Enough trunk/boot space is a must: It is important a vehicle accommodates all essential luggage and also provides ample space to fit the luggage evenly and makes it easily accessible. SUV’s score highly as the trunk/boot is reachable from inside the vehicle, which helps to avoid too many stops while driving.
Internal space management and features: When spending long hours driving, a car with comfortable and smart interiors acts as a perfect companion. Enough drinks holders, flexible back seats, a good music system, comfortable seats and minimal cabin noise are some of the essentials.
Cars are smaller in Australia than in the USA, so be warned: the trunks are smaller too! For example, a large Australian saloon may comfortably seat 4 adults, but will not fit 4 large suitcases plus small bags into its trunk.
Low Emission, Hybrid Cars & Electric Cars: The smaller the car, the more fuel-efficient used to be the general rule. However, there is now a whole range of cars in Australia with high fuel-efficiency while being easy on your wallet. We are now able to offer clean, low-emissions vehicles as part of our Self Drive Rental Car Fleet. All of the vehicles in this class offer significant fuel economy and lower emissions. This includes electric cars and hybrid cars. These vehicles are available at select locations with more coming online every month. The fleet includes compact cars, sedans, and SUVs.
Fuel efficiency: Smaller cars with smaller engines are more fuel-efficient, however, some of the larger 4WD vehicles and people movers have efficient diesel engines. Diesel is significantly cheaper than petrol in Australia.
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