Fuel Types Explained

With the wide range of engine types that are available these days, the growing costs of fuel, and cars moving towards being electric, pulling up at the petrol station doesn’t feel as simple as it once was.

In this post, we’ll explain what different types of fuel are currently available on the market, to help you find the perfect car and arm you with the information you need to look after it properly.

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The 12 Best Cars for Off-Roading

What makes a good off-road vehicle? Well, you’ll need a bit of extra ground clearance to cope with rough terrain, as well as four-wheel drive, a decent amount of grunt, and plenty of room for all your off-road gear.

That said, we don’t want to be hitting the tough stuff in something that doesn’t cut it when it’s on the road, so for us, creature comforts and mod-cons are just as important.

We’ve chosen a dozen vehicles that stand out to us as being super capable off-road, while not compromising on comfort.

For each vehicle, we’ve also provided the crucial off-road stats, specifically approach and departure angle, as well as Breakover angle and ground clearance. The higher the number, the better!

Go ahead and browse the full list, or jump to a particular budget category using the links below:


Best off-road cars under £30k

Peugeot 2008

  • Prices start at £18,820
  • Ground Clearance: 160mm
  • Approach Angle: 29 degrees
  • Departure Angle: 36 degrees
  • Breakover Angle: 13 degrees

One car into this list and we’re already breaking the rules! Technically speaking, the 2008 is front-wheel-drive only, but it does have one clever trick up its sleeve.

Standard on Allure models and up, Peugeot’s Grip Control system is a supremely clever traction control system that manages power and torque sent to each of the 2008’s front wheels.

With five driving modes, including specific settings for driving on snow and on mud, Grip Control has many of the benefits of four-wheel-drive without harming fuel consumption by adding extra weight to the vehicle.

Add to that space for five and a generous amount of luggage space, the 2008 is a vehicle for all occasions.

Explore the Peugeot 2008 now!


Mitsubishi L200

  • Prices start at £21,515 [+VAT]
  • Ground Clearance: 205mm
  • Approach Angle: 30 degrees
  • Departure Angle: 22 degrees
  • Breakover Angle: 24 degrees

Mitsubishi’s hugely popular pick-up truck is back for its sixth generation, and the all-new Series 6 L200 delivers comfort for four people while still being an uncompromising workhorse.

It’s excellent off-road too, thanks to the built-in Super Select system that allows the driver to move between rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive, as well as being to lock the vehicle’s centre differential for optimal traction when the going gets tough.

Plus, the new L200 can tow a class-leading 3.5-tonnes, so it’s ready for whatever job you throw at it.

Explore the Mitsubishi L200 now!


Mercedes-Benz GLA

  • Prices start at £25,500
  • Ground Clearance: 183mm
  • Approach Angle: 16 degrees
  • Departure Angle: 22 degrees
  • Breakover Angle: 15 degrees

Thanks to Mercedes-Benz’s 4MATIC all-wheel drive system, the GLA is a small SUV that packs some serious ability.

It’s sporty too, with an eye-catching exterior design and a premium interior – just as you’d expect from any Merc.

The GLA rides slightly higher than its A-Class sibling thanks to off-road suspension, and there’s plenty of protective cladding to make sure you’re ready for whatever the trails throw at you.

Explore the Mercedes-Benz GLA now!


Best off-roading cars from £30k – £50k

Volkswagen Amarok

  • Prices start at £35,403
  • Ground Clearance: 195mm
  • Approach Angle: 28 degrees
  • Departure Angle: 24 degrees
  • Breakover Angle: 23 degrees

Powered by a brawny V6 diesel, the Amarok is a premium pick-up truck that doesn’t shy away from hard work.

With either 204PS or 258PS of power depending on the model you choose, every Amarok comes with an 8-speed automatic gearbox and the company’s 4MOTION all-wheel-drive. Those features combine to make a vehicle that’s comfortable on the road while also being confident off it.

VW also have a range of bicycle and canoe carriers available for the Amarok, so it’s an ideal companion for anyone with an active lifestyle!

Explore the Volkswagen Amarok now!


Audi Q5

  • Prices start at £41,420
  • Ground Clearance: 200mm
  • Approach Angle: 25 degrees
  • Departure Angle: 27 degrees
  • Breakover Angle: 17 degrees

At a glance, the Q5 is certainly no hardcore off-roader, but thanks to Audi’s legendary quattro system, it’s more than comfortable when it’s away from the tarmac.

The Q5 is a premium SUV, and its all-wheel-drive system offers excellent grip in dry and damp conditions.

Plus, with a choice of two impressive engines – a 2.0-litre diesel or a 2.0-litre petrol – it has plenty of power to get you out of a tricky farm-track or a wet field.

Add the optional air suspension and the extra ride height available will come in handy for trickier off-road scenarios.

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Land Rover Discovery

  • Prices start at £47,745
  • Ground Clearance: 283mm
  • Approach Angle: 34 degrees
  • Departure Angle: 30 degrees
  • Breakover Angle: 28 degrees

Land Rover describe the Discovery 5 as their most versatile SUV yet, and it’s hard to argue with that. With seating for up to seven, a massive boot, and absolutely top-notch cabin, it’s ideal for big families who like a bit of luxury in their lives.

On top of all that, it’s one of the most impressive vehicles you’re likely to come across when it comes to getting through tough terrain. All of Land Rover’s off-road wizardry is available on the Discovery, and it’s pretty amazing what this vehicle can handle. Spec the company’s Terrain Response 2 programme on your Disco, and you’ll basically be unstoppable.

Explore the Land Rover Discovery now!


Volkswagen Touareg

  • Prices start at £49,645
  • Ground Clearance: 258mm
  • Approach Angle: 23 degrees
  • Departure Angle: 17 degrees
  • Breakover Angle: 13 degrees

VW’s SUV family is full of feature-packed vehicles that ooze confidence, and the Touareg – the family’s biggest sibling – is absolutely no different.

With cutting-edge 4MOTION all-wheel-drive as standard, this large SUV is impressively nimble-footed over rugged terrain, and six individual driving modes give you loads of options when you need them most.

Plus, air suspension allows the Touareg to be boosted up to 258mm of ground clearance, so you can glide over the hard stuff, rather than through it.

Explore the Volkswagen Touareg now!


Best off-roading cars from £50k – £100k

Porsche Cayenne

  • Prices start at £57,195
  • Ground Clearance: 268mm
  • Approach Angle: 29 degrees
  • Departure Angle: 26 degrees
  • Breakover Angle: 24 degrees

An SUV created by a company famed for their on-track prowess might not be the most likely candidate for off-road ability, but the Cayenne does a pretty impressive job when it hits the dirt. Delving into the vehicle’s infotainment system reveals Sport and Sport+ modes for when you’re on road, and for off it, programmes for tackling Gravel, Mud, Sand, and Rocks.

Add to that the Cayenne’s ability to uncouple its anti-roll bars in extreme off-road situations, and this is an SUV with truly surprising rock-mounting capability.

Oh, and did we mention this particular Porsche has 340PS of power and a 0-62mph time of 6.2 seconds in base form? It’s a monster.

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Jaguar I-PACE

  • Prices start at £60,995
  • Ground Clearance: 198mm
  • Approach Angle: 16 degrees
  • Departure Angle: 32 degrees
  • Breakover Angle: 15 degrees

The only fully-electric vehicle on this list, but the Jaguar I-PACE more than earns its place. Thanks to one motor on each axle, Jaguar’s EV has amazing four-wheel traction in all but the worst of circumstances.

Since its unveiling in 2018, the I-PACE has won countless awards, including the prestigious 2019 World Car of the Year, and has grabbed the attention of the tech press as well as the motor press.

The I-PACE has a low grip mode as well as Adaptive Surface Response, which tunes motor and brake settings in poor traction conditions, and you can rest assured that the vehicle’s batteries are totally protected against whatever water you’ll come up against.

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Range Rover

  • Prices start at £83,655
  • Ground Clearance: 297mm
  • Approach Angle: 35 degrees
  • Departure Angle: 29 degrees
  • Breakover Angle: 28 degrees

The Range Rover is perhaps the original luxury off-roader, and in 2019, it still leads the way when it comes to mud-plugging in extravagant comfort.

Equipped with Land Rover’s latest and greatest all-wheel drive system, as well as their most advanced all-terrain systems, the Range Rover is virtually unstoppable. A twin-speed transfer box gives you precise control over power and speed in situations where it’s most important, plus Hill Descent Control makes tackling steep downhills easier and safer than ever.

Go for the newest Range Rover in the range – the P400e – and you can even enjoy great fuel economy and plug-in hybrid flexibility to go with your supreme off-road ability and first class comfort.

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Best off-roading cars over £100k

Bentley Bentayga

  • Prices start at £133,100
  • Ground Clearance: 233mm
  • Approach Angle: 25 degrees
  • Departure Angle: 25 degrees
  • Breakover Angle: 22 degrees

Not all SUVs are created equal, and the Bentayga’s high luxury and effortless power really mark it out as a special kind of off-road-capable vehicle.

Powered by Bentley’s legendary W12 engine, the Bentayga has no problem with on-road speed and refinement. Fortunately, the power and torque of its 12-cylinder engine also make the Bentayga a commanding vehicle off-road too.

Its engine and gearbox have been designed to operate in all off-road conditions, and once you’ve climbed to the top of that hill, the Bentayga’s boot-mounted ‘Event Seat’ means you can enjoy a front-row seat to that incredible view.

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Rolls-Royce Cullinan

  • Prices start at £268,500
  • Ground Clearance: 254mm
  • Approach Angle: 23 degrees
  • Departure Angle: 19 degrees
  • Breakover Angle: 18 degrees

At more than a quarter of a million pounds before options, the Cullinan definitely qualifies as a ‘luxury item’, but since this is an SUV designed and built by the world’s most famous luxury motorcar manufacturer, you can guarantee it’s worthy of the price tag.

Described as the “most capable Rolls-Royce ever created”, the Cullinan delivers unparalleled luxury both on-road and off. Pushing the ‘Off Road Button’ in the centre console puts the Cullinan in all-wheel drive mode, with raised suspension and finely tuned brake and throttle response for optimum control.

To prove its ability, Rolls-Royce even put the Cullinan through more than 12,000 of gruelling off-road testing. Whether you’d actually want to get your £250,000 SUV muddy, however, is up to you.

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The 10 best cars with panoramic sunroofs

The panoramic sunroof really is a feature for all seasons. Unlike a fixed moonroof, panoramic sunroofs are often designed to open like regular sunroofs and are a top choice for those wanting a convertible-style experience without the lack of roof structure. No hair-in-your-face or grit-in-your-eye moments here, folks.

Whether it’s bags of sunlight during the summer, the soothing sound of rain during the colder months, or a window to the starry night sky, it’s an option worth looking at when it’s time to buy your next car.

Plus, having a panoramic sunroof can be a really great selling point when the time comes to sell.

Panoramic sunroof: pros and cons

Despite the popularity of panoramic sunroofs, it’s always worth considering the pros and cons of any car feature to see if it’s the right choice for you.

Pros

Improve your mood – For those in need of a sunshine boost, panoramic sunroofs allow for more natural light to enter the cabin than standard windows

Save the earache – Opening a panoramic sunroof whilst driving produces far less wind noise than opening standard car windows, making it a cost-effective alternative to air conditioning

No claustrophobia – With a view to the sky, cars with panoramic sunroofs naturally feel more spacious, which can really make a difference on longer journeys

Cons

Mind your head – Although cars with panoramic sunroofs tend to feel more spacious thanks to the extra natural light, they usually have slightly less headroom

Summer heat – If you live in the UK, then this might only apply for one week of the year… but the added glass from panoramic sunroofs can cause the cabin to get considerably warmer in hot weather than other cars

Winter condensation – In the colder months, condensation can form on the inside of the panoramic roof glass, which may (rarely) cause a small amount of moisture to drip into the cabin

Our top 10 cars with panoramic sunroofs

We’ve rounded up ten of the best vehicles with panoramic sunroofs. Some are open, some are fixed, but all of them make being a driver or passenger that extra bit more enjoyable.

We’ve listed our favourites below in order of on-the-road price, though finance options are available on all models, too.

Volkswagen up!

Volkswagen’s smallest car is still big on German quality, and there’s plenty to love about this particular supermini.

The up! comes with either three or five doors, and with a range of engines and trim levels. Every new up! is manual-only, though there’s plenty of factory-fitted options available to make your car your own.

The pick of the bunch is, of course, the sliding and tilting panoramic sunroof, which is available on all but the Take up! and Rock up! models. It really adds to this small car’s sense of space. A neat trick for a car so little.

Spec your brand new Volkswagen up! right now.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

Mitsubishi’s compact SUV looks like something out of the Marvel universe, with its sharp lines and futuristic LED lights.

Fortunately for you, the Eclipse Cross is a reality, and it’s a great choice if you’re looking for a vehicle with big car versatility and a higher driving position. You can also expect sporty on-road handling and some impressive off-road capability too.

Spec your Eclipse Cross with the fixed panoramic roof [available on the Eclipse Cross 4 only], and you can enjoy that on and off-road experience even more, with an extra perspective through the glass ceiling.

Explore a brand new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross today.

Vauxhall Grandland X

Vauxhall’s stylish mid-size SUV is a great buy whichever way you look at it. There’s impressive levels of kit right across the range too, with features such as a touchscreen infotainment system and electronic climate control standard on even the base SE models.

That means there’s not a lot more you can add to the Grandland X besides your choice of paint colour, but the optional fixed panoramic roof – available across the rang – is a great choice for making your Grandland X your own.

Talk to us about your brand new Vauxhall Grandland X right now.

Peugeot 508

The Peugeot 508 might just be a watershed moment for the French car manufacturer. It’s pretty, it’s comfortable, and it’s a worthy rival for the more expensive competitors from the likes of Audi and Mercedes-Benz.

The all-new 508 is available as a saloon or estate, and in a variety of trim levels that range from ‘comfortable’ to ‘sporty’. Whichever you choose, though, go for the panoramic opening sunroof.

Get in touch to spec your new Peugeot 508 today.

Audi A3 Saloon

Audi’s new A3 saloon is a little slice of executive car heaven. The build quality is absolutely top notch, just as you’d expect from any Audi, and having a saloon body style rather than the conventional hatchback is actually really helpful when it comes to lugging stuff around.

Throw a panoramic sunroof into the mix, and this is a finer example of saloon-shaped motoring, ready for a summer outing.

Talk to us about your brand new Audi A3 Saloon right now.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

Want a great-looking, sub-compact coupe from a German manufacturer?

The Coupe variant of Mercedes-Benz’s wildly popular C-Class has been around for a few generations now, though it used be known by the standalone ‘CLK’ model designation.

The C-Class Coupe can be whatever you want it to be – a refined mile-cruncher sipping on diesel, or a boisterous V8-powered sports-car.

Whichever C-Class Coupe fits your personality, make sure it’s the most comfortable it can be. Spec your car with the Premium Plus Package and get a stunning Burmester Sound System as well as a panoramic sliding sunroof.

Browse the latest new C-Class versions available to buy here.

Jaguar I-PACE

The future of motoring is here right now, and the I-PACE is one of the finest examples of what electric cars can be.

It’s a fully-featured, fully-beautiful SUV with a single-charge range of up to 292 miles. With room for all the family, and room for all your shopping in the impressive boot, the I-PACE will fit seamlessly into your life.

The quality cabin is another reason this Jaguar was named the 2019 World Car of the Year, and adding the optional panoramic roof will only enhance the experience for everyone you take for a ride.

Find out more about a new Jaguar I-PACE now.

Porsche 911

One of the greatest sports-cars of all time, the 911 has gone through many changes over its 50-year lifespan. Two things that have stayed the same, however, are the unmistakable Porsche design, and the rear-mounted engine, which together make the 911 a truly memorable experience.

The engine that powers today’s ‘standard’ 911 is the legendary 3.0-litre flat six, and it’s tuned for noise as much as it’s tuned for performance. All the more reason to have a 911 with the optional sliding sunroof, then, just so you can hear that glorious note more clearly.

Enquire about a brand new Porsche 911 right now.

Range Rover

The Range Rover: the original, the most well-known, and – arguably – the most capable large SUV when the going gets tough.

Land Rover have worked hard to bring the Range Rover into step with 21st-century expectations, and it delivers on every front – an effortless motorway cruiser, nimble around town, and a monster off-road.

It’s always nice to spec a car so it’s unmistakably yours, and what better personal touch than a glass roof – there’s even a choice of fixed or sliding on the almost-overwhelming list of options.

Browse the latest new Range Rovers models available to order.

Bentley Continental GT

Updated and refreshed in 2018, Bentley’s coupe is as luxurious as grand tourers get, and a wonderful car to drive on long journeys, with its powerful, 6.0 litre twin-turbocharged W12 engine, and stunning interior.

Spec your Continental GT with the glass panoramic roof and you’ll be able to enjoy that interior with a massive amount of natural light. And if you want to shut the light out temporarily, then the glass roof option includes a rolling blind – finished in Alcantara leather, of course.

Talk to us about a brand new Bentley Continental GT right now.


This car could help you survive the zombie apocalypse

In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s spooky season!

The pumpkins are flying off the shelves, the 10th season of The Walking Dead is well underway, and Zombieland 2: Double Tap is in cinemas.

But if actual undead hordes appeared on your street tomorrow, would you be ready? Could you survive in a post-apocalyptic hellscape, with flesh-eating zombies on every corner?

There’s a lot to be learned from years of on-screen horror and sci-fi when it comes to surviving the End Times, but let’s be honest – without a suitable vehicle, you probably wouldn’t last very long.

Currently, as surprising as it may seem, none of the manufacturers we represent have released a fully zombie-proof car onto the market. So, naturally, we took it upon ourselves to explore what a car designed to keep you alive as civilisation crumbles around you might look like…

Introducing the Zombia 3000

Exterior features

When we started thinking about the zombie-proof car of our dreams (or, more realistically, our nightmares), we couldn’t help being inspired by the new Land Rover Defender – “the toughest and most capable Land Rover ever made.”

But whilst the Defender has been tested in some pretty extreme conditions, it’s not been built to take on the endless swarms of the living dead that we might expect to encounter after an apocalyptic outbreak.

We’ve re-imagined a familiar 4×4, but with some uncompromising modifications for maximum zombie-proofing…

At the front of the vehicle is a fearsome-looking plough, perfect for negotiating zombie crowds at speed. The plough can be raised when necessary, depending on the terrain, or simply for more creative rampaging.

Bullet-proof windows are further shielded by reinforced metal bars, with the headlights also protected. Rear windows have been replaced with solar panels for back-up energy generation, also with additional protection.

Mounted on the roof are dual wide-angle flamethrowers, fog lights (to help you navigate through the fiery devastation you’ll leave in your wake), and also a drone launcher, so you can scope out the route ahead, or create a diversion that allows you to get to your next checkpoint with minimal fuss.

Interior features

Inside the car, the usual entertainment system has been replaced with a CB radio for communication with other survivors once the phone networks have gone down. There’s also a computer console complete with advanced GPS functionality and gene-sequencing software, for when the responsibility of finding a cure inevitably falls to someone as desperately unqualified as you.

There’s also a healthy supply of Ordnance Survey maps, as relying on technology will only get you so far in a post-apocalyptic world.

Ramming and torching your zombie foes from the safety of your vehicle is all well and good, but you won’t be able to stay in there forever.

Thankfully, you’ll find the rear cabin of the Zombia 3000 comes well equipped with handheld weapons and ammunition, along with a range of tools, medicines, water, food and fuel supplies to give you the best possible start as you embark on your dystopian road trip.

Whether you’re picking off zombies, fending off rival gangs, or simply hunting for your next meal, there’s a suitable cache of weapons for you to choose from, along with enough ammo to last you a little while.

The shotgun might be effective, but it definitely won’t be quiet. If you know what’s good for you, then you’ll focus on stealth whenever you can; take the time to master the crossbow and find your favourite sword, because in the end they might be all you’ve got.



Is this the car you’d want in a zombie apocalypse? Are there any essential features we’ve missed? Tweet us @JCT600 and let us know what you think!

All images in this post are covered by a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike licence – you’re free to share, adapt or republish them for any purpose – we just ask that you credit us with a link to this page.

Disclaimer: The Zombia 3000 is a purely fictional concept, created for a fictional world, and is not available to buy. JCT600 do not condone violence of any kind.


The 17 Best Cars for Dog Owners to Buy in 2019

Being a dog owner’s so rewarding – but, let’s face it, man’s best friend isn’t exactly low maintenance… They might be cuddly, cute and loving, but they sure do make a lot of mess and take up a lot of time and space, right?

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What’s your car-buying IQ? [Quiz]

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With a proud sporting heritage, thriving music scene and a population of more than half a million, Sheffield has become one of the UK’s biggest and most-loved cities.

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