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Best Cars For Holidays

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The holiday season is now well and truly upon us. If, like millions of others, you’re planning a staycation, the car will play a central role in the success of your getaway. And some cars are better suited to this challenge than others…

Give how many of us either have a holiday planned soon or have just come back from one, we decided to take a look at the best nearly new cars for taking on holiday. Just the thing to start planning for next year’s break – or, if you’re quick and fancy grabbing a bargain during the quite car dealer summer period, one you can use right now.

Here’s the RAC Cars choice of six great cars well suited the holiday break, each with a link to how you can start searching for them right away.

Volvo XC90
What is it: Premium seven-seat SUV
Why it’s such a great holiday car: Long-distance motoring for seven in luxurious, classy comfort thanks to the ultra-practical and popular Volvo. The big engine will make light work of hilly roads and a combination of high seats and able four-wheel drive ensures you won’t be caught out if the summer weather turns…
How much for one less than three years old: From £16,000
Also consider: Land Rover Discovery, Volkswagen Touareg, Hyundai Santa Fe

Mazda MX-5
What is it: Popular two-seat roadster
Why it’s such a great holiday car: It’s the classic dream holiday getaway car: simple design, quick-folding soft-top roof and a racy-feeling cabin that helps you fully enjoy the accomplished rear-wheel drive handling. But unlike classic 60s sports cars, this one has air con, a decent boot and flawless reliability that guarantees you will actually get there…
How much for one less than three years old: From £9,000
Also consider: Lotus Elise, MINI Roadster, Morgan Classic

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet
What is it: Four-seat open-top version of the Golf hatchback
Why it’s such a great holiday car: The Golf Cabriolet is the easiest and most affordable way into family-friendly drop-top motoring. All four seats are roomy, the boot is practical and it’s as easy to drive (and as cheap to run) as any conventional Golf hatchback. How much for one less than three years old: From £12,000
Also consider: Renault Megane CC, Audi A3 Cabriolet, Citroen DS3 Cabrio

Ford B-Max
What is it: Mini MPV with innovative sliding side doors
Why it’s such a great holiday car: The Tardis-like Ford has lots of space for five people and a decent boot. Uniquely, it also has sliding side doors and no pillar between the front and rear seats. Perfect for parking up in tight, crowded seaside towns and getting everyone in and out no matter how restricted the space… How much for one less than three years old: From £9,000
Also consider: Vauxhall Meriva, Hyundai ix20, Skoda Roomster

Citroen Berlingo Multispace
What is it: Budget van-derived people carrier
Why it’s such a great holiday car: For many, holiday getaways are all about the beach. And we know what that means – sand everywhere! Enter the Citroen Berlingo Multispace: it’s got high-rise space to spare and you won’t worry about bringing half the beach into its simple, open plan cabin. You could almost hose it out afterwards… How much for one less than three years old: From £7,000
Also consider: Peugeot Partner Tepee, Ford Tourneo Connect, SEAT Altea XL

Dacia Sandero
What is it: Five-door supermini and the cheapest new car on sale in Britain
Why it’s such a great holiday car: Splashed out big on a fancy holiday but now need a reliable nearly-new car to get you there? Try a nearly-new version of Britain’s cheapest new car on sale – it’s even more of a bargain secondhand, with some year-old cars now on sale for less than £5,000… How much for one less than three years old: From £5,000
Also consider: Nissan Micra, Kia Rio, Skoda Fabia

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