5 summer-ready cars perfect for a beach cruise

With summer just around the corner, car enthusiasts across Australia will be gearing up to start their cruises to the beach. But will that be in a new car, or in that old, worn-out car from the early 90s that keeps breaking down?

If you are looking for a new car to take you to all of the beautiful beaches and lakes over the hotter months, then a novated lease can help. Below are five of the coolest summer cruisers, for all occasions. If you’re in the market, these cars will tickle your fancy:

1) Toyota FJ Cruiser

The styling on the Toyota FJ Cruiser is what really sets it apart. It harks back to the 1960s FJ40 classic, but this one has all the modern conveniences you want in a car. It can also off-road with the best of them, and has underbody protection to stop sharp rocks and debris causing damage.

If you’re looking to go off the beaten track, bush-bashing, then this could well be the perfect car. It’s also rugged enough to put up with all of your beach activities, and it’s an SUV, so you won’t feel as bad about bringing in all the sand and salt from the beach!

2) Jeep Wrangler

This car is on so many four-wheel-drive and summer car lists – and for good reason. It’s powerful, fun, cool and can go virtually anywhere.

As far as four-wheel-drive capability goes, it would be hard to find many cars equal to the prowess of the Wrangler. You can also take the top off and treat it like a convertible, so all those gorgeous summer days can be enjoyed properly. Want a bit more of an open feel? You can replace the doors with a cage-style covering. It looks like a classic American car that way, too.

3) Honda S2000

This is a classic convertible – one that Honda (sadly) stopped manufacturing in 2009. You can still buy one through a novated lease, though! There’s a reason the Honda S2000 is so sought after around the world. It looks great, the handling is light and sporty, and when you put the roof down, you can hear the throaty exhaust note.

For cruising around the bays or down to the nearest beach, there are few cars as fit-for-purpose as this. It’ll stand out from the rest in a beach carpark too, which is always something to strive for. Take one look at the S2000 and you’ll want to be behind the wheel. When you’re driving it around, you won’t want to get out!

4) Volkswagen Beetle

Iconic is the best word to describe the Volkswagen Beetle. It’s fun and sporty in modern iterations – a far cry from the older models. Volkswagen made a number of improvements to the Beetle when they restyled it in recent years, and you’ll appreciate them all.

Due to the nature of this car, it’s essentially built for a good time. Choose a bright colour when you buy one new, like yellow or green, and it’ll be the perfect summer cruiser.

5) Volvo V40

The Volvo V40 is potentially the most practical car on this list, being a station wagon. There’s plenty of room to store all of the summer getaway essentials – 335 litres of storage with the rear seats in place. Plus, you’ll get a 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system to play all of your favourite tunes in extremely high quality.

For the best summer driving experience, have a closer look at these five cars. There’s something for every type of driver and outdoor enthusiast here. Don’t just take our word for it though. Alliance Leasing can help get you behind the wheel in the most cost-effective way, so get in touch.