According to figures, more than 3 million people spend over two hours each day travelling to and from work, with the average commute time in the UK now at 55 minutes. While many of these will use public transport, a lot also drive and are spending hours each day motoring across the country in order to make a living.
If you’re one of the millions for whom motorway driving has become an everyday occurrence, then you’ll want to be driving around in a reliable and comfortable vehicle. We’ve put together a compilation of ten of the best cars for long commutes.
Both the saloon and estate models of the Volkswagen Passat are equally competent for long journeys, though the estate has the added practicalities of a larger boot. An incredibly quiet cabin creates a peaceful ride even during rush hour, with the Ergo Comfort driver’s seat ensuring you won’t get restless. The SE Business trim is advised for professionals, featuring a sat-nav, front and rear parking sensors and more.
- Suzuki Vitara
A modern crossover, the Suzuki Vitara is a great choice for those commuting from the country to the inner city. Four-wheel drive and a high ground clearance make it excellent for bumpy roads, while the average 67mpg fuel consumption for the 1.6 litre diesel models is great for longer motorway stretches. The top spec SZ-T includes climate control, keyless entry and start.
Driving hundreds of miles to and from work each day can quickly become repetitive and dull. That’s where a fun option such as the Ford Focus ST comes into its own. A great performance thanks to electric power steering and stiff suspension with a gripping front end, is complemented by a low initial price and running costs. Ideal for both long and short commutes.
Every Peugeot 208 is a solid and reliable motor, but the 1.6 BlueHDi is the best choice for long commutes as it was crowned the UK’s most economical car in 2015. Boasting 94.2 mpg and 79g/km of CO2, if you’re going a long way each day this will definitely cut back on fuel and car tax costs. Plus, it provides a comfortable ride with a stylish and professional appearance.
- Citroën C4 Cactus
The unique styling isn’t the only thing that stands out for the Citroën C4 Cactus. Excellent quality in both its build and driving performance along with an affordable price tag make this SUV highly desirable. It’s a safe choice due to great fuel economy, its hi-tech interior and the Airbump panels that prevent damage.
- Toyota Prius
Anyone with an interest in eco-cars knows about the Toyota Prius, due to its electric capabilities. It is fantastic for motorway driving with an economical 55mpg. This is boosted by the ability to drive up to 25mph on electric power alone; making it an ideal choice for commuters who switch between urban and motorway driving on their way to and from work.
- Subaru Legacy
For a midsized sedan, the Subaru Legacy offers incredibly secure handling with a roomy and serene interior. It may not be the most powerful or fastest out of the starting blocks, but for an enjoyable cruiser, ideal for long commutes, there are few better. A 6.2-inch touchscreen and rear-view camera are included for convenience and safety.
- Hyundai i10
The ride comfort of the Hyundai i10 is superb, meaning for all those stuck in traffic on a daily basis it can be bearable. Wind and road noise is significantly reduced for motorway journeys, with low running costs and its small stature making it easy to park. Hyundai i10 used cars are also some of the best bargains around.
Brilliant fuel economy figures for its size, a professional interior, exterior and a luxuriously smooth ride all add up to form a great commuter car with the Vauxhall Insignia. A centre console to control the entertainment options makes motorway driving more enjoyable, with a digital radio and USB connectivity. Sleek and professional, it’s a great company car.
- Aston Martin Vulcan
Ok, there are only 24 in existence and they each come with a price tag well into the millions, but imagine rocking up to work every day in this supercar? A seven litre V12 engine, 800bHp and top speed of over 200 mph make it a dream to drive. Unfortunately for most drivers that’s all it will ever be, a dream.
Still, there are plenty of realistic used cars for sale that are ideal for long commutes.
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