Best 4x4 Cars

8 minutes Published: 08/10/2020
Alasdair Cherry

Are you on the hunt for a strapping vehicle that comfortably fits a growing family? Maybe the adrenaline junkie in you fancies some off-road action? Or better yet, you just fancy a four-wheel drive with an air of style and panache? We don’t blame you one bit! 

4x4s are extremely versatile cars, which is no surprise seeing their increasing popularity on the roads. A jack-of-all-trades type vehicle, the 4x4 can tackle any terrain, school run, or moving house trip. 

To make your life easier, we’ve compiled a list of the best 4x4 cars available to lease right now! 

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Compare the best 4x4 cars of 2020

1. Land Rover Discovery

RRP: £45,340 - £66,840
  • Doors:
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  • Body: SUV
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Pros

  • Incredibly spacious and practical.

  • Ultimate comfort.

Cons

  • High running costs.

  • Not as quick as competitors.

What a gem to start with. If you’re looking for a car with sheer power and impeccable off-road ability look no further. This family-friendly SUV has built quite the reputation since its introduction twenty years ago. 

The Discovery does it all - 7 seats, raw power, and an off-roading supremacy with the know-how to tackle anything laid in its path. 

If it’s a family-friendly, off-roading super power that you’re after, we seriously recommend that you consider the Land Rover Discovery. Although being quite costly to run and expensive to buy, the Discovery oozes class in a way that no other car can.

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2. Dacia Duster

RRP: £9,730 - £19,100
  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine: 1.6
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: SUV
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 185g/km

Pros

  • Incredibly cheap.

  • Spacious cabin & boot.

Cons

  • Lacks advanced safety features.

  • Pretty slow.

This adventure-seeking SUV is capable of tackling any terrain. The dazzling Dacia Duster punches well above the weight of its incredibly affordable price tag. Compact yet spacious, the Duster is an absolute steal if you’re looking for a hassle-free, budget-friendly 4x4. 

The Duster is available in four trim levels: the ‘Access’, ‘Comfort’, ‘Prestige’ and ‘Techroad’. In our honest opinion you’ll get best value for money with the ‘Comfort’ trim. Although being £2,500 more expensive than the Access trim, you certainly see where your money’s going in terms of interior and tech.

 If you’re a speed machine, this may not be the ideal car for you. However, at these amazingly affordable prices it’s a brilliant opportunity to cast yourself into the world of 4x4s. 

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3. Skoda Kodiaq

RRP: £21,310 - £39,520 | From £222.37 per month to lease
  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 2.0
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: SUV
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 119 - 170g/km

Pros

  • Crisp & spacious interior. 

  • Good value for money.

Cons

  • Competitors are more practical.

  • Ride quality suffers at low speeds.

Steeped in history as Skoda’s first seven seater car (unless you opt for basic S model with five seats), the Kodiaq has been a massive hit. This desirable SUV has been dubbed one of the very best 4x4 cars in the business and comes at an alarmingly affordable price.

Competing with the Volkswagen Tiguan in terms of pricing the Skoda Kodiaq is available in an incredible eight trims. 

You’ve also got an abundance of choice with both petrol and diesel engines on offer, all of which are powerful enough to get you through muddy off-road tracks.

Steering is soothingly light and you’ve got bags of room for all seven of your passengers if need be. Head and leg space is comfortable, although it may be a bit of a squeeze for a six-footer in the back two rear seats.

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4. Suzuki Jimny

RRP: £14,914 - £19,389
  • Doors: 3
  • Engine: 1.3
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: SUV
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 154 - 189g/km

Pros

  • Off-road connoisseur.

  • Unique style and shape.

Cons

  • Not great on-road.

  • Poor soundproofing and a lot of vibrations.

A true off-roader in every sense of the word. The Suzuki Jimny is delightfully unique in both shape and style. A retro and budget looking version of the Mercedes Benz G-Class, this box shaped classic 4x4 has its niche, and if your niche is a quirky, unpretentious, dirt-cheap off-roading machine, then you’ll love the Suzuki Jimny.

Let’s not beat around the bush, the Jimny is a bit of a one trick pony. Off-road is this compact 4x4’s strong suit and this is evident when behind the wheel. If you’re on a budget, the Jimny offers great value for money.

There's not a ton of boot space, however, and infotainment is pretty basic, but there'll be no issue blasting AC/DC's 'Highway to Hell' when you're tackling those mountains.

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5. Volvo Xc90

RRP: £48,800 - £73,900 | From £426.02 per month to lease
  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 4.4
  • Fuel: P, D, H
  • Body: SUV
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 322g/km

Pros

  • Impressive interior.

  • Modern high-tech safety features.

Cons

  • Infotainment system is tricky to navigate.

  • Passive suspension and road noise.

Innovative technology, luxurious comfort, and off-road prowess has earned the Volvo XC90 the title of one of our best 4x4 cars.  

Easy on the eye, the Volvo XC90 is an up market, family car with barrel loads of space for bags, legs, and/or Ikea furniture. 

This seven-seater luxury SUV comes with a choice of petrol, diesel, or hybrid engines and handles as well as the Q7 and Discovery - sharp and steady. Suspension can be a little passive, but it functions well off-road, and isn’t too uncomfortable. 

If understated luxury and easy-to-use high tech-features tickle your fancy then, keep an eye on the Volvo XC90.

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6. Jeep Wrangler Hard TOP

RRP: £38,620 - £49,120 | From £424.09 per month to lease
  • Doors: 2 - 4
  • Engine: 4.0
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: SUV
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 325g/km

Pros

  • Outstanding off-road ability.

  • Removable windows and doors, for maximum practicality.

Cons

  • Poor safety review (1* Euro NCAP).

  • Not well suited to town/city driving.

When it comes to off-road supremacy, the unique Jeep Wrangler receives deserves plaudits. With its iconic square body, the wrangler bears a slight resemblance to the Mercedes G-Class (more expensive) and the Suzuki Jimny (cheaper). 

Although there are more practical large SUVs available in the same price range, the broad and bulky Wrangler offers an iconic experience like no other. The Wrangler is pretty expensive to buy and run for what you get, but the new model is easily the comfiest yet, with a noticeably improved interior space.The Wrangler is built on a retro ladder chassis and kitted out with stocky tyres, making it very durable and sturdy.

The interior of the Wrangler is a welcome upgrade from previous models. The leather steering wheel adds a touch of class and cleaning is easy with slicker plastic. Our only complaint is the 2-door model is pretty tight: cue a game of "human tetris" to cram everyone in.

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7. Range Rover Estate

RRP: £84,810 - £177,485 | From £739.19 per month to lease
  • Doors: 2 - 4
  • Engine: 5.0
  • Fuel: P, D, H
  • Body: SUV
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 398g/km

Pros

  • Luxurious interior.

  • Relaxing and noise-free.

Cons

  • Only a five-seater.

  • Expensive

The Land Rover Range Rover has been ruling the roads for decades and there are no signs of change as their ever-growing presence highlights their domination of the 4x4 market. 

Equipped for both business (city) and pleasure (off-road), this five-seater luxury family SUV will truly give you the best of both worlds. We know Range Rovers err on the side of pricey, but when you look at the fine detail and craftsmanship that goes into producing these delectable machines you’ll understand why they get the edge over the likes of the Audi Q7 & BMW X7

Range Rover’s are notoriously comfortable driving experience. This might have something to do with the optional cruise control and lane-keep assist that controls and steers your Range Rover in your lane - unfortunately your hands must still be on the wheel… for now.

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8. Mercedes G Class Station Wagon

RRP: £91,875 - £99,985
  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 4.0
  • Fuel: D, P
  • Body: SUV
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: 252 - 299g/km

Pros

  • Powerful and quick.

  • Excellent off-road.

Cons

  • Very expensive.

  • Poor fuel economy.

Who would have thought that a 1970’s military vehicle would stand the test of time and reinvigorate itself as a top of the range SUV? The Mercedes G-Class is a force to be reckoned with in the 4x4 market. It’s not the most affordable 4x4 out there but it certainly is one of the most spacious and pleasurable to drive.

With power comes precision. Three different locking differentials prevent the front and rear wheels from spinning on more challenging surfaces. Special driving modes have been installed into the new model to assist with any terrain if you fancy a jaunt up the mountains Mario Kart style.

It doesn’t stop there - adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist and a self-parking system make this off-roader an absolute dream to drive and fit into those tight spaces around town. The soft suspension and high ground clearance on the G-Class is ideal for marauding through difficult terrain, but you do pay the price on the road. Handling and steering starts to become heavy and the live rear axle causes the car to jostle around the roads.

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9. Audi Q7

RRP: £56,715 - £94,660 | From £585.27 per month to lease
  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 6.0
  • Fuel: P, D, H
  • Body: SUV
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: 309g/km

Pros

  • Plush Interior.

  • Ultimate comfort.

Cons

  • Rivals have better infotainment systems.

  • Quite bulky.

Embedded in Audi’s DNA is the effortless ability to constantly churn out high quality cars. The Audi Q7 is a commanding and practical seven seater SUV built on the basis of premium luxury and comfort. 

Being incredibly versatile and nimble, you’ll have to pinch yourself that you are indeed, actually behind the wheel of a monster 4x4 that’s more than capable of off-road adventures. Pimped out with high tech features this innovative machine has the prowess to rival any competitor.

The trademark air suspension makes the Q7 feel as light as a feather and the agile handling and on-the money steering cannot be faulted. Adorned with a fully electric drivers seat, you’ll feel like the king of the castle in your commanding driving position, which in turn, offers vast visibility. The welcome surprise of the large heated door mirrors will please your passengers along with the enormous amount of room in both the front and the rear.

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10. Nissan Qashqai

RRP: £19,080 - £31,760 | From £179.14 per month to lease
  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 2.0
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: Crossover SUV
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 208g/km

Pros

  • Great safety kit.

  • Extremely well-priced.

Cons

  • Could be more spacious.

  • Somewhat boring cabin.

The Nissan Qashqai is one of the UK’s most popular cars because it offers the full sha-bang at a very reasonable price tag. This economical, family-friendly, small SUV has penetrated the market and is truly reaping the rewards. With lots of space to keep the full squad happy, the Qashqai is extremely comfortable, easy to drive, and most importantly, cheap to run!

The petrol engines that are available are controllably powerful, but at the same time, peacefully quiet. Handling is comfortable.

The elevated driving position allows for greater visibility through the large windows. Available as a 4x4, the Qashqai is an excellent option for drivers who need 4x4 capability for the winter, but who also need to nip around town for their commute.

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Summary

4x4’s are both extremely practical and versatile vehicles. If you’re looking for a new and improved family wagon to accompany your growing family or an adventurous off-roader to spice your weekends up, a 4x4 will fill that void perfectly.

If you want pure off-roading ability you should be swaying towards the more compact and rugged 4x4s. If your priorities are more aligned with space and comfort, a larger SUV better suited to the roads should be your calling. If you want the best of both worlds it's more than likely going to cost you but we doubt you’ll regret it.

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