5 Top cars for a fun family holiday

Planning an exciting trip with the family over this festive season, perhaps to the coast or bushveld, but worried that your current mode of transport might put a damper on the fun?

A vehicle suitable for a family roadtrip should be spacious, with enough room for everyone to sit comfortably and arrive at their destination relaxed. It should be sturdy, solidly built and able to handle long distances well, without any worry of breaking down along the way.

The ideal holiday vehicle should also be able to handle rough terrain, if you perhaps plan on doing a 4X4 route or any other special outings.

Here is a list of 5 vehicles that would be ideal for a family trip. Depending on your specific needs, these vehicles will make any family holiday an unforgettable one:

1. Nissan X Trail


The new Nissan X Trail has scored a maximum 5-star safety rating by the independent safety organisation Euro NCAP, comes with 4-wheel drive and has outstanding handling capabilities for any rough terrain. It doesn’t just look good, but is reliable transport for the whole family. It has airbags for safety, power steering and cruise control for a comfortable drive and Bluetooth function to make sure your family is entertained with some cool tunes on the road. Ideal for a 4X4 trip in the Drakensburg.

2. VW Kombi


The trusted VW Kombi. With enough seating and boot space for a big family, and even friends, this is a great option to consider. It might seem big, but is easy to manoeuvre with power steering, ensures your family’s safety with airbags, and is fuel efficient with between 9 and 11L/100km. It also comes with an 8-speaker sound system and sun-roller blinds on the windows of passenger seats to keep out harsh sunlight. Great for cruising around the Kruger National Park trying to spot the Big 5.

3. Kia Sportage


Sleek and roomy, don’t overlook the Kia Sportage. You’ll arrive at your destination in style in this vehicle. Perfect for a family of four to five, the Sportage comes with leather upholstery for easy cleaning and ISOFIX Baby Seat Anchors, if you have small children. For safety this vehicle comes with airbags and LED Daytime Running Lights. A great optional extra is a panoramic sunroof, for an enjoyable trip. Plan a roadtrip to Cape Town and some great sightseeing on the way in the Kia Sportage.

4. Jeep Wrangler


The new Jeep Wrangler is looking better than ever and comes with great benefits for an awesome trip, including legendary 4X4 capabilities, automatic temperature control, illuminated features like cupholders, a rearview mirror with LED lights, airbags and anti-lock brakes, hill start assist and hill descent control. Another handy feature of this vehicle for a family holiday is the Electronic Stability Control with Trailer Sway Control to help you maintain control whatever you’re towing safely and securely on course. Perfect for a trip to the coast or Natal Midlands.

5. Ford Ranger


As tough as they get! The Ford Ranger will take you anywhere… Traverse and enjoy the beautiful hills of Lesotho in this 4-wheel drive machine with your family. Not only is it not scared to take on any challenging terrain, but has all the bells and whistles of a luxury vehicle, including airbags, a rear view camera and stowage bins to ensure that you and your family are safe and comfortable along the ride.

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Liezl Grobler

Digital Copy Editor & SEO Writer @ Junk Mail Publishing

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