5 of the Best Cars for Long Distance Driving

Cars for long distance driving

Long distance driving is something that is part of many people’s lives in the UK. In a country with some of the most expensive public transportation costs in the world (with London being the most expensive city in the world), it is not surprising that the British public regularly find themselves on long distance journeys on the nation’s roads.

However, finding the perfect car for these trips can be very difficult. You need a mixture of comfort, longevity and economy in a vehicle that is getting you around the country in a timely fashion.


What do we class as long distance driving?

Long distance driving for us is a journey where you have a commute of more than 1 hour or travel in excess of 25 miles. For the most part, your journey involves travelling somewhere that would be impossible to walk or cycle in a reasonable amount of time.

A journey from Leicester to Nottingham would be an example of a shorter long distance journey, whereas Penzance to Aberdeen would be seen as probably one of the longest journeys manageable in this country. Below, we recommend 5 of the best cars for long distance driving.


What are the best cars for long distance driving?

BMW 5 Series

The BMW 5 Series is an iconic and trustworthy car that has long been seen as one of the most reliable cars around. The magnificence of the German engineering means this car is a long stander, capable of easily covering 100,000 miles, with simple MOTs and servicing all that is needed to ensure smooth running.

Our best suggestion is getting the BMW 5 Series 530d xDrive SE Touring. BMW’s xDrive technology means that no matter what the British weather throws at you, you will be able to maneuver the roads to ensure you can get from A to B without any major issues. The 3 litre diesel engine is capable of delivering 0-62 mph in 5.6 seconds, and can reach 53.3 mpg, placing it in CO2 efficiency band A, just one away from the top A+. As well as this, the touring has ample space for long drives across the country or even into Europe, with the estate having a huge amount of space for suitcases for the whole family.


Kia Stinger

Kia are among the best selling manufacturers in the world. With superb style, performance and prices the Kia Stinger is a truly striking looking vehicle that sees the company taking on the might of the German manufacturers who usually dominate the saloon market.

Our most recommended model would have to be the GT-Line S 2.2 litre CRDi 197bph 8-speed automatic ISG, which is the most economical of the range, managing 48.7 mpg. While it is not in the same road tax band as the BMW (CO2 efficiency band I), it is a much more affordable and reasonable car for those who are more tightly focused on a budget, with no compromise on luxury.


Volvo XC60

Volvo’s Scandinavian finesse is written all over the XC60, with elegance and simplicity forming the foundations of its entire styling. But as well as this, the sturdy compact 4×4 SUV version of the vehicle is impressively spacious and offers and smooth and comfortable drive. While not the fastest in a class of vehicles consisting of the Audi Q5 and and BMW X3, the price comparisons quite clearly place the Volvo XC60 in the semi-premium bracket against the pure-premium of its German counterparts.

The Diesel D4 AWD Manual engine is the most efficient of the range, at 2 liters and 4-cylinders. With 53 mpg achievable, and 0-62 mph achievable in 8.2 seconds, this is one of the most perfect vehicles for motorway cruising, with Volvo offering a huge range of options to help make your journey comfortable and safe.


Peugeot 3008

This French and very affordable SUV is part of Peugeot’s highly successful urban crossover range. The 1.6 litre BlueHDi 100 S&S engine is the makers most environmentally friendly, producing just 103 g/km of CO2, managing a staggering 71 mpg, and is available with the Active model. But for extra comfort, style and speed, we recommend going for the Peugeot 3008 GT Line Premium, with a 1.5 litre BlueHDi 130 S&S engine producing just 106 g/km of CO2 and 67.3 mpg, however reaching a top speed of 131, placing it in a much lower road tax bracket than many other medium sized SUVs in its class.



The SEAT Leon is the only hatchback to appear on our list, but there are valid reasons we have chosen at above the rest. A mid-range hatchback, the Leon is riff with technology perfect for those who are constantly on the go and on long journeys. With built in SAT-Nav, hands free systems, wireless-charging and Amazon’s Alexa technology all on-hand to make sure your journey is as simple as possible.

Our pick of engines is the manual 1 litre TSI Ecomotive 115PS, which produces just 102 g/km of CO2, 0-62 in 9.6 seconds and a maximum speed of 123 mph. This car is perfect for those who travel long distances on their own but want the option of space for when they need it. The car is also in the cheapest brackets for insurance and road tax, making it the most affordable long distance vehicle on our list.


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