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. 

There’s lots to consider when buying an SUV. Some prioritise the luxurious space that comes with a 4x4 while others want a robust car capable of handling difficult weather conditions and terrain. 

Price: £46,110 - £68,890

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. 

A modern all-aluminium platform ensures that the fifth generation Discovery is a staggering 480kgs lighter than its previous two predecessors. An undeniable upgrade from the last-gen, the Discovery 5 is almost unrecognisable, packed with plush leather and a classy wooden trim. 

The Discovery drives soothingly well. The mammoth wheels and tyres set the foundation for a comfortable cruise, whilst the low noise levels and pleasing suspension make this ‘BFG’ a pleasure to drive on the busiest of city streets as well as the desolate rocky hills. 

If it’s a family-friendly, off-roading super power that you’re after, we seriously recommend that you consider the Land Rover Discovery 5. Although being quite expensive to run and expensive to buy, the Discovery oozes class and versatility that no other car can.

Stand-out Features:

  • All seats are motorised and can be folded with a remote smartphone app.
  • 258L of boot space normally. 1137L with rear seats down. 2,406L with all seats down. Luxury.

Advantages 

  • Incredibly spacious and practical.
  • Off-road machine.
  • Ultimate comfort.

Disadvantages

  • Expensive to buy.
  • Costly to run (high fuel consumption).
  • Not as quick as competitors.

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Land Rover Discovery SW

13 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 4.0
  • Fuel: D, P
  • Body: 4x4
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 189 - 397g/km

From £523.78 Per Month

Initial Rental: £6,285.36 inc VAT
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Price: £10,770 - £19,030

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. Although being £2,500 more expensive than the access, you certainly see where your money’s going in terms of interior and tech.

 

Another green light is the duster’s spacious cabin. A high driving position and expansive windows make the duster a pleasant drive. The additional bonus of a roomy rear that fits 3 adults relatively comfortably will also be a hit if you’ve been chosen as designated driver.

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 4x4. 

Stand-out Features:

  • New electric power steering. 
  • Reinvigorated dashboard, seats and infotainment system.

Advantages

  • Incredibly cheap.
  • Spacious cabin & boot.
  • Attractive exterior.

Disadvantages

  • Lacks safety features.
  • Interior lacks style.
  • Pretty slow.

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Dacia Duster Estate

16 derivatives available

  • Doors: 3 - 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 1.6
  • Fuel: P, D, B
  • Body: 4x4
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £179.66 Per Month

Initial Rental: £1,616.94 inc VAT
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Price: £22,495 - £42,480

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 4x4s 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. The 2.0 litre, 150hp diesel is great for motorway driving and the 1.4 litre, 150 bhp petrol is better for trips around town.

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.

The Czech car firm have really pulled it out the bag with this elegant and dynamic 7-seater model. Practical and affordable, the Kodiaq offers a safe and reliable mode of transport for all families with the additional bonus of off-road capability.

Stand-out features:

  • Excellent infotainment system with DAB radio and USB socket. Even better with model/trim upgrades.
  • Rear parking sensors available from SE trim and above and front sensors optional at an additional price.

Advantages

  • Crisp & spacious interior. 
  • Good value for money.
  • Quality tech systems.

Disadvantages 

  • Top of the range models probably too expensive.
  • Competitors are more practical.
  • Bumpy at low speeds.

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Skoda Kodiaq Estate

37 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.0
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: Estate
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £221.94 Per Month

Initial Rental: £2,663.28 inc VAT
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Price: £14,859 - £18,914

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

Off-road the Jimny is a different animal. The unique, box-like styling of the Jimny is purposely shaped to offer optimal ground clearance for heading off-road terrain.

The Jimny's high driving position gives you a clear picture ahead of you and the front side windows are cut away so you can see the front wheels - a real benefit when you're off road.

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.

The Suzuki Jimny will forever divide attention, but if you’re on a budget and have a passion for thrilling off-road action this beast is the pick of the bunch. Perhaps a feeling of nostalgia might sway your decision, and we assure you that you won’t be disappointed.

Stand-out Features:

  • Installed with hill descent control and brake limited slip differential (LSD) traction control.
  • Plastic dashboard makes it a dream to spray clean.

Advantages 

  • Off-road connoisseur.
  • Unique style and shape.
  • Great visibility.

Disadvantages

  • Not great on-road.
  • Small storage space.
  • Poor soundproofing and a lot of vibrations.


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Suzuki Jimny Estate

3 derivatives available

  • Doors: 3
  • Engine: 0.0 - 1.3
  • Fuel: P
  • Body: 4x4
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 154 - 189g/km

From £211.13 Per Month

Initial Rental: £1,900.17 inc VAT
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Price: £51,325 - £71,875

Innovative technology combined with luxurious comfort has earned the Volvo XC90 a seat on the same illustrious boat as the Land Rover Discovery and the Audi Q7.

Easy on the eye, the Volvo XC90 is an up market, family car with barrel loads of space for bags, legs, IKEA furniture, you get the picture. 

This seven-seater luxury SUV comes with a choice of petrol, diesel, or hybrid engine and handles as well as the Q7 and Discovery - sharp and steady. Suspension can be a little passive.

The interior is satisfyingly soothing. All the seats recline and slide independently so nobody will be whining about being uncomfortable.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features enable you to stream your phone’s media and sat nav apps on the impressive and safely positioned HD 9.0 inch screen. 

If lavish luxury and easy-to-use high tech-features tickles your fancy then go and give this gem a test drive to find out what all the fuss is about. Outside and in, this car is a performer and you’ll feel right at home with the eloquent interior. 

Stand-out Features:

  • Crisp dashboard with fantastic infotainment system.
  • Perks like keyless start, adaptive cruise control, and heated leather seats.

Advantages

  • 5-Star, 97% rating for passenger protection and 100% for safety technology.
  • Modern high-tech features.
  • Impressive interior. 

Disadvantages

  • Infotainment system tricky to navigate.
  • Audi Q7 a better overall package.
  • Passive suspension and road noise.

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Volvo Xc90 Estate

26 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 4.4
  • Fuel: P, D, X
  • Body: 4x4
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 49 - 322g/km

From £369.99 Per Month

Initial Rental: £4,439.88 inc VAT
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Price: £33,590 - £48,120

When it comes to off-road supremacy, the unique Jeep Wrangler receives deserved 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 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.

In our honest opinion, the Wrangler is a tad pricey for what you get. If you’re not going to take advantage of it’s powerful off-road ability there are far better performing cars in a similar price range. However, if you’re ready to unleash your adventurous side the Jeep Wrangler is one of the most capable 4x4s on the market.

Stand-out Features:

  • 8.4 inch Uconnect infotainment system with specific pages for off-road statistics.
  • Available in a range of colours including orange, yellow and green.

Advantages

  • Outstanding off-road ability.
  • Classy and unique look.
  • Removable windows and doors.

Disadvantages

  • Expensive to buy and run.
  • Poor safety review (1* Euro NCAP).
  • Not well suited to town/city driving.

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Jeep Wrangler Hard TOP

14 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2 - 4
  • Engine: 0.0 - 4.0
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: 4x4
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £347.76 Per Month

Initial Rental: £1,043.28 inc VAT
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Price Range: £75,940 - £177,485

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 and a doddle to drive. 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.

Inside, you are graced with the luxury of soft leather, pristine carpet or sleek aluminium finish. Range Rovers have a reputation for being long distance stalwarts which highlights the necessity of the electronically adjustable steering wheel that moves up, down, in and out. 

The driving position leaves you at an assertive height to command the road safely. If you’re not happy with your position it can be adjusted a solid 20 times. 

If you see yourself as an inspector gadget type, you won’t be disappointed with the infotainment system. You’ll have the pleasure of three 10-inch screens. However, please be wary that the bottom screen may become distracting to control while driving.

Stand-out Features:

  • Acoustically laminated windscreens on all models minimise noise.
  • Raise and lower the entire car by pressing buttons on the centre console (Access & Off-road modes). 

Advantages

  • Luxurious interior.
  • Extremely versatile.
  • Relaxing and noise-free.

Disadvantages

  • Only a five-seater.
  • Expensive.

Alternatives have better infotainment systems.

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Land Rover Range Rover Estate

23 derivatives available

  • Doors: 2 - 4
  • Engine: 0.0 - 5.0
  • Fuel: P, D, Y, X
  • Body: 4x4
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: None

From £754.70 Per Month

Initial Rental: £9,056.40 inc VAT
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Price: £143,305

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 luxury 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 wee 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.

The cabin glistens with fresh leather and a 12.3 inch dual-screen centrepiece with eye-pleasing graphics controlled by both a rotary dial and a touchscreen pad.

Both instantly recognisable and equally instinctive, the G-Class is an absolute joy to experience. More accomplished on-road than the majority of its competitors, the G-Class is a talented powerhouse well equipped for any terrain based on the foundations of its military past.

Stand-out Features:

  • Memory function electric seats with the option to add massaging seat function. 
  • Touch sensitive pads to control the infotainment system.

Advantages

  • Brilliant interior.
  • Powerful and quick.
  • Excellent off-road.

Disadvantages

  • Very expensive.
  • Handles like a 1970’s military vehicle.

Poor fuel economy.

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Mercedes-Benz G Class Station Wagon

3 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 5.5
  • Fuel: D, P
  • Body: 4x4
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: 252 - 372g/km

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Price range: £54,975 - £93,190

  • 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. Pimped out with high tech features this innovative machine has the prowess to rival both the Land Rover Discovery and the Volvo XC90

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.

If your eyes are starting to go, fear not. The 12.3 inch digital panel behind the wheel is clear as day and the dual-screen touchpad offers the full works of modern tech features including smartphone mirroring and a built in sat nav - no surprise there. 

The Audi Q7 is a real game-changer. Blessed with the power and agility of a saloon and the practicality and comfort of an SUV it really is hard to fault. The price may be an issue, but if it's within your budget it's well worth a second look!

Stand-out Features:

  • Audi Drive Select system with seven driving mode options.
  • Footrest left of break (Clutch replacement).

Advantages

  • Plush Interior.
  • Ultimate comfort.
  • Impressively versatile.

Disadvantages

  • Pretty expensive.
  • Rivals have better infotainment systems.
  • Quite bulky.
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Audi Q7 Estate

24 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 6.0
  • Fuel: P, D, Z
  • Body: 4x4
  • Drive: A
  • CO2: 48 - 309g/km

From £502.18 Per Month

Initial Rental: £6,026.16 inc VAT
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Price range: £18,740 - £29,525

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 cavalry happy, the Qashqai is also 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 more comfortable than competitors such as the Volvo XC40 and Peugeot 3008, although the steering is not as smooth.

The rousing elevated driving position allows for a greater visibility through the large windows. The windscreen pillars are a little thick for our liking and can create a slight blindspot at busy junctions. 

Front and rear head and leg room is bearable for six-footers, but nothing to write home about. You’ve got your average joe boot space, but the rear seats fold down to provide enough room for your day-to-day activities.

You’ve got two choices when it comes to the infotainment system. The ‘Visia’ system with a USB socket, bluetooth & DAB radio or the more luxurious ‘Accenta’ which includes Nissan’s connect system on the 7.0 inch temperamental touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features with smartphone mirroring.

At its alluringly affordable price, the Nissan Qashqai is a popular choice. The ‘steady-eddy’ of affordable cars it does exactly what it says on the tin with the additional perk of being an extremely pleasant drive. Great if you’re looking for a reliable, economically-friendly car on a budget.

 

Stand-out Features:

  • Optional Pro Pilot driver assistance on offer.
  • Add remote services such as find your car app.

Advantages

  • Great safety kit. 
  • Good fuel economy.
  • Extremely well-priced.

Disadvantages

  • Boring cabin.
  • Could be more spacious.
  • Infotainment difficult to navigate.

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Nissan Qashqai Hatchback

66 derivatives available

  • Doors: 5
  • Engine: 0.0 - 2.0
  • Fuel: P, D
  • Body: Hatchback
  • Drive: M, A
  • CO2: 99 - 208g/km

From £169.47 Per Month

Initial Rental: £2,033.64 inc VAT
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Well I hope you haven’t let your tea go cold! 

Looking back, it is safe to say that 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, chunkier 4x4s. If you’re 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.