The RAC's best cars for surviving a zombie apocalypse

The RAC's best cars for surviving a zombie apocalypse
From preventing pothole damage to appealing Parking Charge Notices, demisting your windcreens, lobbying for fairer fuel prices and now yes, surviving a zombie apocalypse - the RAC covers all aspects of advice relevant to motorists. 

That's right zombies, and when they strike you're going to need a trusty vehicle by your side to help you during the ensuing global chaos. But how do you know what car will serve you best?

To help you find your perfect partner we have devised a personality quiz to first determine what type of 'zombie survivalist' you are.

Zombie survivalist personality quiz

Now that you know your character feel free to share it via the social buttons on the quiz before clicking below to find out which cars will serve your survival instincts best. We have listed four cars for your consideration each with pros and cons also with our top pick of the bunch.

Run-and-hider click here

Zombie slayer click here  

Helper click here                

 

Personality 1:

A run-and-hider

There's no shame in wanting to save your own skin when scores of the undead are trying to eat it.

Yes, of course your first instinct is to escape, but you can't run, obviously - parading your succulent flesh about to those who want to feast on it, you might as well cover yourself in barbecue sauce and spin on a rotisserie grill.

You need to prepare yourself beforehand and have a suitable vehicle to fuel your escape.

Here are our recommendations for the top cars to help you escape with pros and cons for each and a top pick. 

1. Toyota Mirai - the outsider's choice

  • 1 Pros & cons

    Pros

    • Hydrogen-powered, which sounds cool
    • Range of 312 miles
    • Looks weird, in a zombie fighting machine kind of way
    • Instant torque, which is great for acceleration

    Cons

    • There’s only a handful of hydrogen fuel stations in the UK
    • It costs £66,000, which isn’t exactly cheap
    • Good luck finding one
    • Good luck fixing one

2. Citroen C4 Cactus BlueHDi 100 S&S - the poser's choice

  • 1 Pros & cons

    Pros

    • 91.1mpg
    • Airbumps to provide protection from zombie attacks
    • Lightweight and nimble
    • Has a massive glovebox for storing snacks and supplies

    Cons

    • Unlikely to achieve the claimed mpg
    • Airbumps designed for supermarket trolleys, not the undead
    • It looks about as intimidating as a fluffy kitten

3. Peugeot 208 BlueHDi 75 S&S - the sensible choice

  • 1 Pros & cons

    Pros

    • 94.2mpg
    • Readily available
    • Small steering wheel, good for maneuverability

    Cons

    • About 60mpg is more likely when driving like someone fleeing a zombie
    • Touchscreen can be fiddly to use, meaning operating the sat nav might be tricky in a crisis of the zombie kind

TOP PICK

There's no doubt these are all good cars to escape a marauding army of zombies in. For us, however, there's only one real choice.

It would of course be the second generation Nissan Micra, preferably the pre-1997 K11 original version. 

We know what you're thinking, where's the Veyron to help us make a quick getaway? The Lambo speed off in style?

But who can really afford those things and how practical are they? You'll never get over a speed bump/zombie corpse in a hurry.

What you really want is the K11 Micra, easily attainable, reliable so you know it will start first time and very cheap to buy.

4. Nissan Micra, K11 - the unsung hero

  • 1 Pros & cons

    Pros

    • It is bullet proof, these things run forever and nearly never breakdown
    • Light, comfortable and a surprisingly good drive
    • They’re so simple you can fix most issues (which there of course never will be) yourself
    • They are small with good handling - excellent for navigating around twitching amputated body parts and decapatated zombie heads
    • They’re cheap, you can probably pick one up for a couple of hundred quid - and easy to find, so it’s well worth buying one just in case Z-Day hits

    Cons

    • There aren’t any
    • No really there aren’t any
    • Ok fine, there are some…
      • It’s not the fastest thing in the world but fine for running away from idle Walking Dead stlye zombies (disclaimer, may struggle against rapid World War Z/28 Days Later zombies)
      • It’s economical sure, but it doesn’t have the largest fuel capacity

Personality 2:

A zombie slayer

Just like our favourite zombie slayer Daryl Dixon you want to face those walkers head on!

With that in mind these ultimate zombie fighting machines are perfectly suited to your personality, should you find yourself slap-bang in the middle of a human race genocide scenario involving zombies, of course.

These beasts will help you plough into as many of the living dead as possible and still come out unscathed, however, be warned you might need to get saving for some of them now (they're a little expensive), so fingers crossed the apocalypse doesn't happen for a few years.

1. Toyota Hilux - the dependable hero

  • 1 Pros & cons

    Pros

    • Virtually indestructible, as seen on Top Gear
    • Common throughout the world
    • Not overly expensive
    • Excellent off-road ability
    • Huge load space for carrying equipment/weapons
    • 3,500kg towing capacity

    Cons

    • Not the most efficient of vehicles
    • The government may think you’re about to start a revolution

2. Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6 - the executive's choice

  • 1 Pros & cons

    Pros

    • Huge 15.75-inch ground clearance so you can drive over zombies
    • Ability to ford water as deep as 40 inches
    • Six-wheel drive is better than four-wheel drive. Fact
    • 5.5-litre V8 engine producing 560lb ft of torque

    Cons

    • You might need a ladder to climb into the cabin
    • The small matter of the £400,000 price tag
    • Negotiating narrow British streets might be tricky

3. Lamborghini LM002 - the anti-hero's choice

  • 1 Pros & cons

    Pros

    • It’s a Lamborghini SUV!
    • A 450hp V12 engine
    • Optional 77 gallon fuel tank available
    • It’s dubbed the ‘Rambo Lambo’
    • Bespoke Pirelli run-flat tyres

    Cons

    • You can expect fuel economy in the single figures
    • The zombies will think you’re in a Hummer
    • Many were bought by some unsavoury characters
    • If it goes wrong you’ll never be able to find someone to repair this thing

TOP PICK

This is our top pick because... Well just because. Look at it! 

Forget zombies, this thing could literally start and finish World War III on its own.

Don't forget what we said about saving your pennies though, and we dread to think what the insurance for this thing costs.

Ok it might not be a realistic option (strange seeing as this article is based on the very height of realism) but it's certainly the most impressive - see for yourself.

4. Paramount Marauder/Dead Reckoning - the beast

  • 1 Pros & cons

    Pros

    • This thing laughs in the face of zombies
    • 4,500kg payload
    • Able to carry extra fuel tanks, water and combat supplies
    • Day/night vision devices available
    • Crew of two in the front, eight in the rear
    • Protection up to 8kg TNT under the hull
    • Protection up to 14kg TNT under the wheel
    • Cabin is protected against kinetic attack

    Cons

    • You’ll need £500,000
    • Not available from your local used car dealer
    • Not the nimblest of things, although you can drive through most obstacles

Personality 3:

The helper

The true altruist, well done because while there are no right answers to our personality quiz, you have definitely selected all the right answers to our personality quiz.

You are willing to put your life on the line for others and sacrifice yourself for the greater good - you're generally a good egg.

But what happens to an egg when you throw it at a group of zombies? We'll give you a clue, it splats.

So you will need an excellent vehicle to help in your quest to save others, here are your options with pros and cons and our top pick.

1. SsangYong Rodius - the humble choice

  • 1 Pros & cons

    Pros

    • Available with five, seven, nine or 11 seats
    • Its styling might scare a zombie into submission
    • Cheap, because many people can’t look beyond the styling
    • 875 litres of boot space, extending to 3,043 litres
    • Strong Mercedes-Benz engines

    Cons

    • You have to look at it
    • A zombie attack might be preferable to driving it
    • If this is to be your last drive, would you want to do it in a Rodius?

2. Daihatsu Hijet MPV - the conspiracy theorist's choice

  • 1 Pros & cons

    Pros

    • Six seats
    • Tiny dimensions make it great for escaping a zombie-filled city
    • Cheap to run, not that this will matter when the world is nearing its end
    • Easy to repair
    • When playing hide and seek with a zombie, you won’t struggle to find a hiding place

    Cons

    • Cramped accommodation
    • Not exactly a whippet off the line
    • It might topple over when cornering
    • Your spine might wish you had opted for something different

3. Volvo 240 GLT 7-seater - the bourgeois choice

  • 1 Pros & cons

    Pros

    • The rear-facing child seats will be great for keeping an eye on attacks from the rear
    • Huge boot
    • Legendary Volvo safety credentials
    • 2.1-litre turbocharged engine provides a surprising turn of pace
    • You can drive into most things
    • Easy to repair at the roadside

    Cons

    • You might need to make regular stops for fuel
    • It’s so middle class, you’ll be tempted to stop at Waitrose
    • Rust might be an issue

TOP PICK

While we wouldn't dream of making the decision for you, we recommend the Land Rover 110 12-seater.

This is the most rugged yet quintessentially British piece of all-round performing equipment you could want in any crisis (even in one as uncouth as this).

4. The Land Rover 110 12-seater - the British hero

  • 1 Pros & cons

    Pros

    • It’s what the Queen would drive in the event of a zombie attack… Probably
    • Can seat up to 12 people
    • Excellent off-road ability
    • Readily available
    • Easy to fix at the roadside
    • Body panels can be removed and replaced in an instant
    • Great for towing fellow escapees out of trouble

    Cons

    • Not the easiest thing to drive/handle
    • 11 passengers means more back seat drivers

Now don't you feel better knowing which cars will help you survive the inevitable zombie apocalypse?

Thanks for reading.