3 cars perfect for family road trips
Family road trips are often a double-edged sword – especially if you're in the drivers seat. While it's nice to relax and spend some quality time with the family, the hours spent in a car awaiting the dreaded "are we there yet" questions can be pain-staking, and these feelings are amplified if your car isn't the most comfortable to reside in. When it comes to traveling with children, comfort is key.
We've rounded up our top three picks of the cars perfect for family road trips. Ideal for the whole family, these spacious and sleek cars ensure that the relaxation begins before you've even reached your holiday destination.
1. Kia Serato GT DCT Hatchback
The 2019 Kia Serato GT DCT Hatchback is perfect for parents traveling with young children. Packaged in a sleek steel grey exterior, this family car packs a powerful 1.6 litre turbo engine, with a seven speed dual clutch transmission. Between the reversing camera and intuitive parking assistance, it is unsurprising that this punchy pocket rocket has a five star ANCAP safety rating.
Despite being a hatchback, the Kia Serato GT has plenty of room in the boot for pushchairs and can sit the kids comfortably in the back seat. This vehicle has a nine-speaker stereo, with AUX, USB, Bluetooth and Apple Carplay connectivity, meaning that your road trip tunes can come from a range of devices. When it comes to charging your phone, forget untangling cords – the Kia Serato GT is capable of wireless charging. If you're travelling in an area unfamiliar to you, the satellite navigation GPS will prevent you from getting lost on your travels.
2. Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Wagon
Manning the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz isn't a chore – it's an experience.
Appearances shouldn't have to be sacrificed for functionality, and the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Wagon embodies this approach. With an incredibly sophisticated and sleek design, this vehicle will have heads turning as you command the attention that a Mercedes-Benz vehicle deserves. The Polar White finish contrasts immaculately with the black grill, while the red rear lights accent the car for a sporty exterior.
Manning the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz isn't a chore – it's an experience. The sporty design of the drivers interface, accented with refined red detail, will have you feeling like you're in control of a powerful, professional sports car rather than a family centric vehicle with a five star ANCAP safety rating. This vehicle is equipped with the iconic Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC all-wheel drive technology. The electrohydraulically operated multi-disc clutch assures for outstanding torque distribution. If for any reason the clutch is damaged or broken in an accident, the front axel can safely stabilise the vehicle. Optimised for a range of terrain types, this car can withstand slippery conditions for a smooth and safe ride, wherever your road trip may take you.
The focus on passenger safety bounds beyond airbags in the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Wagon – the in-car air quality sensor seeks to warn passengers of pollutants so that they can open a window or re-circulate air using the air-conditioner, bringing a new meaning to breathing easy. In addition to this, this vehicle provides driver fatigue warnings to remind you to take a break on long trips. No need to stress – the interior of the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Wagon is incredibly comfortable to relax in, and soon you'll be rested and road ready in no time.
3. Jaguar F-Pace 35t SUV
When it comes to style and performance, there's nothing like a Jag. There is plenty to be uncovered when you pop the hood of the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace 35t SUV, primarily the dynamic V6 engine delivering incredible four-wheel drive power. While this vehicle is big, it's agility is razor-sharp and handles the road with the ease of a sedan, rather than the weight that often comes with a car of this size. Forget getting stuck in traffic – passing lanes are a breeze for the Jaguar F-Pace. There's no need to press your pedal to the floor to get this vehicle up to speed, all it takes is slight pressure on the accelerator and you're met with the response you'd expect from a sports car.
For journeys that take you sea side, the Jaguar F-Pace is the superior choice in transport. Your young backseat passengers will relish in the scent of the seaside filtered in by the panoramic sunroof, and can remain cool with the help of air-conditioning. Another vehicle with a superb speaker system, there are a range of connectivity options for music playback with the added feature of voice recognition to ensure not only that your eyes stay on the road, but you're in control of the tunes. If your destination is colder than anticipated, the Jaguar F-Pace is readily equipped with heated seats and all-wheel drive capability to ensure comfort and safety no matter the conditions.
If you're ready to upgrade your family car, or find a new addition for your collection, take a test drive at Macarthur Automotive in Narellan.