Saturday 16 July 2022


IMAGINE getting in the car and going on a wild Scottish road trip…

At we love a spontaneous adventure and with flights still in chaos, driving yourself to your destination seems like the ultimate in adventure. 

Research from one of the UK’s largest and most trusted car buying service providers has revealed a list of the best cars for a spontaneous wild camping road trip this summer, for travellers hoping to hop in their car and sleep on the road. The study scored 15 of the largest cars across the estate, SUV and MPV categories using three different metrics, to reveal which make and model is the best for  ‘wild camping’, and for completing some of the UK’s northernmost road trips. The Citroën Berlingo MPV topped the list, followed by the Land Rover Discovery, and Skoda Superb Estate.

The Citroen Berlingo MPV has been crowned the UK’s best car to wild camp in during summer road trips, after one of the UK’s most trusted car buying services scored 15 of the most popular estates, SUVs, and MPVs for ‘sleeping on the road’ suitabilities. Each car was ranked on; boot/bed space when the rear seats folded down, average fuel consumption, and the total payload (weight) each car is able to carry.

The brand behind the research,, has released the list, alongside an interactive map of the best wild camping spots in Scotland, to remind cash-strapped Brits that their car might be perfect for a spontaneous camping trip this summer, minus the camping gear.

Scotland, famous for its epic North Coast 500 & South Coast 300 driving routes, is the only country in the United Kingdom that allows wild camping, making it the perfect destination for holiday makers looking for a cheap but scenic escape.

Researchers from the brand identified; sleeping space, fuel economy, and total carry load as three vital factors for people to consider when selecting a wild camping vehicle, to ensure a comfortable, efficient and cost-effective trip.

They then scored each car on three metrics; boot space with the rear seats folded down, average fuel consumption, and the total payload each car is able to carry, in order to give each car a unique ‘tour score’ out of 45.

The top ten cars for camping in, and their unique tour score, are:

Citroën Berlingo - 44

Land Rover Discovery - 30

Skoda Superb Estate - 29

Mercedes GLE - 28

BMW 5 Series Estate - 27

Skoda Kodiaq - 26

Peugeot 5008 - 26

Skoda Karoq - 23

Dacia Duster - 20

Mercedes E Class Estate - 19

A full list of the most suitable cars, and a map of the best routes in Scotland for wild camping, can be found here

Across the top three vehicles, the brand also considered how much it would cost to complete some of Scotland’s most iconic road trips.

In a Citroën Berlingo, it would cost; £85.92 to complete the North Coast 500, £51.55 to complete the South West Coastal 300, and £42.96 to travel the North East 250. In the Land Rover Discovery, which has an average MPG of 21, it would cost; £204.57, £122.74, and £102.29 to drive these iconic routes, more than double the cost of taking a Berlingo. In the Skoda Superb Estate, it would cost; £107.40, £64.29, and £53.58 to finish these road trips, respectively.

The Citroën Berlingo MPV topped the list for boot/bed space, boasting 3,000 litres of room when the rear seats are folded down, as well as coming in second place for fuel efficiency and maximum payload, with an average MPG of 50 and a total payload ranking of 896 kilograms.

Despite finishing second from last for fuel economy, the Land Rover Discovery was the second best car overall. It boasted an impressive total boot space of 2,406 litres, and came in third for payload, with a total carry weight of 808 kilograms.

Skoda is the most successful brand across these three metrics, with three of their models in the top ten.

Nicholas Zapolski, Founder of ChooseMyCar, said,

“At ChooseMyCar our mission has always been to help drivers across the UK find the perfect car for them, whatever their needs or situation. That’s why we decided to make a list of the best cars for a spontaneous, cost-effective getaway - we wanted to show people that, regardless of the weather, or if you’ve got accommodation booked, you can always use your trusty car as a makeshift home. 

“We looked at the biggest types of cars to ensure people would have enough leg room to be comfortable. I’ve got to say I was surprised to see the Berlingo at the top, as I’d assumed the long wheelbase of an estate would lend itself to camping the most - but it's clear to see why it makes the perfect wild camping vehicle .”

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