Yes, it’s that time of year when people of all ages start to roam the country in search of music festivals. Glastonbury has been and gone and for once it was Stormzy on stage rather than a storm ravaged venue, but there are still plenty of smaller events around the UK, all with the usual amount of questionable eating establishments. Every year it is tissues and toilet paper all the way but the days of hiking many miles with like-minded people and camping en route have long gone; in a more civilised time we prefer to go by car. In this new Millennium music lovers are more concerned about losing their mobile phones or running out of money. Thank goodness for the app of Mum and Dad. Even the rapidly ageing hippies, still making and selling jewellery and dream catchers out of old circuit boards, are likely now to have a four-wheel drive. Yet it will be frowned upon as excessive if visitors arrive in gleaming luxury vehicles so when it’s time to set off it is essential to do it low key in a good used off-roader:
Four To Choose
This is the affordable SUV. Determinedly budget-based this terrific 4x4 offers great potential and there are plenty of good used examples around now. Perfect for transporting luggage, tents and wet wipes to the festival. This is the back-to-basics car driven by people who really know how to assemble a yurt. The cabin is spacious and everyone gets a great view of the extended queue of traffic at the car park, thanks to the Duster’s tall body and of course, it has proven track record for reliability and toughness.
This fine 4x4 has been a round for a few years now and has developed a reputation for longevity; true off-roading on a budget. With perky performance, plenty of interior space and a decent-sized boot this car is light and easy to drive. Recent models feature a turbocharged 1.4L engine that is lively and responsive. Older models still make a great budget buy too.
The Tucson continually proves to be an able and good-value option and is one of the most reliable SUV-style cars on sale right now. Tried and tested. There are plenty of highly specified models with lowish mileage available at low cost. It is ostensibly solid family transport but designed for the mud as well as the motorway delivering a quiet, refined and comfortable ride. A dependable mid-size SUV.
The mighty X-Trail is known around the world as one of the most rugged, practical and comfortable motors out there and, say, a 14-plate should by now be available at keen prices. Stick with the 4x4 diesel-engined variants and it should last a careful owner for years, taking everything a mud-fest can throw at it. It’s smooth to drive and has a high quality interior. The boot is large and the rear seats and fold that helps to carry odd-sized loads, like exhausted offspring. And There’s More There are plenty more where these four come from.
Look for the Mitsubishi Outlander, VW’s Tiguan, the X-Series from BMW and even seek out the diminutive Fiat Panda 4x4, a true mountain goat of a car although it can get a bit cosy inside when your friends all want a ride. Festivals are the perfect rite of passage for young adults and a great nostalgia-fest for the middle-aged. It’s an opportunity for people to get out of the rut and into a cracking road trip. Why not check out our selection of suitable motors. Have a browse through our cars, plenty of which are four-wheel drive capable. A road trip would be a great way to get to know your new vehicle thanks to our fabulous fourteen day test drive offer