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Volkswagen Touareg

V6 TSI Hybrid - The Touareg has always been known as a slightly bling but sturdy and luxurious SUV. It’s more capable off-road than many a so-called mud plugger and it makes for an excellent towing vehicle. Those merits aside, it has never been renowned for its eco-friendly abilities, but VW has wised up and create [...]

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Porsche Cayenne

S Hybrid - Lexus blazed a trail for hybrid SUVs when it launched the RX 400h in 2005, a move that built on parent company Toyota’s expertise in the field of petrol-electric cars, but which was slightly baffling. The luxury SUV segment wasn’t the most obvious for early adoption of hybrids, after all. Porsche ha [...]

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Suzuki Jimny

SZ4 - Mini 4x4s don’t get much smaller than the Jimny. With much of the height of its bigger rivals, the Jimny has the ride and off-road ability of a more sizeable competitor yet with all the impracticalities of a supermini. An ideal solution for those that want a Land Rover but don’t have the budget to m [...]

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Suzuki Grand Vitara

SZ5 - The name Vitara has been a key component of the Suzuki car offering since the first three door 4x4 Suzuki Vitara’s first appeared on the roads back in 1988 – compact, well built, value for money, fun-to-drive, the car quickly garnered a cult following. A Grand Vitara was first introduced back in 199 [...]

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Land Rover Range Rover Sport

TDV8 HSE - Since its debut in 2005, Land Rover’s most performance-oriented vehicle yet – dubbed a ‘sports tourer’ by the company – had been in consistently high demand, at least until the global recession. With a new Range Rover Sport due in late ’09, we thought we’d try out the last of the original models.

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Citroen C-Crosser

2.2 HDi DCS - The C-Crosser has quite a high list price, but Citroen dealers are open to negotiation, which will help bring the cost down and offset the heavier depreciation the C-Crosser will experience compared to the best cars in this class.

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Audi A4 allroad

Part estate car, part SUV, the Audi A4 Allroad tries to bring some of the glamour and chic of its larger A6 Allroad brother to a smaller class. It’s also trying to offer a more affordable route into luxurious SUV ownership while offering efficient diesel engines. Quattro four-wheel drive is standard [...]

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Mitsubishi ASX

Mitsubishi has a strong reputation for 4x4s but the ASX takes it into the new territory of crossovers. This brings the ASX into contention with the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and Ford Kuga, so the Mitsubishi has a lot to contend with. It’s undoubtedly a decent looking car, with some of the family l [...]

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Chevrolet Captiva

2011 - A bolder look for the front end of the Chevrolet Captiva doesn’t turn it from SUV into crossover, but this capable car is all the better for its revisions. A classier cabin appeals and the engines have been improved. Only downside is the prices have crept up to make the Captiva good but not great va [...]

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Volkswagen Amarok

Volkswagen’s first entry to the pick-up market in the UK is a rufty-tufty vehicle called Amarok. It’s aimed squarely at the Toyota Hilux and Mitsubishi L200, which means it also appears on the radar of many non-commercial customers looking for a capable 4x4 for leisure use and towing duties. As such [...]

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Toyota Land Cruiser

3.0 D-4D 5-door - In recent times 4x4s have become high-rise family estate cars with varying degrees of off-road capability. Toyota’s Land Cruiser is different. Originally launched over 50 years ago, it’s a robust, purpose-built, old-school off-roader that has evolved to also meet the less strenuous demands of day-to [...]

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Nissan Murano

2009 US - The 2009 Nissan Murano has grown up and it looks good– we have been able to get into the second generation of the stylish 4x4 on a test in Spain. This car will not be available in the UK until October and due to this early test drive we drove it in US specification as the UK spec won’t be ready unti [...]

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Jeep Wrangler

2-door and Unlimited 4-door - The bloodline of the latest Jeep Wrangler can be traced directly back to early World War II. These days it’s still a robust and purposeful workhorse, but it’s now available with four doors – four more than the original, and it’s substantially more refined than in decades past.

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Nissan Murano

2009 UK - A few months back we drove the 2009 Nissan Murano in American spec to give you a taste of what was to come…now we have got our hands on the UK version.

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Fiat Panda 4x4

1.2 - Need a 4x4 but don’t want to break the bank? Want to get your tyres properly muddy occasionally but don’t wish to be branded as some kind of maniac eco-saboteur? Fiat’s thrifty, diminutive and surprisingly capable Panda 4x4 could well be what you’re after.

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Kia Sportage

4wd 2.0CRDi XS ME - Despite the credit crunch and the fuel prices off-roaders are still very much in demand – so how do you fancy a budget SUV? Well the Kia Sportage may not be to everyone’s liking but it comes in at under £18,000 and it can go off-road. Now we have your attention – lets see how the compact 4x4 gets on [...]

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Jeep Wrangler

2011 2dr Sahara CRD Auto - As brands go, and despite its recent Daimler and more recent Fiat connections, Jeep remains as quintessentially American as Levi’s, Zippo, Harley-Davidson and Coca Cola. The first civilian Jeep, the CJ-2A, appeared in 1945, but can its latest direct descendent – the recently updated Wrangler – still [...]

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Audi A4 allroad

2009 3.0 TDI - The A4 Allroad is, on the face of it, something of a conundrum. A high-riding executive estate car, with the extra ground clearance built in to allow it to go off-road, it has to be an idea with limited appeal. However, Audi hasn’t become arguably the fastest-growing carmaker in the last decade by n [...]

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Subaru Forester

Diesel - Heavily facelifted this year, the Forester has now caught up with the rest of the SUV crowd with the option of a diesel engine. The Japanese brand is boasting top fuel economy with the lowest insurance and CO2 emissions in its class, which is more than enough to make the Forester a serious contender [...]

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Jeep Grand Cherokee

3.0 CRD Overland Auto - Big, butch and mean looking the Jeep Grand Cherokee is one masculine machine and sits just below the Commander as the biggest Jeep on UK roads. It’s also easily the most luxurious Jeep out there. With its chunky aesthetics this car has been designed with the family-orientated SUV car buyer in mind w [...]

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Suzuki SX4

1.9 DDis 4 Grip 4WD 5 Door - The SX4 is one of a growing number of models aiming to be all things to all people. Part small family car, part SUV, the SX4 is a great budget alternative while still offering much of the function and form of its pricier rivals.

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Kia Sorento

2.5 litre CRDi XS - The Kia Sorento is the largest model currently in production from the Korean manufacturer, offering a huge amount of space to comfortably accommodate five adults and still hold plenty of luggage. All variants have the same meaty 2.5-litre turbodiesel at their heart which has plenty of grunt for the [...]

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4x4s consumer car reviews

Vauxhall Antara

2.5 stars - average customer rating
Average driver rating ( based on 71 reviews )

Nissan X-Trail

3 stars - average customer rating
Average driver rating ( based on 62 reviews )

Mitsubishi Shogun

3.5 stars - average customer rating
Average driver rating ( based on 53 reviews )

Honda CR-V

4 stars - average customer rating
Average driver rating ( based on 49 reviews )

Volvo XC90

3.5 stars - average customer rating
Average driver rating ( based on 39 reviews )

Nissan Pathfinder

3.5 stars - average customer rating
Average driver rating ( based on 38 reviews )

Hyundai Terracan

4.5 stars - average customer rating
Average driver rating ( based on 37 reviews )

Land Rover Freelander

4 stars - average customer rating
Average driver rating ( based on 28 reviews )

Kia Sportage

3.5 stars - average customer rating
Average driver rating ( based on 26 reviews )

BMW X3

3.5 stars - average customer rating
Average driver rating ( based on 24 reviews )


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