Kids

Family friendly luxury

Family friendly luxury

Who says you can’t enjoy a luxury drive just because you have a couple of kids in tow? We were invited to test-drive two of the hottest new family-friendly vehicles on the market… and here’s what we thought!

LANDROVER DISCOVERY SPORT driven by Leah Shone

The only person more impressed than I with the fact that I was driving a new Land Rover Discovery Sport for two days was, without a doubt, my 7-year-old son. The look on his face when I rolled up in the school parking lot in this stylish, sporty new vehicle was absolutely priceless. And when I showed him how to kick his foot under the tailgate to open and close the boot . . . he was sold!

I have to admit to receiving one or two looks of jealousy from other parents as we cruised out of the school grounds (a look I recognised, having given it myself after seeing a few of these babies on the road lately).

Besides being a really beautiful, modern, compact family vehicle, the Land Rover Discovery Sport has more than a few other alluring features. Offering a smooth, easy drive, the car’s full glass panoramic roof makes it feel bigger and lets in loads of natural light. This was a huge hit with the kids (although it wasn’t always easy pleasing both of them when one wanted it open and the other wanted it closed . . . we settled on leaving it halfway!)

Another win for us were the many USB charging points, allowing us to charge multiple devices at once. The standard ‘touch’ technology on the Pure, SE, HSE and HSE luxury models includes an 8-inch touchscreen and sound system with six speakers (perfect for blasting the current favourite tune . . . but if I have to hear George Ezra’s ‘Shotgun’ one more time!).

From a safety aspect, the driving and parking aids – like cruise control, rear and front park assist and rear-view camera, as well as the power-operated child locks and multiple airbags are fantastic additions.

The Land Rover Discovery Sport has a lightweight, 9-speed automatic transmission which offers great fuel economy and control in low-grip conditions and great off-road capabilities (we didn’t try this out though, much to my children’s dismay).

This car is also deceptively spacious. When you’ve got school bags, hockey sticks, boogie boards and groceries in tow, ample load space becomes a necessity rather than a luxury. And this car delivers. It has flexible, 5 + 2 seating – the second row is very spacious and the seats are able to fold rights down to allow for larger items (and a loadspace of up to 1.887mm). The third row has two additional seats, which are cleverly incorporated to allow for additional passengers (another must for us with playdates and sleepovers a regular occurrence). Probably a little tight for tall, adult passengers though.

Overall, we found this to be a really great luxury family vehicle – which I have to say looked really great parked in my driveway (hint, hint husband!). The Land Rover Discovery Sport Pure starts from R709 604. Details: Land Rover Umhlanga, 1 Wilton Crescent, Umhlanga Ridge / 031 571 2610

JAGUAR F-PACE SPORT driven by Monique De Villiers-Delport

Having been dubbed as Jaguar’s most practical sports car and I, having spent some time driving it around with my family in tow,  can confidently say that the F PACE R-SPORT is a perfect combination of performance, style and practicality in one beautiful little number!

This sporty SUV isn’t only practical and fun to drive but it is totally seductive to look at. From the lightweight body structure and bonnet bulge to the pronounced rear haunches … its powerful looks give it distinctive, head-turning presence on the road. I am pretty sure I caught one or two men checking out the car while I was driving around town.

Inspired by F TYPE, the F PACE is said to be a performance SUV that has the makings of a sports car. It is an extremely powerful car that drives beautifully on the open road while shifting around town with ease cruising every curve and turn.

The range of engines include; the 3.0 litre V6 280kW supercharged petrol and the new 2.0 litre 4-cylinder 132kW turbocharged diesel Ingenium engine, which can achieve 5.3l/km and CO2 emissions as low as 139g/km.

The body of the car is almost two metres wide allowing three adults to sit comfortably in the back seat and my favourite part… the boot capacity of over 500 litres – perfect for those with a large family, weekends away and shopping trips. I loved the automatic touch-of-a-button boot release and close feature. So handy when you have your hands full with groceries or your children.

The F-Pace’s interior is ergonomically slick and easy to use. It’s classy look and feel houses state-of-the-art technology such as the head-up display and activity key, as well as advanced driving aids such as cruise control to make any journey easier and more relaxed. The InControl multimedia system was a standout feature for me. Entertainment and information at the touch of the screen! The Touch Pro deliver is said to be Jaguar’s most advanced car infotainment system yet, and allows you to connect your smartphone to access apps, enjoy music through the high-quality sound system and navigate through town. The 10-inch dual-view screen is intuitive and reasonably responsive. The multiuse steering wheel houses a bunch of shortcuts to the volume buttons, the phone and cruise control. The large sunroof warms you up beautifully with the glorious sun shining above you while you drive with the option of closing it completely and further more with a shade cover completely shielding you from the light and heat.

The leather interior and comfortable seats made the ride a breeze. The child lock was also a stand out for me. You can easily switch the child lock on and off from the driver’s side of the window allowing your kids to get out of the car when it is safe to do so while keeping them safely inside when you are driving, all at the touch of a button and sitting in the driver’s seat.

Apart from the aerodynamic drive, exceptionally low fuel economy and the beauty that is the Jaguar F-PACE, it’s safe to say that it has all the space I would need for both my work and personal life and I would look good driving it too! The F-PACE R-SPORT starts from R876,300.

Details: Jaguar Umhlanga, 1 Wilton Crescent, Umhlanga Ridge / 031 571 2620

 

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