The Vauxhall Insignia is perfect for running up and down motorways with loads of space


Chas Mildenhall wants a car for his motorway commute. It must be comfortable and frugal. He has £5,000 to spend...

A car for the head

In this case the only sensible thing that Chas can do is look at what made the reps of this country great: they were only as good as the company cars that their fleet managers bought them. For me, the default choice of recent years has been the Vauxhall Insignia (above); perfect for running up and down motorways with loads of space. Not only that, but a 2.0 CDTi 160 should return around 58mpg. An SE with Bluetooth, air-conditioning and essential cruise control is just £5,000 for a 2009 example from a dealer.

A car for the heart

If Chas did not want a Vauxhall, then the other big-value, comfy motorway car is none other than the Ford Mondeo. This is slightly more for the heart compared with the Insignia because it is a touch more fun to drive, if that matters to Chas. Not that he will be having much fun on the motorway; it is on other roads that the Mondeo gets sporty. Otherwise, it is a very large family hatchback. The 2.0 TDCi Zetec will return 53mpg; £5,000 will buy a decently equipped 2008 Edge model with air-con.

Looking to buy?

Email James Ruppert at, giving your age, address and phone number, details of the type of vehicle in which you are interested, and your budget

Search for used cars