4 x 4 vehicles are often preferred by people with a family for multiple reasons: the elevated height makes it easier to load children and various items inside the car, they are suitable for off-road trips with older children, and they are spacious, which means they will meet the needs of multiple family members. If you have one or two children and are looking for a good 4 x 4 car, here are some options you should consider:
1. Volvo XC70
Volvo is known for producing safe and solid cars, and XC70 is no exception from the rule. This vehicle looks just as well outside your office and on a muddy road, keeping you safe in both situations. Its advantages include the large cargo space, the multiple safety features, its four-cylinder fuel-efficient engine, and the comfortable front seats. Volvo XC70 is equipped with all-wheel drive and won’t make you regret you got off the beaten path due to its raised suspension and lower body panels which are resistant to scratches.
Priced from $45,748.
2. SEAT Ateca
The first SUV manufactured by the Spanish automaker, SEAT Ateca is in fact a CUV (compact crossover vehicle). The vehicle uses many of the parts featured by Volkswagen Tiguan and comes in two petrol and two diesel engine versions. Buyers can also opt between 2WD and 4WD and between manual and automatic gearboxes. Compared to Tiguan, Ateca comes in multiple options, is cheaper, and its engine is smaller. Reviewers consider SEAT has made a good job with its first SUV, due to its satisfactory drive comfort, excellent handling, refined design, and good visibility.
Priced from $22,195.
3. Mitsubishi L200
A large, solid, and affordable car? Mitsubishi L200 is an excellent choice and it provides plenty of room for four passengers. In spite of its size, L200 delivers good fuel economy performance and is also appreciated for its low repair and maintenance costs. If you buy it new, you will get a 5-year/62,000-mile warranty with 12 years of anti-corrosion cover. Reasons to choose this car include being narrower than other models of similar size (134 mm narrower than a Volkswagen Amarok), the large number of safety features provided with standard vehicles, the good driving performance, and its stability and traction control system, which can brake individual wheels in order to correct understeer and oversteer and divert power to the wheels with most grip.
Priced from $22,255.
4. Dacia Duster
This affordable no-luxury car is designed to appeal to a wide range of buyers. If you want a ride that will cost you less than £10,000, Dacia Duster will probably be extremely appealing, in spite of its flaws. However, the recent facelift has added more standard equipment, elevating the level of this popular crossover. The Romanian car is based on an old Renault Clio platform that has been enlarged to SUV size and delivers a no-nonsense driving experience, perfect for those with little pretentions and not interested in all kinds of fancy features that require time and effort to master. 4WD is available on Duster, ensuring increased ability on muddy surfaces. The well-known Top Gear website has given the following verdict:
“Dacia Duster review: Renault makes a crossover that costs less than £10k. Not only that, it’s a good ‘un too.”
Priced from $11,700.
5. Range Rover Sport
Now let’s go from the most affordable to premium class with Range Rover Sport. The first advantages that pop up at a fast look are its fuel efficiency given the 2.5 tons weight, the beautiful design, and the low-rpm torque. As soon as you get into this vehicle you realize you are in a luxury car, starting from the general look and finishing with the last detail. One of the features that will attract family clients is providing plenty of space for five passengers and coming even with a seven-seat option in case you need it. Moreover, the automated systems on this car make driving easier and safer because the vehicle will choose the right program depending on what the wheels are driving over. The latest models seem to have solved an old Range Rover issue – reliability. Not all reviewers are convinced, but new models come with lower running costs and superior fuel efficiency. There is little to reproach to this accomplished 4 x 4 vehicle and the large majority of owners do not regret their decision of buying a Range Rover Sport.
Priced from $77,108.
These 5 family rides are a good start if you are researching for a 4 x 4 vehicle which is suitable for your family needs. The cars on our list are some of the latest models and can provide buyers with a good choice regardless of their budget and preferences. Whether you’re going for a Duster because you don’t want to spend a lot or you afford more expensive and complex models, there is definitely something for you on the market, waiting for you to get behind its wheel.