The best cars for a UK 'staycation'

The best cars for a UK 'staycation'
Britain has voted to leave the European Union seeing the value of the pound drop significantly - suddenly that European driving holiday might cost a whole lot more than first planned meaning many are choosing to staycate in Britain instead.

Here, we look at the best holiday vehicles for staycations, whether you're a young couple, growing family or retired romantics, we compare the best vehicles for you.

The family SUV

"The best vehicle for traversing the country with a car full of kids"

Nissan Qashqai

Nissan’s British-built Qashqai is the most satisfying family five-seater on the market.

With high-rise styling and stance, it’s a more interesting alternative to a mainstream family hatchback, with crossover SUV looks that cut a dash plus the sort of refinement and driving satisfaction that will make high-mileage staycation journeys a breeze.


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New prices: From ~ £18,545

Used prices: From ~ £2,700


Land Rover Discovery Sport

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The seven-seat Land Rover Discovery Sport is the most go-anywhere vehicle in its class.

It’s ultra-practical and deceptively roomy, while the modern interior is comfortable and its on-road abilities bear scrutiny with the best premium rivals from Germany.

But it’s what it will do when the going gets tough that really wows. The perfect choice for an action-packed staycation.


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New prices: From ~ £31,095

Used prices: ~ £28,931

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The couples' ‘get away from it all’ vehicle

"Two of the most exciting cars to tour the country in"

Mazda MX-5

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Wind-in-the-hair two-seat fun in the wonderful Mazda MX-5.

It was developed in the late 80s as a modern version of the classic British Lotus Elan; now on its fourth generation, the purity and sense of fun has never gone away.

The latest version is so highly acclaimed, it’s the reigning World Car of the Year champion – high praise indeed for a modern classic.


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New prices: From ~ £18,495

Used prices: From ~ £999


MINI Cooper S

The MINI has never been the most practical of small cars, but it’s easily the best to drive.

If you’re travelling two-up, fold the rear seats down and enjoy a massive load space for your staycation gear, plus terrific thrills on the sinuous, winding roads the MINI’s compactness lends itself to.

The 192hp 2.0-litre turbo motor in the Cooper S is not short on speed, either.


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New prices: From ~ £ 22,895

Used prices: From ~ £9,995

The retirement trip

"The ultimate in kitted-out travel so you can take everything including the kitchen sink"

Volkswagen California

The latest Volkswagen California is the camper van to beat all camper vans. It looks modern, is refined and rewarding to drive and, in the rear, has the sort of high-quality, contemporary-finish cabin you normally only find in London’s most exclusive designer pads. Sure, it’s hardly cheap, but you won’t get a better staycation home on wheels.


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New prices: From £37,950

Used prices: From ~ £32,950


Volkswagen camper van

This is the classic camper van, of which you’ll see no end travelling to the coast every summer. It’s decidedly 1950s to drive, and the interior has a thrifty, compact feel – but it also has charm by the buckletload. Forget actually getting to your staycation location and enjoy the drive in one of the most charismatic vehicles on our roads. 

Used prices: From ~ £12,750