SUVs are flying out of showrooms in their thousands thanks to their chunky looks and raised driving positions. Point them towards a muddy field, however, and the overwhelming majority will cry ‘enough’ before you’ve even crested your first peak. There are plenty of style-over-substance SUVs on the market but there are still a number of true 4×4 off-road . The very best don’t even sacrifice on-road refinement – something 4x4s traditionally struggled with. Here are 10 of the best off-roaders available today.
10. Suzuki Jimmy:
We won’t beat about the bush here – by modern standards, the Suzuki Jimny is hopeless on the road. The ride is bouncy, the gearstick needs to be stirred seemingly at random to select the next ratio, and the cabin looked and felt cheap fifteen years ago – it feels positively prehistoric now.
If you spend much of your time skipping over farm tracks and muddy fields, however, the Jimny starts to make plenty of sense. Much like the Fiat Panda, the Suzuki’s low weight and four-wheel drive means you’ll be hard pushed to find a situation where it gets stuck. Costing a little less than £12,500 for the cheapest version – the only one we’d consider recommending – it has potential for a cheap workhorse.
9. Toyota Land Cruiser:
A 4×4 in an old-school vain, the Toyota Land Cruiser is the type of vehicle you could trust in just about any condition or terrain. Its bulletproof reliability and torquey 2.8-litre diesel engine mean buyers will have no qualms about aiming for the nearest mountain. The Toyota always obliges with nothing short of sherpa-like ability.
It may not be the attention-seekers SUV of choice, but there’s a reason why the Land Cruiser is the default 4×4 of choice for those living in many of the world’s harshest environments.