ROAD TRIP! Luxury SUVs are our ideal road trip chariots according to a survey conducted by Ford.
ROAD TRIP! Luxury SUVs are our ideal road trip chariots according to a survey conducted by Ford.

What's your favourite road trip car?

The great Australian road trip should be a rite of passage for all children. After all, what could be better than sweating it up in the back of the car, fighting with siblings, getting a sugar rush from eating too many sweets and battling for space with tents, pillows, water bottles and dad's secret beer stash?  

Every generation's road trip memories will be different, but many will include over-laden Ford Falcon wagons or Holden Kingswoods (proper family road trip cars), holiday traffic queues and nothing like the luxury of air-conditioning or anything better than AM radio.

But oh how times have changed.  

Ford Australia has commissioned a study of 1000 Australians with kids aged under 18, asking their holiday plans for 2016.

Results show some 77% of families will opt for domestic rather than overseas travel this year, with more than half (54%) saying they will travel up to 1000km. Road trip!  

But what's today's ideal road trip warrior?   

Considering they're on course for world domination, it's little surprise that SUVs top the list of preferred chariot.  The top-rated considerations when choosing a road trip vehicle were safety, reliability and comfort (not my dad's rusty old Ford Cortina with me, my three brothers and no seatbelts then) and a mighty 67% said an SUV ticked the most boxes. Come on people, where's your wagon loyalty?  

HAPPY FAMILY MEMORIES? 1980 Holden VC Commodore Wagon.
HAPPY FAMILY MEMORIES? 1980 Holden VC Commodore Wagon.

Ford's study also revealed some other interesting nuggets.  

In a classic case of "It weren't like that in my day," 47% of parents said entertainment options were the biggest change to family road trips since they were kids, while 27% said comfort of travelling was the biggest change. 

Give the little darlings Apple CarPlay, drop-down DVD screens and tri-zone climate control for their leather-trimmed pews, but guess what - they still grumble.   

Best solution? 63% of parents said tablets came out on top as the best way to keep kids entertained on road trips. Eye spy, a sing-a-long or hearing about dad's fishing trips, not so much.  

The ultimate road trip SUVs

1. Audi Q7 ($103,900) - One of the finest all-round machines for sale today with a cabin to die for.  

2015 Audi Q7 Photo: Contributed
2015 Audi Q7 Photo: Contributed

2. Ford Everest Titanium ($76,990) - Seven seats, excellent off-road ability, great safety and entertainment features.

2015 Ford Everest is a large seven-seater SUV. Photo: Contributed
2015 Ford Everest is a large seven-seater SUV. Photo: Contributed

3. Land Rover Defender 110 Heritage ($59,900) - For the ultimate in retro go-anywhere road trip cool.   

Land Rover Defender Heritage. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED
Land Rover Defender Heritage. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED Richard Pardon

4. Porsche Cayenne Turbo S ($284,300) - Because why wouldn't you want your SUV to have 419kW and hit 100kmh in 4.1-seconds?  

QUICK ROAD TRIP? Try Porsche's Cayenne Turbo S.
QUICK ROAD TRIP? Try Porsche's Cayenne Turbo S.

5. Toyota LandCruiser 200 4.5 Sahara ($113,600) - So huge you can actually lose the kids in here. Can climb mountains, too.  

GET LOST: LandCruiser 200 Sahara gets you nearly anywhere and in plush comfort
GET LOST: LandCruiser 200 Sahara gets you nearly anywhere and in plush comfort


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