Author - Claire Boocock - Posted on Categories: Advice
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
VW’s SUV family is full of feature-packed vehicles that ooze
confidence, and the Touareg – the family’s biggest sibling – is absolutely no
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
your mood – For those in need of a sunshine boost, panoramic sunroofs allow
for more natural light to enter the cabin than standard windows
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
claustrophobia – With a view to the sky, cars with panoramic sunroofs naturally feel
more spacious, which can really make a difference on longer journeys
your head – Although cars with panoramic sunroofs tend to feel more spacious
thanks to the extra natural light, they usually have slightly less headroom
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
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Want a great-looking, sub-compact coupe from a German
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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
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!
Author - Joel Stein - Posted on Categories: Advice
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?
Author - Joel Stein - Posted on Categories: Advice
We know that buying a car can be stressful. It’s not just a
case of figuring out what car will best suit your lifestyle and your budget,
but deciding where to buy it, how to finance it, weighing up insurance costs
Author - Claire Boocock - Posted on Categories: Advice
As the new 20-plate comes in to replace the current 69-plate on the 1 March 2020, we thought we’d explain the confusion around the current car number plate system – as well as the old – and how you can quickly calculate the age of your car.
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