Subject: Car engine size needed in UK
Hi Ziners,

Could anyone please guide me about what size car engine is adequate for touring in the UK? Normally in Australia we'd use a car with either 1.8L or 2.0L engine capacity, due to the distances and roads. We're surprised when looking at the car hire brochures that some offer 1.2L engines in their hire cars, which seems not very powerful. We'll be driving through all of Britain as well as the Republic of Ireland, and hope to stay off Motorways unless we absolutely cannot avoid them, or have serious time pressure forcing us to make up time. We could be travelling a couple of hundred kilometres on some days. Would a 1.6L engine be suitable (2 adults travelling in the car)? Thanks for your guidance.

Cheers, Sally in Sydney