4×4 Round Up: Terrain Tackling Made Easy

by admin on April 22, 2014

Land Rover Defender DC100There are plenty of 4x4s on the market, and they are growing in popularity as drivers look for practical cars that perform well in all types of driving conditions. From budget options to more luxurious 4×4 models, it can be hard to understand which are the best on the market… which is why we’ve done the hard work for you. Here is the run down of our top ten.

1. Hyundai Santa Fe

Winner of the Best Large SUV title at last year’s Auto Express New Car Awards, this Korean car is available in either a 5 or 7 seat option. Attractively designed with stylish lines, it is a great practical family car with an intelligent 4WD system to keep it under control in slippery conditions.

2. Range Rover Sport

Again available as either a 5 or 7-seater, the Range Rover Sport is a luxury full size SUV with great off road ability and a Terrain Response System for the best possible handling on all manner of terrains. Expensive compared with other 4x4s, but a great all rounder.

3. Dacia Duster

At the lower end of the 4×4 market when it comes to price, the Dacia Duster features a 4WD system developed by Nissan, which includes a front wheel drive only mode. A locking centre differential is great for even tougher conditions, while the interior has plenty of space and functionality, for a mere £15,000.

4. Land Rover Discovery 4

A great all rounder, with 7 comfortable seats, a stylish and luxurious look, as well as a comfortable ride. Prices start from £40,000, making it one of the most expensive 4x4s on the market, but it’s certainly one of the best.

5. Fiat Panda 4×4

It may be small, but its stunning 4WD, raised suspension and steel bash plates make it perfect for those looking for an off-roader. Traction is electronically controlled and adapts to all conditions, while there’s also a surprising amount of passenger and boot space given its size.

6. Mazda CX-5

Great for those looking for lower CO2 emissions and better fuel economy than most 4x4s, the Mazda CX-5 handles well despite its eco-friendly credentials. It also features a vast amount of interior space: a great all-rounder.

7. Range Rover

The Range Rover has fantastic ability off road, with a 90cm wading depth and the ability to climb some pretty steep slopes. With cameras and sensors everywhere, it’s also a safe drive – and one with plenty of luxury inside.

8. Range Rover Evoque

The Evoque features Land Rover’s Terrain Response System, allowing you to adjust stability control and traction no matter what type of terrain you are on. Despite being more compact than most of the brand’s vehicles, you still get all of the little luxuries you would expect from the brand.

9. Suzuki SX4 S-Cross

Combining Suzuki’s supermini expertise with great off road capability, the S-Cross is smaller than many of its competitors but with great boot space. Its four mode 4WD system copes well in the wet – with an even better ALLGRIP system available on higher spec models.

10. Skoda Yeti

A rugged looking car, the Yeti may not be as good as some of its competitors off road, but is a practical choice of car for everyday drivers. Reliable and great value for money, it also has plenty of space – choose the diesel option if you’re going off road.

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