It doesn’t take a car expert to realise that your typical family hatchback would struggle to cope with the range of terrain and elements the Earth can muster up; but, if you are intending on taking a round the world trip that involves driving, what conditions does your vehicle need to survive and what are the best motors for tackling them?
The Makings of an Effective Vehicle
- Copes in all weathers – rain, snow or sun it needs to be able to drive in any of the conditions that might befall it.
- Copes with all terrains – similar to the above point, there can literally be all manner of ground to cover at varying heights, angles and inclines and you need to be sure you can drive over them.
- Going the Distance – there will be countries if not continents to cross; you need to make sure your car can cover great distances without issue.
- Durability – Along with the above, the car needs a degree of sturdiness to make sure you don’t breakdown somewhere potentially dangerous.
- Comfort and Capacity – remember you will be spending a lot of time in the car so comfort is essential; if you’ve ever driven down a bumpy road in your normal car you’ll know how rough it can be. You also will need to accommodate all your gear in a way that doesn’t leave you or your passengers cramped.
Three Automotive Powerhouses
If the previous section didn’t give you enough clues already, then it is safe to say you will definitely need a 4×4, used vehicles will be more cost-effective and you can find a great range at a reliable retailer like AA Cars. What follows though are three examples that tick all the boxes and will get you where you need to go:
– Land Rover Discovery: A fine specimen of British Engineering, so durable and powerful that it can make almost any terrain seem like you’re taking a leisurely cruise. The Discovery 3 model is more affordable than the latest 4 range but still comes with the power of a 4.0 Litre V6, a 4.4 Litre V8 petrol engine or a 2.7 Litre V6 diesel, with 6-speed Auto/Manual transmission. There aren’t as many gadgets as the 4 but the comfortable and incredibly spacious interior mean you have enough room to house your belongings and ride safely wherever you are.
– Toyota Hilux 7th Gen: The Toyota Hilux is a pickup truck combining power with robustness. The 4.0 Litre V6 petrol or 3.0 Litre diesel in 5 speed manual or auto is again a car that will get you where you need to go whatever the conditions. Space wise the large cabin can seat a family with plenty of room in the long boot in the rear.
– Jeep Wrangler JK: The ‘Jeep’ brand is easily recognisable as a vehicle designed for managing difficult driving conditions. It can be found in SUV or Convertible form, the former being the more spacious, but again the powerful engine – 3.8 Litre V6 Petrol or 2.8L Diesel – and the large, heavy duty tyres, guarantee this vehicle will make any driving conditions a walk in the park.