10 of the best 4x4 cars to buyMotorists are eying up 4x4s and their snow beating skills after another dose of wintry weather. We round up ten of the best four wheel drive cars, in no particular order. There`s a 4x4 here for all budgets, from the discerning millionaire to the frugal family.
Range Rover :- New: £68,945 to £85,695 , Used 2008 58*: 3.6 TDV8 HSE £37,870
The classic luxury 4x4, the Range Rover is stylish, good to drive and capable of conquering anything thrown at it. What Car? gives it four out of five stars and says: `No off-roader has a more prestigious image. Limousine comforts in a car that can go anywhere.` The only downside is they cost a small fortune and you may need a second mortgage to cover the running costs. The £68,945 TDV8 will do 0 to 60mph in 7.5 seconds and does an average 30mpg. A cheaper option is the Range Rover Sport, which has less off-road cache, but is still capable of handling the tough stuff, a 3.0 litre TDV6 will cost you £47,995.
Volvo XC60 New: £27,620 to £40,120 Used 2008 58: 2.4D SE - £21,740
The Volvo XC60 is a soft roader – it looks like a 4x4 but half the range only actually has two wheel drive. But don`t let this put you off, the XC60 is a handsome car that drives well and even drew praise from Jeremy Clarkson, who said it was better than an X-Trail or a Ford Kuga and that `the interior is Bang & Olufsen cool.` What Car? gives it four stars. Four wheel drive versions are available across the range and Parker`s says the `the ride quality is excellent, making it a superb long distance machine`. The 2.4 litre D5 diesel version will do 0 to 60mph in 7.9 seconds and an average 42.8mpg. A very smart car.
Nissan X-Trail New: £23,995 to £28,820 Used 2008 58: 2.0DCi Sport - £14,975
Britain loves the X-Trail. It is What Car?`s current most searched used car and that`s thanks to it being good to drive, comfortable and well built. What Car? says: `It`s more capable off-road than many of its rivals.` Unlike the growing band of soft roaders that match it in price, the X-Trail looks the 4x4 part and all versions come with four wheel drive. It is only now available new with 2.0 litre diesel engines, but used models also have petrol options. Buy one of these if you want to look more rugged than your Qashqai driving neighbour.
Skoda Yeti New (4WD): £17,585 to £22,640 Used 2009 59(10k miles): 1.8TSi 4x4 - £15,125
The Skoda Yeti bagged the coveted top spot in Auto Express magazine`s car of the year awards. That was thanks to the fact that it blends the appearance of an off-roader with the versatility of a compact MPV, but doesn`t cost the earth. The engine line-up was said to be top notch and if you want four wheel drive the cheapest possibility is the £17,585 2.0 litre TDI. What Car? Gives the Yeti a four out of five star rating and it also won Total Off Roader`s 4x4 of the year award - put that in your £70,000 Range Rover pipe and smoke it.
Skoda Octavia Estate New: £14,225 to £22,730 Used 2008 58: 1.9TDCi 4x4 - £11,605
What`s this, an estate car? In among the 4x4s? The Octavia may not sit high like a big four wheel drive, but that doesn`t mean it won`t get you out of a tight spot. The 4x4 versions start at just over £19,000 and the Octavia comes in 11th in the JD Power most popular cars to own survey and was named one of Auto Express` best used cars to buy. What Car? says `Skoda 4x4 is a great-value alternative to bulky SUVs…Just don`t expect hardcore off-road ability.` But then that`s not a problem if you only want to get out and about in the snow.