• Published: 23 March 2022

Buyers of SUVs expect a lot from their cars. Comfort, practicality and a commanding driving position are all key aspects of a 4x4. In many cases, the added security and off-road potential that comes with a four wheel drive, is a big selling point. 

Suzuki Swift

The Suzuki Jimmy has quickly become an instant classic in the car world. From its unstoppable off-road abilities, to its quirky looks. The handling and driving position has made it a popular buy since its release in 2019. This 4x4, though well sought after, is not being made new anymore. Meaning, if you want to get your hands on one, you’ll have to head to a used car dealership! 

Dacia Duster

The Dacia Duster is a surprisingly capable on and off-road vehicle. The 4x4 models are really competent if you decide to leave the paved roads behind. The more sophisticated rear suspension means it’s a smooth drive. Additionally, there's plenty of space inside and a cavernous boot. 


After the excellent second generation X3, this X3 had a lot to live up to. Fortunately, the third generation car made sure to up its game even further in terms of technology, improved refinement and greater interior space. In addition, it's excellent to drive. The xDrive four wheel drive, means it quickly became a well equipped and classy vehicle. Overall, the good handling and practicality, along with a high quality interior makes the X3 one of the best 4x4 you can buy. 

Toyota Land Cruiser

The big and rugged  Land Cruiser comes with three or five doors and the choice of five or seven seats. Toyota has a great reputation for reliability, so you will count plenty of Land Cruisers in the hostile desert regions of the world. Proving it to be a tough, go anywhere off roader. If what you need is a genuine off road vehicle, few do it better. However, it is not the most refined thing on the road.

Audi Q5

This second generation Q5 is an immensely popular car. Quickly it has become one of the best 4x4s you can buy, new or used. It's smooth, refined and incredibly classy inside and out. It drives superbly, is well equipped and spacious and practical. With quattro four wheel drive, there's plenty of traction, and the Q5 is stable and smooth riding. 

Seat Ateca

The Seat Ateca is a great family car and one of the best handling 4x4s on the market. It's spacious and practical. However, it is not built of the plushest materials, but the interior is suitably well made and fairly classy. The four wheel drive models are mostly found with a torquey 2.0-litre diesel engine. This means it is both economical and refined on a road cruise.

Skoda Karoq

The Skoda Karoq is a fantastic family 4x4. With compact dimensions that make it easy to handle around town, as well as a practical and versatile interior that gives it the capability to carry everything you need. 

Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 is one of our favourite luxury 4x4s. The good news is that it’s perhaps even better as a used buy. A 2019 redesign left it with a more hesitant automatic gearbox and a more user friendly infotainment system. Additionally the update gave mild hybrid assistance which helps to reduce fuel consumption. All versions are great to drive, comfortable and spacious, and come with a wonderfully classy interior.

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