Six popular cars for the motorway commute
If your daily commute involves doing a lot of miles on the motorway, you need a car with good fuel economy, a comfortable interior, and the ability to keep you going at a higher speed for longer.
Plus, what would a great commute be without features like cruise control, air conditioning and Bluetooth to keep you in touch and relaxed?
Whether it’s a long haul on the M6 or just a short stint on the busy M25, motorway driving can be particularly challenging – especially in rush hour. If you’re looking for a new car that’ll suit daily motorway miles, then check out our top 5 favourites for the motorway commute.
The Vauxhall Insignia is a well-rounded car that doesn’t break the bank, so it’s a great choice if you’re looking to save a few pennies on your next commuter.
It’s well equipped with modern tech, is comfortable and performs particularly well on the motorway thanks to its low suspension, which keeps body lean to a minimum and absorbs bumps and coarse road surfaces for an effortlessly smooth journey.
You can find Insignias on the used market that are £0 to tax (check out the pre-2017 cars) like the 2015 2.0 CDTi ecoFlex Design model, and others from around the same age can be just £20 - £30 to tax for the year.
Many of them can also achieve more than 70mpg, so you can spend more time behind the wheel and less time and the fuel station!
Most Insignia hatchbacks come with around 530 litres of luggage capacity and this increases to 1,470 litres with the back seats down, so if you’ve got a lot to carry you needn’t worry!
Wind and engine noise are kept to an absolute minimum to keep you comfortable on the move, and you’ll find features like cruise control and automatic lights in models on the used market, so you can find the perfect Insignia to suit you!
The Ford Mondeo is has a spacious and comfortable cabin, with a range of efficient and powerful engines to choose from as well as great suspension. All of this in one package means that you can enjoy a smooth, quiet and relaxing commute on the motorway.
Similarly to the Insignia, if you’re looking on the used market, you may find models that are only £30 to tax for the entire year and some are even £0! The 2016 2.0 TDCi 180 Titanium diesel model will get you 62.8mpg on average and will only set you back a measly £30 a year in road tax . Others can even achieve over 70mpg if you keep an eye out.
The Mondeo is a little more spacious and can have a 541 litre boot with seats up, and 1,605 litres with them down (model dependant) - they’re pretty impressive numbers!
But it’s not all about the numbers. The Mondeo looks stylish, sophisticated and is well equipped too – especially the models after 2010.
If you’re looking for sophistication, class and power, then the Mercedes E-Class might be the perfect commuter for you.
There is a wide range of E Class’ available on the used market. You can find models that are just £30 to tax for the entire year, and can achieve over 60mpg, or, if you wanted to smash out the miles, why not look for something with a bit more bite under the bonnet?
You can even get hybrid versions of the E Class, which, if they were registered before 2017 can be £0 to tax and get over 130mpg!
Inside, you’ll enjoy supreme comfort and style, and since it is an E Class, you know it will be full to the brim with great tech and infotainment. A lot of models on the used market come equipped with cruise control and heated seats. The drive is great too, with a sophisticated suspension system, the E Class will glide over bumps in the road.
If you’re travelling with a lot of luggage, then make sure you pick the E Class to suit your needs. The boot space differs from 360-640 litres with the seats up and 1,660-1820 litres with them down.
But one thing’s for sure, you’ll definitely make an entrance with the E Class.
The S90 is known for its exceptionally smooth drive. It cruises consistently and quietly, with a gearbox that switches effortlessly when getting up to speed. You can expect an almost silent cabin – even on a windy day at 70mph – which you can enjoy in a comfortable, sleek and stylish interior.
In terms of running costs, the S90 is definitely one to consider for your motorway travels. While the annual road tax is around £145 depending on the year and the model, you’re likely to get over 60mpg – so you won’t be worrying about the pennies at the pumps too often.
If you check out the higher trims, you may even find funky features like rear air-suspension which helps makes bumps in the road basically unnoticeable. Not to mention that there is plenty of other tech on-board to keep you comfortable and entertained like heated seats, cruise control and Sat Nav.
This S90 is one of the roomier cars on the list in terms of boot space. With 560 litres with the seats up and around 1,526 litres with the seats down, obviously dependent on specific model, there’s room for the kids’ stuff as well as yours!
The Golf, (although is more commonly seen as a hatchback and therefore makes a great town run around), handles the motorway fantastically well.
You’ll find models on the used market that are petrol, diesel and even hybrids, and if they were registered before 2017, some are exempt of road tax. The 2012 1.6 TDI 105 SE can achieve an impressive 74.3mpg and is £0 to tax for example.
Many Golfs across the range have MPG figures above the 70 mark, so you’ll be able to breeze the miles away without being too worried about the pennies. And if you keep an eye out, you’ll find models with equipment like Bluetooth and cruise control to make longer miles that bit easier.
You can get estate versions of the Golf if you want to increase your boot space. You can get around 600 litres of room in the back with the seats up, and then increases to a whopping 1,620 litres with the seats down.
Another classy commuter option to help you tackle motorway miles is the Audi A4. With style and class, you’ll be cradled in comfort over every mile, and you can find models that are kinder to your pocket too.
You can regularly find models on the used market which can achieve over 60mpg, and some over 70mpg – so that should keep a smile on your face! And if you’re looking at cars that were registered before 2017, then you may even find some that are between £0 and £30 to tax for the entire year. The 2015 2.0 TDIe SE Technik, for example, will only cost you £30 per year.
Since it is a high quality car, you can find models on the used market which are well equipped with handy features for the commute such as Bluetooth to keep you chatting on the move, cruise control to give your leg a little rest bite and parking sensors for a smooth arrival too.
In terms of boot space, you’re looking at around 480 litres with the seats up, and 1,000 litres seats down. But if you opt for the estate version, then this increases to around 500 litres with the seats up and a massive 1,510 with the seats down. So, you can take on the family trip away as well as the commute with style and finesse.
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