Buying a 4×4 used to mean one thing: heading off-road! They were built for climbing mountains and fording rivers. The original Land Rover Defender was designed as a work horse. It was powerful, agile, and designed to power through difficult terrain. Nowadays, you buy a 4×4 if you want a safe and practical car for the school run! Times have changed, and thousands have flocked to the 4x4s and SUVs as a safe and reliable family car. It meant that 4x4s now have a new set of demands. So, which is the best on the road?
Range Rover Sport – Land Rover are the grandfathers of the 4×4 world, and they still know how to build a solid car. The Defender still has all its rugged charm and power, and it’s a firm favourite. However, it’s the elite Range Rover Sport that makes the list. It’s luxurious, powerful, and thrilling to drive. It’s right at the top of the price range, but it’s worth every penny. Visit www.hunterslandrover.co.uk to find out more, and we recommend taking it for a test-drive. True to its roots, this one will climb mountains with ease!
Nissan Qashqai – The Nissan Qashqai is a true success story in the motoring world. Not only is a solid, all-rounder, it has quickly become one of the best-selling cars in the country. (Take a look at Topgear.com to see the full list). In fact, it snuck into the top five earlier this year. It’s the first 4×4 to have ever featured in the best-seller list. There’s good reason for it too. It’s practical, fuel efficient, and fun to drive. It’s safe, so the family will secure in the back. It’s also very affordable. If we had to pick a flaw, it wouldn’t last ten minutes on a mountain range! But, that’s not why you buy the Qashqai.
Volvo XC-90 – Ladies and gentlemen, you are looking at the safest car on the planet. Volvo have always had a knack for safety, and the XC-90 is their piece de resistance. It smashed the Euro NCAP crash testing course with the highest marks of any car. Ever. It’s not the prettiest car on the road, but it is comfortable, practical, and quiet on the inside. It’s also a seven-seater, making it perfect for those bigger families.
Dacia Duster – Dacia are the cheap and cheerful brand that specialise in budget cars. However, don’t let that fool you. Dacia have a fantastic attention to detail, and their cars exceed expectations every time. If you ask us, they are severely undervalued. That’s what makes the Duster such a great purchase. It has a rugged, outdoorsy look, which we like, and it has a no-frills interior.
Audi Q7 – From the cheapest car on the list, to one of the most expensive. The Q7 is another contender in the executive, luxury SUV range. It rivals the Range Rover Sport in terms of technology, style, and space. The car is also fiercely fast, and agile. We love it.
That’s all for now, folks. Which one would you park on your drive?