Best 4x4s and SUVs
While SUVs are undoubtedly superior in the winter months in slippery and treacherous conditions, they’re becoming more and more popular for the rest of the year, too – you can even get two-wheel drive versions of some models.
This goes to show just how appealing an SUV's elevated driving position is to people who need a bit of extra space and the feeling of solidity and safety in a family car. The days of big SUVs being gas-guzzling tanks are long gone, too, and there is a huge variety of styles available – some are cheap and practical, others are stylish with coupe-like bodies and focused on being sporty. There are even convertible off-roaders on the way, too.
There should be a 4x4 or SUV to suit all tastes and budgets, then. Something like the Dacia Duster is great for no-frills, rugged motoring, while the Renault Kadjar and Nissan Qashqai are great all-rounders. The Volvo XC90, Audi Q7 and Land Rover Discovery will appeal to families with a bit more cash to spend on something premium, and something like the Kia Sorento offers loads of room and equipment for a reasonable price. There are also small, efficient SUVs well suited to city life, luxurious SUVs to rival big, upmarket saloon cars, rugged 4x4s capable of climbing a mountain and everything in between available to choose from.
We’ve compiled a list of crossovers in another list, because many of these come exclusively with two-wheel drive. The cars on this list, while some might be more like a crossover in style and size, they all come with either permanent four-wheel drive or the option of specifying it somewhere in the range. So scroll down to see which SUVs and 4x4s are the best to keep you motoring all year round.