6 Best Cars For Summer Holidays

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While some days it may not feel like it, we’re approaching summer, and this can mean only one thing. Holidays.

Many of you may be jetting off abroad for the promise of better weather, and to be honest, we don’t blame you! However, with widespread reports of chaos at the airports and, in some cases, holidays abroad being cancelled, some of you may have decided (or, in very unfortunate circumstances, been forced to) have a staycation right here in the UK.

The good news is that it’s not all doom and gloom. There are some wonderful places right here that make great holiday hotspots.

If you’re one of these people that will be holidaying in the UK this summer, one thing you’ll want is a car that’s practical and flexible to your needs. And we’ve got just the thing for you – a list of the top 6 cars for summer holidays, all of which are available to lease in stock right now. So, this means that your new car should be available and can be delivered to your door before you head away on your jollies!


So, without further ado, here are our top picks for your new summer motor.


1. Hyundai Kona Hybrid


Things we like

  • ✔ Very fuel-efficient mild hybrid engine is great for long distances
  • ✔ Smartphone-friendly infotainment system as standard will keep you entertained for hours
  • ✔ Lots of driver assistance tech onboard makes it a doddle to drive

Things we aren’t too keen on

  • ✖ Not quite as roomy as other small SUVs, especially in the back
  • ✖ The engine hasn’t got a lot of ‘oomph’, so will need to be worked hard, especially if you’re packing plenty of luggage
  • ✖ Seat folding and flexibility isn’t quite as good as rivals

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2. Dacia Sandero

All-New Dacia Sandero

Things we like

  • ✔ Incredibly practical for a small hatchback – six-footers will have knee room in the back, while its 328-litre boot is the best in this class
  • ✔ Fantastic value for money – you won’t get more bang for your buck in this class
  • ✔ Very cheap to run

Things we aren’t too keen on

  • ✖ The entry-level trim, but only because it doesn’t include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
  • ✖ Not as clever as the likes of the Honda Jazz when it comes to seat flexibility
  • ✖ Only two engines to choose from, though they’re frugal and offer enough power to be flexible

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3. Nissan Qashqai

All-new Nissan Qashqai

Things we like

  • ✔ Plenty of storage and passenger space; wide-opening rear doors
  • ✔ Mild hybrid engines pack a punch and are very cheap to run
  • ✔ Loads of safety and driver assistance tech makes it easy to drive

Things we aren’t too keen on

  • ✖ Not the most modern-looking infotainment system in this class
  • ✖ Rivals have the more versatile 40/20/40 seating arrangement
  • ✖ The Seat Ateca and Skoda Karoq offer more boot space, albeit the margins are small

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4. Suzuki Vitara

Small-6036-VitaraHybrid (1)

Things we like

  • ✔ Massive boot perfect for those heavy-duty holidays
  • ✔ Hybrid engine offers really low running costs
  • ✔ Very generous standard equipment will keep the family entertained

Things we aren’t too keen on

  • ✖ Not the most exciting or well-built interior, but it’s comfy enough
  • ✖ The touchscreen infotainment system is much better in rivals
  • ✖ Not the most engaging small SUV to drive, though this isn’t a deal breaker

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5. Cupra Formentor

CUPRA Formentor e-HYBRID

What we like

  • ✔ Slick, sporty looks that don’t compromise on practicality
  • ✔ Nippy performance and superhero-esque badge makes this SUV a head-turner
  • ✔ Impressively comfortable on the road, with plenty of kit onboard to keep the family entertained too

What we’re not too keen on

  • ✖ Can be expensive to run if you go for one of the better-spec, higher performance trims
  • ✖ If you want to sit three people in the back, other options are available for a cheaper price
  • ✖ Not a great deal of seating flexibility compared with rivals

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6. Ford Puma

2021 Ford Puma

What we like

  • ✔ Small, fuel-efficient engines that provide brilliant performance
  • ✔ Neat storage options such as an extra compartment under the boot floor for added practicality
  • ✔ Great onboard media and driver tech makes the Puma a very family-friendly car

What we’re not too keen on

  • ✖ Rivals are generally more upmarket inside
  • ✖ Small rear windows can make the back feel a bit cramped
  • ✖ Optional panoramic roof might solve the above problem, but it will eat into head space in the back

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