Plenty of people are in a position where they need to spend a lot of time behind the wheel. But long motorway jaunts require a special type of car with a special set of requirements.

It needs to be comfortable, refined and economical in order to take the backache out of long stretches on the road. Here, we’ve picked out some of the best on the market today.

Skoda Octavia

The Octavia’s soft suspension makes it very comfortable

It’s also available in either hatch or estate form, meaning that there are options when it comes to versatility, too.

BMW 5 Series

The 5 Series is comfortable and refined

Just one word of caution – if you’re after the best quality ride possible, then we’d opt for entry-level SE models as they do away with the firmer suspension setup found on M Sport specification cars.

Mercedes-Benz GLE

The GLE is one of the most comfortable SUVs in the segment

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If you opt for a smaller alloy wheel size and air suspension then the ride on the GLE is almost limousine-comfortable. It’ll certainly make longer journeys go a little quicker, that’s for sure.

Audi A6

The hybrid A6 Avant has an electric range of just over 30 miles

A far-reaching range of engines also means there’s a powertrain for everyone, while new hybrid models put an even greater emphasis on efficiency.

Tesla Model S

The Model S is one of Tesla’s most popular models

It’s also refined and well-appointed while also delivering the kind of hushed driving experience you can only get with an electric car.

Volvo XC90

The XC90 features seating for seven people

It’s also helped by comfortable seats and an easy driving position. In short, the XC90 is a great choice for those who do big miles but also want plenty of space.