The 5 Best Motorway Cars
If you are looking for a car that will give you that smooth motorway ride, and eat up the miles with little stress, then you might want to consider these 5 cars.
Mercedes C Class
If you rack up a high annual mileage on our motorways the C220 or C250 CDI Blue Efficiency diesels offer the best blend of performance and low running costs, with some later versions of the C220 CDI posting emissions figures low enough to qualify for £30 annual road tax.
The petrol C250 CGI is also a great choice if you don’t drive quite as much – it comes with an impressive turn of speed, great refinement and reasonable economy. Regardless of whether you choose petrol or diesel, try to get an automatic gearbox, as it suits the character of the C-Class far better than the manual and will give you an enjoyable motorway ride.
The Mondeo is an ideal motorway cruiser helped by economical engines. These include a 1.6 TDCi diesel that emits just 94g/km and will average more than 78mpg according to the official figures. This model averages about 47mpg on 65% motorway driving and general running around. We would recommend this car to anyone wanting a good combination of size, economy and smooth driving, in a long distance vehicle.
Our choice here is the Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TDI 150 SE Business. The Volkswagen Passat is as much of a staple of the firm's range as the Golf. It was first introduced in the 1970s, and over the years it has grown in size and quality to become an upmarket family car. It offers a serenely quiet cabin and road-massaging ride, and as such is an easy choice for that motorway journey.
The Passat Mk8 was introduced in 2015, and it uses the largest version of the VW Group's MQB platform. This features lightweight construction and sophisticated components that help the Passat to deliver decent economy and reasonable handling.
BMW 3 Series
The BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics Sport is our choice here. The 3 Series replaced the popular 2002-series of small saloons in the mid-Seventies. Over the years, the 3 Series has grown in size, but has largely stuck to the same formula, by offering four doors, a front-engine and rear-wheel drive transmission.
Optional extras include variable ratio sport steering and Adaptive Drive damping for the suspension, and are hooked up to the Drive Performance Control system when fitted. If your budget allows, the adaptive suspension transforms the way the 3 Series drives, allowing it to be sportier when you say so, but more comfortable on longer motorway drives.
Our choice here is the Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI 150 SE Business.
The Superb’s mission is to be an executive limousine for the masses, so the focus is firmly on comfort and refinement ahead of pin-sharp driving dynamics. And whether you’re wafting around town or cruising quietly along the motorway, it’s clear that Skoda has done a great job. It might not be everyone’s choice as it still probably suffers from the stigma of years gone by, but you could do far worse. Give it a try!