Summer Adventures Await: Top 5 Cars for Every Travel Need

Our top picks for every travel situation.  

Embarking on a summer adventure is oh so exciting but can bring an added level of stress when it comes to working out how you’re going to pack everything into your car and get everyone there comfortably! 

You need a vehicle that seamlessly accommodates every member of the family, including the four-legged ones, and effortlessly handles the load of camping gear or trailers. 

As the sun-kissed days draw near, selecting the ideal companion for your travels becomes paramount. To simplify your quest, we've curated a list of the top five cars tailored to diverse travel needs. 

From spacious SUVs designed to accommodate big families to robust towing champions and pet-friendly rides, these vehicles promise to elevate your summer escapades to new heights of comfort and convenience.

Best for Towing – Skoda Karoq

The Skoda Karoq embodies Skoda’s best qualities of spaciousness, practical ‘Simply Clever’ features and state-of-the-art connectivity solutions. It also makes for an excellent mid-size tow car with safe and level handling, which, when combined with four-wheel drive on some models, takes charge of a caravan or trailer. The most powerful 4x4 diesel models will tow up to 1900kg.

Other great towing options include the new Volkswagen Tiguan, Mazda CX-60, BMW X5. All available with our great discount with Forces Cars Direct.

Best for Families – Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla was recently awarded Family Car of the Year in the WhatCar? 2024 awards. The Corolla has been a firm customer favourite through 12 generations for its continued fuel efficiency, specification, and equipment levels at reasonable prices within its segment.

For your travels, the Corolla is designed with comfort and convenience in mind. It may be classed as a compact hatchback, but it is surprisingly roomy inside with ample space for passengers and luggage too. And if you still need a little more room, the Touring Sports version, which also won Best Estate Car in the same awards, has got you covered.

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You can currently save up to £5,800 off the new Toyota Corolla with Forces Cars Direct.

Best for Dogs – Volkswagen Passat

The new Volkswagen Passat, which is now only available as the estate version, which is our eyes is perfect for going anywhere with your dog(s). It boasts 690 litres of boot space with the seats up, increasing to 1920 litres of space with the seats folded, making it a mega-spacious estate car. It also has a low load lip making it easier for your pooch to get in and out of, or for you to pick them up if they’re too stubborn to get in themselves, and there’s plenty of clever spaces for leads, toys and more importantly, treats!

You can currently save up to £6,900 off the new VW Passat with Forces Cars Direct.

Best for Long Distance – BMW i5

When driving long distances, you’ll want to be comfortable for sure but also have a car that is practical too with convenient driver aids like adaptive cruise control, blind sport monitoring and lane departure warnings. Fuel efficiency and range would also be something to consider.

With all this in mind, the BMW i5 offers up to 357 miles of range with the eDrive 40 and allows for rapid charging for quick motorway battery top-ups, ticking the box for distance driving. But what about comfort? The BMW 5 Series has previously been a go-to choice for consistent motorway driving and the i5 continues this trend with high performance, comfortable driving, high-tech interior and a quiet driving experience.

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You can currently save up to £10,300 off the new BMW i5 with Forces Cars Direct.

Best for Home from Home – Joa Camp Motorhome 75Q

A motorhome holiday is a unique way of experiencing life on the open road and brings another level of freedom and flexibility. The Joa Camp Motorhome 75Q has been designed for 5 people on holiday with generous living room space, bathroom with shower and toilet mode, and optimised sleeping spaces with a rear bedroom, a drop-down bed above the lounge and the option of an extra on the bench seats. The practical kitchen allows for easy cooking too!

This award-winning motorhome is available with an exclusive offer for our members with Forces Cars Direct.

As you gear up for your summer adventures, remember that the journey itself should be as enjoyable as the destination. Selecting the right vehicle can make all the difference, offering comfort, convenience and peace of mind along the way. Whether you’re towing a caravan, accommodating a big family, travelling with pets, embarking on long-distance drives, or seeking the ultimate home away from home, there’s a perfect vehicle waiting for you.

Forces Cars Direct offer exclusive new car discounts, visit to see how much you can save today.

Happy travels!

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