Top four 4x4s for you
Despite what the majority of mums dropping off their lone child at the school gates might suggest, there are alternatives to buying a four-wheel-drive vehicle that’s bigger than the average family home. Here are our top tips for those who want to revolt against the Range Rover and buy something that won’t melt the atmosphere or cause gridlock on the school run.
Fiat Panda 4×4 1.3 Multijet
How much: £15,295
This great-looking Fiat is the only supermini that offers genuine off-road ability with economy that would shame many of its 2wd counterparts. It really is a decent car, too, and will certainly keep your family on the move whatever the winter can throw at it. Along with the excellent economy and low-CO2 emissions, it’s a sensibly sized car that’s perfect for everyday use.
Skoda Yeti 2.0 TDI SE 4×4
How much: £22,030
The Skoda Yeti has just about everything you’ll need. It’s stylish, practical and provides an interesting alternative to the banality of many traditional family hatchbacks – without becoming just another road-clogging barge. It’s an excellent car to drive and brings genuine 4×4 ability for inclement weather or simply heading off the black stuff just for fun.
Dacia Duster 1.5 dCi 110 Ambiance 4WD 5dr
How much: £13,995
Most Chelsea tractor drivers might faint at the thought of arriving at the school gates in a Dacia, but should their vacuum-packed craniums ever be breached by the reality of economy versus vanity, they might just think again. The Dacia Duster is certainly where the smart 4×4 driver is lodging their cash, with a fully functioning family vehicle available from £11,495 you really can’t go wrong. However, we’d swerve the entry-level four-wheel-drive version and go for the mid-range Ambiance trim that offers the best blend of value and ‘luxury’.
Suzuki SX4 S-Cross Crossover 1.6 SZ-T 5dr
How much: £17,749
The Suzuki Swift 4×4 is a real gem of an option for real-world drivers. Despite its off-road abilities, the Swift S-Cross is great for everyday driving, too. Take it off-road or point its nose at some snow and it simply won’t miss a beat. It’s small, nippy and certainly worth a test drive.