For some petrolheads, there’s no better feeling than pushing the throttle hard in a sports car. For others, it’s all about the elegance of classic cars and antique models. Everyone has their unique love when it comes to cars. For some, it’s the feeling of sitting behind the wheel of a large vehicle. It’s the freedom that comes with hitting the off-road tracks, and sitting taller than your fellow drivers.
Of course, we’re talking about the class of 4x4s and SUVs. In this post, we’re focusing our attention on the very best 4x4s on the road. The role of the SUV has changed over the last decade. Once the sole preserve of off-roaders and rough terrain, the car has moved into the family market. Their size and practicality makes them a great family run-around. But, which are the best, and how many have held onto their off-road roots?
- Land Rover Range Rover Sport
When it comes to off-roading, Land Rover are the grandfathers. Their original ‘Discovery’ is still one of the very best all-terrain, four-wheel drive vehicles out there. However, it’s the Range Rover Sport that makes our list today. It retains an off-roading sensibility at its heart. Yet, it adds a style and sophistication that we love. It’s kitted out with the best technology on the planet, and it looks stunning. The kind folks at Hunters Landrover recently let us take the new model for a weekend test drive. It’s safe to say it’s still the best on the market.
- Nissan Qashqai
Whilst the Range Rover Sport is at the top of the table, it has a price tag to match. If you’re looking for something that suits the family budget, take a look at Nissan’s phenomenal Qashqai. The compact crossover SUV has become a smash success for Nissan. In 2015, it even broke the top-five best-sellers list (the first time an SUV has ever done so). It offers families everything they could possibly need: safety, fuel economy, and practicality. The best part? It even tackles the off-road terrain like a pro.
- Porsche Cayenne
When Porsche announced they were building a 4×4, the motoring community laughed nervously. Porsche traditionally build the most delicate, elegant sports cars. How on earth would they build a robust, off-road monster? Well, the car community were proved wrong when Porsche released the wonderful Cayenne. The first thing you notice is the stunning good looks. It’s the curviest SUV out there. But, it has an adventurer’s heart too. We took the Cayenne off-road expecting it fail miserably. It certainly proved us wrong. Don’t expect to find one on a budget, but it’s well worth the price.
- Dacia Duster
The Dacia won’t win any awards stood next to the Range Rover Sport or the Cayenne. But, it deserves a special mention on this list. It’s the only car here that you can afford with a small family car budget. It’s the cheapest SUV on the market, but don’t write it off. It’s practical, robust, and a lot of fun to drive.
There you have it, folks! If you’re an off-road fanatic, or just love the feeling of power, these are for you. Have we left your favourite out?
The Porsche Cayenne: image credit