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5 cars dads won’t be embarrassed to drive

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Fatherhood shouldn’t have to bring an end to your days of driving dream cars.

Best cars for dads

If you can’t afford to indulge in another car just for yourself, you could put your cash towards a motor that excites you but accommodates your family too, like these.

Mercedes-Benz CLS 250 CDI Shooting Brake

Mercedes Benz

This five-seat sports coupé will get every dad’s heart hammering.

The CLS 250 CDI BlueEfficiency will do 0-62mph in just 7.8 seconds, with a top speed of 146mph.

Moreover, the Shooting Brake is efficient, averaging 53.3mpg.

Inside, the rear seats fit three passengers, and with a volume ranging from 590 to 1550 litres, the luggage compartment offers a lot of space.

Price new: £48,080

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

Porsche

This four-door, four-seater sports car is the world’s first plug-in hybrid in its class, so it’s ideal for fun dads with a green conscience.

The hatchback boot and folding rear seats are perfectly suited for the family, yet it’s a car that can be thrashed to within an inch of its life.

The Panamera can reach speeds of up to 84mph in all-electric mode, with a zero to 62mph time of only 5.5 seconds.

The car’s top speed is 168mph, aided by its superb eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission.

It boasts a fuel economy of 91mpg, equating to emissions of 71 g/km CO2.

Price new: £89,327

BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe 640d

BMW

This four-door coupé is sporty, practical and luxurious: everything a petrolhead dad desires.

Driving dynamics, efficiency and unforced performance are the hallmarks of the TwinPower Turbo engines in this big BMW.

The 640d delivers impressive shove and averages 52.3mpg, whilst zero to 62mph comes in just 5.4 seconds.

There’s considerable room for rear passengers and the boot has a volume of 460 litres.

Price new: £62,295

New Land Rover Discovery Sport

Range Rover

Dads who like to play rough will love this car.

It has a more self-assured exterior and lavish interior than the departing Disco, and it’s more flexible too.

With room to carry seven people, it’s perfect for the family. The Discovery Sport is comfortable and rewarding to drive on-road, but retains the breadth of Land Rover’s world-renowned, all-terrain capability.

It has a powerful 2.2 litre SD4 turbo-diesel engine and, if you opt for the nine-speed automatic gearbox version, 0-62mph arrives in 8.9 seconds.

What’s more, you can expect to get a respectable 44.8mpg.

Price new: from £32,395 

Jaguar XF 3.0 litre V6 Premium Luxury

Jaguar

Equipped with diesel power, this big cat blends a compelling mix of sophistication, space and efficiency.

The 2993cc V6 powertrain comes with an Intelligent Stop-Start system and a smooth eight-speed automatic gearbox, offering real driving appeal to dads.

The Premium Luxury model feels solid and planted to the road at all times.

The pull is akin to a storm surge and you can feel every one of its 237 horses biting at the bit.

You don’t have to push your right foot down hard to swing your leg over that steed and get those horses galloping.

Zero to 62mph comes in at 7.1 seconds, with a top speed of 149mph. 47.1mpg can be teased from the tank too.

Price new: £62,295

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