4X4s these days are really rather good. Thanks to clever technology and sometimes just plain brute force, even the toughest of conditions can be conquered by today’s high and mighty off-roaders. From the steepest inclines to the toughest terrains, now more than ever there are cars that can literally go anywhere.
So if off-road capability is at the top of your list when buying a new car, take a look at this list of the best off-roaders on sale today.
Along with the Land Rover Defender, one of the most iconic 4X4s has always been the Wrangler. This rugged off-roader has been around since 1986 and has kept the same ideology (and trademark looks) ever since. Like every other Jeep, the Wrangler’s not shy to stray away from the tarmac. Take this thing off the beaten track and you won’t be disappointed – or stuck for that matter.
Land Rover Discovery
Speaking of Land Rover, the all-new Discovery is also amazing off-road. With a bit more luxury and refinement that the Wrangler, this is a family SUV with an explorer’s knack for getting anywhere and everywhere. If your family retreat happens to be on top of a mountain, the Land Rover Discovery is the car to get you there.
Continuing the posh off roader theme, here we have the suave Mercedes G-Class. As well as the Jeep Wrangler, the G-Class also comes with some retro flare, as this 4X4 hasn’t dramatically changed its look since 1979 when the first G-Wagon was released. But even though it may look old, it most certainly isn’t. You get all the modern off-road toys and a big twin-turbo 4.0 litre V8 to keep you powering through even the toughest conditions.
If your budget doesn’t stretch to the likes of the G-Class, Discovery or even the Wrangler, consider the Dacia Duster. It may not be as luxurious, but this SUV still get’s the job done when it comes to off-roading. Considering it’s low price tag even when new, the Duster has a surprising amount of capability and versatility.
Another budget off-roader comes in the form of the Isuzu D-Max – a pickup as you can see. Emphasised as a rugged all-rounder by the Japanese manufacturer, this is another vehicle with a lot of versatility for the money. For around £20,000 (a few grand more than the Duster) you can pick up a brand-new D-Max in a good spec. That’s not a bad deal for such a capable off-road pickup truck.