There are lots of things to take into consideration when buying a car. For many keen golfers, it's the space for your beloved clubs.
However, the best cars for golfers don't have to be the biggest or the most practical. Just to prove it, we've chosen five smaller used cars, hatchbacks, which are good for golfing and also great to drive. The five golfing greats we've picked are stylish and packed with enough gadgets to wow anyone at the 19th hole. They also have that all-important boot, big enough to comfortably store a set, or two, of golf clubs.
Most of these cars come equipped with air conditioning as standard which is essential when playing in the summer months. We have also chosen comfortable rides which can cushion even the most jarring gravel trails and country roads, where courses can sometimes be found. This premium selection from Stratstone also ensures that every option has a sports version, packing some extra power.
Of course, it's not just a large boot that golfers need, but also lots of internal storage compartments for extras such as; gloves, golf balls and a spare set of car-friendly driving shoes. These cars ensure that interior space isn't at a premium, with plush materials and hardy dashboards that can handle getting a bit wet or knocked by your golf bag.
The Honda Civic
A used Honda Civic certainly looks the part with its unique 'V' shaped grille and iconic rear lights which come straight out from the rear window making it stand out from the pack. It's a sportier addition to the Honda range, compared to the Jazz model which is a more every day functional vehicle.
The Civic comes with a great range of engines, offering both performance and economy. The best model from the Civic range is the 1.6 Diesel which helps to propel the Civic to 60 in just 10.5 seconds, and yet offers an impressive 78.5mpg. That means it's exempt from road tax, leaving you with more to spend on golf equipment. The diesel engine also makes the Civic an effective motorway cruiser, with a refined cabin and minimal engine or road noise.
A class-leading aspect of the Civic is the huge boot space - which starts at 477 litres and expands to 1210 litres when the rear seats are folded down. That means that it has almost 100 more litres of boot space than the Volkswagen Golf, making it ideal for storing golf clubs (even several sets), but other activity equipment too such as skis or even a bicycle.
The MINI Clubman
The MINI Clubman already holds its leanings in the name. The Clubman carries a much longer length than the MINI Hatch, designed with practicality in mind for those who need to carry larger items such as golf clubs. It sports a 'barn door' style rear boot, as well as one long side driver's door - both making for great loading and access areas.
The lengthened MINI still hones the classic MINI styling which borrows so much from the original MINI range. Similarly to the MINI Hatch, the Clubman has many different colour combinations that previous owners may have customised themselves.
The added length means that standard boot space is increased to 260 litres - enough for a set of golf clubs and bag. This can be increased to a considerable 930 litre space by folding down the rear seats, making room for two sets of clubs and a change of clothes.
Best of all it still drives like a MINI, with go-kart dynamics and responsive steering. All the engines in the range are popular, but our pick is the Cooper which adds real hot hatch performance in to the mix whilst not compromising comfort on bumpy terrain.
The Mercedes-Benz B-Class
The Mercedes-Benz B-Class is a compact MPV, and is ideal for practical activities as well thanks to a highly versatile interior layout. A functional boot space of 486 litres even eclipses that for the Ford C-Max, whilst the recommended Easy Vario Package option allows the rear seats to move forwards, providing a space of up to 666 litres as well as seating for five.
This package also includes a false boot floor and a Ski hatch, making it the ideal activity vehicle as well as a family tourer, perfect for a wide range of sports or hobbies. The B-Class is economical, too, with the engine of choice being the B180 CDI ECO SE, which offers up 109bhp and a startling 74.3mpg (88.3 extra urban). Like the Civic, this also means the B-class is exempt from road tax.
The popularity of the B-Class is in part down to the great driving dynamics which set it apart from others in the class. Four-link suspension ensures that it remains comfortable but also handles sharply, clinging to the road with a low centre of gravity. Being a family car, the safety in the Mercedes is also paramount with a 5-star NCAP rating and 97% protection for adult occupants.
The BMW 1-Series
The 1-Series is the smallest in the BMW range, but offers up great practicality and driving thrills to rival just about any hatchback on the market. Boot space stands at 360 litres - more than enough for most requirements- whilst this can be extended up to 1,200 litres when the rear seats are folded down.
Where the 1-Series really shines through is in the driving. It's the only rear-wheel drive (RWD) in our line-up and with well-balanced handling and able grip, it stands out. The range of engines compliment it well, with all of them offering enough pull and reasonable performance to get the best out of the BMW.
There is an upmarket feel to the 1-Series, as it boasts a classy interior and good equipment levels throughout the range. It definitely sets out to impress, fitting in anywhere and feeling exactly like a compact BMW should - importantly whilst being able to store a few sets of golf clubs.
The Audi A1
The A1 is one of the smallest Audi vehicles to go on sale in the brands' recent history, and is one of the class leaders in terms of interior quality. Boot space is also substantial for a small car, with 270 litres of capacity - which is enough for at least two sets of golf clubs.
The pick of the engines is the 1.4 TFSI, which has reasonable economy figures of 57mpg and a good turn of pace for most occasions, whilst the drive mirrors that of a larger cars, smoothing out the road ahead and offering good comfort. Four adults will find themselves with plenty of space in both the front and rear seats.
Typically Audi, even the lowest trim levels come with great levels of standard equipment, which make the A1 a plush place to sit. The car also has strong residuals and smart aesthetics which lend themselves to the rest of the Audi range.
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