perfect for the potentially treacherous roads out of the city. Additionally, a 4x4 version known as the ‘All4’ is available; this distributes power across all 4 wheels, ensuring that whatever the wilderness throws at you, you will be safe.
The city is always a bustling hub of activity and many drivers can’t bring themselves to move away from the sights and sounds of urban living. So what does this mean for your car? A hulking vehicle with four wheel drive might be overkill, and trying to slip down those side streets to avoid the rush hour traffic is going to be easier said than done.
If you don’t mind sacrificing a fraction of that ‘cool factor’ for a car that truly excels in the city, then the Kia Picanto could be for you. It doesn’t use as much fuel as you might think, so it’s unlikely to burn a hole in your wallet everytime you hit the road, and thanks to it’s narrow frame and surprisingly nippy responses, it’s guaranteed to make short work of those crowded city streets.
Our next option might only be a suitable car for 1 or 2 people, but it is truly a cracking car for the city. The Smart EQ ForTwo might have been designed for nipping around the city for the day. It’s tiny frame means that it can be parked in almost any spot, making you the envy of anyone in a people carrier, and it’s ability to almost spin on its axis when turning means that you’re highly unlikely to wedge yourself in a narrow street. We would suggest avoiding this car if your main journey is the school run, however.
By the time you’ve had your first kid and you’ve tried cramming that state-of-the-art pushchair into a reluctant boot, you’re going to start looking at people carriers and SUVs the way you once looked at Aston Martins. It doesn’t mean that you’re only going to be driving family cas for the rest of your life, but it does mean that, for a while, your child’s needs are going to weigh pretty heavily on your car based decisions.
If you’re going to be hosting more than one kid into your back seats, then your first port of call should be the Peugeot 3008. While some might complain that rear passengers might lack a little space, there is enough room to be able to get at least a couple of hours before said passengers begin to moan. Almost to counter this, it seems, most Peugeot 3008s come with a 10-inch entertainment screen to keep everyone happy while you focus on the road.
If you’re happy to spend a little more money, then the Volkswagen Tiguan could be the perfect addition to your family. Once again the back seats are spacious and include an entertainment screen for your rear passengers and, if a 5-seat option isn’t enough, there is a 7-seat model called the Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace. A large part of this car’s draw is it’s robust design; both drivers and passengers will feel more secure and protected by the Tiguan’s impressive chassis.
Upholstery can be cleaned and shedded hair can be hoovered, but that doesn’t mean that your car is going to be suitable for your 3 golden retrievers. You wouldn’t be the first to fill their house with pets without considering how you’re going to transport them but, with our help, you should be able to keep your animals happy without sacrificing your car.
If you’re looking for a car that comes with perks specifically for your dog, then the Nissan X-Trail SUV should be right up your street. The Paw Pack is an add-on that includes handy additions such as a spill-proof bowl, a protective mat for your boot and a ramp to help your chihuahuas and pomeranians climb in and out without relying on you to help.
For the larger dogs that can jump up and down without assistance, then you’re going to want to look at cars that have lipless boots; the BMW 5 Series Touring is a perfect example. The lack of a lip means that your dog is able to get in and out of the 570 litre boot without any obstruction, making both your life and the life of your dog easier; there are few things more heartbreaking than watching your dog fall out of your car. The boot also features a cargo net so that your pet can’t come and surprise you mid-journey.
If your pet is a major factor in deciding on your next car, then you can view more ideas in our recent Blog article, The Best Dog-Friendly Vehicles On The Market Right Now.
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