When it comes to picking a car there are many things to consider. How luxurious is the ride? Is there space for all the family? But the most important question of all is can you fit your golf clubs in the boot?
There’s nothing worse than having to stick your trusty clubs in the passenger seat. Not only is it extremely dangerous if you had a collision, but it can be messy and limits the number of people you can fit in the car. Here are some of the best cars for golfers:
When it comes to combining sleek, sophisticated style with a large amount of storage space and a smooth ride, the Mercedes S-Class is one of the best cars on the market. There is more than enough room in the boot to fit both yours and your partner’s clubs, while still having seating room in the back for two adults. It isn’t the cheapest of vehicles with the OTR price starting from £67k but you get a whole lot for your money here.
You’ll never miss your tee-off time again with the top speed being electronically limited to 155 and a 0-62 time of just 6.8 seconds. Despite these figures, the fuel consumption is exceptional with the diesel engine producing a combined figure of 49.6 and the hybrid boasting 61.4mpg.
The S-Class is available in short and long wheel base versions, with the LWB offering more room to rear passengers while the boot space remains the same.
If you want a car that allows you to fit all your clubs inside with ease then the A6 may just be perfect for you. With a whopping 1,680 litres of boot space you can fit all of your golfing gear inside with room to spare. The car itself offers all the latest in luxury and cutting edge technology, allowing you to be the envy of your golf club.
There are several models of the A6 available with prices starting at just £32k, although it is the S6 Avant that provides the greatest amount of storage space. Audi provide you with the choice of 6 engines to choose from with the options of either a 2 or 3 litre TDI engine or a 3 litre BiTDI engine – it also comes in 4 wheel drive and manual or automatic configurations.
Not only is this a great car for lugging your clubs around in, the large seats, good rear passenger leg room and plentiful safety features make this a good family or business car.
For Porsche and golf enthusiasts, the Panamera is the way to go. With an ample 450 litres of trunk space, it provides way more room for your golf clubs than a BMW 7 Series. On top of this, the four seats allow you to drive your family around in comfort, while retaining the sporting capabilities Porsche are known for.
The Panamera is offered in a variety of guises, from the E-hybrid to the Turbo S giving you a car that’s perfect for your everyday needs. With top speeds of over 150 even on the most basic models, this car is perfect for a day on the track as well as driving to the golf course.
If you want something even bigger and capable of off-road driving then the Cayenne will provide you with 670 litres of boot space but it isn’t anywhere near as sporty as the Panamera. It is also slightly more economical but a Cayenne is a much more common sight in the club house carpark than a Panamera.
A cheaper option than the previous cars, the Passat has a huge amount of room for all your clubs. The ride may not be the same quality as more expensive options, but you receive the best technology and reliability that Volkswagen can produce. The Passat has incredible economy, with extra urban producing a fantastic 74.3mpg.
The Passat is a great option for any golfer who is looking for a vehicle with low running costs, leaving more cash free for upgrading clubs and flash bits of kit.
There are four diesel engines available for this model:
• 1.6 TDI 120PS
• 2.0 TDI 150PS
• 2.0 TDI SCR 190PS
• 2.0 BITDI SCR 4Motion 240PS
Every engine is able to achieve a top speed of 128, with all but the 2.0 BITDI SCR 4Motion 240PS engine producing a 60+ mpg fuel efficiency. This is an ideal family car thank to its high safety rating, low running costs and spacious interior.
#5 Volvo S80
Volvo are well known for their unbelievable reliability, with the engines running well even past 100,000 miles. The space you get in the boot is ample for at least two sets of golf clubs, without infringing on the legroom your rear passengers receive.
You have the choice of a manual or automatic ‘Geartronic’, allowing you to choose from your preferred gearing. Both these engines benefit from having zero Vehicle Excise Duty and an impressive 62.8MPG, providing you with low running costs.
There are plenty of optional extras that you can tag on to the S80, giving it a much more personal feel that you can tweak to be perfect for your needs. Whatever type of vehicle you need outside shuttling your clubs from one course to the other, the S80 is ideal for you.
Not looking for an estate or saloon car? The Civic is a hatchback that allows plenty of room for your clubs to be placed either vertically or horizontally in the boot. This is a much shorter vehicle than others in the list, making it a great option for anyone who has to do a lot of tight city driving.
Honda has 5 models of the Civic available with prices starting from just £16k. There are also 3 engines specs available including a 1.4 petrol, 1.6 diesel and a 1.8 petrol which can be either automatic or manual. The 1.6 diesel can produce up to 78mpg and every engine benefits from not having to pay tax.
While the other cars in this list present an air of luxury, the Civic has much sportier look without losing the vital space you need for your golf clubs. The boot space has a significant 477 litres which more than doubles to 1210 litres when the rear seats are folded down, giving you enough room for several sets of clubs and even some skis!
No, that’s not a joke. This tiny micro car may be incredibly short, but it is actually very wide allowing you to fit your golf bag into the back. By folding down the rear seats there is even enough room to get the trolley in. With an average economy of 65.7mpg, this will save you a lot of cash on fuel – giving you more money to spend on things you love.
It may not be the big saloon car that most golfers drive, but that makes it ideal for anyone living in London or other big cities as you can park the iQ virtually anywhere. Even with the small 1 litre engine you won’t feel underpowered despite the 67BHP as the engine is keep to pull away even with a full loads.
If the only thing you need a car for is to get to and from the golf course then this little runner is ideal. It’s extremely cost effective to run and even though it’s only been on the market since 2008 it has already proven that it follows Toyota’s pattern of strong reliability.
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