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Driving: seven of the best cars for camping trips

Driving: seven of the best cars for camping trips

Looking for a camping adventure this year? These are the best cars for work, says Ted Welford.

Camping has become extremely popular in recent years as many appreciate how wonderful it is to spend time outdoors.

But whether you’re looking to stay nearby or are feeling more adventurous, you’ll want to have the right car for the job, with room for all that gear.

We’ve now rounded up some of the best cars for camping…

1. Skoda Octavia Estate

The Skoda range is well suited to families and those who enjoy outdoor activities, and one of the best cars in this regard is the Octavia Estate. While not quite the company’s largest car (that title goes to the Superb), this Skoda’s mix of space, value and comfort is unmatched in its class.

With a huge 640 liter trunk with the rear seats upright, or 1,700 liters once folded, there’s an acre of space for tents and all the accompanying camping gear. Combined with a comfortable ride, stylish design and generous trim levels, there’s a lot to like about the Octavia.

2. Dacia Jogger

If you like camping for the relative affordability it offers, chances are you’ll love Dacia’s cars for the same reason. This brand, owned by Renault, prides itself on value for money, and this is no better demonstrated than with the new Dacia Jogger.

It’s the first time a seven-seater has been sold by the company in the UK, and it brings huge amounts of interior space coupled with a starting price of just £13,995 – that’s a few thousand pounds less than an entry-level Ford Fiesta or Opel Corsa.

3.Hyundai Ioniq 5″

Camping can often be seen as an eco-friendly vacation choice, and if you like this environmental aspect, it’s well worth considering an EV. One of the best picks is the Hyundai Ioniq 5 – a bold, futuristic-looking hatchback that impresses with its superior technology and huge interior space, ideal for camping.

It’s also available with a pretty handy camping feature known as Vehicle-to-Load (V2L), which allows you to use the Ioniq’s battery to charge other electrical equipment, which could be ideal if you’re off the beaten track. trails camping.

4. Land Rover Defender

If you’re into wild camping, or camping in a more remote location, you’ll probably get along well with Land Rover’s new Defender. Designed and built to tackle particularly adventurous terrain, it offers a broad appeal to adventure enthusiasts.

At the same time, the Defender’s high-quality yet easy-to-clean interior is ideal for camping, while its manners on the road are particularly impressive. Combined with huge levels of space (especially for the taller 110 model), it could be a camper van’s dream car, although it does come with a price tag.

5. Suzuki Ignis

Just because you’re going camping doesn’t necessarily mean you need a whole lot of space – especially if you’re just the two of you. In that case, something smaller could do the job, including Suzuki’s Ignis. This funky looking hatchback measures only 3.7 meters yet is packed very well meaning there is more room inside than you would expect.

The standard trim levels are generous, while the mild-hybrid engines are remarkably efficient, delivering over 60 mpg. Despite its small size, you can even choose it with four-wheel drive for extra capabilities.

6. Citroen e Berlingo

When it comes to practicality, it’s pretty hard to beat an MPV with a van, and Citroën has been showing how it’s done with its Berlingo for years. Available in two sizes – Medium or XL – the latter is available with seven seats, or a huge trunk with the rear set of seats folded down. With huge amounts of storage space, it’s a great camper van.

While always popular with diesel engines, Citroën has recently discontinued other versions of the Berlingo, leaving only an electric version. It offers a range of approximately 170 miles and can be quickly charged to 80 percent of its capacity in just 30 minutes.

7. Volvo V60 Cross Country

Volvo’s estate cars are legendary for their practicality, and while this premium company may now emphasize its SUVs, models like the V60 – which rival those of the BMW 3 Series Touring – are still excellent options.

With impressive levels of comfort, cool styling and a well-built interior, the V60 also offers a large case for all your camping activities here. It’s especially attractive in rugged Cross Country form, where it gets a raised suspension, four-wheel drive and improved off-road capability.