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What’s the coolest car for dads on the school run?Back

School runs often descend into a frantic search for a parking space followed by a mad dash to the gate before the bell.

But, ahead of Father’s Day, car valuation website hpi has compiled a top five list of cars which could make the school run more fun.

James Dower, of hpi, says: “With Father’s Day this month we thought it would be fun to look at some of the makes and models of cars that can give the ultimate feeling of school gate cred. Our team of editors considered everything from top of the range supercars to one-off fantasy cars as seen in the movies such as the classic DeLorean from Back to the Future or Vin Diesel’s 1968 Dodge Charger featured in the latest Fast and the Furious movie. They eventually decided to keep it real by settling for more realistic vehicles that would really appeal to dads.”

So if you find yourself cursing your current car, take a look at the vehicles guaranteed to boost your school cred and check out Trusted Dealers for the best deals.

1. Jaguar F-Pace

Designed for dads who feared their days of roaring along in a sports car were behind them, the F-Pace is Jaguar’s first 4×4 – and there’s plenty of room for the kids. The five-door, five-seater sports utility vehicle costs around £38,000.

Mr Dower says: “The Jaguar F-Pace just edged it in our poll ahead of the Evoque and the Tiguan. With its iconic Jaguar heritage in a popular SUV bodystyle, the F-Pace is sporty and compact yet relatively affordable. It’s also perfect for the age range of a dad doing the school run.”

2. Range Rover Evoque

One of the most successful Land Rover-built models in history, the Evoque is snug, stylish and functional, raising the bar in the compact SUV section. It continues to be one of the key benchmarks that all forthcoming small 4x4s are measured against.

The ride is high with excellent visibility from the windscreen. Rear parking sensors come standard on every model to make it easier to park in tight school parking spaces.

Prices for the Range Rover Evoque start at £28,000 for the five-door two-wheel drive model.

3. VW Tiguan

When Volkswagen launched its major advertising campaign for the new Tiguan compact SUV, featuring a dad taking his daughter to school, accompanied by a hip hop soundtrack, it was keen to show that it is possible to make even the school run cool.

The latest Tiguan also contains a lot of safety features which appeal to parents on the school run. In addition to the airbags and ABS, ESC  etc there’s also an active bonnet to help protect pedestrians in the event of a collision, autonomous emergency braking and lane assist – and all are standard on all models, unlike many rivals. Prices from £22,395.

4. Audi TT

A stylish choice for the school run, the TT  boasts a design that’s unmistakably Audi. Probably not as much room in the back of the car as some of the others on the list but enough to ferry the kids on short journeys and a spacious boot. Prices from £28,500.

 

 

 

5. BMW X1

The latest version of the BMW X1 is often found as a commuting wagon on Britain’s motorways or busy ferrying children on the school run. The cabin is comfortable and near-silent at cruising speed. It is a solid car, reasonably economical and covers ground rapidly. Although it’s at the premium end of the off-roaders on the market, it isn’t as pricey as some other BMW models. Prices from £27,540.

Posted by Beth Rose on 13/06/2017