The best cars for long commutes

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01 Nov 2018 by smartleasing

Australian cities are some of the world’s most sprawling and serviced by public transport systems that, shall we say, aren’t always world-class. That means for plenty of us, a car is a necessary to get where we need to go.

And if you do clock up a lot of driving, day after day, week after week, year after year? Well, you’ll want a car that eats up the miles, pampers your senses, and has the technology to keep you safe – and entertained. If you’re not sure where to start, these well-credentialed contenders from key market segments will get you off on the right foot.

Small car – Volkswagen Polo, from $17,990

This little Volkswagen’s ache-banishing seats, calming ride and responsive, frugal turbo-petrol engines will leave you fresher than less refined city hatches if you’re really clocking up the miles. Its technology serve includes Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, allowing you to use your smartphone’s features legally via the infotainment system, while active cruise control, blind-spot monitors and other highway-friendly driver aids are part of its safety repertoire.

Small SUV – Toyota C-HR, from $26,990

This bold-looking Toyota’s plush ride and quiet, flexible turbo drivetrain make for less frazzling progress than your average city SUV. Plus, all models come with active cruise control, lane-departure alert and other safety tech that comes in handy on the highway. Just don’t go looking for smartphone mirroring, the one bit of modern tech it lacks.

Mid-size sedan – Toyota Camry, from $27,690

This Toyota’s sprawling space, plush seats and quiet, loping ride make for a standout mile-muncher, and all models have active cruise control and lane-departure warnings in their safety-tech artillery. Plenty of drivetrain choice, including a petrol-electric hybrid that really sips the fuel in stop-start city driving, bolsters its long-commute credentials but – like the C-HR – smartphone mirroring isn’t part of the deal.

Mid-size SUV – Subaru Forester, from $33,490

This Subaru’s supple, locally-tuned suspension and roomy, pampering cabin make it a great medium SUV in which to while away the miles, especially if your commute involves some less than ideal Aussie tarmac. It also has smartphone mirroring and a solid slab of safety tech – including, on some models, unique facial-recognition technology that can detect if you’re drowsy or distracted – to keep you on the straight and narrow.

Large SUV – Mazda CX-9, from $43,890

This Mazda cobbles together pretty much everything you’d want for a lengthy commute: frugal performance from its turbo-petrol engine; a cushioned, quiet ride; a plush cabin; mandatory active cruise control, blind-spot monitors and other highway-friendly safety tech. A recent update, meanwhile, has finally addressed its lack of smartphone mirroring, making an attractive, eminently well-rounded large SUV even better.

Are you ready to upgrade to comfort?

The next step in your journey to a more comfortable commute is putting your options to the test. Now, test driving can be the best and worst part of buying a new car, but Smartleasing goes above and beyond to make sure it’s all pleasure, no pressure.

Through our trusted dealer network, we organise test drives with your nearest dealer at a time that suits you. And that’s just the beginning of the valet-like service into your new car with Smartleasing.

Are you ready to upgrade to comfort?

The next step in your journey to a more comfortable commute is putting your options to the test. Now, test driving can be the best and worst part of buying a new car, but Smartleasing goes above and beyond to make sure it’s all pleasure, no pressure.

Through our trusted dealer network, we organise test drives with your nearest dealer at a time that suits you. And that’s just the beginning of the valet-like service into your new car with Smartleasing.

Start here by calculating your savings and requesting a quote for the car you love, then let’s get you behind the wheel.  

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