1/5 Skoda Yeti
Chances are you’ll be parked in a grass field at the festival, and once it’s wet, it’s difficult for tyres to get any grip. The answer is automatic four-wheel drive. It means the car will be front-wheel drive for most of the time, helping you save fuel, but sensors will send traction to all four corners when it’s needed. Revised for 2014, the Skoda Yeti is hugely popular with familles because of its practicality.
Price: From £16,600
More information: skoda.co.uk
2/5 Volkswagen California
The ultimate festival car has to be the California… because you can sleep in it. The spiritual successor to VW’s hippie-style camper vans from the sixties, this car has every creature comfort the family could need, including sleeping space for four, swivel chairs and a clever foldaway table. Cooking couldn’t be easier, thanks to the two-ring hob and 42-litre fridge – and there’s even a sink for the washing up.
Price: From £35,820
More information: volkswagen-vans.co.uk
3/5 Audi A4 Allroad
Even in summer, mud is generally part of the festival experience, but you don’t want it all over your lovely upholstered interior. This Audi comes with a rubber-coated and wipe-clean reversible boot liner. It even incorporates a fold-out section that can cover the car’s back bumper, providing a clean surface for you to sit on.
Price: From £31,810
More information: audi.co.uk
4/5 Renault Captur
The really muddy stuff may be safely in the boot, but the clothes you and the family are wearing won’t be as clean as they could be. The answer is zip-off washable seat covers, one of the great family-oriented features on the Renault Captur. It also comes with a rear seat that slides forwards and backwards, allowing to to prioritise passenger leg room or luggage space.
Price: From £14,495
More information: renault.co.uk
5/5 Citroën’ C4 Picasso
The most sensiblie thing to do with valuables at a festival is leave them at home, but that’s not always possible. A secure place to leave them in your car is next best. A lockable glovebox is a good start, but too obvious. Better by far is a feature offered by Citroën’s five-seater C4 Picasso and seven-seater Grand Picasso – a storage compartment, hidden under the floor mats where the kids’ feet go.
Price: From £17,500