Camping has become extremely popular in recent years as many appreciate how wonderful it is to spend time outdoors.
But if you’re looking to stay nearby or feel more adventurous with your campsite, you’ll want to have the right car for the job. So whether it’s big or small, we’ve rounded up the best cars on the market for camping.
Skoda’s range of vehicles 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 massive 640 liters of luggage space with the rear seats upright, or 1,700 liters when folded down, 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.
If you like camping for the relative affordability it offers, chances are you’ll love Dacia’s range of 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 offers 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.
Camping can often be seen as an eco-friendly alternative to a vacation, 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.
If you like wild camping or somewhere remote and fairly inaccessible, 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.
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 just 3.7 metres, yet it packs very well meaning there’s more room inside than you’d 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.
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 it has always been 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.
Volvo’s estate cars are legendary for their practicality, and while this premium company may emphasize its SUVs today, 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 enhanced off-road capabilities.