If you’re a lucky father, you might wake up to a fresh set of keys to a brand new vehicle courtesy of your loving family, or may be able to treat yourself to a four-wheeled present, on this Father’s Day.
For those that might still be shopping at the last minute here are five automotive gift ideas.
Considering that there are many types of fathers, BUZZ has categorized the list based on five ‘Dad personality traits’.
Responsible Dad: Kia Sorento
The responsible father is all about family. As a man he understands his leadership role in making things efficient, and doing things safely, whether it’s the school run, the family vacation or just a quick shopping trip. The new Sorento has no problems meeting these needs. The Kia can carry seven, allowing for the extended family or friends to partake in the activities. In five seater form the Kia is cavernous and even more so with the 2nd and 3rd rows down. The Sorento’s 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine is the epitome of fiscal responsibility at the pumps. On the safety side the Sorento is packed with driving aids, the added grip of all-wheel drive amongst its creature comforts. Of course the responsible dad is mindful of the family’s financials and the Sorento is a bargain for what it delivers.
Thoughtful Dad: BMW X3 xDrive30e X-Line
We all want our father’s to be taken care of, so luxury and comfort should at the forefront of a vehicular purchase. The BMW X3 xDrive30e has all that in spades because it’s a BMW sport utility vehicle. The interior is finished at a high level. Technology oozes from every inch of the X3 making life as easy as possible for its occupants. However, the thoughtful father isn’t only about his family, but his impact on the world around him. He wants to set that perfect example for his children and the X3 as a compact SUV shows that dad is aware of how much space he’s occupying and his carbon footprint as well. You see, the X3 xDrive30e is a plug-in hybrid, able to use its 17 miles of all electric range at speeds of up to 140km/h for shorter trips around crowded urban environments, and still deliver on the performance for those out of town treks. The X3 xDrive30e X-Line is a statement for thanking dad for saving the future.
Active Duty Dad: Jeep Wrangler
The active father is always looking for family time. That might range from playing video games with the kids to last minute road trips. That’s the forte of the Wrangler. It can provide an experience like no other in a matter of minutes. This type of dad can get up early one weekend morning, strip the Jeep down to its bare necessities and head for an adventure across Jamaica. With the Jeep, there’s no stopping it due to its four-wheeling off-road prowess. Active dad can be assured that whatever random outdoor location he’s found on Google Maps the Wrangler will get him there and back without worries.
Interactive Dad: M235i xDrive Gran Coupé
This father type is a bit different than Active duty dad. He doesn’t necessarily want an adventure everyday, but he enjoys sharing his interests with his children. He’s the type of father you see in pictures having his kids all decked out in gears of his favourite football team. The recommendation here is the M235i xDrive Gran Coupé, stylish enough for Interactive dad not to look boring, yet sensible and comfortable enough as a family sedan. Then there’s the other side to the BMW, accessed when mom’s away. That M Performance badge means a turbocharged 2-litre engine making 301bhp. The all-wheel drive system combines to rocket the M235i to 100km/h in under five seconds, allows the car to hit a limited 250km/h and still offers confidence in the corners. The M235i xDrive Gran Coupé gives Interactive dad plenty of opportunity to share his driving passion with his kids.
Single Dad: Porsche Cayman 718s
Let’s face it, not every dad lives at home. Not every dad is married to mom, but he still is part of the biological process that brought you here. The Porsche Cayman 718S might be on the pricier side, but it’s a 90 per cent cure for all that may ail the single dad. As a two seat sports car the Porsche might not have the ultimate practicality of an SUV, however the cosy race focused interior will keep father and child closer together. Its look might even help dad secure a new stepmom while the speed from the 2.5-litre turbocharged mid-mounted engine will get his adrenalin pumped. At other times the Cayman’s civility makes the daily drive a breeze.