*This is a collaborative post*
I love our car because it’s pretty damn big and we can fit a lot of stuff in it. I mean there’s four of us and we come with an awful lot of stuff whenever we go anywhere. The thing is, it’s been a bit temperamental and not as reliable as I’d like so I absolutely hate driving it. We’ve been looking at a few options to replace it but I’m actually a bit stuck. You know we love a day trip so here’s a selection that could make your family day trip that little bit easier!
When you’re young, you choose a car for the freedom it gives you. There’s nothing like being able to cruise around your local streets, looking for adventure.
When the family comes along, though, priorities suddenly change. No longer do things like alloy wheels and 0 to 60 mph times matter. Other considerations come to the fore.
The good news is that the auto industry accommodates families very well. In fact, they make up the lion’s share of new car buyers. When you add children to the mix, you just need a car. Trying to parent without one is so much more difficult. You wonder how anyone managed it in the past.
But which cars make your day trips easier? What vehicles are the best for enabling you and your family to up sticks and go to the beach or hills? Take a look.
Skoda isn’t just a funny brand name to try to say, but it now also makes some pretty decent cars. Gone are the days when these vehicles were rust buckets.
Skodas are primarily for people who just want the most practical cars and don’t care a great deal about how they look. And Skoda knows this. That’s why they put extra effort into making their vehicles more durable, allowing you to drive them for year after year, without worrying about depreciation or wearing them out.
This particular model, therefore, is ideal for families with dogs and lots of children with muddy boots.
Vauxhall Grandland X
Vauxhall might be quintessentially British and part of the landscape, but that doesn’t mean people should overlook what the company is doing. The new Vauxhall Grandland X is a case in point. The vehicle seemingly came out of nowhere and is now taking the SUV market by storm, thanks to all its family-friendly features.
As with most SUVs, you get a lot of space in the rear for all your children’s possessions. On top of that, you get some exceptional safety features such as drowsiness alert and pedestrian detection – all pretty futuristic. The sporty design also helps a great deal, making you feel like you’re inside something attractive, instead of merely functional.
Most families overlook Peugeot as a brand, but the company is getting much better at building cars for busy people – and the 3008 is no exception. The vehicle sports bold styling on both the outside and inside. The automaker decks out the cabin with trend denim, creating a somewhat unique look. And the sizable flat floor at the back makes it easily large enough for groups of teenagers.
Please note, though, that this is not a driver’s car, and some aspects may annoy you. The small steering wheel seems like unnecessary cost saving. And the dashboard is a little sparse and experimental.
With that said, it does provide you with an excellent driving position for those family day trips. You feel high up on the road and in command of it – something you don’t get if you opt for a regular hatchback.
I still don’t know which would be our best bet, but it’ll definitely be getting upgraded as soon as we can.