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Picking the right car for a summer holiday

Cliff Richard did a lot for the British tourist board when he jumped aboard a London bus and belted out his infamous anthem: “We’re all going on a summer holiday”. However, Cliff failed to mention which cars would be best to go exploring with, as you are hardly going to pack the kids and all the paraphernalia on to a bus, as the stress levels would be enormous.

Summer holidays with the family are supposed to be what fond memories are made of; but without the right car to get you there and back safely they can turn into a nightmare. Here are some of the best family cars for those heart-warming summer excursions that will enable you to experience the joy of a perfect summer holiday:

Vehicles ideal for a camping holiday

Camping holidays are a great way for a young family to be at one with nature and really have a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Obviously, taking all the provisions needed for a week of camping calls for an immensely capable, spacious and practical car. All in all, you need the capabilities of a van in the guise of a car and the Ford Galaxy defines this genre.

A Galaxy gives the endless space required with room for seven, but adds a touch of Ford dynamism when driving, which is unusual in a car of its size. Elsewhere, a Vauxhall Zafira Tourer is a versatile and stylish offering with a hugely flexible interior, good economy and neat handling to boot. As a wildcard option you may want to look at a Seat Alhambra, which provides VW levels of durability, refinement and practicality, but with the Spanish car maker’s flair for everything else.

Cars ideal for a trip to the seaside

When the weather obliges with a bit of sun then you can do far worse than heading to a British seaside resort for some fun in the sun. Unlike, a camping trip you may not need so much space for tents and food, but more enough for a few suitcases. Compact-MPVs make for a great everyday car that can transform into a practical family car in seconds.

Again Ford excels with a B-Max with its’ innovative door layout and cabin versatility, which combined with Ford’s driving experience makes for an ideal choice. Citroen are also immensely strong in this area with their C3 Picasso and Berlingo; which offer a competitively-priced, stylish and just as innovative alternative to Ford.


If you are a family that does not like to do things by halves and would prefer to break free from the restraints of the British Isles with a European tour then you need an adequate car for the job. For this kind of trip you need practicality, but spiced with unerring performance and good economy making an estate car ideal.#

Ford Mondeo estate

All of the premium car brands offers a superb executive estate car that have the usual performance, but with a boot. At the top of range are the Jaguar Sportbrake, BMW 5 Series Touring and Mercedes C-Class that offer refinement, performance and economy on a grand-scale; but if you want to spend less then head towards a Ford Mondeo Estate or a Volvo V60.

If you are thinking of selling your car quick online and moving towards a family car then any of these options make a driving family holiday that little bit more appealing.

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