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Best cars for motorway driving

A car that’s both comfortable and convenient is a must-have if you find yourself driving on the motorway often

A busy motorway in the UK

Regular trips up and down the motorway can zap a lot of time, money and comfort.

That’s why you need to be confident that you have the right kind of car for these particular trips.

So, without further ado, here are some of the best cars for motorway driving.

Mercedes S-Class

This Mercedes luxury saloon is a fantastic motorway car choice for both drivers and passengers.

If you’re fortunate enough to be driven somewhere, enjoy maximum legroom and even the option of entertainment screens.

But if you're behind the wheel of the S-Class, the innovative safety technology, such as the night vision assist, makes for a smooth, convenient journey no matter the time.

A Mercedes S-Class can also secure you up to 42.8mpg from the S350d engine, or a combined WLTP figure of 223.2mpg from the S580e plug-in hybrid.

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

The quick acceleration, exceptional handling and smooth powertrain make this one of the best cars for the motorway.

It’s a common misconception that EVs aren’t ideal for motorway driving – the Long Range version of the Tesla Model 3 boasts more than 370 miles on a full charge.

Plus, you’ll not struggle to find a service station that offers high-power DC fast chargers.

Škoda Superb

Specialising in both comfort and space, the Škoda Superb is a superb choice of motorway car.

If you’re carrying passengers, they’ll enjoy ample leg room and maximum comfort.

You won't be burning through fuel on your journey either, especially with a plug-in hybrid engine. These get a claimed figure of up to 257mpg.

Plus, with dual-zone climate control, cruise control and a range of clever safety features, you’ll likely never dread a long trip again.

Nissan Qashqai

Long-distance journeys can often impact both the environment and your bank balance.

That’s why the excellent fuel efficiency of the Nissan Qashqai is a huge benefit.

In the 1.3-litre petrol engine, mild-hybrid assistance means you'll get up to 44.5mpg. There's also the E-Power hybrid that can achieve up to 53.3mpg, with 119g/km of emissions.

With responsive steering and well-tuned suspension, you can expect smooth handling that compliments the comfortable interior.

BMW 3 Series

A grey BMW 3 Series Touring

The 3 Series model of the iconic BMW brand offers incredible performance and powertrain options to suit different driving styles.

Advanced technology, such as voice command and smartphone integration, means a convenient, safe drive as you move from A to B on the motorway.

There are a few engines to choose from as well, including the 330e plug-in hybrid that will save on fuel and can achieve up to 37 miles using only electric power. Plus, there are plenty of these used BMW models on the market if you want to save money on purchasing brand-new.

Ford Kuga

A red Ford Kuga model parked on a mountain

If you’re seeking a smooth and practical ride, choose the Ford Kuga. The supportive seats offer a comfortable, pleasant journey for everyone inside the cabin.

The spacious interior leaves plenty of room for both passengers and luggage.

Fuel economy is impressive, too. Ford claims you can get up to 282.5mpg in the plug-in hybrid model, according to WLTP testing.

To maximise safety while on the motorway, make use of smart features such as lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, and rearview cameras.

Audi Q7

A grey Audi Q7 driving on a country road

Ideal for taking the whole family on long-distance trips, the seven-seat Audi Q7 offers an enjoyable experience for both the driver and passengers.

The Q7 model prioritises safety with its automatic emergency braking, surround-view camera system and rear cross-traffic alert.

Plus, the powerful engine offers ample horsepower and torque, guaranteeing excellent performance while on the motorway, and offer up to 88.3mpg from the TFSI e plug-in hybrid model.

Peugeot 208

Well-equipped and fun to drive, you’ll not get bored of long motorway trips if you’re driving a Peugeot 208.

Despite its compact size, the model provides ample comfort with supportive seats, quality cabin materials, and convenient storage options.

If fuel efficiency is a top priority of yours, the Peugeot 208 offers economic engine options and advanced technologies, such as the stop-start systems.

Volkswagen Arteon

a gold VW Arteon parked at a docks by the sea

The Volkswagen Arteon was made for the motorway.

You need reliability while on long-distance drives, and the Arteon model presents exactly that with its build quality and attention to detail.

The well-tuned suspension and precise steering offer the right blend of comfort and practicality – two very important factors for motorway driving.

Plus, if you opt for the plug-in hybrid model VW claims you can get up to 245.8mpg.

Citroen C5 Aircross

If space matters most to you, the C5 Aircross should be top of your list.

With a huge cabin that flaunts expansive bootspace as well as three individual rear seats, the model is ideal for staycation-loving families that are on the motorway a lot.

Added benefits include efficient engine options, lane departure warning, and responsive steering, so you can enjoy a safe yet practical driving experience.

There's also the added bonus of fuel efficiency, with the BlueHDI diesel mode offering up to 55mpg during official testing. There are plug-in hybrid models on offer, too.

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