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Top cars for the summer

The clocks have gone forward, the sun is occasionally coming out to play and we’ve got summer road trips on our mind. Whether you’re planning an off road adventure, epic road trip across Europe or a long weekend in Skegness, you’ll want a snazzy, summer appropriate car to get you there. We’ve picked our favourite new releases, and chucked in a classic, to round up our top cars for summer.

BMW 2 Series Convertible

When it comes to summer, a convertible is the ultimate. Slip that roof back, turn the radio up and take in the UK’s glorious countryside. At least, that’s the theory. The reality may vary depending on the weather’s mood! If you’re up for it though, we can hardly think of a better example than this year’s BMW 2 series convertible. It is a seriously stunning car, with sporty lines and creases lending it a luxe look. Practically speaking, it does well too, with a generous car boot and two small seats in the back. You could definitely pull the “family will all fit in it!” card. The standard price of £29,180 isn’t insanely out of reach, and comes with a generous kit too including: Bluetooth, DAB radios and alloys. And, because it’s summer, the automatic air-con will be useful too (again, in theory).

Ferrari 488 GTB

Those with a bit more cash to splash could do worse than Ferrari’s latest offering. This nifty little two seat sports car can get 0-62mph in an insane 3 seconds, 0-124mph in 8.4 seconds and has a top speed of 205mph. Ideal for a high speed getaway, though we’re sure you’re planning something much more legal! If you’re wondering where the seemingly obscure ‘488’ comes from (after all, it replacing the Ferrari’s turbo 458) it is to do with the engine, as each of the eight cylinders is 488cc in capacity. A super sleek car, the design is not just for show. The underbody is flat to allow for greater airflow, and aerodynamics also affect the aggressive looking rear diffuser and zany looking air intakes! Our verdict? If you’ve got the money, this would make a sweet summer ride.

Land Rover Discovery Sport

For those with adventure in mind and a more realistic approach to the likelihood of uninterrupted sun, we bring you the Land Rover Discovery Sport. This luxurious SUV is perfect for packing a big family – and all the consequential gear – into and heading off on an adventure. Seven seats come as standard, but if it’s room you’re after simply stow the rear most seats and you’ve got yourself a 981 litre boot. Fold the rear bench flat and that increases to a whopping 1,698 litres! Speaking of practicality, there is plenty of useful storage, cup holders, handy hooks a 12V power supply and seven USB sockets. With prices starting at just £32,395, you get a fair whack of car for your money.

Aston Martin DB5

“The names Bond, James Bond.” You could be saying that for real if you got your hands on an Aston Martin DB5! It was Bond’s car of choice in Skyfall. Despite the fact a newer model would have almost certainly proved faster, been less expensive and better handled. But that’s not the point, is it? This is a classic and that’s the point. You’re unlikely to score the original car used in Goldfinger and Thunderball though; it sold at auction for an eye-watering $4.6 million. Compared to that, you might think the couple of hundred grand you have to shell out for an off-screen version is a bit more acceptable though!


published: 24/04/2015 09:15:45

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