The 4x4 is a type of car that's gaining more and more UK fans, thanks to the amazing practicality, commanding driving position and all-weather ability they offer. In the early 2000s it seemed like 4x4s and SUVs had fallen out of fashion thanks to dramatically rising fuel costs, but with new efficient modern engines equipped, the market for these cars is growing out of control.
Off-road use is the the main reason for owning a 4x4, but today they rarely leave the tarmac, but that's not so say some of these cars can't handle the rough stuff.
The large size of 4x4s and SUVs such as the New Nissan X-Trail, Volvo XC90, Mitsubishi Outlander, Range Rover and Hyundai Sante Fe means there's a lot of interior space - either to transport large families or to carry a lot of luggage. Many of the top 5 4x4s also have a third row of seats that folds away into the boot floor, so you can choose from seating and luggage space when you need it.
New engineering innovation will allow the new 2014 Nissan X-Trail to lead the class in terms of engine efficiency thanks to a little downsizing. It reduces power sapping friction in its drivetrains, new Nissan X-Trail provides a new level of performance from the latest generation of downsized engines, providing the speed of a much bigger power plant with the beneficial economy and emissions of a smaller one.
The latest details of the new Nissan X-Trail engine and model line-up are to be released closer to the cars release date in the UK later this year.
The Suzuki S-Cross SX4 is relatively cheap compared to its rivals and is regarded as very good value for money. The Suzuki engines are very efficient, and won’t cost you the moon to run. The S-Cross is very practical, with a large boot, plenty of room inside for passengers and handles very well. The equipment levels on each model are very generous, with many great features as standard on the new model range.
The Suzuki SX4 S-Cross is a great family car that should almost definitely be on your shortlist if you want a practical car that’s also very cheap to run. The S-Cross’s comparatively low prices mean its good value for money.
The new Ford Kuga is one of the safest cars on the road today, having just received a massive 5 star rating from Euro NCAP for its safety. Not only beating all other SUVs in its class, it also recorded the best ever rating for a mid-sized SUV at 88%. The Car is currently made in Valencia, but this hasn’t put UK buyers off the highly-rated new SUV. The new Ford Kuga is 81mm longer than the old version and benefits from a larger load area. Fords attempt of competing with the Nissan Qashqai etc. is really picking up momentum, thanks to the design, engines and massive safety rating achieved by the new Ford Kuga 4X4.
Famed for its Space and practicality, the new Toyota Rav 4 is the roomiest 5-Seat 4x4 on the market. The RAV4 is one of the biggest cars in its class, so there’s plenty of space inside. Four six-foot people will be very comfortable, and although the narrow central rear seat means life isn’t as good for a fifth, those in the back get even more legroom than they do in a Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5. Boot space is also very impressive, and the rear seats fold pretty much flat. Every model comes with stability control and seven airbags to boot, including one beneath the steering column that protects the driver’s knees. However, in Euro NCAP tests, the RAV4 didn’t perform quite as well as the Mazda CX-5 for adult and child safety. Like most of its rivals, Toyota fits deadlocks and an alarm to help keep your valuables items safe when you’re not around.
The Mazda CX-5 gives you loads of interior space and equipment for a very reasonable price. It also gives you class-leading figures for emissions and fuel economy, and the diesel engine is a real winner. Entry-level SE-L trim comes with lots of luxury kit, including dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, Bluetooth and cruise control. The pricier SE-L Lux model get electrically adjustable heated leather seats and a sunroof, while the Sport adds bi-xenon headlamps, a reversing camera, keyless entry and an upgraded stereo. You can add sat-nav to every trim level.
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