Family road trips can be challenging at the best of times, but if you’re planning a journey across Europe, you’ll be thankful of that extra bit of comfort during the long days of driving.
A luxury car can offer you just that, and if you’re a frequent traveller on the continent, a left-hand drive model is much more efficient and easier to use on European roads than British models. Not only that, but you could find that a left hand drive car is easier on the wallet since cars that are produced in Europe are left hand drive by default.
Luxury cars can be a bit of a mixed bag, with some of the executive roadsters ill-suited for family drives. Here is a selection of luxury cars that will make your European road trip more enjoyable. Some of these upmarket models come with a high price tag, so be sure to check that your car insurance policy covers you for driving on European roads. Also, double check that your insurance provider is able to provide cover specifically for left hand drive models.
Best suited for: A versatile journey that covers both city hopping and longer roads. Price: from £56,000
The Jaguar XJ knows a thing or two about long journeys. In December 2012, the XJ went on a 2,000-mile road trip to the Arctic, surviving varied terrain and temperatures as low as -49°C. The XJ is a cut above the rest with its stylish leather and polished wood interior, and with an aluminium chassis it's one of the lighter luxury saloons on the market.
There's also some power beneath the bonnet to complement the flashy features. A 3.0 litre V6 diesel engine will help you cruise the Autobahn with enough power to keep up with the locals, but with minimum vibrations felt inside. This will allow you to burn some miles while the kids sleep soundly in the back seat.