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Best Cars for Your Europe Road Trip

Car Rental & Rail | Auto Europe | Kristina Rundquist | August 12, 2015

Best Cars for Your Europe Road Trip

Fall is a harbinger of more than just the start of school. It means cooler temperatures, thinning crowds and the ideal time for that European road trip. And what better way to tour the continent than in the roadster or sports car of your dreams? Auto Europe has a fleet of automobiles that allow you to select a vehicle that ideally suits your road trip requirements, be it rapid acceleration,  spacious storage, or image (because let's face it, image is everything when it comes to European adventures.)

Mini Cooper S. Perhaps no other car personifies the carefree, European adventure than the Mini Cooper S. Cute, zippy and fuel-efficient, this car makes up for what it lacks in trunk room with fun. Families need not apply, but couples and solo travelers and those who can pack their worldly belongings in a duffle will have a blast touring the continent in in this rally-bred vehicle.

BMW 1 Series. Willing to sacrifice storage for the ultimate in style? Care more about steering response than squeezing in that extra bag of souvenirs? Then the BMW 1 Series is the car for you. Sporty styling, spacious cabin interior, and excellent driver experience means you'll so much fun criss-crossing Europe's highways that you may forget to get out and see the sights.

VW Passat Wagon. Family vacations can be a lot of fun, but also take up a lot of trunk space. Between Mom and Dad's suitcases, clothes for the kids and all sorts of sundried toys, activities and whatnots to keep the kids engaged, parents may feel resigned to touring in a clunky sedan. Fear not! The Passat Wagon features an abundance of luggage capacity but is also renowned for its adaptability, meaning rear seats can easily fold down for extra passengers … or that extra-large Steiff teddy bear your child just had to have.

Mercedes Benz S-Class. Looking to make a statement that says refined elegance? The S-Class Benz is what you seek. This car isn't about the driver's experience, but rather the driving experience. One that is defined by spectacular comfort. Of the S-Class, "Top Gear" has said: "Most ergonomics are just-so. We can't think of a comfier interior, front or rear." Whether a couple, or a group of friends, sophistication is the name of the game.

Volvo XC90. If "safety first" is emblazoned on your family crest, the Volvo XC90 will serve as the ideal vehicle in which to travel from Tübingen to Turin. Adaptable third-row seats and a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine mean passengers won't be sacrificing comfort for power. The most well-rounded of Auto Europe's touring vehicles, the Volvo XC90 is the ideal car for family adventures and group exploration alike.

Ferrari 458 Italia. Throw caution to the wind and experience the thrill of a lifetime when you take to the roads in a Ferrari 458 Italia. Fulfill your Formula 1 racing fantasies as you traverse the Alps in one of the most extreme cars ever built. You'll be having so much fun that may well forget to stop and take in the scenery.

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