If you’re in the market for a commuter car you’ve come to the right place. Here we have a list of the best split between small, medium and large sizes. Each of the cars below will get you where you need to go in comfort and with at least a little panache as well. Just remember to get a Parkers car valuation or similar before you commit to any deal – a quick check can tell you how much your current car is worth so you don’t get ripped off, and how much your new car should cost so you don’t overpay.
Large commuter cars
Audi always delivers style in spades and the Audi A6 is no exception – something that true regardless of whether you choose the conventional A6 saloon or the bigger-bottomed A6 Avant estate car. Whichever you pick you’ll get a comfortable long-distance cruiser with a choice of efficient and powerful engines plus lots of technology to keep you and your passengers entertained.
The E-Class is an excellent choice if you’re after a larger commuter car with an irrefutable image – that three-pointed star in the grille is still very much an aspirational marque. While the saloon car is slinky like a miniature S-Class, we rather like the E-Class estate, which offers an enormous amount of boot space. Comfortable, practical, and beautifully designed and made inside and out.
Tesla Model S
Tesla has been one of the biggest change drivers in the car industry in decades, successfully proving that electric cars can be desirable, travel decent distances and deliver amazing performance. The Model S is the core of the brand and does all three of those things exceptionally well. What’s more, Tesla’s own Supercharger charging network [ https://www.zap-map.com/charge-points/public-charging-point-networks/ ] is the best in the business and you get loads of tech.
Medium commuter cars
BMW 3 Series
Does BMW make a better all-rounder than the 3 Series? We don’t think so. These cars are good to look at, great to drive and have all the image a smart commuter could possibly want. The 330e plug-in hybrid is a model of efficiency, while there are plenty of performance variants if that’s your thing instead. The equivalent 4 Series options offer extra style with reduced practicality,
There was a time when Skoda was the butt of many a joke – these days they are the smart buyers’ choice. Audi and Volkswagen technology for reduced cost but with extra-added practicality? Seems like a no-brainer to us. The latest models are stylish, too, not to mention more spacious than their closest competitors – especially if you opt for the estate. Why are you even hesitating?
Tesla Model 3
The Tesla Model 3 is essentially a slightly smaller, slightly more affordable Tesla Model S – which makes for one damn good electric car. It will cover long distance with (relative) ease, the performance is sensational, and the charging network is the best in the UK. Add the modern, spacious, high-tech interior, and you’ve got quite the ultra-modern commuter car.
Small commuter cars
While the Ford Focus might no longer be at the top of the sales charts like it used to be, it’s still an excellent all-round family car that makes light work of commuting. Whatever the budget, there’s a Focus to suit you, with a wide range of trim levels and engines to choose from – and each and every one of them offers a fun driving experience. Ford isn’t short of high-tech solutions these days, either.
Gone of the days of boring Toyotas – and the latest Yaris is a perfect example of what’s changed. The latest ‘self-charging’ hybrid tech delivers hugely impressive real-world fuel economy – and not just for a petrol engine. It’s the smallest car on this list, but has a decent amount of interior space and good ride comfort, too. The 10 year warranty isn’t to be taken lightly, either.
If you want a car that can fit in literally anywhere, it’s tough to beat the Volkswagen Golf. But as well as having a classless image, the latest version makes an excellent choice for commuting. It’s comfortable, comes with lots of technology, and there are plenty of engine and trim level options. As ever with VW, the sense of quality is superb throughout.