Commuter car 800mile round trip

Commuter car 800mile round trip

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CSK423

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644 posts

174 months

Thursday 10th June
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The pre covid transport links haven't recovered meaning the usual flying commuter route from Glasgow to London isn't as readily available as it was.

I recently sold up on my X5M due to it being an ornament although I did for a short spell do the 800mile round trip in it over a few weeks last year, which was between 5 1/2 to 6 hours door to door, easily doable on a bi weekly basis.

I've therefore been trawling the ads to consider what is out there as a car which will eat this journey in reasonable comfort but not breaking the bank. It would be a short term fix (6months approx) until a bit of normality returns.

no older than 2015, preferably under 60k miles, open to bodystyle, bit of comfort.

2015 730d m sports with circa 50-60k miles seem to fit the budget, anything else ?

pti

1,419 posts

111 months

Thursday 10th June
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....and what is the budget?

TyrannosauRoss Lex

27,497 posts

179 months

Thursday 10th June
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If you don't mind a saloon (you've mentioned the 7 series) then an A8, S Class or LS Lexus would fit the bull very well indeed.

CSK423

Original Poster:

644 posts

174 months

Thursday 10th June
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pti said:
....and what is the budget?

15k, apologies thought I had plugged that in there

louiebaby

10,343 posts

158 months

Thursday 10th June
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When I was looking at a very similar question, Exeter to Aberdeen actually, the crossover between comfort and economy was a BMW 520d Efficient Dynamics, with a manual gearbox. Volvo options were a close second, an S60 specifically.

If you care about economy, search Autotrader using £20 and £30 road tax, for instance.


TheNewBoy

932 posts

5 months

Thursday 10th June
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I’d recommend my 2014 Skoda Superb 2.0 diesel
£30 a year tax. You’ll get 70mpg+ on that type of run.
Boring but comfortable. Even on our awful road surfaces!

BrettMRC

2,099 posts

127 months

Thursday 10th June
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I used to do a similar journey in facelifted A5 Sportback SE Technik, 2.0TDi with the smallest wheels they would sell me! (17" iirc)

You can get there and back on a tank of fuel, and it's quite a nice place to sit assuming you get one with the tech pack and top end stereo.

Something like this, but with the 6 speed manual:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/393385892600?hash=item5...

louiebaby

10,343 posts

158 months

Thursday 10th June
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Slightly leftfield suggestion:

www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202105052239297

Infiniti Q50...?

ChocolateFrog

13,317 posts

140 months

Thursday 10th June
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Would probably look at a LS myself, guessing you'd have to go higher mileage at that age but with a Lexus it wouldn't really matter and you'd be piling miles on it anyway.

ETA And older it seems with current prices.

Edited by ChocolateFrog on Thursday 10th June 14:06

MonkeyMatt

6,373 posts

174 months

Thursday 10th June
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TheNewBoy said:
I’d recommend my 2014 Skoda Superb 2.0 diesel
£30 a year tax. You’ll get 70mpg+ on that type of run.
Boring but comfortable. Even on our awful road surfaces!
Skoda Superb or a Volvo S90, too much of the the German stuff will be sport spec with a less comfortable ride

ElectricSoup

7,974 posts

118 months

Thursday 10th June
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CSK423 said:
The pre covid transport links haven't recovered meaning the usual flying commuter route from Glasgow to London isn't as readily available as it was.

I recently sold up on my X5M due to it being an ornament although I did for a short spell do the 800mile round trip in it over a few weeks last year, which was between 5 1/2 to 6 hours door to door, easily doable on a bi weekly basis.

I've therefore been trawling the ads to consider what is out there as a car which will eat this journey in reasonable comfort but not breaking the bank. It would be a short term fix (6months approx) until a bit of normality returns.

no older than 2015, preferably under 60k miles, open to bodystyle, bit of comfort.

2015 730d m sports with circa 50-60k miles seem to fit the budget, anything else ?
Other than being a 2014 car (though only 31k miles to compensate), this....

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202105212...

...with its amazing Hydractive suspension.

TyrannosauRoss Lex

27,497 posts

179 months

Thursday 10th June
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MonkeyMatt said:
TheNewBoy said:
I’d recommend my 2014 Skoda Superb 2.0 diesel
£30 a year tax. You’ll get 70mpg+ on that type of run.
Boring but comfortable. Even on our awful road surfaces!
Skoda Superb or a Volvo S90, too much of the the German stuff will be sport spec with a less comfortable ride
The newer ones with air suspension will have a good ride. That's one thing I like about my LS though. It isn't remotely sporty but it's probably the most comfortable car I've ever driven. Whisper quiet at, erm, outside lane speeds.

Mammasaid

1,922 posts

64 months

Thursday 10th June
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TyrannosauRoss Lex said:
MonkeyMatt said:
TheNewBoy said:
I’d recommend my 2014 Skoda Superb 2.0 diesel
£30 a year tax. You’ll get 70mpg+ on that type of run.
Boring but comfortable. Even on our awful road surfaces!
Skoda Superb or a Volvo S90, too much of the the German stuff will be sport spec with a less comfortable ride
The newer ones with air suspension will have a good ride. That's one thing I like about my LS though. It isn't remotely sporty but it's probably the most comfortable car I've ever driven. Whisper quiet at, erm, outside lane speeds.
Something like this would work, plenty of sidewall, comfy seats and Pilot Assist for helping the miles slide by.

https://www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202104141...

Leftfootwonder

1,083 posts

25 months

Thursday 10th June
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TheNewBoy said:
I’d recommend my 2014 Skoda Superb 2.0 diesel
But then what will you drive?

Sorry I think the heat is getting to megetmecoat


Pistonheader101

1,618 posts

74 months

Thursday 10th June
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S class

ZX10R NIN

21,772 posts

92 months

talksthetorque

9,169 posts

102 months

Thursday 10th June
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Don't fancy 5 hours on the train wearing a mask? No me neither.

I regularly do 200+ miles trips ( Mondays and Fridays fortunately, not every day)
The most comfortable car I've had was a Passat, followed by a Volvo S90.
Get in, sit down set off and then you're there, no need to stretch legs at the end of a journey in either of these.


Jasandjules

66,414 posts

196 months

Thursday 10th June
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I would be looking at an E Class for that kind of journey... My old passat was comfy for long runs, the C Class is much comfier than it and our E Class is even nicer for long drives...

TyrannosauRoss Lex

27,497 posts

179 months

Thursday 10th June
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Jasandjules said:
I would be looking at an E Class for that kind of journey... My old passat was comfy for long runs, the C Class is much comfier than it and our E Class is even nicer for long drives...
S Class even better wink

Jasandjules

66,414 posts

196 months

Thursday 10th June
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TyrannosauRoss Lex said:
Jasandjules said:
I would be looking at an E Class for that kind of journey... My old passat was comfy for long runs, the C Class is much comfier than it and our E Class is even nicer for long drives...
S Class even better wink
Is that possible for 15k?