Best cars for golf clubs

Need a classy chariot for your golf clubs? These cars will leave you with enough cash left over for a round of drinks in the clubhouse

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Jul 14, 2020

Good cars for golfers often require plenty of wedge to ensure you have enough space for your drivers in a package that won't look out of place in the club car park. Thankfully, there are plenty of classy, comfy and golf club-friendly options - whatever your budget.

So, let us slice through the rough to get straight to the… ahem, pin. We’ve selected eight cars that are large enough for a set of golf clubs - from a spacious supermini to an enormous estate - offer comfy interiors and enough style to fit in at the golf club. These cars are well above par, with prices to suit all budgets.

We understand that image is everything in the golf club car park. Unfortunately, would-be Ian Poulters will be disappointed to discover that there are no Ferraris on the list, but that doesn’t mean you need to skimp on style. We’ve even included a couple of sports cars that you’d have to go a fairway to beat.

Keep reading to take your pick and, in the meantime, if you're looking to take out finance but aren't sure how far your budget will stretch, click on the link below to get a car finance quote.

Best cars for golf clubs

1. Honda Jazz

Used deals from £7,299
Monthly finance from £126

If you thought the only thing jazzy about golf was Ian Poulter’s choice of trousers, think again. The Honda Jazz is the perfect supermini for a set of golf clubs.

Whisper this, but most cars are capable of transporting a set of clubs. You might need to slide and fold a couple of seats, but you’ll get them in. But that’s not enough. You want a car that provides the maximum amount of space with the minimum amount of fuss. Which is where the Jazz comes in.

You may have to remove the driver and woods from the cart bag, but that’s true of many small to medium cars. The difference here is that the Jazz comes with what Honda calls its ‘Magic Seats’ system. The rear seatbacks fold flat but the seat bases can also be folded up, cinema-style, for maximum versatility. There’s also a low loading lip in the boot, while the rear doors open wide, providing excellent access to the rear.

HONDA JAZZ BUYERS' GUIDE

2. Kia Optima

Used deals from £10,950
Monthly finance from £176

We’re not going to pretend that the Kia Optima is the automotive equivalent of a perfect round, but it’s good enough to grace any golf club car park - and you shouldn't find yourself parking next to a line of them, as you might do if you went for a BMW 5 Series or an Audi A6. Squint a little, and we reckon the Optima could pass for a Lexus or a BMW. It certainly looks more expensive than the price you’ll pay for a used model via the BuyaCar website.

Although it’s a saloon, the Optima is blessed with a very large boot, which is more than up to the challenge of swallowing a set of golf clubs. The boot lid opens nice and wide, plus you get the bonus of loads of legroom and space for passengers in the back. So your fellow golfers will have one less thing to complain about when you’re driving them home from the 19th hole.

Because it’s a Kia, you get plenty of standard equipment, even on the entry-level versions, plus you’re backed by the company’s acclaimed seven-year warranty. So, even if you pick a three-year old model, that means you'll still get four years' warranty cover - more than with many brand new cars. Opt for an Optima with electrically adjustable seats and you’ll be sitting comfortably, even if you didn’t enjoy the best round of golf.

KIA OPTIMA BUYERS' GUIDE

3. Mini Clubman

Used deals from £11,499
Monthly finance from £170

Fancy a round of Mini golf? Don’t worry, we haven’t gone totally crazy (golf), because the Mini Clubman actually makes a great deal of sense. Just don’t think of it as a proper estate car – it’s more of a family hatchback with a pair of ‘barn doors’.

It’s these ‘barn doors’ that make it such a compelling option for the keen golfer. There’s something immensely satisfying about sliding a set of golf clubs out of the back of a Clubman – it feels very… British.

Not that you should accept a Mini Clubman straight out of the box, because there are a few options it requires before it becomes a golfer’s mate. A 40:20:40 split rear bench is available as an option, so you can retain the use of one or two of the rear seats with golf clubs in place.

You can also opt for a system that opens the doors when you wave your Air Zoom Victory Tour shoes beneath the bumper. Oh, and the optional storage packs adds a variable height boot floor, for some added depth.

MINI CLUBMAN BUYERS' GUIDE

4. Volkswagen Passat Estate

Used deals from £9,800
Monthly finance from £164

Pound-for-pound, the Volkswagen Passat might be the best value estate car you can buy. It feels just that little bit more special than the other high-volume estate cars - like the Ford Mondeo - but without the price tag you’d associate with an Audi, Mercedes or BMW.

There’s also a Passat wagon for everyone. A plug-in hybrid for the green. An R-Line for the smooth fairway. And an Alltrack for the rough. Enough of the pitch, why are we recommending it to golfers - especially as VW already offers an estate called the...Golf?

Space. The boot in the Passat Estate is huge. Luggage capacity is 650 litres, which is more than you’ll find in the Ford Mondeo, but slightly less than the slightly less upmarket Skoda Superb. Fold the rear seats down and you’re treated to 1,780 litres of space, so you can fill your boots in the club shop. Throw into the mix a low loading lip, a wide opening and some very tempting prices for nearly-new and used models, and you’ll begin to see why it’s one of our favourites.

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5. Jaguar E-Pace

Used deals from £21,000
Monthly finance from £300

Jaguars go together with golfers like gin and tonic. Like rain at the British Open. Like curse words in the sand bunker. Once upon a time, this meant a big saloon, with a mascot on the bonnet and a cigar perched on the ashtray. Today’s Jaguars are a little different.

Meet the Jaguar E-Pace. It might be small, but the boot was designed to fit a set of golf clubs – widthways. It’s also large enough for a folded buggy or six flight suitcases. If you want the numbers, there’s 577 litres on offer with the rear seats up, or 1,234 litres with the seats folded down.

Subjectively, the E-Pace is one of the best looking compact SUVs in our eyes. It’s also extremely good fun to drive, regardless of whether you opt for a lowly model or one with all the bells and whistles. All trim levels come with dual-zone climate control, LED headlights, heated front seats, a 10-inch touchscreen media system, voice control and a rear-view camera.

JAGUAR E-PACE BUYERS' GUIDE

6. Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate

Used deals from £14,448
Monthly finance from £221

Remember what we said about the Volkswagen Passat Estate? While everything was true, we know that, deep down, you really fancy a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate. For good reasons, because this is the best premium wagon you can buy.

It’s classy without being ostentatious, which means you’re not in danger of upstaging the club captain. It also offers a supremely comfortable ride, a cabin finished to the highest quality, and the very latest in-car technology. We think it looks smarter than an SUV, but that’s up to you to decide.

With the rear seats in their upright position, the E-Class Estate offers 640 litres of boot space, but this extends to 1,820 litres with the seats folded down. That’s enough room for your golf clubs and the haul of trophies you’ll collect at the end-of-year awards.

MERCEDES E-CLASS ESTATE BUYERS' GUIDE

7. Jaguar F-Type Coupe

Used deals from £30,444
Monthly finance from £435

Who was the best Ryder Cup wildcard? Ian Poulter? Darren Clarke? Maybe José Maria Olazábal in 1991? We can’t decide, but in time-honoured BuyaCar fashion, we do have a couple of wildcards of our own.

Jaguar knows its market very well, which is why it has given the F-Type Coupe a boot large enough for two sets of golf clubs. Try fitting those into the F-Type Roadster.

Sure, the F-Type isn’t the cheapest car available on the BuyaCar website, but we think you’ll be surprised how affordable it can be. A 3.0-litre V6 - which sounds phenomenal and should get you noticed as you pull up - should be within reach, or you can opt for the 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine to keep one eye on the running costs.

JAGUAR F-TYPE BUYERS' GUIDE

8. BMW Z4

Used deals from £13,799
Monthly finance from £254

For a third of the price of a Jaguar F-Type, you could be arriving at the golf club in a BMW Z4 - roof up or down. Because it’s larger than the likes of an Audi TT Roadster and Porsche Boxster, you’ll have no problems loading a set of golf clubs into the boot.

Crucially, the boot space remains the same, regardless of whether the roof is up or down. Not convinced? Maybe the fact that the Z4 can carry five suitcases – the same as a Volkswagen Golf hatchback – will change your mind. Monthly payments are roughly the same as a compact crossover if you go for a used model.

We could call it the BMW Z-Fore, but we’d hate to end on a terrible pun.

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