Schools are finishing up and the Great British Summer is almost upon us. What's not to love about it? From The Goodwood Festival of Speed for those who live and breathe cars, through to Whale watching in the Highlands, there literally is something for everyone. And with The Met Office reporting that the UK is odds-on for a great summer – now is the time to get on the road and pack in as many events as possible.
Why not get closer to nature along the way? – gazing at the stars in an inky blue night sky, beats a five star hotel any day. To help you get the most out of the experience, Lookers has compiled 5 of the best cars for your camping trip. And the extra beauty is that with just a little extra maneuvering, these can also be some of the best cars to sleep in too!
Looking to brush up on your wilderness survival skills? If you fancy a bit of bushcraft à la Ray Mears, then the Nissan X-Trail makes an ideal travelling companion. Load up the bikes, kayak and even the family dog. The five rearmost of the Nissan X-Trail’s seven seats can fold flat into the floor when not in use, making it perfect for throwing an air mattress in the back for a night’s sleep. Once day breaks and you want to get on the road again, you can do so in a smooth-riding, well-built, economical SUV. A win-win for everyone.
The Ford Galaxy is bigger and more practical than before. If your family extends beyond the average 2.4 children, or if you just prefer more space, then you need a car that not only has enough room to seat everyone but also has enough room for the tent, bags and multiple essentials – a bit of a tall order. Step forward the seven-seater Galaxy – it could be just what you are looking for. This exceptional people carrier has flexible seating with the Easyfold system meaning that you can effortlessly fold each second row seat flat at the touch of a button. Powerfold also makes loading heavy items a little less time consuming with its automatic third row lowering and raising setting.
No camping vehicle roundup would be complete without a Volvo. Over the years the Swedish giants have produced many models that are ideally suited to exploring the outdoors. The new Volvo V90 continues this long-standing tradition in some style. Featuring cutting edge tech such as Large Animal Detection and Run-off Road Mitigation, the V90 is built for these environments. The handy collapsible back row with two stage child safety seats, offer peace of mind when travelling long distances with younger children. And, of course, it wouldn’t be a Volvo without a cavernous boot. Perfect for loading up on those trip essentials. Just don’t forget to pack the sleeping bags!
Going off-road? Then consider journeying in the Range Rover which is more than capable to take you off the beaten track. Adjustable air suspension allows even the most luxurious Land Rover to clear above rocks which might otherwise damage the underside of the car, while a wading depth of 90cm should make the occasional river crossing stress-free. Go for the 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6 engine which boasts the torque to scale for the most intimidating of inclines.
Camping is all about the journey and the destination. For that purpose the Volkswagen Touareg is one of the best 4X4 for staycationing. With those Volkswagen credentials it’s reliable of course – important on those coast to coast overnight journeys – and luxurious too. It has an impressive engine and permanent four wheel drive so it won’t let you down when you’re parking on ground that’s less than terra firma.