A procession of innovative leisure vehicle models has introduced so far, in 2016. With cruise control top-of-mind, we’ve teamed up with Dialdirect to come up with the ultimate top list of leisure cars to see you cruising through this year. So, for all trips smooth, comfortable and enjoyable, here is the list of vehicles you could consider purchasing this year.
Land Rover Discovery Sport SD4
This car is as beautiful inside as it is out, with a sizeable and luxurious inside cabin seating seven and a robust, slick exterior. It’s superior driving capabilities make it adaptable for any terrain and driving style, and it even offers an Eco Mode on its Terrain Response option. If you’re looking to take the family on a long and comfortable trip, powered by a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, the Trailer Stability system will ensure you can bring all your goods and extras with you, without compromising the smoothness of the drive. As you can imagine, this is a luxury buy, so we recommend you invest some time doing your research on trusted car insurance companies if you make this new purchase.
The real draw factor in this powerhouse Nissan model is the interior space it offers, while remaining a relatively compact SUV model. For an extra R6,400 you can buy yourself a third row of seats ideal for travelling with kiddies. Additionally, a good range of adjustability ensures you can be comfortable in every seat. Boasting a 2.5-litre engine that delivers 126kW and 233Nm of torque, it is a refined drive with loads of comfort. An additional Techno Pack can be installed which offers a 7-inch touchscreen with three 12V power outlets, keeping the whole family entertained anywhere in the car.
Japanese models have seemingly dominated top lists this year, and the Subaru Forester is a great example of Japanese innovation. It is another compact SUV that offers a surprisingly spacious interior and comfort. It’ll delight SUV-fans with fantastic fuel economy in comparison to the other models on offer in the category. The new 2016 model now also offers revised infotainment that allows hands-free voice recognition to control the telephone, audio and climate control systems. A Siri Eyes-Free device is also available for the higher-end models.
This luxury SUV model boasts bold origami-inspired design and an intimidating predator grille. This sets it apart from the increasingly cookie-cutter SUV aesthetic, showing how this segment in the Lexus range has grown substantially from its understated beginnings. The inside is still as tastefully finished and comfortable as previous models. To give it a sleeker exterior line, Lexus has lowered the model to 20-inch tyres, without compromising the suspension, which is as smooth as ever. This is more of a road cruising car than an overland explorer, but it shows substantial power and delivers an all around impressive drive.
With a rather attractive price tag, the launch of the new Kia Sorento was eagerly awaited. Again, this mid-sized SUV is surprisingly roomy inside, following a ‘modern and wide’ design. You can buy a seven-seater option and even that is still compact enough to be a great city-cruising vehicle. It’s furnished with soft-touch material and leather, giving it a luxurious edge. It’s not all looks and space though, as the predicted reliability is above average and the 2.2-litre diesel model puts out an impressive 147kW and 440Nm of torque.
These are all the creme de la creme of the newest range of leisure cars, and any of these five choices will ensure an effortless and plush drive. After deciding on your insurance cover, you’re free to hit the road and enjoy the lifestyle a capable leisure vehicle can help facilitate.