The Driving Dead: Which cars would help you survive a Zombie apocalypse

The Walking Dead season 8 returns to our TV screens shortly, and the Colin Appleyard team decided to have a bit of fun by working out which of our SuzukiNissan & Subaru cars we might want to have close by should we ever find ourselves in the middle of a zombie apocalypse! Whether you're a Walking Dead fan or have never even heard of the show - we're sure you can appreciate that your choice of vehicle might be considerably different to normal if faced with a horde of zombies (or walkers, as they're called).

We set up a rating scheme based on a set of criteria and gave each car a 'score' . For example, having a 4x4 option would give a score of 5 out of 5 as it would mean a guaranteed getaway regardless of the road type, no 4x4 option and it scores just 1. 

Remember this is just a bit of fun and we really hope you're never faced with this actual situation!

So, what factors did we look at and how did we score them?

  • Getaway Speed (0-60mph): So the Walkers might not be very fast (hence the name) but they're not the only threat in the Walking Dead world. A quick getaway may be required from Negan and The Saviours; so in this case the faster, the better!
  • Number of Seats: Fitting lots of people into a car could be handy when trying to escape the Walkers. The more you can fit in the better meaning nobody becomes a meal for the undead!
  • 4x4 Option: We're pretty sure there's no one taking care of the roads in the Walking Dead world so there's likely to be some rough terrain at times. There'll be no getting stuck if you choose a 4x4!
  • MPG: There'll be no stopping at a petrol station to top up on fuel - siphoning it from abandoned cars give a Walker the opportunity to sneak up behind and take a bite. The less stopping, the better!
  • Boot Size: We'd definitely need plenty of supplies in the Walking Dead world. This means food, batteries, clothes & medicine. All of this takes up space, so the bigger the boot the more supplies you can carry, plus you never know when you may need to jump in and hide from a pack of Walkers (in the case of Daryl & Beth).

 

Nissan 370Z

If you need a quick getaway, then you can't go wrong with the Nissan 370Z. It's powerful engine propels it from 0-60mph in just 5.1 seconds, but to the detriment of fuel economy which is why the 370Z scores just 1 when it comes to mpg. It's also only a 2 seater car, which means you'd have to pick carefully who you wanted to save! The boot is a decent size but it certainly wouldn't be your vehicle of choice for a supply run if the Nissan e-NV200 or NP300 Navara was on offer.

Pros: Quick (really quick!)

Cons: You might have to leave half your family behind, and you could run out of petrol before you get back to base camp.

Zombie Survival Score: 10/25
Nissan Leaf

In our scenario, we have assumed that you're in a basecamp with solar panels - so can charge up your electric vehicle. This means that you should never find yourself running out of juice in the Nissan Leaf. The new model has an impressive range of 235 miles, meaning you won't be risking your neck by stopping to siphon fuel. The new Leaf has a nippy getaway speed of 0-60mph in 8.3 seconds meaning it scores 4 out of 5 in that category. You'll also have plenty of room for supplies with a sizable boot space of 435 litres.

Pros: 100% electric, so no need to ever stop for fuel. Nippy with a good sized boot.

Cons: There's no 4x4 option so you'd need to stick to the roads to escape any Walkers.

Zombie Survival Score: 17/25
Nissan Micra

If your main concern in the Walking Dead world is fuel economy, then you could do far worse than the new Nissan Micra. The diesel model achieves up to an astonishing 88mpg which is why it scores 5 out of 5 on our ratings table. For a compact car, it also has a sizable 360 litre boot. There's no 4x4 option with the new Micra and it's not the quickest off the mark but this in turn helps it score so highly when it comes to miles per gallon.

Pros: Fantastic fuel economy, so you won't need to stop often to top up the tank. Great sized boot for a compact car.

Cons: You won't have the quickest getaway, but fortunately Walkers are pretty slow.

Zombie Survival Score: 14/25
Nissan X-Trail

Perhaps not surprising, the Nissan X-Trail scores high in every category partly due to the range of models on offer. The X-Trail has the option of the 2.0L diesel (177bhp) engine, which sprints it from 0-60mph in 9.4 seconds - but equally the 1.6 diesel engine offers great fuel economy of up to 57 mpg. There are also 4x4 models available making off-roading a breeze. You won't be leaving anyone behind, as it's available with a 7 seat option, so scores higher than all the other cars in our list. Go for the 5 seat model, and you free up extra boot space; meaning you could have a huge 550 litres of storage space for supplies.

Pros: The only car on the list with a 7 seat option, 4x4 models available, big boot, nippy, good fuel economy.

Cons: Not as economical as the electric or smaller cars, so you'll stop more often to re-fuel.

Zombie Survival Score: 21/25
Subaru Forester

Given the reliability of Subaru cars, you shouldn't ever have to worry about them breaking down on you - handy in the midst of a zombie apocalypse! The Subaru Forester scores high in our table as it's a permanent 4x4 meaning you won't be getting stuck anywhere; it also offers a good getaway speed of 0-60mph in 7.3 seconds, a decent fuel economy in the diesel models of up to 49mpg and a great boot size of 505 litres for supplies.

Pros: Great reliability, permanent 4x4 so you have peace of mind knowing it won't get stuck, quick, a good sized boot.

Cons: Not as economical as some on the list, but that comes hand in hand when choosing All-Wheel Drive.

Zombie Survival Score: 19/25
Subaru XV

As already mentioned, Subaru cars have a reputation for reliability and the new Subaru XV is no exception. It may not be as quick off the mark as the Forester with a 0-60mph time of 9.0 seconds, but it makes up for it with fuel economy of up to 52mpg. As with most Subaru cars, it is also permanent 4x4 giving you the confidence of stability and grip when you need it most. 

Pros: Great reliability, permanent 4x4 for great stability and grip.

Cons: It doesn't have quite as big a boot as some of the other vehicles on the list.

Zombie Survival Score: 17/25
Suzuki S-Cross

The new Suzuki S-Cross is in its second iteration now, and has improved significantly over the previous generation model. It scores a fairly average 3 out of 5 stars for getaway speed but makes up for it with an impressive 4 out of 5 stars for fuel economy with up to 68mpg. The S-Cross also has one of the largest boots of its class at 430 litres - plenty of space for those rare and much needed supplies in the world of the Walking Dead. There's also a choice of 4x4 models resulting in the S-Cross being one of the highest scoring cars on our table.

Pros: Huge boot, great fuel economy, 4x4 models available.

Cons: Getaway speed is average.

Zombie Survival Score: 19/25
Suzuki Swift

The next generation Suzuki Swift certainly lives up to its name, thanks to the 1.0 Boosterjet engine. The nippy performer has a swift 0-60mph getaway speed of 10.3 seconds, and gains 5 out of 5 stars thanks to the availability of a 4x4 model. Boot size of 265 litres is good for a car of its size but the Suzuki Swift excels when it comes to fuel economy, with an impressive score of 4 out of 5 for delivering up to 61 miles per gallon.

Pros: Nippy engine, great fuel economy, 4x4 model available.

Cons: The boot isn't a big as others on the list, but that's mostly down to the Swifts compact size.

Zombie Survival Score: 17/25

Conclusion: Which would you choose?

Our overall winner in the "Zombie Survival" list is the Nissan X-Trail. It scores high across the board thanks to the range of models and engines available. It is, however, beaten by the fully electric Nissan Leaf and Nissan e-NV200, and the compact Suzuki Celerio and Nissan Micra when it comes down to fuel economy, and of course the Nissan 370Z or Subaru WRX STI if it's getaway speed you're looking for with the likes of the Nissan Navara and Nissan e-NV200 winning in the boot space category.

We're pretty sure you'll never be faced with the prospect of a zombie apocalypse but in the event you are, you can be sure there's a great variety of models and options available across the Suzuki, Nissan and Subaru ranges to help save you and your family!

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